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

Tara Agen

  • HP, Inc. – Vice President & General Manager, Personal Systems Displays and Accessories
  • Regis College, Westin, MA - B.A., Political Science
  • Columbia University, NYC - Executive Finance Degree

Tara has been at HP 24 years, most recently, she was Personal Systems Chief of Staff and Executive Director running planning and operations, a $32 Billion business where she managed day-to-day operations for the President and his Staff.  Additionally, she was instrumental in turning around the Consumer Personal Systems (CPS) businesses in her leadership role. Tara co-led redefining the Product Lifecycle Planning process that was instrumental in operationalizing faster insights to innovative concepts to engineering development that successfully drove a turnaround success in less than 3.5 years. She has held a variety of HP Co. leadership roles.  Two of her most memorable breakthrough contributions include being on record as part of the team that built the fastest growing $1billion business in HP history: HP Pavilion PCs and building a unique bridge between HP and her community’s need to print more sustainably. She gives back to the community she lives in by sitting on several boards, such as CommNexus, the 501c3 Board for Evonexus, San Diego and Orange Counties’ supporter of tech startups.

Jesus Cisneros

  • San Diego Lincoln Club –  Deputy Director
  • 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. 

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. 

Heather Lattimer

  • University of San Diego –  Executive Director, IEE | Professor, Learning & Teaching
  • Harvard University – B.A.  
  • Stanford University – M.A.
  • University of California, San Diego – Ed.D.

Dr. Lattimer’s areas of expertise include secondary literacy, content area literacy, social studies and history education, project based learning, curriculum design and evaluation, action research, and international education. A former middle and high school teacher, Dr. Lattimer is the author of two professional texts for teachers, Thinking through Genre (Stenhouse, 2003) and Reading for Learning (NCTE, 2012), has published and presented widely for both professional and academic audiences, and is a nationally recognized consultant. Her research focuses on literacy, teacher education, teacher professional learning, and 21st century learning in international contexts. While at SOLES, she founded and directed both the Master’s Credential Cohort Program and Education Minor and is currently working with colleagues to create an on-line Master’s in Education program. Dr. Lattimer is currently working on a book about implementing Common Core Standards, co-editing a text about Action Research, and exploring the use of project based learning and digital technology in affordable private schools in Kenya.

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.

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

  • Mission Edge – Director of Programs 
  • Columbia University – M.S., Social Enterprise Administration
  • Georgetown University – B.S., Business Administration

Alicia is passionate about leveraging cross-sector collaboration to fuel social innovation and helping nonprofits maximize their impact by building strong, sustainable business models. Prior to joining Mission Edge, she 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 collaborative funding and pro bono consulting with local nonprofits. She started her career as an analyst with JPMorganChase and spent eight years in healthcare administration before transitioning to the nonprofit sector.

At Mission Edge, Alicia has designed a skills-based volunteer and board matching program to engage corporate employees with nonprofits, developed an employee giving group strategy for the Qualcomm Foundation, and launched the Social Enterprise Accelerator and Impact Lab (SAIL), an accelerator that empowers innovative, mission-driven enterprises to create sustainable, revenue-generating business models through access to business planning resources and human capital.

Alicia holds a BS in from Georgetown University and a MS in from Columbia University. She serves on the Executive Advisory Board for the Center of Peace and Commerce at USD, the board of LIFT Development Enterprises, and the Georgetown Club of San Diego board. She is also a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.

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.

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.


Advisory Council

Andrew Achterkirchen

Vicki Baron

Trevor Blair

Christa Burke

Rafael Castellanos

Paula Cordeiro

Ignacio De La Torre

Alicia Foster

Joyce Glazer

Rodrigo Guevara

Linda Katz

James Lauer






Kenneth Little

Alex Montoya

Andrew Motiwalla

Cindy Olmstead

Eliot Peters

Warren Ruis

Vic Salazar

Rana Sampson

Frank Urtasun

Sid Voorakkara

Richard Ybarra