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Our Appointees


William Kelly
Aging Independence Services Advisory Council

William Kelly is Chair of the D4 Senior Advisory Committee, and a retired business owner, columnist and veteran


Monica Flynn
Aging Independence Services Advisory Council

Monica Flynn is a member of the Aging & Independence Services, Advisory Council as well as a member of the D4 Senior Advisory Committee. has been involved in the San Diego business community for the past 19 years. Currently she owns a placement agency, A Right Place for Seniors, that assists seniors and their families to find assisted living, memory care or board and care options for their loved ones. Because of Monica’s personal experience with caring for her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s, she is a committed advocate in providing quality services for the seniors of San Diego County. Flynn is a member of the Certified Senior Advisors Association, Alzheimer’s Association, and the San Diego Equality Business Association.


Kim Tran
Aging Independence Services Advisory Council
D4 Senior Advisory Committee

Kim Tran is a member of the Aging & Independence Services, Advisory Council as well as the D4 Senior Advisory Committee. Tran is an educator assistant for Alzheimer’s San Diego and an award recipient for her work with under-resourced populations. As a member of the San Diego Asian Youth Association, Tran provides services to the local refugee population. Tran is a graduate student at USD in clinical therapy and works as a senior caregiver.


Marti Emerald
Air Pollution Control District Advisory Committee

Marti Emerald served as a Councilmember for the City of San Diego for eight years. As a member of San City City Council, Marti represented communities designated by CalEnviroscreen 3.0 in the top 25% of disadvantaged communities in California. Marti is also a respected journalist with thirty years of experience working for KGTV/Channel 10 News, KSDO Radio San Diego, and AP Radio Network. She is a member of Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek and the Executive Director of Trees 1000/Restoring Tree Canopies.


Lynne Sharpe-Underwood, MBA, MS
Youth Development Board

Lynn Sharpe-Underwood is a Principal Lecturer in the Criminal Justice Systems Department at Alliant International University. She has worked with youth organizations and social service organizations serving the homeless. Ms. Sharpe-Underwood was appointed by Mayor Jerry Sanders as Executive Director of the Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention for the City of San Diego in 2006. The 20 member Commission worked with communities all over the city to facilitate the development of programs like the Youth Development Office, the San Diego Compassion Project, and the Community Assistance Support Team. Now retired, Ms. Sharpe-Underwood continues to serve by working with organizations that focus on behavioral health  and youth issues such as: Community Mentors, Wrap Around, Project Aware, Harmonium, CAST, and the San Diego Compassion Project along with the District Attorney’s Community Youth Court. 

She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from Columbia and an MBA from SDSU. She volunteers as a Commissioner for the San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission, and a member of the San Diego Compassion project which supports families impacted by violence – gang-related homicides – this organization has served over 100 families.

As a Youth Development Board Member, Underwood implements positive youth development strategies that improve outcomes by connecting, convening and engaging stakeholders and their resources to advance the health, education, and economic well-being of San Diego’s youth. She is also a volunteer member of the District Attorney’s Youth Court, and CAST (Community Assistance Support Team), engaging in thirty walks and knocks in five communities to facilitate dialog between with police.


Jeff Wieman
Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council

Jeff Wieman is the Executive Director for Angels Foster Family Network whose mission is to passionately and collaboratively care for children five and younger in foster care with diverse and exceptional families who dedicate themselves to each child’s wellbeing.

His prior experience includes CEO of the American Red Cross, Interim CEO and President of the Arc of San Diego, Deputy Chief of Business Operations for the San Diego Unified School District, along with other senior leadership positions within local small businesses.

Wiemann received his Bachelor’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and served as a Naval Officer on active duty for eight years.  He received his Masters of Science degree in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.

Wiemann lives in La Mesa with his wife, Peri Lynn Turnbull, their four children, two cats and one dog.  Prior to joining Angels, his family was an Angels Foster Family.


Crystal Irving
Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board

Crystal Irving, MS, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor as a POSSE Scholar, where she received a bachelor’s in Psychology and African & African American studies.  In 2013, she earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of California- Los Angeles and relocated to San Diego, California to serve as a Protective Services Worker for the County of San Diego, Child Welfare Services.  In 2018, Crystal Irving was elected at the Political Chair and County Chapter Vice President of her union, SEIU Local 221. She is active at church and enjoys cherished time with family, friends, and loved ones.  With a strong hope and vision for progress, she plans to bring her strengths, ideas, and energy to generate positive changes in the County of San Diego, the state, the country, and around the world.


