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The Just in Time Team works in alignment with our Core Values to create Measurable Positive Benefit for the Community we serve, providing Essential Resources, leveraging Critical Relationships, and attracting Life-Changing Investments to Sustain our Lasting Impact. Meet the team behind JIT.
Impact & Inspiration
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Irving graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry and a minor in personality and social psychology. This was a huge accomplishment for him because while growing up in the foster care system, he did not have a traditional educational experience; from the tender age of one, he constantly moved around, and the instability caused him to not attend school until he was 15 years old.
Because of this gap in education, Irving became a constant learner and is adaptive to people’s needs and personal growth. Irving is passionate about Latinx empowerment and has mentored at SDSU in several different formats as a SOAR mentor as well as an Aztecs Reaching Aztecs (counseling and psychological services) peer mentor.
Irving was a JIT participant for three years and is now our Chief Impact Officer. He is committed to making sure that our community reflects the needs of our participants and that the youth voice is being heard. He also oversees the wonderful Youth Services team, making sure they have the support and resources needed to ensure every participant gets the personalized attention they deserve.
Irving is passionate about movies, TV shows, and podcasts – so if you ever get bored and need recommendations, be sure to reach out to him and he will try to identify some content you may be interested in. In his free time, Irving also loves to longboard on smooth pavement.
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Barbara Carter joins Just in Time as the Investor Stewardship Specialist. With an associate degree in general business and ongoing pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Barbara brings a wealth of knowledge to her role.
Before joining JIT, Barbara spent five years as a caregiver for a disabled veteran. She also has experience as a sales auditor and debt collector. As a current Participant at JIT, Barbara’s passion for the organization’s mission runs deep.
In her role as Investor Stewardship Specialist, Barbara strengthens relationships with partners and investors, utilizing her outgoing personality and genuine approach. She aspires to attend culinary school and combine her business degree with her love for cooking in the future.
Beyond her role at JIT, Barbara enjoys family cooking and baking with her fiancé and two children. They also love spending time outdoors, taking their dogs to the park.
Barbara Carter’s dedication, diverse background, and warm personality make her an invaluable member of the JIT team, contributing to its mission and success.
Meet Arianna, an LA County native who followed her dreams to sunny San Diego for college. Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego, Arianna is on a mission to make her mark in the nonprofit sector. She’s pursuing a certificate in Nonprofit Management at the University of San Diego and plans to dive into a full-time master’s program soon. Arianna’s passion for helping others blossomed while working with nonprofits, from after-school programs to providing support and transitional housing for women.
Arianna discovered Just in Time (JIT) during her deep dive into the vibrant world of San Diego nonprofits. Initially, she was interested in volunteering, but fate had another plan. The moment she read about JIT’s values; she felt a spark igniting within her. Now, Arianna is ready to roll up her sleeves, team up with the JIT Volunteer crew, and forge incredible connections between volunteers and participants that transcend their JIT journey.
Arianna dreams big for JIT. She envisions a future where the JIT community thrives, fueled by a constant stream of passionate volunteers. With each recruit, the ripple effect of positive change grows, ensuring an even greater impact on the participants’ lives. Arianna is here to make that vision a reality, one volunteer at a time.
Arianna is a vintage-shopping aficionado, a horror movie connoisseur, and a die-hard fan of reality and true story shows. Catch her at a concert, grooving to the beats of her favorite artists. But don’t be fooled by her adventurous spirit – Arianna also knows how to find fun at home, indulging in activities that nourish her soul.
Corey was drawn to Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT)’s because of our mission to empower underserved foster youth. As the Volunteer Service Coordinator at JIT, Corey embraces the opportunity to genuinely connect with and support youth by linking them with a pool of knowledgeable and encouraging coaches.
With a background in psychology, Corey’s passion for understanding the human mind led him to explore audio production, computer engineering, and computer science. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science, Corey’s academic journey reflects his dedication to expanding his knowledge.
Corey gained valuable experience by working at dual-diagnosis treatment centers, where he assisted individuals dealing with mental health challenges and substance abuse. As a primary care staff member, Corey facilitated therapeutic groups, demonstrating empathy and compassion. Corey’s commitment to service and community involvement extended to supporting youth struggling with addiction for seven years, holding various committee positions.
Outside of work, Corey finds enjoyment in video games, anime, hiking, photography, singing, and spending quality time with friends and family. His enthusiasm for life shines through in his hobbies and dedication to making a positive impact in the lives of others.
Samantha Harmer brings a wealth of experience – professional and personal- to her role as Just in Time’s Lived Experience Coach Coordinator.
A recent graduate of the University of California San Diego, Samantha triple majored and achieved undergrad degrees in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Policy; Communications; and Sociology. While attending UCSD, she worked with former foster youth as a Student Coordinator for the campus – providing advice and administrative support for youth navigating financial aid, funding for books and housing assistance; coordinating events and community-building workshops; and implementing a mentorship program that paired faculty and staff with former foster youth.
Originally from Utah, Samantha moved to California when she was 13 years old after being placed in foster care in San Diego. She was introduced to the Just in Time community in 2018 through the College Bound service. It was here that Samantha realized the power of a supportive community, unlike any she had ever experienced. In addition to being a participant, Samantha lent her time and talent to the organization as a Marketing intern where she helped launch the Just in Time Network; oversaw participant focus groups; and executed campaigns related to JIT’s 20th anniversary.
As a young girl, Samantha felt alone, like she had nobody to turn to for help. As Just in Time’s Lived Experience Coach Coordinator she is helping to build a bridge to community for youth currently exiting foster care, ensuring they have the resources and relationships necessary to thrive.
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Originally from Indio, California, Esmeralda moved to San Diego in 2016 in pursuit of better educational and professional opportunities. She attended San Diego Mesa College, where she achieved her associate degree in Sociology in 2018, graduating with honors. She then transferred to San Diego State University, where she was an active member of the Guardian Scholars program, including serving as the Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Guardian Scholars Student Advisory Board. Esmeralda graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2020, earning a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change.
Before joining the JIT staff, Esmeralda had been connected to Just in Time as a participant for two years. She engaged in JIT services such as College Bound, Career Horizons for Young Women, and Financial Fitness 103 – all of which she credits for much of her personal and professional growth. Esmeralda shares that she was hesitant to join the JIT community at first; with a vast lack of resources available to her growing up in the foster care system, she had a hard time believing that a supportive community like JIT could even exist. But since then, she has embraced the support and her identity as a former foster youth – an identity she was taught to suppress in the past.
