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.

Elise loves YPC because it allows her to work with one of the most influential non-profits in San Diego. Big Brothers Big Sisters and the people who work for the organization are so incredible – you can actually see and feel what your hard work is going towards. She’s polished many skills being involved with YPC, but has developed leadership skills. She went from going from a committee member to Marketing Chair to President and YPC allowed her to develop into those leadership roles.

 

Cami Tran – Vice President
Business Affiliation – Brown Marketing Strategies

Cami joined YPC in 2012 and became a Big Sister in 2014. Born and raised in Oregon, she moved to San Diego to pursue her educational goals. She earned a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from San Diego State University. She currently works at a boutique-marketing agency, Brown Marketing Strategies, as their Marketing and Events Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys being active, trying new restaurants in the neighborhood and testing new recipes. Cami hopes to fundraise, serve more children, and positively impact the community through her participation with YPC.

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Daniella Boni – Marketing Chair and Chocolate and Vino Co-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.

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Kevin 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.

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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.

 

Committee Members

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Brittany Malkin 
Business Affiliation – Distinguished Programs

Brittany has been a Big Sister through BBBS for 4 years, and joined YPC in 2017. She wanted to join YPC to contribute back to the organization that has rocked her world in so many ways. And not to mention, the events we plan are amazing, and her fellow committee members have been a great support system. Go Team!

Brittany is originally from Bakersfield, Ca and moved to San Diego in 2007 to attend SDSU. She’s very proud to call San Diego home now. She works as a Sales Executive for Distinguished Programs, and she specialize in commercial real estate insurance. On the carrier side, her company works directly with agents and brokers. Brittany loves what she does, and is grateful to do it living in such a beautiful city.

In her free time, you can find her reading, cooking, running, hiking, learning the piano, kickboxing, hanging with her little sister, being a social butterfly with friends, or in complete relax mode. She’s really been working on that thing we call balance. Oh, and she loves travel (but who doesn’t).

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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.

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.

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Nino 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.

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Sarah Speers
Business Affiliation – UCSD Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR)

Sarah Speers is a Marriage and Family Therapist at UCSD’s Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research (CHEAR) where she oversees an intensive treatment program for binge-eating disorder. She obtained her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of San Diego and her bachelor’s degree in advertising and psychology from Syracuse University. Sarah was formerly a Big Sister with Big Brother’s Big Sisters and is passionate about continuing to help support this incredible charity in changing lives by volunteering with the YPC.

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Carlos has been a part of the YPC since 2014 and is currently a member of the outreach committee. He feels that everybody needs a mentor in one way or another. There is so much to learn, and so many kids aspiring to take over the world. Carlos is a former big, and enjoys teaching kids science and engineering as a volunteer. During his free time, he likes to kitesurf, salsa dance, rock climb, hike and cook. During the day, Carlos’ passion led him to solve complex problems as an engineering and research team leader. Because of his mixed ethnic background -Salvadoran, Asian and Italian-, people seldom believe that he was born in El Salvador. The phrase he hears the most is “Your Spanish is so good!”. “Oh, Thank you!”
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Business Affiliation –SOCi

Tara grew up in Northern California spending most of her family vacations in Tahoe and San Diego. In 2010, she became a full-time San Diego resident while attending San Diego State University studying business marketing. After graduation from SDSU, Tara pursued her career in event marketing working as an events coordinator within the Trade Shows department at HD Supply. Recently, Tara switched over to the startup world joining SOCi Inc working on their trade show marketing; SOCi is a platform streamlining the social media management process including design, scheduling, monitoring and reporting enabling social media marketers to manage hundreds of accounts. In her free time, she enjoys cooking new Pinterest recipes, grabbing a good cup of coffee at different shops in the area, and hanging out with friends at fun breweries in the beer capital of the world. Tara is excited to plan events bringing together San Diego professionals all while raising money to support a great cause that is shaping our future young professionals.

