Board of Directors

Director Williams

Board President
Past Vice President Communications, Titan Corporation

Wil Williams is past Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs for Titan Corporation (now L-3 Communications). He joined the Board of Directors in 1999. Wil has served in various public affairs and communications positions in government and industry, ranging from the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs to prominent Fortune 500 companies. He is a former and retired Air Force officer and pilot.

Director Moore

First Vice President
Director of External Affairs, AT&T

Christine Moore grew up in the City Heights community of San Diego and is a Director of External Affairs for AT&T California. Prior to working for AT&T, Christine spent many years working for elected officials and has also been active in her community. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Urban Corps San Diego, Christine also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce and the South County Economic Development Council. Christine is married to Jason and has three children.

Director Williams

Second Vice President

Ingrid Nielsen was born and raised in San Diego and is an active community member with a long history of support for the Urban Corps. She served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Nielsen Construction and on the Midway Community Planning Advisory Committee.

In addition to her long-term support of the Urban Corps, Ingrid has volunteered as a counselor at the San Diego Youth & Community Services Storefront, a shelter for homeless teens, and later on the SDYCS Board of Directors for seven years. In addition, she has volunteered and/or supported: The Thursday Club, Tarik Kamisa Foundation (TKF), Habitat for Humanity, and La Jolla Cancer Research.

Ingrid holds a bachelors degree in Business Economics and Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. During her 30 years of professional working experience, Ingrid has held various positions in the San Diego Real Estate Development, Property Management, and Construction fields.  She currently manages three commercial properties for the Nielsen family and in her spare time enjoys tennis, bridge, book club, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren.

As an Urban Corps board member, Ingrid succeeds her mother, the late Charlotte Nielsen who served on the Urban Corps board from 2003-2011.

Director Williams

Treasurer
Senior Tax Analyst, Sempra Energy

Tracey Williams has over 15 years of accounting and finance experience.  She has been working with Sempra Energy as a Senior Tax Analyst for over five years focusing on tax preparation of San Diego Gas & Electric tax returns.  Prior to joining Sempra Energy she was the Chief Operating Officer of a local fitness chain in San Diego.  Tracey received her Bachelors in Accounting from San Diego State University and is currently pursuing her CPA license.  Tracey’s other affiliations include:  LEAD San Diego Graduating class of 2009, actively participating in the Big Brother Big Sister program, Sempra recruiting, and Junior Achievement.

Director Morales

Board Secretary
San Diego Housing Commission, Community Liaison

Daniel Morales has been the Community Services Liaison and Ombudsman for the San Diego Housing Commission for the past 10 years . As a former City Council representative, he worked hard to help start the Urban Corps in 1989. Daniel not only supports the Urban Corps through his voluntary work on the Board of Directors, but goes above and beyond in his commitment to the youth of San Diego. Daniel continues to volunteer as an umpire for North Park Little League and has done so for over 15 years. He resides with his wife, Anne, and son, Carlos in the community of North Park.

Director Morales

Board Member Ex-Officio
Secretary-Treasurer/CEO
San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council

Richard Barrera has spent more than 20 years as a community and labor organizer, helping working families build power to win economic, political and social justice. As a community organizer with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Consensus Organizing Institute, Richard worked with residents of neighborhoods from San Diego to Chicago to Little Rock and Las Vegas to build affordable housing; improve schools and public transportation; establish job training programs and increase voter participation. As a union organizer with the United Domestic Workers of America, SEIU United Healthcare Workers, and the California Nurses Association, Richard helped home care providers and service workers in hospitals win new organizing drives; negotiate higher standards in wages, benefits and patient care protections; and build political power.

In 2008, Richard was elected to the San Diego Unified School Board, representing the communities surrounding San Diego and Hoover High Schools. During a period in which public schools in San Diego faced historic budget cuts from the State of California, Richard helped build coalitions of parents, students, teachers, classified workers, administrators and community leaders to protect the outstanding work going on in neighborhood schools. This process of community-based reform - distinct from top-down corporate reform - has produced unprecedented gains in student achievement, narrowing of the achievement gap, and reduced dropout rates in San Diego's public schools. San Diego Unified is now recognized as one of the top performing large, urban districts in the nation, and has received prestigious awards for its groundbreaking work in science instruction, arts and music education, career technical education, and classroom technology. Under Richard's leadership, San Diego Unified has also passed two bond measures totaling nearly $5 billion in taxpayer investment. Richard was re-elected to the School Board in 2012 with 100% of the vote.

Director Sterns

Board Member
President, National University International

Bob currently serves on the Urban Corps of San Diego Board of Directors, the Community Resource Center Board of Directors, and has been appointed by the City of Carlsbad mayor and city council to the Carlsbad Library Board of Trustees where he serves as Vice Chair.

He is a graduate of the City of Carlsbad Citizens’ Academy and the LEAD San Diego Program where he was awarded the LEAD San Diego Herbert G. Klein Visionary Award for making significant leadership contributions to the San Diego community. He served in Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer and as a member of the Butler University Board of Directors.

Bob was also selected as a “Power to Be” in the December 2008 issue of the San Diego Magazine. He has a B.A. in International Studies & Political Science from Butler University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California San Diego. Bob is married to Sarah Benson and has two wonderful boys, Palmer and Reece.

Director Brooks

Board Member
Principal, Leon Brooks & Associates


Leon Brooks is the Principal of Leon Brooks & Associates, Designers - Planners.  He has been on the Board of Directors of the Urban Corps since 1995. Leon also serves on the County of San Diego’s Planning Commission, and is a member of the San Diego Unified School District's Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee [ICOC] for Proposition MM School Bond.

