Meet Our Team

Lisa Stout


Executive Director

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Kathy Gallagher


Administrative Analyst

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Working Board of Directors

Steve Eggers

ACE Tutoring

Chair, Programs Committee

Fred Freedman

President/CEO, PIMA Medical

Resource Development Committee

Rick Gittings

Rick Gittings

Former City Manager, City of San Marcos

Board Chair

Kevin Holt

Kevin Holt

Former Superintendent, SMUSD

Resource Development Committee

Jenny Orlando

Double Peak K-8, Parent

Resource Development Committee

Herbie Smith

Herbie Smith

Simon Family Foundation

Finance and Executive Committee

Rebecca Jones

Mayor, City of San Marcos

Programs Committee

Khary Knowles

Executive Director of Education, Vanir Construction Management

Programs Committee

Mike McDonald

Developer, Urban Villages

Chair, Resource Development

Randy Walton

Walton Law Firm, San Marcos City Councilmember

Programs Committee

Dr Carmen García

Superintendent, San Marcos Unified School District

Honorary Board

Karen Haynes
President, CSUSM

Joi Lin Blake
President, Palomar

James Farley
Leichtag Foundation

Mayor Jim Desmond
Mayor of San Marcos

Promise Ambassadors

Arianna Arango

Lead Promise Ambassador

Jennifer Lopez

Student & Community Outreach Ambassador

Asher Robisch

Business & Finance Ambassador

Jae Espiritu

Graphic Design & Digital Media Ambassador

Vanessa Crespin

Communications & Marketing Ambassador

Aylin Baes

Social Media Ambassador

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