by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Spark Photography

Community Corner Stone

Steve Northcote’s roots in the community run deep – he and his family have lived in 92131 since 1984. A year later, Steve decided to give the Scripps Ranch Old Pros softball league a try. “After playing in the softball league, I started going to monthly meetings. I was then asked to join the board of directors and have been treasurer for the Old Pros for over 20 years,” revealed Steve. He has watched the club evolve into a huge supporter of the local community, offering sponsorships to local youth and high school teams and providing college scholarships to high school seniors residing in Scripps Ranch. The Old Pros also hold events such as the annual July 4th 10K and 50-Mile Bike Ride.

In addition to his involvement in the Old Pros, Steve is an active member of the San Diego Foundation, American Lung Association in California, Combined Health Agencies, and the United Way of San Diego. Steve, who is a certified public accountant and a managing partner at Leaf & Cole, LLP, recently received the Naish Award as United Way of San Diego’s volunteer of the year. “When I was being presented with this award, I looked out at the audience full of United Way volunteers and thought that any one of these individuals was qualified to receive this honor,” related Steve modestly.

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In the 30 years Steve and his wife Julie have lived in Scripps Ranch, they have met many friends and neighbors that are still in their lives to this day. “I’m lucky to live on a street full of close friends and to have my son, my brother and sister-in-law, and niece living in Scripps Ranch. In fact, my son, Travis, his wife Kate, and our two grandchildren, Jake and Leigh, live in the same home in Scripps Ranch where we raised both our children,” said Steve. He and Julie also have a daughter, Caitlin, who graduated from college three years ago and resides in New York City. “Now, if we could just get our daughter to come home,” laughed Steve.

When he is not volunteering his time to worthy causes, Steve can be found playing softball – he and Travis have played together for the Old Pros for over a dozen years – and perfecting his golf game. “My brother-in-law introduced me to golf a while ago, but I still have a lot of room for improvement,” said Steve.


 

AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Steve Northcote
Community: Scripps Ranch
Volunteer Affiliation: Scripps Ranch Old Pros treasurer, past president and chairman of the board; United Way of San Diego, audit committee, past officer and board bember; San Diego Foundation, audit committee
Profession: Certified Public Accountant, Managing Partner, Leaf & Cole, LLP
Family: Wife – Julie; Son – Travis; Daughter – Caitlin; Daughter-in-law – Kate; Grandchildren – Jake and Leiah
Interests: Softball and golf