Passion for life

Zaneta Salde Encarnacion

Fri March 28, 2014 11:29am

Becky Cortez exudes passion for her community and for others! She has lived in Chula Vista since she was 14 years old. Cortez’s passion for her community has led her to be very involved in local politics, volunteering to educate the public on candidates, propositions and ordinances by going door-to-door canvassing before and during elections times. Her passion for others is evident in her professional career as a certified fitness professional of more than 30 years. She was the fitness expert for the local ABC affiliate from 1997 to 2007 and worked with corporate giant Qualcomm to bring fitness into the workplace for their executives.
When she is not working out, Becky enjoys entertaining as it provides the creative outlet of gourmet cooking. Cortez’s newest venture is taking to market a publicly traded bio-tech company that has expanded internationally. This has proven to be the most rewarding and exciting career choice in her 30 years.
Cortez’ husband, John Moot, is equally passionate about the community they call home. Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Moot has called Eastlake home since 1986. Moot is a proven civic leader. He served on the city’s planning commission from 1990-94 and then served as a city council member from 1994-200. Practicing law since 1982, he has been a partner at Schwartz Semerdjian Ballard & Cauley LLP for the past three years. He remains an active member of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce and South County Economic Development Council. Most recently, Moot led a movement to fight the placement of a large substation planned for the bayfront.
“Your quality of life and the quality of the community you live in are directly related. If you do not work to make the place you live in better no else will,” Moot said.
While not working on “righting a wrong,” Moot also enjoys playing golf on the public and private courses that are scattered across the community. He also enjoys organic gardening and has an impressive garden in his backyard. This talent is the perfect complement to his wife’s love for gourmet cooking.
What most impresses me about Cortez and Moot is their ability to find the time to enjoy daily walks with their 13-year-old border collie Maddison. They both have become models for energetic civic leadership and involvement, while still making sure they take the time to stop and smell (and taste) the organic cilantro.                       
“With a variety of restaurants, parks, the Olympic Training Center, golf courses, hiking, biking, running trails and a movie theater, it is fun to stay in town during the weekend as we have everything right here!” Cortez said.
Zaneta Encarnacion is director of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation.