The Committee

 

 

Meet the diverse group of dedicated men and women who volunteer their time, talents and energy to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. The YPC Committee is excited to have such a fantastic group of movers and shakers in San Diego County.  If you are interested in becoming a part of the YPC team, please contact our membership department or apply.

Executive Committee

Kevin Christensen – President
Business Affiliation – Stratos Wealth Partners 

Kevin joined YPC in October 2012 after becoming a Big Brother earlier in the year. He grew up in Northern California and moved to San Diego to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. He majored in Business Administration – Entrepreneurship and Finance, and began working for Financial Planning Consultants upon graduation. He recently joined Stratos Wealth Partners in Del Mar as a Wealth Manager Associate. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and tennis, traveling, and checking out new bars and restaurants in San Diego.

 

Jenica McClure – Vice President/Singles Auction Chair
Business Affiliation – RJL Wealth Management

Jenica has been a member of the YPC since 2010. She moved to San Diego in 2006 after attending UC Riverside where she studied Political Science & Business Administration. She has worked as a wealth manager in San Diego for the last seven years. She enjoys working with organizations that involve mentoring and making a difference in the life of others. In her free time Jenica enjoys traveling, meeting new people, cooking, and taking advantage of everything San Diego has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Stacie Tharp – Marketing Chair
Business Affiliation – Brown Marketing Strategies

Stacie joined the YPC in fall 2012 after first hearing about the group while working with Big Brothers Big Sisters on a client event. She graduated from San Diego State University in May 2011 with her degree in Public Relations and is a proud Aztec for Life. Prior to her role at Brown Marketing Strategies, Stacie worked with children in a variety of capacities including after school programs and as a youth camp counselor. She loves all things football (go Chargers!) and can’t wait to see San Diego bring home a championship ring. Stacie is excited about the opportunity to help drive awareness and involvement for the YPC and Big Brothers Big Sisters through her role as Marketing Chair.

 

Vanessa Charfen – Sponsorship Chair
Business Affiliation – Homes by Vanessa

Vanessa has been a member of the YPC since 2010.  She grew up in Orange County before moving to San Diego for college.  Vanessa attended San Diego State University for her degree in Psychology.  After graduating she began working in real estate and became a licensed Realtor in 2006 specializing in residential real estate with Axia Real Estate Group, Inc. where she currently helps people across San Diego County find their dream home.  As the Sponsorship Chair for the YPC, Vanessa is excited about raising awareness of the organization and meeting other young professional looking to make a difference.

 

Beth Brannigan – BBBS Liaison/Secretary
Business Affiliation – BBBS of San Diego County

Beth started at Big Brothers Big Sisters in May of 2010. Specializing in event logistics, Beth hopes to bring the agency’s events to a new level of efficiency that will help BBBS raise more funds for the children of San Diego County. Now on the official YPC team, Beth is enthusiastic to meet other young professionals looking to make a difference.

 

Cami Tran BBBS Liaison/Events Chair 
Business Affiliation – BBBS of San Diego County

Cami started at Big Brothers Big Sisters in July of 2012 as Program and Development Specialist.  Born and raised in Oregon, she moved to San Diego to pursue her educational goals.  Majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an Emphasis in Meetings and Events from San Diego State University, she has merged her passion for event planning and serving her community through her involvement with BBBS and YPC.  Cami hopes to fundraise, serve more children, and positively impact our community through her participation with YPC.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants in the area and baking yummy treats.

 

Ryan Theret – BBBS Board Liaison
Business Affiliation – BBVA Compass Bank

Ryan joined the YPC as President in February 2012 and has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters over the past four years. After graduating from Cal Poly – SLO in 2005, Ryan moved to San Diego and began his career in the Middle Market Banking industry as a credit analyst. He is currently Vice President for BBVA Compass Bank helping them build their newly formed San Diego Corporate Banking Group. Mirroring his passion for sports, Ryan is currently in the process of becoming a Big Brother in the Sports Big Program.

 

Chris Mahlberg – Recruiting/Golf Tournament Chair
Business Affiliation – ME Insurance

Chris was born in raised in San Diego California.  He graduated with a Degree in Economics from UC Davis in 2010.  Worked with children as a camp counselor at Camp Zama U.S. Army Base, Japan in 2009, and as a camp director at U.S. Air Force Base Volkel, Netherlands in 2010.  Chris has been a Big Brother for his Little, Gilbert, since 2011.  He is a lifelong golfer and hopes to be a lifelong San Diegan.

 

Stephanie Tomicich – Events Committee
Business Affiliation – Scripps Memorial Hospital

Stephanie Tomicich, born in San Diego, California, is the oldest of four children. A Graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing as well as a Master’s of Science with an emphasis in Executive Nursing Leadership from the Hahn School of Nursing at The University of San Diego . Stephanie started her career and continues to work in the Intensive Care Unit at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, has been involved in start-up surgery centers and managing nursing units, and is currently adjunct faculty at The University of San Diego. Stephanie has been involved in Leadership and mentorship from a young age and is passionate about raising money to support programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego that foster positive relationships and mentorship between adults and youth.

