The Thongs Behind The Towel

Founder Bios

We walk the talk. Where we came from has affected who we are – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mary Jo Wallo

Image Mary Jo started life in Minneapolis, but it lacked a few critical things for the future surfer: sun, sand and surf. The owner of a San Diego investment firm, she still starts each day in the ocean. Sports play an important role in the life she shares with her husband Tom, whether they’re snowboarding, skiing or watching basketball games at the University of Puget Sound (coached by son Justin).


Jackie Tushinsky

Image Jackie’s got a song in her heart, but she comes by it genetically. The grand-daughter of a concert cellist and daughter of a stereo manufacturer, she was raised in the San Fernando Valley. Jackie moved to San Diego at 19 and her interests turned from pre-med to personal training and bodybuilding. She’s still passionate about music, exercise, writing and making it all work together.


Kelly Golden

Image A Colorado girl, Kelly came to California in her thirties, reconnected with an old high school friend, married him and had two children. End of story? Beginning of a new reign – as Salsa Queen and founder of Golden Pepper LLC Hotcha Salsa. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Burn Institute of San Diego, runs, skis, works out and is writing a cookbook.


Mary Ellen Wiegand

Image Mary Ellen was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to California in 1974 as soon as she became a Registered Nurse. Mary Ellen enjoyed many busy years in San Diego, CA, raising her two daughters in addition to pursuing a varied nursing career. Her daughters are now grown and live on the eastern side of the country. Wishing to be closer to them, but unable to give up the sunshine, Mary Ellen moved to Florida, trading the beautiful sunsets over the Pacific Ocean for those of the Gulf of Mexico. She is still able to enjoy kayaking and inline skating year round. She continues her career in healthcare while enjoying many new friends made through BTS!

We will always carry with us the powerful message that lives in our hearts, which we gained (and we’re not talking about pounds!) from what we fought for in our youth and which made us the wonderful and powerful women who we are today. We’re a generation on the rise, celebrating enlightened, dynamic and enduring women no matter whether they are 21, 30, 40, or (we saved the best for last!) 50 and beyond!

2019 National Conference Cruise 

March 30th - April 4th out of Miami!!

Bon Voyage Party March 29th

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