David and Dana both attended Florida College in 1972. They went there separate ways, David went on to Chico State graduating in 1976 with degrees in Microbiology and Chemistry, then to Oakland, California to complete his internship to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. Dana graduated from California State Long Beach with a degree in Marketing. They were married in Berkeley, California in 1979 and have since raised two great kids Nicole and Cameron. Nicole and Cameron both attended Florida College. They both are happily married and Nicole and her husband, Nick Grinnell have given us two delightful grandchildren, Peyton 18 months and Hailey 1 month. Cameron and his wife Christa were married in June 2006. Both of our kids live a respectful 2 miles from us, just enough social distance and just right for those unannounced drop in visits.
David and Dana have worked together running two different medical laboratories. The first Placerville Medical Laboratory which was sold to a local hospital in 1989 and a second, THE LAB opened its doors in 1992 and was sold in 2006. It was during this time period that in the course of business Dana became aware of a significant number of young women coming to our facilities for pregnancy tests. Many were interested in the results to document their condition for the purpose of having an abortion. The realization of this typical scenario prompted Dana to research some information on a local adoption facilitation service and to have brochures, “Adoption is an Option” placed at our laboratory patient service centers. This decision and practice soon expanded into a passion on Dana’s part to become more deeply involved in assisting and connecting birth mothers with couples looking to adopt that extended well beyond and outside of our laboratory business. In about 2003 Dana began to see a need for assisting young couples or families that had determined to adopt a child and had the requisite means to raise a child or children but needed help with the costs of the adoption process.
The idea for Sacred Selections was born. When THE LAB was sold in 2006, the Sacred Selections foundation was in place, the board was ready and now the time and financial resources were available to fund, administer and promote our goals.
David and Dana have determined to dedicate a significant portion of their now “retired time” to the operation and promotion of the Sacred Selections foundation mission. Dana has been involved, directly and indirectly in over 800 adoptions outside of the foundations specific objectives but none the less has played an important role assisting mothers, children and couples to meet and successfully adopt. Several adopting couples have made their home with Dana and David while adoptions are taking place in California. These events have been the source and beginning of some deep and lasting friendships, surely one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspect of their lives. Watching families begin through adoption is a deeply moving experience.