Esmeralda is now JIT’s Youth Service Managing Coordinator for our Empowerment services. Esmeralda leads our Career Horizons, a service that allows our female identifying youth to gain a support group of other empowering women while each participant identifies their own confidence through a series of self-discovery workshops and events to impact their personal and professional development. Esmeralda also supports our Bridges to Success, Changing Lanes, and Basic Needs services to ensure youth are being supported and empowered throughout their journey towards self-sufficiency. Esmeralda is passionate about giving back to the community she says has given her so much and is excited to help others find their full potential, regardless of their past experiences.
Outside of Just in Time, Esmeralda enjoys watching movies (especially seeing horror and comedy flicks), binge watching shows and snacking on Hot Cheetos. You can also find her painting or working on a puzzle when she needs to unwind.
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Dr. Jill graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has been a Licensed Psychologist since 2001. She has had a variety of work experiences, including working at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a community mental health center and college counseling. Her focus in the past 8 years has been her private outpatient practice, where she specializes in working with adolescents.
After moving back to San Diego, Dr. Jill discovered Just in Time through a high school friend who spoke highly of his time working with JIT. After learning that mental health for participants has become a focus for the organization, she jumped at the first opportunity to be a part of the mission and our community.
Dr. Jill is currently working as the Mental Wellness Supervisor and will be developing the mental health and wellness service at JIT. She looks forward to making mental health care accessible to all participants, since she recognizes how difficult it can be to access services when they are needed most. One of her top goals is to develop a training program at JIT for Alliant University doctoral students to receive clinical training.
Outside of work, Dr. Jill loves to play fantasy football, try out new recipes, play games, socialize, travel, and spoil her two cats.
Before moving to San Diego, Brittany graduated from The College of Charleston in South Carolina, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She continued her education at the University of San Diego, earning a paralegal certificate. Brittany later joined the Board of Directors for the San Diego Paralegal Association, and discovered through this role how much she enjoys linking students to resources. She facilitated job readiness workshops, played a key role in the planning and execution of Bridging the Gap (SDPA’s annual educational conference), and co-led the development of SDPA’s Mentorship Program.
These experiences led her to volunteer with Voices for Children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). For three years, Brittany was able to learn about and advocate for foster children and it was during this time that she developed a passion for working to strengthen the foster care community. Brittany began working with Incredible Families as an Engagement Specialist, and as luck would have it, she would pass the Just in Time office each day on her way to the trolley. She became curious about JIT and in researching the organization, she was impressed with the mission, core values, and culture of community. As soon as a position opened, Brittany applied.
Brittany is now a Youth Services Lead Coordinator for Just in Time. She feels most comfortable assisting participants with employment, and knows she can help empower former foster youth with their career journey. One of her goals is to make the transition out of foster care and into adulthood easier for participants by equipping them with knowledge, confidence, connections, and skills best suited to their individual professional goals.
Outside of work, Brittany enjoys spending time with her cats, Bentley and Pumpkin. Being born and raised in Buffalo, New York, she also loves to indulge in what she calls Buffalonian specialties: the Buffalo Bills Football team, Duff’s chicken wings, beef on weck, and sponge candy. She also enjoys volunteering her time, engaging in self care, and running marathons.
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DeRahn’s professional career started in 1997 as a software engineer in New York. While the job was financially beneficial and technically challenging, he had the persistent feeling that something substantial was missing. In 2005, when he attained his first Personal Trainer certification, he finally realized what was missing: meaningful human connection. Since that day, he committed to dedicating his life to learning about people and helping them grow to become the best version of themselves. In 2009, he left the software world to pursue fitness and health coaching full time, eventually starting his own company.
DeRahn’s continual desire for authentic communication, connection, and collaboration made Just in Time for Foster Youth the perfect addition to his life. He joined the JIT community in 2016 as a volunteer for College Bound and Coach Approach to Mentoring. Then, in September 2020, he became a part of the JIT staff as a consultant for Bridges to Success and Coach Facilitator for Coach Approach. His many years of experience as a health coach honed his skills of listening, empathy, and relating.
Enduring his own painful and mostly solitary journey from scared, repressed youth to confident, capable adult not only gave DeRahn the tools to climb toward self-actualization, but also instilled the passion to share those tools, so that our youth won’t have to endure the same trials and tribulations that he did.
Outside of JIT, you will find DeRahn salsa dancing, playing the flamenco guitar, or practicing yoga – sometimes all at the same time.
Iza graduated from California State University in the Fall of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is also currently taking classes at Mira Costa College to obtain her associate degree in Child Development, with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2022.
Iza first connected to the Just in Time community as a participant in 2012, when she engaged in College Bound and My First Home, and the support she received from JIT helped her build her skill sets and work toward stability and independence. Through various JIT events, she also formed lifelong friendships with people whom she felt she could really connect with and who understand her. JIT workshops and staff provided Iza with a sense of stability and a safe environment at a time when everything around her was constantly changing, and she’s forever grateful for it.
Now as a member of the JIT staff, Iza serves as Lead Youth Services Coordinator at our North County office. focusing on the Changing Lanes and Basic Needs services. She’s very detail-oriented and a hard worker, and strives to not only help our participants thrive but also give back to the organization and community that helped her when she first became a participant. Iza’s goal for working at JIT is to help foster safe and stable relationships with participants so that they feel the same strong, positive impact from the JIT community that she has.
Outside of JIT, Iza loves spending time with her pets, doing puzzles, painting, and hiking/spending time outdoors. She and her partner also enjoy traveling and are saving up to take a trip back to South Africa, where Iza was born and raised until age 12.
Josie Vanta recently joined Just In Time (JIT) as the Impact & Systems Data Specialist. With a B.S. in Management Information Systems and an associate in psychology from SDSU, Josie brings a diverse skill set to their role.
Having discovered JIT during their college years, Josie was drawn our commitment to Mental Wellness. Josie sees JIT as an amazing platform for personal growth and community service.
As the Impact & Systems Data Specialist, Josie aims to build strong relationships between teams while providing a fresh perspective to our data team.
Outside of work, Josie finds fulfillment in weightlifting, rock climbing, hiking, and camping during the winter. They embrace challenges and appreciate the tranquility of nature.
