Board of Directors

Each director brings a unique skill set and expertise, enriching the organization. A majority of our directors are LEAD graduates, proving that leadership truly does begin with … LEAD.

Board of Directors 2017 – 2018

Nikki Clay (84) - Co-Chair
Strategic Counsel
The Clay Company

Stath Karras (94) - Co-Chair
Executive Director
USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

Chris Amble (13)
Senior Vice President/Regional President,
Middle Market Banking
Wells Fargo & Company

Phil Blair (83)
Executive Officer

Trevor Blair (07 & 17)
Blair Search Partners LLC

Jason Bowser (07 & 15)
Managing Director, Regional Manager
Southern California Division
Consumer and Business Banking
Union Bank

Kate Collier (15)
Vice President & Treasurer
Sempra Energy

Joel Davis (15)
Vice President & General Manager

Aimee Faucett
Chief of Staff
Office of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer

Jeff Gattas
Assistant Chancellor/Chief of Staff
UC San Diego

Bill Geppert (14)
Community Volunteer

Ben Haddad
California Strategies, LLC

Karen Harrison (05)
Senior Vice President, Small Business Banking
Bank of America

Chanelle Hawken (09)
Vice President of Government & Public Affairs
Cox Communications California

Nels Jensen (16)
San Diego Business Journal

Steven Jones, Ph.D.
Jones & Associates Consulting, Inc.

Paul Komadina (14)
Managing Director, San Diego Region

Margie Newman (15 & 17)
Managing Director
Intesa Communications Group

Barbara Noerenberg (12)
Vice President, Corporate Research & Development

Idara Ogunsaju (17)
Department Administrator
Kaiser Permanente

Erica Opstad (11)
Senior Vice President/National Manager
Community Relations Department,
Corporate Social Responsibility
U.S. Bank

Kari Pelters (15)
Director of Finance
Hunter Industries

Jerry Sanders
President & CEO
San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Joe Stuyvesant (09)
Executive Director
Navy Region Southwest

Susan Taylor (16)
Executive Director, External Affairs
Scripps Health

Sherrie-Lyn Thompson
Director of Business Development
Higgs Fletcher & Mack

Robin Toft (17)
President & CEO
Toft Group Executive Search

Alberto Vela
Senior Vice President
Heery International, Inc.

Carisa Wisniewski (11) – Immediate Past Chair
Office Managing Partner
Moss Adams

Chris Yanov (06)
Founder & Executive Director
Reality Changers