Events Sub-Committee

ninoNino Zizzo – Membership Chair
Business Affiliation –Midstream Interactive

Nino grew up in San Diego and attended San Diego State University where he earned a B.A. in International Business. Nino has since commenced a career digital advertising and works for Mindstream Interactive, managing local campaigns for national franchises. He joined YPC in the summer of 2012 and helps in organizing YPC’s monthly events.  He considers himself very lucky to be a friend to the outstanding people in YPC.

 

Alyssa Boyd – Events Committee
Business Affiliation – Endless Possibilities Events, LLC

Alyssa joined YPC in the spring of 2013 after her decision to become a Big Sister earlier that year. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2008 and after working for a year in the athletic department at Villanova University, made the decision to move to San Diego. She graduated from San Diego State in 2011 with her MBA with a concentration in sports management and worked for 3 years for The Marshall Faulk Foundation. Alyssa recently left the foundation to become the Director of Special Events for Endless Possibilities, a company that specializes in philanthropic events and helping athletes do their part to give back. She is looking forward to developing the company and continuing to do her part in the San Diego community.

 

Masha Efros – Events
Business Affiliation – UBS Financial Services, Inc.

Masha joined YPC in August 2012. She grew up in Northern California and moved to San Diego to attend college. She earned a B.A. in International Business from San Diego State University. Masha enjoys getting involved and helping in the San Diego community and is excited about making an impact through her involvement with YPC and BBBS.

 

 

 

 

Caroline Hornblower – Chocolate & Vino Chair
Business Affiliation – Ticor Title

Caroline grew up in San Diego and attended UCSB for her undergraduate degree in English. After graduating, she moved back to San Diego, and began working in the title industry. She is an account executive for Ticor Title, working with Realtors and Lenders throughout San Diego. Caroline has been a Big Sister for the last 3 years, and became involved with the YPC in 2011. She is also involved with the Boys and Girls Club, and enjoys focusing her time on charities that help children in San Diego. She enjoys running, yoga, traveling, and checking out new restaurants in SD in her spare time.

 

 

Elise Fornaca – Chocolate & Vino Committee / Website
Business Affiliation – Frank Motors

Elise grew up in San Diego and attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she received her BA in Communications and English. During college, she worked in the Behind the Scenes Marketing Department for Happy Madison Productions for three years. Once she graduated, she moved back to San Diego and began working for the Frank Motors Group as a Digital Marketing Associate. She joined YPC in November 2013 and is very excited to be a part of such an incredible group of individuals.

 

 

Michelle Stansbury – Chocolate & Vino Committee
Business Affiliation – Little Penguin Productions

Michelle moved to San Diego in March of 2013 and is excited to be involved with YPC helping with events. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and worked in Branding & PR before taking off on a three and a half year journey traveling around the world. Since moving to San Diego, Michelle has founded a new company, Little Penguin Productions, which does PR, Marketing, and Events for technology companies and professional firms.

 

 

Amber Lay – Chocolate & Vino Committee / Singles Auction Committee / Sponsorship
Business Affiliation – Amber Lay Events

Amber grew up moving around the county but is happy to call San Diego home. She is the founder of Amber Lay Events, an event coordinating and floral design company that donates a portion of their proceeds to charity. In her spare time Amber loves helping organizations like YPC and enjoying time out on the water.

 

 

 

 

Siyamak Khorrami – Golf Tournament Committee / Recruitment Committee / Sponsorship
Business Affiliation – Skyriver IT

Born in Iran and living internationally over the past 14 years, Siyamak speaks English, Spanish, Farsi and Mandarin. For the past 8 years, he has been leading start-ups in both the US and China. At the age of 24, Siyamak was a key team member as the head of finance and operations at a Contract Research Organization in China. He oversaw the growth of the company from 25 to 300 employees and learned the critical importance of company culture. In this role, he also found IT support to be frustrating for business leaders and end users. This looked like a business opportunity to him. After studying the IT industry, he recognized that the majority of the talent in the IT industry is drawn to technology, but not service delivery. So, he set out to change the IT industry with a different approach to serving clients. His company, Skyriver IT, offers frustration-free IT services in combination with reliable technology solutions. Founded in 2008, Skyriver IT managed double-digit growth during the economic downturn. It continues its rapid growth and Siyamak is planning to take it nationwide.

Jenny Womack – Golf Tournament Committee / Marketing Committee
Business Affiliation – 

 

Sponsorship Sub-Committee

Liz Porreca – Sponsorship Committtee
Business Affiliation – Guild Mortgage Company

Liz grew up in Golden, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado, where she graduated with a BA in English Literature. During her time at CU, Liz became involved in several student groups and worked for the university, as well as the Alumni Association. She also volunteered her time as a Family Camp Counselor, and for various Denver organizations. Craving a new adventure, Liz moved to San Diego in 2012, where she works as a Compliance Analyst at Guild Mortgage Company. She joined YPC in November 2013 and looks forward to getting more involved in the San Diego community, as well as this wonderful organization.