Maggie Ta
Community Action Partnership Administering Board

Maggie Ta is a Worksite Organizer at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 221 and advocates for workers rights within the public and private sector.  She serves as the chief contract negotiator for multiple city jurisdictions and private corporations in San Diego County.  She is a

founding member of Viet Vote, a local organization working to build voter power and civic engagement within the Vietnamese community in San Diego.  Maggie received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems at the University of California, San Diego.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching psychological thrillers and FaceTiming her parents.

One of Ta’s life mission is to ignite the spark between community engagement and effective policy solutions.  Prior to her current position, Ta was the Policy Specialist for the Mid-City Community Advocacy Network where she served as the organization’s primary policy advocate and liaison at the federal, state, and local level.  Working with residents in San Diego County stokes her fervor for social justice through coalition building, civic engagement, and advocacy.


Benjamin Aguilar
County Hearing Officer

Benjamin Aguilar is an attorney and the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in downtown San Diego. His law practice focuses on Family Law cases. Ben is currently the president of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Scholarship Foundation.

Ben has been recognized by San Diego Magazine as one of the Latinos Making a Difference in the City of San Diego for his volunteer work with victims of domestic violence and for his work on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. Ben has been recognized by San Diego Metro Magazine as of the 40 Under 40 and by the National LGBT Bar Association and by the American Bar Association as one of the best lawyers under 40.

Aguilar is active in the San Diego legal, Latino, and LGBT communities. He is a member of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association, San Diego La Raza Lawyers, and the San Diego County Bar Association. Aguilar also volunteered for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. 

As a bi-lingual, bi-cultural civil litigation lawyer, Aguilar worked with the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego to provide legal advice to Mexican nationals in family and immigration matters. Aguilar interned for the California Innocence Project, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Centre for International Protection, and Spain’s Justice Department.


Robert Logan
Environmental Advisory Board

Logan is a Fire Battalion Chief for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. He has over 20 years of experience in fire suppression, hazmat, and public safety.


Maggie Reinbold
Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission

Maggie Reinbold is the Director of the Community Engagement team at San Diego Zoo Global, a dynamic group focused on driving conservation action through science education and community collaborations here and abroad. Maggie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology at San Diego State University, and has taught science in a number of formal and informal settings, including San Diego Zoo Global, the San Diego Natural History Museum, Cardiff Elementary School, and San Diego State University. Maggie also serves on the San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission, representing District 4.


Octavio Aburto
Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission

Aburto is an Assistant Professor, Marine Biology Research Division, at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He received his Ph.D. from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego in 2009. Aburto is a respected expert in the variability of reef fish fisheries in the Gulf of California and southern California. His expertise extends to nursery habitats in the Gulf of California, marine biodiversity, fisheries, climate change, and ocean policy. Aburto’s passion is facilitating an understanding of the dynamics between marine ecosystems and human activities to address complex marine management issues and provide guidance towards sustainability and conservation.

Aburto obtained his M.S. from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur. Aburto is the author of more than fifty scientific papers related to biological conservation, marine protected areas, and ecological guidelines for fisheries.

Aburto also runs the Aburto Labs, a team of post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students dedicated to producing robust research on conservation and resource management issues in Mexican water.

Aburto is also an accomplished photographer and bilingual in Spanish and English.
 

Geysil Arroyo
Health Services Advisory Board

Geysil is a member of Raise Progress, a grassroots group created to support progressive candidates after the presidential election of 2016. She has also been an active volunteer at her kids’ public school, leading a Morning Running Club, serving on the School Site Council/Student Governance Team, being the school’s representative at the District Advisory Council and most recently directing and producing the school’s talent show. She is also a member of Run Women Run, an organization committed to support women seeking elected office. Geysil currently works as a Public Health Consultant; previously she worked as a Project Coordinator for two chronic-disease prevention initiatives in New York City. She earned a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Columbia University in New York City. Geysil grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and now lives with her husband and two children in North Park.


