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.

Vice Board Chair

Susy Villegas

  • SVPR Communications – President

  • Universidad del Valle de Mexico – B.A.

Active in the non-profit community. Expertise in public relations, marketing and communications.


Keegan McNamara

  • McNamara Real Estate Ventures – Principal

  • UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management – MBA, Finance

  • Occidental College – B.A., Economics & English

Keegan is the Principal of McNamara Real Estate Ventures, which focuses on development and investment in urban neighborhoods in San Diego.  Mr. McNamara founded MV Properties in 2008.  MV Properties is a property management and real estate brokerage firm. 

He previously was a guest lectures for “Frontiers in Real Estate,” the first undergraduate real estate course taught at UCSD.  Keegan has worked in all aspects of real estate management, brokerage, development, and investment, including:  Senior Consultant at Robert Charles Lesser & Co, a national real estate consulting firm; CityMark Development, an award-winning urban infill development company; and a private equity real estate investment fund. 

Keegan is a licensed California real estate broker, and recently joined the Alumni Board of Directors for the Rady School of Management at UCSD.


Alicia Quinn

  • United Way of San Diego County – Vice President of New Business Development

  • Columbia University – M.S., Social Enterprise Administration

  • Georgetown University – B.S., Business Administration

With more than 15 years of private and nonprofit experience, Alicia is passionate about leveraging the resources from both sectors to fuel social innovation. In her role at Natural High, Alicia is responsible for building corporate and community partnerships to expand and scale the organization's programmatic initiatives and national reach. Prior to joining Natural High, Alicia was Director of Programs for Mission Edge, where designed and implemented a corporate social responsibility program for Qualcomm to engage employees in skills-based volunteering in the nonprofit sector. She also implemented a social enterprise accelerator for nonprofit organizations to develop, test, and implement revenue-generating lines of business. Alicia was Director of Programs and Development for the Accion U.S. Network, a microfinance lender that provides access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs, and Director of Programs for San Diego Social Venture Partners, which helps philanthropists realize greater social impact through their collaborative investments of time and treasure in local nonprofits.

She started her career as an analyst at JP Morgan Chase and Director of Administration at Howard Head Sports Medicine in Vail, CO. Alicia holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a MS in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. She serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Center of Peace and Commerce at USD and is the President of the Georgetown Club of San Diego. She is a finalist of the San Diego Business Journal's "2018 SD Next Top Business Leaders Under 40" and San Diego Magazine's 2018 Celebrating Women award.

Board Members

Jesus Cisneros

  • University of California, San Diego – B.A., Philosophy & Political Science

  • BLCI Alumnus Class of 2010 – Alumni Representative

Jesus Cisneros is a San Diego native. He enjoys post-Aristotelian, Hellenistic philosophy. Currently providing the students’ and community’s perspective on the board. 

Laura Deitrick

  • University of San Diego - Associate Director of The Nonprofit Institute; Professor of Practice, Department of Leadership Studies

  • University of San Diego - P.h.D, Leadership Studies

  • University of San Diego - M.A., Nonprofit Leadership and Management

  • San Diego State University - B.A., Economics

Dr. Laura Deitrick has been a nonprofit executive director, board member, management consultant, and researcher on major nonprofit trends. Her research has led to important reports on nonprofit ethics, nonprofits and public education, nonprofit human resource practices, executive transition, the economics of San Diego’s nonprofit sector, nonprofit public confidence, regional grant making. In her role, Dr. Deitrick oversees graduate programs, leadership development initiatives, and the work of the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research. Under her direction, the Caster Center’s work is focused on research, evaluation, and understanding the economic landscape of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector in relationship to the broader economy. Dr. Deitrick is the director of USD’s Nonprofit Leadership and Management master’s program where she teaches nonprofit research methods, program design, and evaluation. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of California San Diego. She is the co-author of Cases in Nonprofit Management: A Hands- On Approach to Problem Solving, recently released by Sage publications.

Judy Halter

  • JH Resources – Educational Consultant

  • Georgetown University – B.S., Economics

Judy worked in Public Finance for 17 years, institutional sales, trading & banking for EF Hutton, Morgan Stanley and helped create the first Public Finance Department run by a woman. When her fourth child was born, she retired from public finance. Founding the Medical Needs Foundation in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey which still exists today having raised over $2 million dollars to distribute to individuals faced with overwhelming financial obligations due to catastrophic and chronic medical conditions. She and her family moved to San Diego in 2005. Her children were fortunate enough to attend The Bishops School. During that time she served in various leadership roles at Bishops, but also served on the Board of Nativity Prep Academy and the Refugee Network.

She has worked part time as an independent college counselor for the last 8 years and has served on Georgetown's Alumni Admissions Board for the last 13 years, serving as San Diego’s Chair for 10 years. Most recently, served as Race Director of The La Jolla Cove Swim bringing back one of San Diego’s most treasured traditions of competitive swimming in La Jolla Cove. The proceeds are dedicated to funding youth swim lessons in underserved neighborhoods as well as cultural and beautification enhancements for La Jolla Cove Scripps Park.

Her greatest contributions revolve around empowering others through education or improving healthcare outcomes. Her greatest joys come from spending time with her husband and four children who reside in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Seattle.  

Adelita Jasso

  • Licensed Vocational Nurse, State of California

  • Parent Representative – Parent of two BLCI students

Adelita Jasso has an extensive background in nursing for the Sheriff's Department. She is an active member of her church, and dedicates her time to the Plaza Comunitaria for the parents of BLCI. 

Andrew H. Motiwalla

  • Terra Education - Founder & Chairman

  • Lawrence University - B.A., Anthropology and Spanish

Andrew serves as the Executive Chairman of Terra Education, the organization that operates Summer Springboard (academic summer camps for teens), Discover Corps (volunteer vacations for families) and Global Leadership Adventures (international volunteer trips for teens). Andrew has extensive experience managing and catapulting the growth of international education and volunteer programs. He served as senior vice president for the non-profit international volunteer program Cross-Cultural Solutions, where he helped build programs from scratch into a network of 14 countries and 2,500 volunteers. Throughout his career, he has worked with several tech startups, but his passion has always been international education. Andrew  is a graduate of Lawrence University and has done graduate studies in non-profit management at New School University in New York City. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

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.

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.

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.


Advisory Council

Andrew Achterkirchen

Vicki Baron

Trevor Blair

Christa Burke

Rafael Castellanos

Paula Cordeiro

Joyce Glazer

Lisa Goodman

Rodrigo Guevara

Maria Heredia

Linda Katz

Heather Lattimer

James Lauer

Kenneth Little 





David Lopez

Alex Montoya

Cindy Olmstead

Eliot Peters

Pedro Reyes

Warren Ruis

Vic Salazar

Rana Sampson

Laura Talamantes

Frank Urtasun

Sara Vaz

Danitza Villanueva

Sid Voorakkara

Richard Ybarra