Josie’s guiding quote, “You stand where you stand by virtue of the path you walked to get here,” inspires them during difficult times and reinforces their resilience on Josie’s journey through life. With their technical expertise and dedication, Josie is an invaluable asset to the JIT team, contributing to their mission of making a positive difference.
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Joss graduated from UCSD in the Spring of 2022 with a B.S. in Developmental Psychology. During their studies, they also served as a Queer Trans People of Color Access Coordinator supporting high school and community college students by facilitating access to higher education.
Joss’s passion for foster care developed during their psychology and social justice studies. They first learned about Just in Time for Foster Youth during one of their research projects on the foster care system. What attracted them the most was how JIT disrupts the system to better support those transitioning out of foster care.
As one of our youth services coordinators for our Financial Fitness service, they hope to bring an intersectional and healing lens to financial independence and literacy. They are devoted to helping our participants develop a healthy relationship with money and continue to be an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.
Joss developed their creative muscle through art and music and enjoys visiting museums in their free time. When Joss isn’t exploring museums, you can find them learning and cooking new recipes or at the gym pumping iron alongside their partner.
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Nathaniel is a native of east San Diego County and a former foster youth who earned his Master of Social Work from San Diego State University, Bachelor of Science in Global Security and Intelligence Studies from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and his Associate of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Grossmont College.
Transitioning from foster care into the “grown-up” world presented many significant challenges as Nathaniel confronted isolation as a first-generation college student. Fortunately, he made long-lasting connections on campus at Grossmont College. He found a community, mentoring, financial resources, and a renewed sense of confidence and self-efficacy utilizing counseling, work study, financial aid, and connection with peers and knowledgeable mentors. These services provided Nathaniel with the necessary tools to achieve academically and grow personally.
Nathaniel brings diverse and extensive professional experience, serving as a foster youth liaison in post-secondary education, admissions counselor, and most recently as a Protective Services Worker for the County of San Diego in Extended Foster Care, helping transition age youth achieve independence after foster care. Nathaniel’s professional social work experience has also equipped him with clinical skills and an awareness of social inequality to advance change in individuals and our community.
Nathaniel first became involved with the Just in Time community in 2019 by volunteering as a coach for College Bound. He immediately connected with the JIT mission and values, and was captivated by theenthusiastic and supportive atmosphere created by JIT participants and staff. In 2021, he was invited to join the JIT staff and now serves as the Youth Services Managing Coordinator for Financial Fitness, where he guides participants toward taking ownership of their financial literacy in banking, budgeting, saving, and investment.
Nathaniel aspires to be the role model for others that he was able to have at critical moments in his young adulthood, motivating self-development, helping others find their passion, guiding them toward resources, and building their community and sense of belonging.
In his free time, Nathaniel enjoys developing functional fitnessin the gym, traveling, trying new foods, experiencing the outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. He, his wife, and two dogs are excitedly anticipating the arrival of their first child. He highly values continuous learning through diverse books, podcasts, films, music, differing viewpoints, and the unique story of others.
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Monica was born in San Diego and earned her Child Development Site Supervisor associate degree from Grossmont College. She considers this a huge accomplishment, beating the odds as not only a foster youth but also a teen mother. She is passionate about helping her foster youth community and worked at Promises2Kids as a youth advocate while pursuing her AA. She also worked for a retirement home before joining the JIT team.
Monica was introduced to Just in Time in 2019 but was out of the age range to receive services by that point. Instead, she decided to advocate for other youth, spreading the word about the resources that are available. Now as the Youth Services Connection Coordinator at JIT, Monica works with team on developing and implementing administrative goals. Some of her responsibilities include organizing and distributing essential information, supporting the execution of workshops and events, and leading orientations for new Just in Time participants. Monica is an asset to the JIT team, tackling every challenge with authenticity and openness, showing true compassion, and collaborating effectively with her teammates.
Through her role, Monica hopes to bring inspiration, hope, and joy to every person in our community, encouraging others to follow their dreams and not be afraid to ask for support when it’s needed. She finds fulfillment in ensuring JIT participants receive the personalized attention and resources they deserve.
Outside of work, Monica is a cheer and soccer mom, and a constant source of support for her two beautiful daughters, Yli and Yenni. In her “me” time, Monica loves music and dancing, getting massages, and enjoying a good meal.
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German was born and raised in San Jose, CA. After attending UC Riverside and earning his degree in Psychology, he worked for AmeriCorps as a College Access Coach and Youth Mentor.
While in college, German volunteered at a group home and was deeply impacted by his experience. He realized more could be done to support foster youth. He has joined JIT as the College Bound Youth Services Coordinator, hoping to leverage his experience as a first-generation student to support others in their college journey. German is passionate about aiding students’ success in higher education. His goal is to bridge the gap between higher education and the students who attend alternative high schools. He aims to someday become a teacher or counselor.
In his free time, German enjoys going to music festivals and listening to music, playing video games, watching sports, and cooking and baking.
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Edward graduated from CSU Fresno with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2018. He also earned his Associate’s in Real Estate in 2020 from San Diego Miramar College. He then went on to work as a Youth Care Worker, Teacher, and Wellness Monitor.
Edward is a Just in Time alumni who has seen first hand how JIT’s programs and services can help foster youth succeed. He feels JIT helped him grow as a person through the amazing services we offer. Edward has joined our team as the first ever Youth Outreach Coordinator, responsible for outreach with potential participants and community partners to assist in getting more former foster youth involved with JIT. Edward’s goal is to give back to the community that helped him.
During his free time, Edward enjoys camping, getting lost in nature, fishing, and photography. He also enjoys exploring what he calls “supposedly haunted places” in California.
Alyssa graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphases in Social Work, Biology and Child & Family Development. At her university, she was involved in both the Guardian Scholars program and Delta Beta Tau fraternity. Early in life, Alyssa moved throughout several states in southeastern United States, becoming a ward of the state at the age of three. She feels fortunate to have graduated high school in San Diego, even as an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, because she was able to connect with services like Just in Time.
Outside of Just in Time, Alyssa enjoys cooking, camping, exploring new places with friends, and spending time her two cats & guinea pig.
Shannyn recently graduated Cum Laude from California State University San Marcos with a degree in Criminology and Justice Studies. Shannyn also holds an Associates in Liberal Arts from MiraCosta College. Her passion for helping others grew stronger while participating in JIT, Guardian Scholars, and Operation Hope
Shannyn first connected to Just in Time four years ago. Since then, she has participated in College Bound, Pathways to Financial Power, and Financial Fitness 102. All these services greatly impacted Shannyn’s growth and helped her practice authenticity towards others. Attending the various JIT workshops helped Shannyn break out of her shell “I was able to combat some negative thoughts and connected to a community that values and accepts me for me.”
