Board of Directors

Barrio Logan College Institute Board of Directors

barrio_logan_college_institute_classWe believe in BLCI! Leaders from the business, education, media and non-profit communities serve alongside parents and staff to ensure our success as a thriving, sustainable organization.

Board Chair

Jolyn B. Parker
VP External Relations for San Diego OASIS
Empire State College, State University of New York- BPA, Professional Studies in Nonprofit Management
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York- A.A.S., Marketing/Merchandising

Jolyn has extensive experience in marketing and brand planning, retail management, strategic and operational planning, business development and community outreach, as well as extensive volunteer involvement in nonprofit organizations. In addition to her work at OASIS, she serves on the board of Community Health Improvement Partners, and San Diego Symphony Notables Committee.

Vice Board Chair

Keith Behner
Stiefel Behner Charitable Fund-Philanthropist & Retired City Planner
San Diego State University-B.A. & Master’s Degree Candidate, Political Science

Keith is the son of a career Naval Officer and was raised primarily in Coronado, as well as Hawaii and Brazil. He earned a B.A. in political science from San Diego State University, and is an SDSU Monty Award recipient. Keith is married to Catherine Stiefel, a CPA, graduate of the SDSU College of Business, and a fellow Monty Award winner. Keith and Catherine are active supporters to numerous nonprofits–at the local, national, and international level–with the focus areas of foster education, environmental sustainability, and social justice.


Lisa Goodman
Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. – Client Portfolio Manager
Alliant International University – M.B.A.
University of California, San Diego – B.A., Theatre

Lisa has more than ten years of investment experience and a background in community relations, education, and planning. Prior to joining Brandes, Lisa worked for Merrill Lynch. Lisa serves on a condo association board, has volunteered at BLCI for 2 years and is a Big Brother Big Sisters San Diego Mentor.


Joyce Ross
Ross Partners – Founding Partner/Retired University Professor
University of Southern California, Ph.D. & M.S., Health Services Administration

Joyce has over 30 years experience in organizational development, leadership training, and human resources consulting. In addition to her role at Ross Partners, she was also a Professor of Public Administration at San Diego State University. Joyce currently devotes a majority of her time providing pro-bono consulting to nonprofit organizations through San Diego Social Venture Partners. She has also served as a Board Member with Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, the San Dieguito School District Personnel Commission, and San Diego Social Venture Partners.

Board Members

Victor Vilaplana
Renovate America, Principal
UCLA Anderson School of Management – MBA
Stanford University – B.A., Political Science

Victor, a native San Diegan, currently serves as Vice President, Financial Relations for Renovate America, a VC-backed technology firm that has developed a platform to promote the financing of energy and water efficiency home renovations. Through its HERO program, Renovate America lowered barriers for homeowners and has financed nearly $2 billion of home renovations helping consumers lower the operating costs of their homes and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to Renovate America, Vilaplana was vice president of electric and fuel procurement at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy. Previously, Vilaplana served as director of investor relations and manager of mergers and acquisitions for Sempra Energy. Vilaplana started his career as part of an Institutional Investor ranked equity research team at Morgan Stanley.

Christa Burke
Community Leader and Corporate Communications Firm Owner/Partner
UCLA School of Nursing – M.A.
California State University, Northridge – B.S.

Christa has served on the San Diego Women’s Foundation Board, San Diego Foundation’s Civil Society Working Group and the Regional Vision Initiative Task Force as well as several nonprofit Boards.

Heather Lattimer 
Department Chair, University of San Diego
Harvard University – B.A.  
Stanford University – M.A.
University of California, San Diego – Ed.D.

Trevor Blair
Director of Workforce Developoment- Manpower
USC Marshall School of Business – M.B.A.
University of Pennsylvania – B.A., International Relations

A native of San Diego, Trevor has over 13 years of experience in staffing, HR and workforce development. After 5 years with Manpower based in Sydney, Australia, he moved back to San Diego with the company in 2006. As Workforce Development Manager, Trevor’s focus is on developing partnerships with public, private and not-for-profit organizations to address workforce development needs in the greater San Diego region. His community involvement centers on leadership and employment issues. Trevor’s current board and committee positions include the San Diego Workforce Partnership, LEAD San Diego, and JUMA Ventures.

David Lopez
Teach for America – San Diego, Executive Director
University of California, San Diego- B.S., Management Science

David Lopez, the son of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised in San Diego. As a student in San Diego public schools, David experienced firsthand many of the challenges that make it difficult for students to succeed. After acquiring an A.S. in electronic engineering, he spent six years in sales and marketing in San Diego’s vibrant tech sector. He returned to school in 2008 to acquire his B.S. in management science from UCSD, and then became a 2010 Houston corps member where he taught bilingual Kindergarten and 3rd grade as part of Houston Independent School District. As founding executive director of Teach For America – San Diego, David partners with local schools and districts to help ensure that all students have access to an excellent education.

Adelita Jasso
Parent Representative-Parent of three BLCI students

Jesus Cisneros
BLCI Alumnus Class of 2010 – Alumni Representative
University of California, San Diego-B.A., Philosophy & Political Science

Tara Agen
HP, Inc. – Executive Director and Chief of Staff 
Regis College – B.A.

Susana Villegas
President – SVPR Communications 
Universidad del Valle de Mexico – B.A.

Danny Zaragoza
San Diego Gas and Electric – Director, Emergency Management 
University of Redlands  – B.A.


Advisory Council

Vicki Baron

Rafael Castellaños

Paula Cordeiro

Alicia Foster

Joyce Glazer

Linda Katz

Ken Little

Alex Montoya

Cindy Olmstead

Vic Salazar

Rana Sampson

Frank Urtasun

Sid Voorakkara