My Second Father

Welcome to a blog dedicated to Duane Ausherman, by Vanessa Martinez, then Vanessa Madrid.  He is a man who has changed many people’s lives. Duane is a man who some love or hate, no in-between.  This is an opportunity for everyone to share their stories and experiences as they relate to Duane.  The question to ask yourself is, “how has Duane changed my life”?  I thank everyone in advance for contributing to Duane’s blog, which will in turn contribute to Duane’s legacy. I invite you to click on the “Recent Posts” link at the right-hand of the page to read people’s contribution to this blog. I also invite you to contact me at v-madrid@live.com to contribute to this blog.

I first met Duane during my senior year of high school, what turned into a life-changing experience and it only keeps unraveling everyday.  Duane and I clicked immediately, especially when he began opening-up the world to me by showing me outside the box ideas.  When Duane asked what I planned as a career, my reply was that I wanted to be a psychiatrist, which, within the first 15 minutes that we had met, he knew that was not for me.  I planned to go to UC Davis, as it was the only option I had heard of aside from the community colleges.  Duane told me about Cottey College, an ivy-league prep women’s college and he also helped me obtain a full-ride scholarship with money left-over.

After my first year of Cottey, I took my exams early and Duane arranged for me to teach English in the Czech Republic for seven weeks. I absolutely loved my time there and has been an experience that changed my life forever.  I went on to graduating with a dual bachelors degree from UC Davis, debt free, and continued working in the wireless field, which Duane had introduced me when we first 5 years prior as a senior in high school.  He made a couple calls and before I knew it, I was leading the quality control and safety division of a renowned wireless company, in a male-dominated industry.

It is impossible to write a short synopsis of how Duane has changed my life.. and most importantly, how he continues to do so everyday.  Duane has become an essential part of my life — my go-to person for any worthwhile decision.  Mr. Ausherman also helped me meet my husband, who is the brother of my Cottey sister.  Duane and I communicate frequently, mostly everyday, and I cannot imagine my life without him, my second father.  Duane is also my representative and I am so fortunate to have someone that I can trust with my affairs and money.