Shannyn joins the JIT team as a Youth Services Coordinator overseeing our Basic Needs Services. She will be helping participants overcome emergency situations by connecting them to critical resources. Her goal is to offer tools and assist participants in creating financial plans to help them prepare for similar situations that may arise in the future. Most importantly, she aims to build rapport with participants, so they feel comfortable seeking assistance – so that they have a friendly ally to rely on.
In the future, Shannyn plans to go to graduate school and obtain a master’s degree in social work and aspires to become a case manager at a welcoming community like JIT.
Monica’s professional work experience spans over 25 years in sales, marketing, recruiting, and diversity and inclusion roles for organizations like the Walt Disney Company, UMass Memorial Health Care, Lutheran Family Services, and Keck Graduate Institute, a Claremont College. Born and raised in the Chicago area, Monica earned her Bachelor of Science in Mass Media Communications from Oral Roberts University and her MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Monica’s desire to serve foster youth began over 20 years ago when she served as a CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, where she was dedicated to a foster child’s case and advocated for their best interests. Following her corporate career, Monica served as a childcare worker in a Riverside County group home, trained foster parents and later recruited foster parents.
Monica is passionate about supporting Just in Time’s mission by attracting, developing, inspiring, and retaining employees who align with Just in Time’s core values and want to make an impact.
Outside of JIT, Monica enjoys dancing, attending live sporting events, eating delicious food, and laughing loudly with family and friends.
Growing up in the foster care system, as a teen Reshae experienced the instability of being bounced around from placement to placement and high school to high school before finally establishing a relationship with Ramona High School. However, before her senior year, she was moved to a group home in Hillcrest. Wanting to stay at Ramona High School, Reshae advocated for herself and helped establish the passing of California bill AB490. Reshae was the first student in San Diego County to utilize the benefits of the bill, which allowed her to continue her senior year in Ramona while residing in Hillcrest.
After high school, Reshae enrolled in San Diego Job Corps where she was introduced to security management operations. She worked in the security industry for 10 years, but she wasn’t completely satisfied with her career path. She took the time to identify a new career path and started working at New Alternatives as a Child Care Worker. While looking for resources for a youth, she stumbled upon Just in Time. From the moment she saw JIT’s mission and the services that were offered, she wanted to be a part of it.
Reshae joined the JIT family in 2016 as a youth services coordinator yet identified a need for operations management. Having a strong background to support an operations role, the transition was made for Reshae to oversee the operations of the organization. For over three years, she has been the operations guru for Just in Time, assisting in creating a stronger infrastructure and communication capacity and strengthening workflow protocols. To further build her skill set, Reshae went back to school and recently completed her master’s in business.
When Reshae is not at JIT, she is running around with her 7-year-old son. They share the love of baseball, music, movies, and art. She also serves on the board for Imperial Beach Little League where her son plays and is involved with her Imperial Beach community through various projects.
Gayle is a certified public accountant with a degree in accounting and an MBA from Arizona State University in Tempe. She spent the first five years of her career as an auditor with Deloitte, where she audited not-for-profit organizations, regional governmental groups, and publicly held companies. After receiving her MBA and raising her family, Gayle joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Los Angeles and spent the next 11 years providing accounting and consulting services to multinational corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and various governmental entities within the federal government of the United States and the countries of Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia.
As an experienced auditor and consultant, Gayle has helped organizations achieve best-in-class finance and accounting functions through the implementation of enabling technology, re-engineered processes, redesigned procedures and training. After leaving PricewaterhouseCoopers and settling in San Diego, Gayle spent the next few years as Controller for the Information Technology division of Sony Electronics. She thought about retiring but after reading an article about Phillip Rivers, his Rivers of Hope Foundation, and its assistance to youth at Just in Time for Foster Youth, she volunteered on the Audit Committee of JIT. She was soon asked to be part-time Chief Financial Officer, which she gladly accepted in 2012.
Fully committed to the JIT mission, Gayle uses her skills and experience to help keep the finance and accounting functions running smoothly so everyone else can do what they do best in order to serve JIT’s youth. As CFO, Gayle manages the accounting functions, processes, procedures, and internal controls at JIT and provide inputs and guidance related to finances. Her accomplishments have been achieved through team efforts – successful audits year after year, a healthy cash reserve, timely financial reporting, cross training within the accounting department, and a team of talented accounting professionals. By lending her talents and experience, Gayle is helping to build a financial infrastructure that is scalable and can be replicated anywhere. Her vision for the future is to see the JIT model proliferate from coast to coast, as every city in America has foster youth who need a welcoming community of support once they leave foster care.
Outside of Just in Time, Gayle enjoys traveling and renovating and flipping properties.
Ivan is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration. He began his career with the Parks and Recreation Department in the City of San Diego, where he excelled at problem solving by creating a partnership with the San Diego Police Department and establishing clear roles to eliminate illegal camps at parks and beaches. Soon after, Ivan obtained a job at ICW Group as a Claims Processor where he learned the value of data integrity and customer service. However, he soon discovered his position would be relocating. Rather than picking his whole life up and moving like he had so many times during his decade in foster care, Ivan committed to staying in San Diego.
During Ivan’s job search, he came across an opportunity that felt like destiny: Just in Time for Foster Youth was looking to fill a new position in their Volunteer Services department. Ivan’s time spent as a JIT participant combined with the professional skills he gained during his internships and time at ICW Group made him a perfect fit on the JIT team. He began as our Volunteer Services Coordinator, recruiting for My First Home and other services before being quickly promoted to Volunteer Services Specialist then Service Enterprise/Partnerships Manager. In his current role, he leads social and service enterprise for the organization, and has helped us secure a truck for My First Home, upgrade and expand our Distribution Center, and establish and lead many partnerships. He is passionate about creating a community for the youth we serve and ensures many have extra income through helping with My First Home.
Outside of work, Ivan loves listening to podcasts and hip-hop, playing and watching soccer, watching Mixed Martial Arts and live sporting events, and spending time with his cat Meela.
