Leadership Meet our team

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Walter Philips

Chief Executive Officer

Walter has been at the helm of San Diego Youth Services as our Chief Executive Officer since July of 2000. He has worked in San Diego County as a social worker for three decades, including more than 25 years in leadership positions.

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Steven Jella

Associate Executive Director

Steven is a licensed psychologist, licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and a Clinical Member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He serves as our Associate Executive Director.

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Angie Tran

Chief Financial Officer

Angie is responsible for the management and oversight of the business operations of San Diego Youth Services. She has more than 40 years of experience managing business administration for profit and non-profit agencies.

Board of Directors

San Diego Youth Services

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Chair

Laura Shanley*

Principal, Laura Shanley Consulting

Laura spent 14 years in Employee Communications and Engagement at a Fortune 500 company in San Diego. She has since transitioned to part-time consulting to have more time with her three children. 

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Vice Chair/Secretary

Monique Myers

Community Partnership Prosecuter - East County, San Diego County District Attorney

Monique works in the community building relationships, identifying public safety issues and improving the quality of life and safety in those areas. She has served on the planning committee for the Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable conference for 4 years.

Christian Kurth

Treasurer

Christian Kurth*

Vice President, JMI Equity

Christian works at JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies, and previously worked in the technology investment banking group of Wells Fargo Securities. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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Jocelyn (Joy) Camargo

Teacher, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

Joy is a 20-year teaching veteran who started her career in Los Angeles Unified School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (2001) and earned an Ed.D at San Diego State University (2015). In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and mentoring youth.

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Director

Ronald Garnett

President & CEO, Council for Supplier Diversity

Ronald is President and CEO of the Council for Supplier Diversity, which has a mission to use Supplier Diversity initiatives as an engine for economic development in economically under-served communities. He is a Certified “Master Trainer” and his broad background in executive management, sales, distribution, operations, and human resources provides a unique combination of experience and competency when it comes to improving strategy.

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Director

Ashanti Hands, Ed.D.

VP Student Services, San Diego Mesa College

Ashanti is responsible for 25+ departments rooted in student success and equity with services supporting basic needs, foster youth, formerly incarcerated, undocumented students and more. Her WHY is to create conditions that matter for students to succeed. She is 100% invested in Mesa’s vision of becoming the leading college of equity and excellence.

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Director

Precious Jackson-Hubbard

Principal, San Diego Unified School District

Precious has spent 15 years in education as a K-12 educator and administrator where she is working to advocate for students who require additional supports and services. Precious is a member of the local chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., a sorority of educators and counselors who provide mentoring and professional and professional development. 

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Jesse Johnson

Sr. Processing Developmental Engineer, Illumina

Jesse is a process engineer serving to bring STEM focused initiatives to underserved communities and expand inclusion of people of color. In his spare time, he tutors students of San Diego Refugees. He enjoys basketball and all things NBA.

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Kelly McGeehan

Deputy City Attorney, San Diego City Attorney's Office

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Director

Laurie Olague

Owner & Principal Consultant, L Factor Consulting and Coaching

Laurie is a social impact consultant and certified coach who earned her M.A. degree in Nonprofit Management and specializes in social enterprise business operations, CSR, and program development. She has served in the nonprofit sector for the last 15 years as a volunteer, advisor, and program director at some of Los Angeles’ top nonprofits and employment social enterprises.

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Katie Wu

Teacher, Poway Unified School District

Katie is a high school teacher in Poway Unified School District. She was named 2018-2019 San Diego County Teacher of the Year. She was also the Youth in Transition Coordinator for the district by serving homeless families.  

 
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Director

Jeffrey Sheriff

Senior Associate, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jeff works in the field of Intellectual Property Law. His professional highlights include being named the 2020 Distinguished Pro Bono Attorney of the Year at the Casa Cornelia Law Center; 2019 Pro Bono Publico winner at the Casa Cornelia Law Center; and the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Working Father of the year in 2020. Jeff and his wife Katie are the proud parents of three active kids.

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Sobeida Velázquez

Lecturer at University of San Diego and San Diego State University  

Sobeida Velazquez has been in education for over 20 years. She has been a classroom teacher, a resource teacher, a charter school CEO/Principal and an Elementary School principal. She is currently a lecturer at USD and SDSU while completing her Ph.D. in Education for Social Justice at the University of San Diego. 

 
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Director

Yandro Valdez

SVP, Commercial Banker at U.S. Bank

Yandro has been involved with various charities and not for profit organizations. He is an associate board member of The Covenant House, active with the Chamber of Commerce, volunteers for Junior Achievement, and is an advocate for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

San Diego Youth Foundation

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Chair

Kelly McGeehan

Deputy City Attorney, San Diego City Attorney's Office

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Vice Chair/Secretary

Timothy Ducker*

Director Business Development, GKN Aerospace

Tim brings years of international operational and strategic experience from the corporate sector to support us with fundraising, strategic and board development plans. He has been working with disadvantaged and at risk youth as a volunteer and board member for various youth organizations since 2010.

Christian Kurth

Treasurer

Christian Kurth*

Vice President, JMI Equity

Christian works at JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in leading software companies, and previously worked in the technology investment banking group of Wells Fargo Securities. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

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Director

Trevor Allan

Senior Vice President, Alliant Insurance Services

Trevor works at Alliant Insurance Services, Inc. and specializes in property and casualty insurance.  He is on the Foundation Board and assists San Diego Youth Services with risk management.

Catherine Baker

Director

Catherine Baker

Senior Manager, Public Relations, Qualcomm

Catherine is a communications professional managing global communications for Qualcomm’s mobile business. She is a proud mom of three and enjoys travelling, sports and giving back to her community.

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Cathy Lloyd Bauerle

General Sales Manager, iHeartMedia

Cathy works at iHeartMedia, a leading global media and entertainment company specializing in radio, digital, mobile, social, live events and on-demand entertainment. She prides herself on supporting fellow women through networking and mentorship, and served on boards that help women and children throughout San Diego.

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Sorayda Santos

Project Manager, North Island Credit Union

Sorayda is a professional project manager, who has a passion for creating a better future. She has ten plus years experience as a mentor, and strives to leave a positive legacy for youth.

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Laura Shanley*

Principal, Laura Shanley Consulting

Laura spent 14 years in Employee Communications and Engagement at a Fortune 500 company in San Diego. She has since transitioned to part-time consulting to have more time with her three children. 

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Heather Stewart

Community Member

Heather is a self-proclaimed nerd who has over 10 years working in the tech industry with a special focus in children's video games and internet safety. Her philanthropic focus is mentoring today's youth while hoping to spark their passion for math, science, engineering and technology.

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Marni von Wilpert

Councilmember (District 5),
San Diego City Council

Marni von Wilpert is a member of the San Diego City Council, representing District 5. She and has spent her life in public service, including serving in the Peace Corps, working for the Obama Administration in Washington, D.C., and starting a legal clinic in Mississippi.

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Francis Donald

Associate Director of Admissions, The Bishops School

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Stephanie Lloyd

Real Estate Broker

Foundation Trustees

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Damon Melda

Vice President, Tenant Representation
Jones Lang LaSalle

Trustee

Richard M. Segal, Esq.

Community Volunteer

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Fern Steiner, Esq.

Attorney
Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax

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Tambra Wayne

Community Volunteer

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Taft Zitoun

Vice President, Long Form Media
Havas Edge

*Executive Committee Member

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