10 Things About Terri Colachis & the San Diego Regional Center


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What you do to help others will enrich your life in ways you could never manage.

The San Diego Regional Center is one of 21 regional centers in California that provides support and services to persons with developmental disabilities. Services are based on the client’s individual needs and intended to maximize their independence, full potential, and quality of life. Terri Colachis is a Board Member as well as a past Chair for the San Diego Regional Center.

#1 I grew up in Decatur, Illinois.


#2 I took Brad Pitt to my sorority formal.


#3 My husband Gus and I have a passion for travel. Scotland, France and Cuba are a few of our favorites. We recently took a biking trip through Nova Scotia and Fogo Island, which was fantastic. At this stage of our lives, we are really enjoying more experiential trips with the ability to immerse ourselves in local culture. It is always an adventure.


#4 We have an upcoming biking trip to Croatia, and I am going to a cooking school in Julia Child’s vacation home in the South of France in the Spring.


#5 I love to preserve and can all kinds of food and have won ribbons at the County Fair.

#6 Luna is a black lab, and Bean is a chocolate lab. They bring so much joy to our family. We cannot ever imagine a life without a dog or two!


#7 My good luck charms and inspiration have always been my family. They drive all the good I do for others.


#8 I would like to go see The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain (to be clear, I would be watching from above, not running with them). I would also LOVE to ride The Orient Express.


#9 My Dad taught me from a young age, the importance of giving back to your community and to those in need. He led by example, tirelessly giving his time to help others in so many walks of life. He is a true inspiration, and I owe a great deal to him for my personal journey.


#10 Our youngest of six children, Shea, was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months. Thanks to the wonderful case workers at the San Diego Regional Center, she was able to receive services and interventions that were life-changing. Shea is very fortunate as she has a big support system. I wanted to try to make a difference in the lives of our other clients and families that may not have the same support. The work I do for the Regional Center is so rewarding. To me, it is my life’s work – to do as much good as you can do, as long as you can do it.

The San Diego Regional Center

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Esteban Villanueva