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



Elise Fornaca – President
Business Affiliation – Frank Motors Group

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 Manager. She joined YPC in November 2013 and is very excited to be a part of such an incredible group of individuals.



Cami Tran – Vice President
Business Affiliation – Brown Marketing Strategies

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.




Daniella Boni – Marketing Chair
Business Affiliation – Callan Capital

Daniella joined YPC in February of 2015 and became the marketing chair in 2016. She has also been a Big Sister since February of 2015. Daniella grew up in Boston and moved to San Diego in 2013 in search of better weather and a more laid back lifestyle. She earned a B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Fairfield University and an MBA in Marketing from Northeastern University. Daniella is the Director of Marketing at Callan Capital, a La Jolla based wealth management firm. She is passionate about supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters through her involvement with YPC.




kevinKevin Christensen – Outreach Chair
Business Affiliation – Overland and Shanahan Wealth Advisors, Inc. 

Kevin started as a Big Brother in 2012 and joined YPC later in the year. He served as President of YPC in 2014 and he has also volunteered as a Big Brother Ambassador for the BBBS Man Up campaign and has been a speaker at various recruiting events. Kevin 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 has since worked at various firms affiliated with LPL Financial. He is currently a Wealth Advisor at Overland & Shanahan Wealth Advisors, Inc. in Del Mar. In his free time he enjoys playing golf and tennis, traveling, and checking out new bars and restaurants in San Diego.


Nick Nornaca

Nick Fornaca – Sponsorship Chair
Business Affiliation – Source of Knowledge

Nick grew up in San Diego and attended Brown University where he earned his B.A. in Business Economics. Nick was also a four-year member of the Brown University Baseball Team. After graduation, he moved back to San Diego where he began working as a Business Analyst for Source of Knowledge. He joined YPC in January of 2016 and is very excited about being a part of such a great organization.





ninoNino Zizzo
Business Affiliation –Mindstream 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.


Chris Mahlberg 
Business Affiliation – WE 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.


Vanessa Charfen
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.


Shannon Hearne 
Business Affiliation – San Diego Padres

Born and raised in San Diego, Shannon attended Cathedral Catholic for High School and Loyola Marymount University for her undergrad where she received her BA in Business Marketing. Following graduation Shannon returned to San Diego, holding the Suite Services internship with the San Diego Chargers for the 2015-2016 season. She now works for the San Diego Padres as an Inside Sales Representative. When she is not spending time with her family, you can find Shannon hiking, reading, relaxing on the beach or baking. It is Shannon’s first year with the YPC and she cannot be more honored to be a part of such an influential group of young adults.