James Lepanto
Health Services Advisory Board

With a career focus in social service and behavioral healthcare, James has worked extensively with at-risk populations including youth, veterans, and low-income families. He has 35+ years of management and senior executive-level experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, overseeing a staff of hundreds, and multi-million dollar budgets.


Rob Hutsel
Parks Advisory Committee

Rob Hutsel Rob Hutsel is the President and CEO of The San Diego River Park Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2001 to clean up and heal the San Diego River from decades of neglect and abuse.

Rob was born and raised in San Diego and attended UC San Diego where he studied Urban Studies and Planning and Physics. He has been a guest lecturer at UCSD, SDSU and at several international, national and state conferences.

In 2008, Rob was named a National River Hero by the River Network and received the 2009 President’s Award by San Diego State University, the William and Eileen Stroud Award by the San Diego Fly Fishers and named a Clean Water Champion by the County of San Diego. During President Obama’s administration he was invited to the White House to accept a National Award and in 2017, he went to Sacramento to accept the Nonprofit of the Year award.

Currently, he serves on the board of directors of the California Watershed Network, Southern California Open Space Council and the Statewide Steering Committee of the California Urban Streams Partnership.

Rob is known by many as “River Rob” for his passion and dedication to creating a better future for the San Diego River and his work to improve the quality of life in San Diego. First and foremost, he is a father and husband enjoying his time with his family.


Susan Hector
Parks Advisory Committee

Dr. Susan Hector is a Registered Professional Archaeologist with a background in the management of parks and open space. She worked for the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation for 12 years, retiring as Director. Dr. Hector was the first female to serve as a Director of Parks and Recreation. While at the County she managed restoration of Rancho Guajome and other historic structures, acquisition of open space, and environmental conservation projects. After leaving the County, she developed a cultural resources program for SDG&E as their first archaeologist. Hector is the Membership Chair and the liaison with historical and archaeological groups on behalf of the Boosters of Old Town San Diego State Park, and Boosters of Old Town. The Old Town park is the only county park in D4.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA).  In addition to many technical reports, she successfully completed 6 National Register nominations for traditional cultural and archaeological resources.  Dr. Hector was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society for California Archaeology and has received 3 Governor's Awards for historic preservation.

Hector has worked with Native American communities when land issues arise related to cultural significance.


Susan Ditmars
Persons with Disabilities Committee

Suzanne Ditmars is a longtime activist and supporter of social justice and progressive values.


Michelle Krug
Persons with Disabilities Committee

As a legally blind, long-time resident of San Diego, Michelle looks forward to sharing her expertise and experiences in navigating transportation, access and inclusivity. Michele is a member of Educate for the Future, the California Alliance of Retired Americans, and the Count Me 2020 Census Coalition. Here passions include disability access, civil rights, affordable housing, and transportation.


Yolando Calvo
Planning Commission

Ms. Calvo was born in Chula Vista, CA. She attended Chula Vista High School before graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she received her degree in Civil Engineering. During college she worked at Caltrans as a student intern. She has been working at Hunsaker & Associates San Diego for over 22 years and has experience designing and managing major public and private infrastructure projects throughout the County of San Diego and Southern California. Her involvement in projects begins at the planning level and continues through final engineering and construction. Most recently, she has managed/designed civil infrastructure for over 120 sites for the installation of Electrical Vehicle Charging stations in work places and multi-family sites.

Ms. Calvo has been active in her community’s city government for over 15 years. She has served on many committees including being Chair of the Design Review Board and Chair of the Planning Commission for the City of Chula Vista.

Ms. Calvo currently resides with her husband and daughter in the Carmel Mountain Ranch area.


Geri Sander
Polinksy Children’s Center Advisory Board

Geri Sander has been a member of the Polinsky Auxiliary for over 15 years. She is a former Big Sister volunteer, and a trained CASA advocate for foster youth. Geri has a BS and MBA in Business from SDSU, and is recently retired from an accounting practice.


Michael Anderson
San Diego County Capital Asset Leasing Corporation

Anderson is the Chairman of SANCAL were he has served since 1986. He is a member of the Tobacco Securitization Corp. and previously served on the County’s Select Committee on Indigent Health Care, and the County’s Redistricting Committee. He is the President of Michel Anderson Associates.


