Board of Management

The Rancho Family YMCA Board of Management is passionate about strengthening the communities we serve. Each year board members participate in the Annual Sustaining Campaign by fundraising as well as contribute to the campaign, actively participate in one or more committees, attend monthly board meetings, recruit future board members and provide a vital link between the Y and the community.

If you are interested in becoming engaged in working with a passionate group of volunteers to strength the foundation of the communities of Rancho Peñasquitos, Mira Mesa, Scripps Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Sabre Springs, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Torrey Highlands, SantaLuz, and Poway please contact Executive Director, Mark Thompson.

Jeff Morris- Board Chair
Jeff is a native San Diegan and has lived in Rancho Penasquitos since 1989. His family first became involved in the Rancho YMCA through swim lessons for his daughters and summer day camps. His experiences with the Rancho Y inspired him to join the Rancho Y Board of Management in 2003. Jeff is a civil trial attorney and has been admitted to practice to the U.S. District Court, Southern and Central Districts of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to his involvement with the legal community and the Y, he is also an active volunteer mentor for the San Diego Teen Court. Mr. Morris was selected as one of the best Inland Empire attorneys for 2009 by the Inland Empire Magazine. He also received the Rancho Family YMCA Exemplar Award in recognition of his exemplary contributions of Time, Talent and Treasure to the Rancho Family YMCA.

David Robertson- Past Board Chair
David has been working in Higher Education for the past 20 years, the last 10 at the Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego where he manages the office of Career Services. David provides career development services for students pursuing international careers, promotes the expertise of GPS students, and develops relationships with employers/alumni. He especially enjoys the wide diversity of backgrounds and interests of GPS students. David has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Counseling, both from San Diego State University. In the community, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Rancho Family YMCA, he sits on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center – San Diego. David has been married to his wife Mel for over 25 years and has two grown daughters.

Kelli Richard- Vice Chair
Kelli ha
s been working in the Finance profession for over 20 years. She currently serves as Vice President of Business Services for the Life Science Solutions group of Thermo Fisher Scientific. She previously served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Life Technologies until the company was acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific in February 2014. In this role she was responsible for worldwide accounting operations and financial reporting with an organization of over 300 people. Prior to joining Life Technologies, she held a variety of accounting positions, including Principal Accounting Officer at Gateway, Inc. Kelli has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Iowa.

Frank Reynolds- Secretary
Frank is currently a Principal Engineer and manager of the manufacturing engineering department at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. Frank is also involved in the community as an Assistant Scoutmaster and merit badge counselor with Troop 622, volunteering at his church, and has coached many seasons of Little League baseball, youth soccer, and youth recreational basketball. He lives in Rancho Penasquitos with his wife, Mary and two sons. He enjoys traveling with his family, especially to National Parks throughout the country, and spending time out-and-about and at home with his family and friends. Frank's family has participated in many YMCA programs over the years, with the highlight being the amazing Ride Across California (twice!) with their sons when they were in 5th grade. Frank joined the board in 2011.

Amy Taylor- Vice Chair
Amy ha
s worked in Banking for the past 19 years and joined California Bank & Trust in 2014. She currently holds the position of Vice President in Treasury Management. Before 2014 Amy worked at Union Bank for 14 years. Amy graduated from Virginia Wesleyan in 1997, with a BA degree in Business. Originally from Glenwood Springs, Colorado, Amy now resides in Rancho Penasquitos with her husband, Matt, and son, Garrett. Time with her family is her greatest joy, whether assisting Garrett with homework or vacationing. Having grown up in Colorado, a favorite hobby is skiing. Garrett has attended YMCA summer camps since the age of 5. He is also an avid swimmer, taking lessons at the Rancho Family Y and now a member of their Swim Team! This “family tie” to the Rancho Family YMCA enticed Amy to join its Board in 2012.

Ryan Stevens
Ryan has been working in the Printing Industry since 2002. Shortly after finishing an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University he was hired at Copy Club in San Diego starting as an Account Manager. After 3 years, he was promoted to Sales Manager and assisted in the marketing and name change to Replica Scripps Poway. In April 2007, Ryan purchased 100% of the business and changed to name to Replica Printing Services. In February 2012 Ryan opened a second location in Poway and has grown the business to 12 employees. Ryan is married to Dr. Esmeralda Iniguez-Stevens and together they have a daughter Salma.

Jeff Barger- Vice Chair

Jeff is the Vice President and Branch Manager of the San Diego County Credit Union Rancho Pen͂asquitos Branch. Prior to joining SDCCU, Barger helped lead the growth of a community-minded bank in the Pacific Northwest, where he became the highest performing new branch in the network. During his time there, his community work consisted of launching a grassroots effort to open one of the most successful farmers markets in the area. Barger has also held various other positions in banking with some of the industry’s leading organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance from San Diego State University and is also a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School, a graduate level banking program from the University of Washington. In his spare time, you can find Barger on the fields refereeing San Diego’s future World Cup soccer players. He also enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding and surfing, which has been a passion of his since attending the YMCA’s camp surf at the age of 10. He currently resides in Sabre Springs with his wife, Mary Jane and is also the proud father of three beautiful daughters, Marita, Erika and Elena.