Kathryn was able to witness the power of sustainable community empowerment firsthand when she spent a summer abroad in Thailand, Tanzania, and Burundi – serving with multiple non-profits along the way. After graduating in 2015 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Kathryn discovered a newfound vision and passion to apply what she learned abroad to her hometown of San Diego.
Before Just in Time became home base over four years ago, Kathryn gained valuable experiences and skills at multiple established non-profit organizations. Her contributions included program management, volunteer oversight, fund development and donor relations, marketing, and event planning. These experiences taught her the importance of professional agility and self-discipline, and always being ready to go where the need is. At her core, Kathryn deeply believes each person has the invaluable opportunity to live a meaningful life and make the world a better place, and she’s thankful to be able to encourage this value with the JIT community.
As Executive Support Specialist, Kathryn has the incredible opportunity to serve as a communications liaison for the senior leadership team and Board of Directors, ensure high standards in organizational culture, impact, and capacity, and support JIT efforts to expand our framework to likeminded organizations nationwide.
Outside of work, Kathryn loves spending time with her husband, two dogs, and sweet one year old son, Callan. As long as they’re outside in the warm sun, they’re happy. Kathryn’s favorite thing is experiencing the wonder of life through her son’s eyes!
Patricia Lopez is a dedicated professional with an MSc in HR Management who has worked as an HR consultant for both professional services companies and California-based non-profit organizations.
Her hobby of refinishing furniture led to an unexpected connection to JIT. A Youtuber she’d been following posted about volunteering her skills with participants in the JIT community. Patricia was touched by her commitment to creating a customized, homey space for former foster youth and her interest was piqued.
In her current position as the Talent Engagement Manager at JIT, Patricia is focused on building and strengthening our staff’s ability to fully realize our talents. Her aspirational vision revolves around a fully engaged team that loves what they do and embraces their full professional potential.
Beyond her career, Patricia finds joy in volunteering with South Bay Cat Adoptions as a cattery caretaker and adoption counselor. She enjoys bonding with her pets, traveling with her sister to concerts especially to see her favorite band, the Avett Brothers, and watching and endlessly analyzing prestige TV shows like The Last of Us, Dark, and Yellowjackets.
Jessica Diller is the Volunteer Services Managing Coordinator at Just in Time for Foster Youth. She holds the ultimate privilege of leading the organization’s efforts to engage the JIT community in volunteering as coaches, facilitators, and advocates, utilizing their time, expertise, skills, and love. Jessica believes that the commitment shown by volunteers reflects the broader community’s support for Just in Time’s mission. Her responsibilities include conducting meetings with internal and external collaborators, as well as ensuring that the Volunteer Services Team has the necessary resources and connections to achieve their BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals).
Having graduated from Olin College in 2018, a small engineering school near Boston, Jessica earned a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. While there, she thrived in a vibrant culture of innovation and had a vision to revolutionize engineering education, making it a captivating, meaningful, and impactful experience. Although she did not ultimately pursue a career in engineering, Jessica discovered her passion for service and became a prominent voice on campus, actively participating in various organizations and leading student-led task forces.
Jessica first learned about Just in Time while working as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at North County Lifeline immediately after her graduation. She admired the organization’s work even then, but it wasn’t until she joined Just in Time in 2021 that she realized her personal connection to the foster care system: her grandfather served as a licensed foster parent to her cousins for several years. Over the past decade, Jessica witnessed the events and living situations that led to her cousins’ placement, the complex family dynamics involved, and the challenges they faced in transitioning to self-sufficient adulthood. Tragically, one of her cousins, Mckayla, passed away at the age of 20 without the knowledge of Just in Time. Jessica often reflects on how Mckayla’s life might have been different if she had been a part of this incredible community and had access to their extensive resources and connections. Therefore, Jessica is dedicated to ensuring the inclusion and support of every potential youth participant, as she firmly believes that everyone deserves a caring community, regardless of their family background.
In her personal life, Jessica’s days are devoted to her loved ones, her cat Red, and pursuing a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. For leisure, she enjoys exploring new experiences, whether it be in foreign countries, trying new restaurants, or visiting familiar places with a fresh perspective. In the distant future, Jessica hopes to visit every United States National Park.
In 2010, Sophia volunteered as a mock interviewer for San Diego Second Chance Program, an agency that serves youth and adults who were involved in the justice system. After that experience, Sophia realized she wanted to continue working with people who sought to move on from their past and better their lives. So she joined the organization and worked as a Job Developer and Business Services Coordinator. Sophia continued her career with other workforce development organizations. These positions allowed her to create a bridge to connect at-risk youth, veterans, and justice involved persons with meaningful relationships and job opportunities.
In 2018, Sophia connected with Just in Time at the annual Pathways to Financial Power conference, where she participated in the career fair speaking to youth about work-readiness and mentorship opportunities. She was impressed by her experience and is now happy to be serving as JIT’s Volunteer Services Lead Outreach Coordinator.
One of Sophia’s goals is to continue to build strong, meaningful, and long-lasting relationships within the JIT community. She hopes to be able to introduce JIT’s services to youth in the foster care system prior to them aging out at age 18 so that they understand there is an established community and support system to help them transition.
In her free time, Sophia enjoys hiking and salsa dancing. Her favorite place is Zion National Park, which she calls “breathtaking.”
Ozzy received his Associate of Science in Physics from Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga before moving to San Diego in 2015 to pursue his undergraduate degree. In spring 2020, he graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Engineering, Computer Science, and Counseling and Social Change.
In his time at SDSU, Ozzy was very involved on campus in a variety of ways, especially in roles where he encouraged other foster youth to own their stories and follow their dreams. He served as the president of the Sigma Lambda Beta fraternity during the 2018-2019 school year, as a SOAR (Success, Opportunity, Academics, Relationship) mentor and assistant coordinator for the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs; and as an active member of Guardian Scholars.
Ozzy is driven by a motivation to help foster youth succeed and is empowered through his experiences supporting others. He loves the feeling of knowing that together, youth who come from traumatic or uncertain backgrounds can truly thrive.
As a member of the JIT team and former JIT participant, Ozzy hopes to support, inspire, and motivate participants along their journeys to self-sufficiency and well-being, and aims to serve as a role model for what you can achieve and overcome when you are surrounded by a community of support. In his role as Operations & Admin Support, Ozzy is a welcoming face for youth, leading orientations for new participants, greeting each person who visits the Mission Valley office, and collaborating with outside agencies to make sure our youth are getting the support they truly need.