Lori Sulpizio
Social Services Advisory Board

Lorri Sulpizio is a proud member of the LGBT community. She earned her BA in English and Women’s Studies from Cal Poly SLO, her MA from SDSU, and her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from USD.

Sulpizio created the Women in Higher Education Leadership Summit and the Cultivate Conscious Kids Program and is committed to creating and designing programs that meet the deeper needs of individuals and organizations.

Sulpizio is involved in the community volunteering her time in activities involving the health, wellness, and development of girls and women.

Sulpizio is a certified leadership coach and a certified practitioner in the Leadership Circle Profile, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC, and Firo-B, and believes that using data is a useful first step in helping people begin to realize their leadership potential. She is also the co-founder and principal consultant for Lotus Leadership Institute.

Dr. Sulpizio has taught both graduate and undergraduate level courses in leadership, including Gender and Leadership, Women and Leadership, Integral Leadership, and Contemporary Issues in Leadership. She has worked with a variety of companies and has done presentations and consulting projects for Qualcomm, Rady Children’s Hospital, Torrey Pines Bank, SDSU, UCSD, and several San Diego Schools. She has published chapters and articles on leadership topics in textbooks, journals, and popular press publications.


Anahid Brakke
Social Services Advisory Board

Anahid Brakke works at the SD Hunger Coalition.

Brakke has prior work experience with the Leichtag Foundation. Jewish Community Foundation, Gary & Mary West Foundation, and the San Diego Foundation serving marginalized communities. She has 14 years’ experience building relationships with SD nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and expertise in hunger, homelessness, and aging issues.


Melinda Vasquez
Social Services Advisory Board

Melinda Vasquez is an attorney who works in Family Law and Real Estate Law. She believes in fairness and equity.


Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi
Status of Women and Girls Commission

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi serves as the Assistant Director of Public Service at USD Law, where she directs the law school’s Pro Bono Program, serves as an advisor to the next generation of social justice attorneys to help launch their public interest careers, and teaches a Poverty Law course to upper-level law students.

From 2014 to 2017, she served as San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program’s Pro Bono Manager and Supervising Attorney, where she oversaw civil legal services for homeless veterans and persons with HIV/AIDS, and supervised attorneys on cases involving public benefits, health law, disability discrimination, and affordable housing. Prior to that, she served as a Staff Attorney and then a Managing Attorney for Legal Services of Northern California in Sacramento, where she practiced poverty law, representing low-income families in eviction and public benefits cases, and served on the California Elder Justice Coalition to address and advise on elder abuse legislation. She started her poverty law career in 2010 under funding from President Obama's Recovery and Reinvestment Act through which she represented low-income families in eviction and public benefit cases in rural Mendocino County, and organized the first of now-annual naturalization workshops for indigent immigrants.

As an immigrant herself, Parisa actively represents immigrants, communities of color, and low-income families in civil rights, race equity, and affordable housing cases on a pro bono basis. In 2018 and 2019, the State Bar of California awarded her the Wiley W. Manuel Award and the Distinguished Service Award for her pro bono litigation.


Dr. Robert Lee Brown
Entrepreneurship and Business Advisor District 4

Dr. Robert Lee Brown, earned a doctorate in Leadership Studies, with specialties in Humanology and a masters in cross-cultural counseling with an emphasis in cross-functional problem solving, program evaluations and organizational excellence during leadership activities.  With over 25 years of industrial relations, human resources, risk and crisis management, internal auditing, and leadership experiences, Dr. Brown is once again humbled to serve the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Football Alumni Club as its next president.

Dr. Brown is an Adjunct Faculty in Graduate Homeland Security at San Diego State University (SDSU) and works in Resource, Management, and Planning at UC San Diego (UCSD), where he is responsible for enhancing common-positive collaborations between UC San Diego, the public and private entities. His involvement with UC San Diego includes the completion of a six billion dollars Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), designed to advance various infrastructure; roads, bridges, parking, housing, classrooms, lecture halls, and hospitals in addition to building a light rail system.


Matt D’Arrigo
Entrepreneurship and Business Advisor District 4

Matt is the Director of Creative Youth Development for the Clare Rose Foundation. He is the former founder and CEO of A Reason to Survive (ARTS).