Christiane Staninger
is a Professor and Director of German at the University of San Diego, she is also Founder and Director of Summer Language Immersion Program, Salzburg, Austria. Christiane earned her M.A. at Georg-Wilhelm Universität, Göttingen, Germany and her Ph.D. in literature at the Univeristy of California, San Diego. She is very active inthe community volunteering for a number of organizations including Loving Paws of Santa Rosa, Paw'sitive Teams of Rancho Bernardo and has been an active volunteer with the Poway Unified School District as a band parent, Choir volunteer and marching band head and usher. Christiane also volunteers for the Rancho Family YMCA's signature event the Ride Across California. Christiane has lived in Rancho Penasquitos since 1998 with her husband and 2 children.

Chris Lussier - Vice Chair
Chris, raised in Orlando, FL, received a BS from the University of Notre Dame in 1973. He was commissioned an Ensign, USN at graduation. After completing Nuclear Power School, Chris served in a variety of increasingly demanding billets at sea and ashore. He retired in 1995 with the rank of Commander. Postgraduate education included a MS from U C Berkeley, and a certificate in Business Management from UCSD Extension.Chris started his second career in technical employment services as President of the HireTech division of Leading Edge Engineering, Inc. in 1995. Chris and the former Bobbye Turner have been happily married for over 30 years. Chris’ involvement with the YMCA started with the Indian Guides and Trail Blazer programs with his son Brian. Chris and Brian participated in numerous YMCA activities including the Ride Across California, house boating on Lake Mead and hiking in the Sierra's and the Grand Canyon. Chris has served on the board of the Rancho Family YMCA since 1998.

Susan Couch
Susan joined Bank of America more than 20 years ago. She is a graduate of University of Washington Pacific Coast Banking School, Phoenix Community College. She serves on the board of the Rancho YMCA and is active with Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) San Diego, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), La Jolla Country Day School Marketing Committee and National Charity League. Susan has been the recipient of several awards including the YWCA Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN), San Diego Business Journal finalist Women Who Mean Business, Bank of America Spirit of Excellence, Leadership, Superstar and Top Gun honors. Susan is celebrating over 20 years of marriage to a Financial Advisor, has two beautiful children, enjoys bike riding and lives in Scripps Ranch.

Peter Fait
Peter grew up in New Hampshire where he attended the University of New Hampshire and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Forest Land Management. He presently works as a City Planner for the City of Coronado where he has been employed since 1985. Peter and his wife, Kathy, have three adult daughters and a son. They have lived in Scripps Ranch for over 20 years. Peter enjoyed participating in the YMCA Y-Indian Princess and Guide program for 15 years when his children were young.

Ryan W. Kennedy
Ryan is a senior manager in the San Diego office of KPMG LLP. Since 2004 Ryan has been responsible for delivering audit and accounting services to large and small, public and private clients in SanDiego. Ryan also serves as the primary campus recruiter for the San Diego office of KPMG LLP. Ryan received an undergraduate degree in business administration (accounting emphasis) from San Diego State University. Ryan is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Casey Hayes
Casey is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP in the assurance practice. He received his Bachelors of Accountancy from the University of San Diego. During his twelve year career at Ernst & Young, he has audited companies ranging from privately held, venture backed entities to large multi-national publicly traded companies. Prior to moving to sunny San Diego, Casey grew up in The Dalles, Oregon, a rural farming community in Eastern Oregon. In his spare time, he is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife Kristi and two young children.

Clifford Johnson, Jr.
liff and his wife Trish live in Scripps and have one son Cliff III. Cliff has an educational background consisting of a Dual Master’s of Science in Technology and Master of Business Administration, Systems Engineering from the University of Phoenix, a Graduate Degree BS & Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.Cliff is Chairman and CEO of CT Johnson & Associates which develops Concept of Operations in the areas of Autonomous Unmanned Systems Engineering. He has also been a member of the La Jolla YMCA.

Andy Berg - Vice Chair
Executive Manager - NECA

David Berry

Judge - San Diego Superior Court

Corey Buckner
Retired - Solar Turbines

Jay Garrow
Owner - Trademark Printing

Christine Millay
Community Volunteer

Shauna Schneider, M.D.
Retired, Community Volunteer

Steve Shea - Vice Chair
Principal - Barney & Barney, LLC

Jerry Suennen
- Treasurer
CFO - CTJA Unmanned Systems Engineering LLC

Gary Wallin

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