In his free time, Ozzy enjoys hanging out with his frat brothers, playing video games, and volunteering in the community with his fraternity. His future aspirations include becoming a college advisor for sciences or college coordinator and pursuing a master’s degree related to his passions.
Scott will focus on furthering Just in Time’s mission, vision, and goals through increased efficiencies and effectiveness. He will help find clarity and alignment among JIT’s leadership, staff, and participants. He looks forward to getting to know each party’s goals and aspirations and then helping them achieve the success they are striving towards.
Scott’s passion for developing potential was sparked at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center where he facilitated high-ropes / confidence courses and leadership development workshops. After graduating from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing / advertising and a minor in naval science, Scott enlisted to join the United States Marine Corps. During boot camp an eye issue was discovered that constituted automatic disqualification. Although no longer able to serve on active duty, Scott discovered Marine Corps Community Services and served in the roles of Retail Sales Manager, Base Education Center Advisor, and Employee Development Specialist.
Further achieving his master’s degree in organizational leadership from National University, Scott has dedicated his life to helping others achieve their goals. Most recently, he has acquired coaching certification under Keller Williams’ The ONE Thing now able to better help others find clarity in their aspirations and alignment of their priorities.
Scott is beyond thrilled to join Just in Time in the role of Key People & Process Impact Coach and comes by way of volunteering with JIT as a coach supporting Financial Fitness and College Bound. He was so impressed with the staff and mission that he inquired about joining the team.
During his off time, you will find Scott body surfing the waves in San Diego where he lives with his wife and parents. He is an avid fan of Spikeball, CrossFit, Chess, Soccer, and reading up on Personal & Professional Development.
Favorite food: Seafood Pasta, Mariscos, and Protein Smoothies.
Diane is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Hudson Institute of Coaching; she also enjoyed a successful 24-year career as a senior account representative for First American Title Insurance Company in Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar. Earlier in her life, she was a high school English teacher, editor of a town paper, and director of public relations for a nonprofit health resort, always in search of ways to serve and grow.
In 2003, Diane and a small group of friends co-founded Just in Time for Foster Youth; she served as Vice Chair and then Chair of the Board of Directors until becoming the Development Director in 2014. Her responsibility is to engage the greater community in the Just in Time mission, ensuring the financial sustainability of the organization; she has been instrumental in raising the JIT budget from $20,000 to $4 million, serving over 800 youth annually.
Diane is also credited with launching JIT’s Coach Approach to Mentoring, an innovative training founded on the belief that others are empowered when we set aside our own agenda, become truly curious, and ask powerful questions that expand thinking and promote insight. Currently, Diane’s aspiration is to strengthen Just in Time by cultivating strong leadership and to share our unique, community-based model with other cities and states.
Diane is an avid learner and reader, as well as a player of games; her favorite forms of therapy are binge-watching the best television series and spending time in nature.
Jennifer’s professional work experience spans over 20 years in the media and advertising industry as a sales and marketing executive. Born and raised in the Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY area, Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional & Technical Communications and double minored in Business and Psychology. In 2017 she left the world of media to go back to school and finished an Executive MBA program in December 2018. While earning her MBA, Jennifer also began studying the world of nonprofit and how her corporate skill set could transfer over. She knew she wanted to move into purpose-driven work for her second act.
When introduced to Just in Time’s mission, Jennifer knew immediately it was where she belonged. While never having been a foster youth herself, Jennifer understood from an early age that she would have to figure quite a bit out on her own, and experienced first-hand the power and positive influence a mentor and a community had on the trajectory of her own life. Joining the JIT team was life coming full circle and provided an opportunity to give back in many ways. She sees the uniqueness in all individuals, and intuitively knows that “one size doesn’t fit all” which matches up well with JIT’s unique theory of change and individualized approach to serving youth.
When she’s not in the office, you can find Jennifer with her nose in the book, hiking a mountain, skiing down a hill or wakeboarding behind a boat!
Caitlin is a recent graduate of Grossmont College, attaining three associate degrees in Business Administration, Economics, and University Studies: Business and Economics. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at San Diego State University. Ever the ambitious student, Caitlin truly enjoys learning and finds comfort in staying productive. She aspires to pursue higher education for as long as she can afford the tuition. As she says, “Why stop at only one PhD?”
Caitlin first learned about Just in Time for Foster Youth in 2019 when she heard a radio spot about the organization and immediately knew she wanted to get involved. She became a participant just months before her 27th birthday and wasted no time, engaging in every service and event possible, including My First Home, Pathways to Financial Power, and Rise to Resilience. Empowered by JIT to know her strengths and grow from experiences in the foster care system, Caitlin has embraced her past by confidently sharing her story in hopes that she can inspire others.
Caitlin’s tenacity and passion caught the attention of the JIT community and staff, and in October 2019 she was invited to join the team. JIT kicked off Caitlin’s professional career, bringing her on-board as part-time Community Outreach Partner. She was soon promoted to full-time, and in early 2021 took on the role of Investor Stewardship Specialist and is now serving as Key Partnerships Manager. Caitlin takes pride in being part of a mission that supports transition age foster youth like herself in becoming self-sufficient and successful. She says the most meaningful part of her job is being a part of a solution, a change, and a community bigger than herself. She strives to be an unapologetic voice advocating for her peers and mobilizing future progress.
In addition to being a JIT participant and staff member, Caitlin is caregiver to a disabled veteran and a single mother. When she’s not working or studying, she is passionate about painting with her daughter and would love an opportunity to paint a mural or participate in a city beautification project.
Jason graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Psychology with an Honors Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is grateful to have experienced higher education and thanks JIT, Guardian Scholars, and his family for allowing him the opportunity to thrive. This milestone is a testament of his willpower and determination which has changed his outlook on life and increased his sense of appreciation for his community. Jason is thrilled to work as Rise to Resilience coordinator for JIT where he can help others who are experiencing adversity.
When he felt lost and uncertain about his future, Jason joined JIT and discovered a life-changing community. JIT has provided him with many opportunities to grow both personally and professionally, and Jason is grateful for the connections he has made with participants, coaches, and mentors.
As a Rise to Resilience Coordinator, Jason will assist participants in implementing healthy strategies, navigating past trauma and current obstacles, developing interpersonal skills, and gaining knowledge to impact the lives of others. With his enthusiasm and lived experiences, he aims to be a guide and resource for participants to better themselves and achieve their goals. Jason aspires for JIT to become the most impactful organization in the country by valuing quality over quantity. He hopes to see JIT expand nationally and globally, serving millions of youth.