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Board Member
Vice President, Fund Development, ARCS Foundation, Inc. - San Diego Chapter


Diane Annala Chalmers received her undergraduate education at Denison University, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University, and post-graduate certification in Arts Administration from Harvard University. In her professional career she has held a variety of positions in higher education, arts management, non-profit management and government. These include serving as Director of University Events at UCSD, as Chief of Staff for a San Diego Councilmember, Executive Director of the San Diego Performing Arts Foundation and as Director of Development for the College of Professional Studies at SDSU. Most recently she has served as Development Director for the Louisville Orchestra and as Executive Director of the Louisville Ronald McDonald House. While in Louisville, Diane also taught Non-Profit Management at Bellarmine University. In the course of filling these positions she has traveled extensively, including the former Soviet Union to select arts groups for the San Diego Russian Arts Festival, and several trips to China as a planner for an International Conference on Rehabilitation of the Handicapped.

In 2004 Diane returned to San Diego after an absence of a few years and lives in La Jolla with her husband, Joseph Chalmers. Dr. Chalmers is a Visiting Scholar at UCSD and San Diego State University and retired Chairman of the Department of Physics at the University of Louisville. Diane is currently retired but remains involved as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego chapter of the ARCS Foundation, Inc., serves on the Advisory Council of the ATHENA project at UCSD Moores Cancer Center, and Chairs the Concert Committee at La Jolla Presbyterian Church in addition to serving as Board Member of Urban Corps.

Director Guglielmo

Board Member
President and Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Padres, Retired

Dick Freeman joined the Padres as Chief Financial Officer on January 1, 1981. Prior to joining the Padres, Dick served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, as a CPA with the firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co. (Today’s KPMG) and Controller and Treasurer of Central Federal S&L of San Diego.

Dick became president of the Padres in September 1988 and served as president until 1995. He became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1996 serving in this capacity until 2002 when he returned to the Padres as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Dick currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute and the National Board of the March of Dimes Foundation, the San Diego Economic Development Corp. and the San Diego International Sports Council. He and his wife Judi have one daughter, Heather. She and her husband Rob are attorneys living in Boston. The Freeman’s live in La Jolla, CA.

Director Gaylord

Board Member Ex-Officio
Attorney-at-law

Gino Mazzanti is an attorney who earned his law degree from California Western school
law in 1976. He has been in private practice with the Law Offices of Gino V. Mazzanti
in San Diego since 1977. His practice concentrates in the field of business law where he
is engaged in forming and advising partnerships, corporations (both for profit and not for
profit) and limited liability companies. He also handles business litigation. He is currently general counsel for the following nonprofit corporations:

  • Interface Community Services, Inc. - Founded in 1983 and provides services for
    children and adults with developmental disabilities to help them be independent and
    productive.

  • OpenOceans Global Inc. - Founded in 2007 and is dedicated to “Linking People to the
    World’s Oceans” through sharing information that will result in more informed decisions
    about ocean policy. The organization is non-partisan and non-political. OpenOceans Global works with communities to gather information, data, funding and options that can be implemented for mutual benefit.

  • Chapel Of Awareness Spiritual Church Corporation – A church founded in 1973.

 

Director Gaylord

Board Member

Daniel Paramo was appointed by California Governor, Edmund G. Brown, to the position of Warden at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego on June 27, 2012.
He has served 22 years in various executive management positions with the State of California-Department of Corrections, and ten years in the Economic Development and Planning Departments in the Cities of El Centro and Imperial Valley. Danny was active in the Imperial County community for over 25 years

  • Elected to the Brawley City Council.  Served as Mayor for City of Brawley from 1992-1996.
  • Imperial County Representative at Southern California Association of Governments-Board of Directors. Negotiated for millions of dollars in Highway funds for Imperial County-Hwy #111 project.
  • Former Board President – Clinicas de Salud Del Pueblo 1996-2000.  Assisted with establishment/construction of Health Clinic in City of Brawley and throughout Imperial County which provided Health Care Services to thousands within our Farm Labor Community and Low Income families throughout Imperial County. 
  • Former Pioneers Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors and Past President.  Served for ten (10) years. Assisted in the passing of bond measure to help finance the construction of a 100 bed Hospital Facility.  In addition, worked at upgrading Medical equipment utilizing State and Federal monies and donations from within the community.  Assisted with recruiting well qualified medical staff and specialties to improve the quality of care in Imperial County.
  • Awarded Imperial County's Man of the Year in 2010

Affiliations:

  • Former Board President of Imperial County Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Former Board President of Imperial County Red Ribbon Coalition
  • Former Board President of Brawley Boys & Girls Club
  • Former Co-Chairman of Imperial County United Way
  • Former Board Member –Imperial County Cancer Society
  • Former Board President-B.U.H.S. Athletic Boosters
  • Former Board Member-Imperial County Transportation Coalition
  • Former Member-Imperial County Law Enforcement Association
  • Former Chapter President-Chicano Correctional Worker's Association

Danny majored in Public Administration at SDSU and is married with two children.

 

Director Gaylord

Board Member

Gail Weed is Commercial and Personal Banking Officer with Torrey Pines Bank. Ms. Weed draws from 20 year's experience in consumer and commercial banking with specialized concentrations serving business owners, not-for-profit organizations and professionals including attorneys, physicians, dentists and CPAs.

A native San Diegan, Gail grew up in the Clairemont area. She attended Mesa College completing the Flight Attendant Program. She is also actively involved in the local community, giving of her time and talents to United Though Reading, American Heart Association, Say San Diego and Alzheimer's Association of San Diego and Imperial County.

In her spare time Gail loves hiking, snow-skiing, walking Sammy, the family's Labrador retriever and traveling.

 

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