Orissa M. Kruse

Orissa photo240Orissa M. Kruse

Board member

Orissa is a partner of the Smith, Kruse and Davis Group at Merrill Lynch in Santa Rosa, California, a premier wealth management team serving clients across the country. Orissa serves as the team’s client relationship manager where she builds relationships with clients and their families and understands the totality of each individual’s financial needs and concerns. Orissa joined Merrill Lynch in 1997 as a Financial Advisor and worked prior as a District Manager for San Francisco Federal Savings and North Bay Savings Bank.

Orissa is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento where she earned a B.A. in Government-Journalism. Orissa has had extensive training in business management, team building and financial planning.
Orissa is a life member of Kiwanis International, a global organization dedicated to improving the world, one child, one community at a time. She served as the first woman president of the Santa Rosa Kiwanis Club and first woman Lieutenant Governor of Division 32 of the California Nevada, Hawaii District of Kiwanis International and served 2 terms as Board Member of the Kiwanis Family House located on the U C Davis Medical Center Campus in Sacramento. The Kiwanis Family House provides temporary housing and support to families of seriously ill or injured children and adults at U C Davis Medical Center and Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.

Orissa’s love of the Kiwanis organization comes from the core values they encourage: A sense of community, dedication to service, respect for families, collaboration with community partners and services provided by other organizations, fostering of awareness of others in need and generosity of time, resources and the spirit of the heart.
Orissa resides in Petaluma and enjoys spending time with family and friends, particularly her Daughter and Son in Law and her two grandchildren.