 

Carlos B.P. McCray
Entrepreneurship and Business Advisor District 4

Carlos B.P. McCray, also known as Smiles, is a Social Entrepreneur and a lover of life. You can spot Carlos wearing a smile and reminding us of the choices we each have in our pursuits of happiness. As a true believer in the power of human connection and extracting the good from every interaction, he often leaves people he interacts with walking away in the direction of his or her dreams.  Carlos is powered by the belief that anything is possible and brings that into every moment of his life. Carlos is determined to shatter the “because that’s how we’ve always done it” ideology and eclipse it with models of sustainable change by blending the for-profit and nonprofit worlds.


Vilavanh Sanginthirath
Entrepreneurship and Business Advisor District 4

Vilavanh Sanginthirath is the Founder and CEO of Innovations City, LLC. Her passion is supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses.


Karla Mendoza
LGBTQ Advisor District 4

Karla Mendoza is a Mexican immigrant from San Diego with lived experience dealing with the inadequacies of the healthcare and educational systems. She is a Harvard graduate and researcher in how marginalized identities impact health and academic success.  She works with San Diego Youth Services. Karla is transgender and a member of the San Diego LBGT Community Center, Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, MECHA of USD, Alliance San Diego, Alianza Comunitaria, and the ACLU.


Pam Heatherington
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Pamela Heatherington is a founding board member of the Environmental Center of San Diego. Pamela’s activism is rooted in a firm belief that the environment is the foundation for all living things. Giving us a moral obligation to one another to make it a suitable and sustainable environment.


Jim Peugh
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Jim Peugh is the chair of the Board of Friends of Famosa Slough, is the Conservation Chair of San Diego Audubon Society, and is a founding member of the Board of the San Diego River Park Foundation.


Diane Tavorian
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Diane Takvorian is the Executive Director and co-founder of Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), an environmental justice organization based in the San Diego/Tijuana region. Founded in 1980, EHC works to protect public health and the environment threatened by toxic pollution through efforts that create a just society.


Masada Disenhouse
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Masada Disenhouse is Executive Director and cofounder of SanDiego350, where she works at building a grassroots movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climate injustice. She is passionate about empowering people to take meaningful action and build political power together.


Max Guinn
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Max Guinn founded and runs Kids Eco Club (KEC), a youth organization that starts and supports environmental clubs in K-12 schools. He wanted to inspire kids to care for the planet, its wildlife and each other. KEC now has over 100,000 participants annually.  Max also co-founded Climate Change Is 4 Real in 2017, to connect his peers directly to climate and conservation scientists and leaders in sustainability and animal conservation.


Laura Hunter
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Laura Hunter coordinates the Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Coalition and serves as Conservation Chair of the North County Group of the Sierra Club.  She has deep experience in environmental justice, organizing, policy development and conservation of our natural resources.


Solphie Wolfram
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Sophie Wolfram is Director of Programs at Climate Action Campaign and serves on the Board of Directors at BikeSD. She advocates for local and regional planning and policy to reduce GHG emissions and stop the worst impacts of climate change.


Dan Silver
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Dan Silver is Executive Director of Endangered Habitats League, a regional conservation group active since 1992 in San Diego environmental and land use planning.


Maggie Reinbold
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Maggie Reinbold is the Director of the Community Engagement team at San Diego Zoo Global, a dynamic group focused on driving conservation action through science education and community collaborations here and abroad. Maggie earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology at San Diego State University, and has taught science in a number of formal and informal settings, including San Diego Zoo Global, the San Diego Natural History Museum, Cardiff Elementary School, and San Diego State University. Maggie also serves on the San Diego County Fish and Wildlife Advisory Commission, representing District 4.


Matt O’Malley
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Matt serves as the Executive Director and Managing Attorney for San Diego Coastkeeper, where leads the organization and directs Coastkeeper’s legal, policy, and advocacy work.


Peter Andersen
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Peter Andersen is the Chair of the Sierra Club San Diego Executive Committee

 
Andrew Meyer
Environmental Advisory Committee District 4

Andrew is the Director of Conservation for San Diego Audubon. The ReWild Mission Bay project is one of the habitat restoration projects that he works on with the great staff and volunteers at the San Diego Audubon.


Peder Norby
Environmental Advisory Committee District
4

Peder is a native San Diegan. He served as a San Diego County D3 Planning Commissioner for eight years, and is a recipient of the Energy Excellence Award.