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John Hammerstrand
Business Affiliation – Chihak & Martel

John A. Hammerstrand is an attorney at the law firm of Chihak & Martel and pilot for SkyWest Airlines.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from San Diego State University, studied abroad at Oxford University, and received his law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law.  He is also type rated to fly both the Embraer and Canadair Regional Jet and holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, the highest grade certificate awarded to a pilot by the Federal Aviation Administration.In addition to his flying duties at SkyWest Airlines, John serves as mediator and team leader with the Professional Standards Department where he works to resolve crew conflicts.  His professionalism and diligence have also been recognized within the legal community, having been selected a Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine and one of San Diego’s Best of the Bar by the San Diego Business Journal in 2016 and 2017.

In addition to being a “Big” and a member of the Young Professionals Committee, John has volunteered throughout the United States.  His past endeavors include assisting the Mississippi Center for Justice in their quest for equality, cleaning-up and rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and helping to revitalize women’s shelters throughout San Diego County.

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Business Affiliation – Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County
Talia is the Events and Marketing Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, and serve as staff liaison to YPC. She attended UCLA for her BA degree and Pepperdine for MBA degree. She loves being involved with YPC because she really appreciates interacting with a passionate, committed group of young professionals who will serve as the future of Big Brothers Big Sisters in San Diego!
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Harrison is a Licensed Realtor at Keller Williams. He formerly worked as a government consultant in Washington, D.C. Harrison attended Southern Methodist University and graduated in 2014. His interests include basketball, tennis, youth mentorship and men’s style. Harrison was introduced to YPC in 2017 and he currently serves on the sponsorship committee.

 

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Business Affiliation – RMD Group
Dennis was originally introduced to YPC July 2016 through a colleague, who had suggested he volunteer as Bachelor for Rockin’ Date Night, as they were short on bachelors and bachelorettes. Dennis enjoyed the event so much and wanted to support their cause, that he decided to sign up to become a YPC member. Born and raised in Boston, Dennis joined the Marines and relocated to San Diego. After leaving the military, he decided to stay to attend school, and is now the Outreach Manager for the Marketing department at RMD Group. As an YPC Outreach Chair, he is excited to introduce and recruit other young professionals to both YPC and BBBS. Dennis is passionate about volunteering, enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and dining at local restaurants.
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Business Affiliation – Sharp Memorial

Sharan is a Critical Care Pharmacist at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. She received a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Touro University (Vallejo, CA) and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Mills College (Oakland, CA). Her interests include cooking, reading and fitness. She currently serves on the sponsorship and Chocolate & Vino subcommittees.

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Adanahi Saldivar-Gonzalez 
Business Affiliation – Deaulove
Ada owns Cal Notary service, a mobile Notary company. She is also a marketing coordinator for New Era Home Financial Group-Real Estate Company since 2005. Ada is launching Deuxlove.com a couples apparel & accessories online store, which will be available in the fall of 2017.
Ada attended Alliant International University  and received a degree in Marketing communications. She wanted to be a part of her community and provide value to it. YPC’s mission to help youth through Big Brother Big Sisters organization is making a significant impact in the San Diego community and she feels privileged to be a part of YPC. Ada does stand-up comedy and independently rescues, fosters, and places dogs in their forever homes.
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Ashley Rhame
Business Affiliation – Hoyle Cohen

Born in Spain and raised in Japan, Ashley moved to San Diego and attended Cathedral Catholic High School and then went off to complete her Bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University. With previous experience in the domestic marketing department at Paramount Pictures, Ashley now leads the marketing department at HoyleCohen, a San Diego based wealth management firm. As a  high school mentor herself, Ashley joins YPC as a passionate advocate for youth mentorship and ls looking forward to being a part of such a wonderful organization.

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Business Affiliation – Buku Lacrosse 
Christie is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH with a degree in Communications and Sports Management degree.
Before moving to San Diego, she worked for a professional tennis tournament in CT.  Currently, she works with a lacrosse company that runs lacrosse programs and events in Orange County and various cities across the country.  She’s responsible for the marketing and planning of its programs.  The company has two arms: Buku Lacrosse Club and Crease Coach.
IChristie loves to travel and explore new places.  Moving to California was always a goal of hers and San Diego is a great fit because she’s met awesome people that share her love for sports and travel. She’s always up for new adventures and a huge Patriots fan!
She joined YPC because she wanted to get involved with the community and meet other young professionals in the area.  Everyone is so friendly and enthusiastic about the community and the events we have to help BBBS.