Leadership

Leadership Staff

Walter Philips

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.

Steven Jella

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.

Angie Tran

As our CFO, 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

(Effective July 1, 2018)

 

Chair

Patty M. DeGaetano, Esq.*
Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

 

Vice Chair/Secretary

Pamela T. Luster*
President
San Diego Mesa College

 

Treasurer

Dan Chevallard*
Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Regulus Therapeutics, Inc.

 

Director

Danielle Hickman, Esq.

 

Director

Kelly McGeehan
Deputy City Attorney
San Diego City Attorney’s Office

 

Director

Damon Melda
Vice President, Tenant Representation
Jones Lang LaSalle

 

Director

Laura Shanley

 

Director

Walt Vasquez
Police Chief
La Mesa Police Department

*Executive Committee Member

Board of Directors, San Diego Youth Foundation

(Effective July 1, 2018)

 

Chair

Damon Melda*
Vice President, Tenant Representation
Jones Lang LaSalle

 

Vice Chair/Secretary

Kelly McGeehan*
Deputy City Attorney
San Diego City Attorney’s Office

 

Treasurer

Dan Chevallard*
Vice President, Finance & Accounting
Regulus Therapeutics, Inc.

 

Director

Trevor Allan
Vice President
Alliant Insurance Services

 

Director

Catherine Baker
Senior Manager, Public Relations
Qualcomm

 

Director
Patty M. DeGaetano, Esq.
Partner
Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman LLP

 

Director

Danielle Hickman, Esq.

 

Director

Christian Kurth
Associate
JMI Equity

 

Director

Kirk Morrison
Vice President, University Registrar
Ashford University

Director

Laura Shanley

 

Director

Taft Zitoun
Vice President, Long Form Media
Havas Edge

*Executive Committee Member

Trustees

Trustee

Anita Harbert
Retired Director
SDSU / School of Social Work

Trustee

Richard Segal
Managing Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

 

Trustee

Fern Steiner, ESQ
Attorney
Smith, Steiner, Vanderpool & Wax

 

Trustee

Tambra Wayne
Community Volunteer

Tribute to John Wedemeyer, San Diego Youth Services Founder