Leadership Meet our team

CEO Walter Philips

Walter Philips

Executive Director

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.

Associate Executive Director Steven Jella

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.

CFO Angie Tran

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

Chair

Laura Shanley*

Vice Chair/Secretary

Dustin (Dusty) Wolverton

Associate Attorney
Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP

Treasurer

Christian Kurth*

Vice President
JMI Equity

Director

Pamela T. Luster*

President
San Diego Mesa College

Director

Kelly McGeehan

Deputy City Attorney
San Diego City Attorney's Office

Director

Monique Myers

Community Partnership Prosecuter - East County
San Diego County District Attorney's Office

San Diego Youth Foundation

Chair

Kelly McGeehan*

Deputy City Attorney

Vice Chair/Secretary

Timothy Ducker*

Director Business Development
GKN Aerospace

Treasurer

Christian Kurth*

Vice President
JMI Equity

Director

Trevor Allan

Vice President
Alliant Insurance Services

Director

Catherine Baker

Senior Manager, Public Relations
Qualcomm

Director

Laura Shanley

Director

Marni von Wilpert

Deputy City Attorney
San Diego City Attorney’s Office

Foundation Trustees

Trustee

Anita Harbert

Retired Director
SDSU / School of Social Work

Trustee

Damon Melda

Vice President, Tenant Representation
Jones Lang LaSalle

Trustee

Richard M. Segal, Esq.

Community Volunteer

Trustee

Fern Steiner, Esq.

Attorney
Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax

Trustee

Tambra Wayne

Community Volunteer

Trustee

Taft Zitoun

Vice President, Long Form Media
Havas Edge

*Executive Committee Member

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