When he’s not working with JIT, Jason enjoys music and the outdoors, finding warmth and rejuvenation in the sunlight, and staying grounded and centered.
Chris is a native of Dallas, Texas but grew up and lives in East County San Diego. Chris began his 30-year media career as an intern at a San Diego radio station while going to junior college. Eventually he would be charged with overseeing the marketing and promotions departments for five of San Diego’s top-rated radio stations along with managing 30 full- and part-time employees. Chris was always most proud of his ability to use the power and megaphone of those radio stations to give back to the San Diego community that has been so good to him.
Chris first became acquainted with the struggles facing foster youth 15 years ago when he was approached by a former colleague to donate prizes and help promote a fundraiser for San Pasqual Academy. Chris was recently introduced to the Just in Time mission by an old friend and co-worker, and immediately knew this was where he needed to be.
Chris is the Customer Relations Manager at JIT and provides extraordinary stewardship to the investors and staff of Just in Time. Chris is looking forward to his one-year anniversary with the organization and is still humbled and inspired every day by the generosity our investors extend in support of the JIT mission.
Chris’ passions are family and travel. When Chris is not at work in the JIT offices, you can usually find him with family or relaxing with friends at his family homes in Palm Springs, California and Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
Kelsey has been writing grants since 2014. Before joining the Just in Time team, Kelsey managed the grants program at the Center for Community Solutions to fund services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Kelsey also has experience at a local conservation nonprofit, a local health access organization, and a foster care facility on the east coast. At San Diego State University, where Kelsey earned her master’s degree in English and Comparative Literature, Kelsey studied and analyzed Young Adult novels that chronicled stories of trauma. Kelsey holds a B.A. in English from Cal State Long Beach and is an active member of the San Diego Women’s Foundation.
From her first job in the nonprofit sector working as a Resident Counselor with foster youth, Kelsey realized she wanted to spend her life working alongside a team towards a common cause. Kelsey is thrilled to have the opportunity to use her skills in writing & storytelling, organization, and relationship-building to be an asset to Just in Time’s Development team. She considers it an honor to work alongside former foster youth and contribute to their visions for caring and effective services for transition-age foster youth.
Kelsey creates grant proposals and reports to welcome investors into the Just in Time mission and community. She aspires to welcome stakeholders into the Just in Time mission and community with authenticity and warmth. Kelsey’s favorite pastime is enjoying nature with her two sons and husband. Together they hike, picnic, explore, identify various wildlife, and even birdwatch. Kelsey loves to craft, crochet, read, and thrift store shops.
Don is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in Psychology, History, and Political Science, and a certification to teach secondary education. In 2004, he also earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.
Don began his career as a high school history and psychology teacher before three decades in media as an award-winning artist/animator, writer-producer, news director, project manager, and communications consultant, including receiving the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The one constant throughout the years has been Don’s commitment to use his talents and influence to serve the community.
Don was instrumental in the early formation of Just in Time for Foster Youth and used his leadership position at KGTV/ABC10 San Diego to produce a My First Home Extreme Makeover segment, giving JIT much-needed visibility in its infancy. Since then, Don has been a consistent supporter, joining the board in 2009 and assuming the duties of Executive Director (now Chief Empowerment Officer) in 2010.
Under Don’s leadership, and using a model for sustainability based on measurable impact, JIT has grown from one full-time staff member to the current committed team of 30; increased services beyond Basic Needs to include Financial Fitness, Career Horizons, Bridges to Success, Changing Lanes, Pathways to Financial Power, and Rise to Resilience; expanded reach with offices in central San Diego and North County; and raised its profile through partnerships and collaborations throughout San Diego. Don’s most significant accomplishment has been defining the key drivers for transition age youth to achieve self-sufficiency, well-being, and life satisfaction – critical resources plus lasting relationships through a community model of service – then confirming JIT’s model through consistent tracking to prove its durable impact.
JIT’s theory of change is that “systems” cannot meet the essential needs of youth impacted by foster care so caring communities must be created to change current negative outcomes and empower young people to achieve their full human potential. Don’s vision is to “scale by sharing” JIT’s model to organizations and communities across the country, transforming human services efforts from transactional resource providers to consistent and durable communities of care that provide an essential sense of belonging and connection that is necessary for future success. Don’s belief is that the old saying about teaching a someone to fish to empower him for the long term needs to be taken one step further by inviting her to be part of a fishing village.
Don loves being a catalyst for change in the world, learning new things every day and connecting with people in significant conversations. His work/life integration includes watching movies and playing games, being able to work, dance, and laugh with his wife Diane all week long, and spending his time being useful in any way he can.
Simone feels a great sense of pride as an alumnus of foster care. She spent her five years in care at San Pasqual Academy, where she developed a love and admiration for the foster youth community and began to create positive impacts as a mentor, tutor, and teacher’s assistant. After emancipating, Simone attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she obtained her BA in Child Development with minors in Ethnic Studies and Psychology.
Simone later earned her MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a specialization in Student Affairs at San Diego State University. Her decision to pursue a master’s degree was fueled by her desire to represent the foster youth community in higher education. During and after her master’s program, Simone contributed her lived experience and education to support students in the SDSU Guardian Scholars Program – first as a graduate assistant and finally as the Program Coordinator.
Simone first connected to the JIT community in 2009 through College Bound, where she was embraced by JIT staff and volunteers for achieving the greatest goal 18-year-old Simone had achieved: getting accepted to college. When Simone graduated and returned to San Diego, she reconnected to JIT and maximized her experience by participating in Financial Fitness, My First Home, Basic Needs, Career Horizons, Healthy Practices, and all the annual events she could fit on her calendar. Simone has also been a dedicated advocate for JIT, connecting current and former foster youth to this amazing community. Simone’s passion and dedication to her community is what led her to work for Just in Time, where she aspires to be a compassionate leader, an unapologetic advocate, and a positive cheerleader. She currently serves as Chief Advocacy & Community Empowerment Officer and is most proud of serving on the Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board, contributing her lived experience and advocacy for improvement of Child Welfare Services.
Outside of JIT, Simone’s hobbies include spending time with friends and family, coaching others, and walking her dog, Ginger.
Amy Blum, President of Eagle Marketing, Inc, has added the role of JIT Brand & Marketing Manager to her passion portfolio, fulfilling her desire to fully partner with a non-profit in all aspects of their marketing impact. For nearly 20 years, Amy has developed winning strategies and loyalty campaigns for hundreds of companies in a broad array of industries. Her focus has been on using the power of marketing to help non-profit organizations tell their story in a consistent and compelling way that engages donors, volunteers, and the community at large.
Prior to joining Eagle Marketing, Amy was the Community Affairs Director at KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, where she received several national awards for the projects she created. She started her career in San Diego at United Way in communications and marketing. After graduating from Emory University with a B.A. in History, Amy worked as a writer and producer for CNN. Amy is a master “plate spinner” between running Eagle and running after her three kids. She and her family love adventure in the great outdoors and volunteering with social justice organizations.
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Kyra is an ambitious life-long learner with a comprehensive educational background ranging from biochemistry to child development. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Kyra struggled with her identity as a former foster youth and moved to California in order to build a new life for herself. Prior to 2017, when her engagement with Just in Time began, Kyra wouldn’t disclose her background as a former foster youth. However, now it is her passion. JIT helped Kyra accept her history and advocate for those in her community. She believes that communication is the essence of human connection, which is what drives her goal to support every individual in finding their own voice to express and advocate for their well-being.
Starting as an intern for the Youth Services team in January 2018, Kyra energetically grasped the culture and grew into the JIT lifestyle. With her dedicated hard work, she quickly made an impact on the organization and earned a part-time position as the Youth Services Administrative Assistant. Working closely with her team to build up JIT as a whole, her talents we discovered to be needed elsewhere for the benefit of the organization. Which began her journey on the Impact & Systems team starting with her new role as Impact & Systems Administrator in September 2019, and then later being promoted to Impact & Systems Data Manager in January 2023. Kyra is continuing to learn about and support JIT in all its effort to serve the community. She is always ready to commit wholeheartedly to any task she is faced with!
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James is a San Diego native who lived with his parents until the age of 12, when he entered the foster care system. He spent most of his six years in the system residing in group home facilities where he had to adapt to communal living situations and institutionalized relationships. Although he has experienced his own challenges within the foster care system, James appreciates the opportunities it has exposed him to. Before foster care, he lived in an unstructured home where he had to grow up too fast and often fend for himself. During his time in care, James had the opportunity to thrive with structure and learned that his level of independence was a skill set, not a survival method.
Today, James lives with a growth mindset and is beating the odds every day. As a graduate of CSU San Marcos with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing, James has gained many connections and employment opportunities that have taught him that hard work and dedication pay off. Not only is James dedicated to continuous growth, he strives to build and strengthen his relationships with others and is honored to be married to his best friend, our Chief Advocacy & Community Empowerment Officer, Simone! James understands how important these accomplishments are for himself and his peers who have spent time in foster care; he believes that a person’s background does not determine their future aspirations and endeavors, and people in this community are capable of creating their own destinies.
James has been connected to Just in Time for over 10 years, both as a participant and as a committed staff member. As a past participant, he valued the compassion and accountability the staff and volunteers instilled in him; he continues to embody these qualities in his everyday life. As a staff member, James has learned that this work takes perseverance and tenacity in order to make a difference in the lives of the young adults we serve. James’ goal is to be intentional with every project he is involved with. He is extremely proud to be a part of the Just in Time community and is committed to the enormous efforts of supporting young adults striving to achieve self-sufficiency, well-being, and life satisfaction.
When James is not at work, he enjoys spending time with loved ones (especially if food is included), riding his motorcycle, and cooking; his favorite dish to make is biscuits and gravy.
From an early age, Omar Chavez developed a passion for psychology. His first encounter with psychology was at the age of 12 during a library visit where he ran into a book about child behavior – that was enough to start the spark. Despite the various disruptions in his education, he was determined to obtain his degree in Psychology, which he proudly received in 2015 from San Diego State University.
Omar is passionate about helping those around him and building them up. He has used what he has learned to generate a vibrant and uplifting energy anywhere he goes.
Most of Omar’s professional career has been within the non-profit sector, where he has been able to exercise his community-empowering muscle. He has worked as a facilitator for Say San Diego’s KEEP program, and most recently, he was inewsource’s philanthropy coordinator. Previously, Omar oversaw Bridges to Success and Basic needs here JIT but has now returned as JIT’s Marketing Specialist.
As a Marketing Specialist, Omar is determined to expand JIT’s brand awareness. His goal is to incorporate his learnings and passions (Art and Psych) and weave them throughout JITs communications.
When Omar is not reading a book on psychology or producing electronic music on his laptop, you can find him jumping, singing, and exploring with his 3-year-old son Xavi.
As a passionate multi-media storyteller, Evonne’s role as Marketing Specialist for Just in Time is a natural fit. Prior to joining the Just in Time Marketing team, Evonne served as Grant Communication Specialist for the organization. Her background in grants and in reporting on the various resources and services offered by Just in Time has given her a deep understanding and affection for the Just in Time mission.
Evonne began her career in media as a Digital Producer, and Digital Market Lead, first for CBS Radio and then for Entercom Communications. During that time, she utilized her skills to tell multi-media stories across a variety of platforms. In addition to blogging and producing video content for the web, Evonne joined Susan DeVincent on-air as the co-host for the weekly public access show “Living Better in San Diego,” which featured local non-profits, including Just in Time.
While Evonne developed her talent as a multi-media producer, her true passion remained writing. Her long-form, investigative journalism has been published in the Prescott News and the Tucson Sentinel.
Originally from California’s high desert, Evonne has been a San Diego resident since 2007. In her free time, she is a long-distance runner, an ambitious home cook and an international traveler. Her favorite thing to do in San Diego is to watch the sunrise over Fiesta Island with her three dogs.
She holds her bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Political Science from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism where she graduated Magna Cum Laude.
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Jacob graduated from San Diego State University in May 2021 where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Jacob’s educational journey did not stop there. He went back to school to receive an Associate Degree in Photography from Grossmont College.
His passions are designing graphics, art, and shooting digital and film photography. He aspires to be featured in an art gallery someday. He first heard about Just in Time during his time in college and has participated in College Bound, Rise to Resilience, and Financial Fitness. Jacob is thrilled to be working at Just in Time as a Marketing Coordinator, and his goal is to reflect the foster youth voice in each project he undertakes.