Kimberly Allan, Chair
Melanie Delgado, 1st Vice Chair
Mary Sue Glynn
Nicole LoCoco, 2nd Vice chair
Rich Alderson is a career educator who holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of San Francisco. He is also authorized to teach biology and physics in high school. He taught at the high school level for 18 years and recently completed an 18-year career as a school administrator. He served as a middle and high school principal, concluding his public school administrative career as a superintendent. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with students with special needs. He taught in the various alternative programs and received an ‘Outstanding Teacher Award’ for his work with special education students. His administrative background in special education is also quite extensive. He has worked closely with local, county and state programs to support special needs students and has been innovative in bringing new special education programs to his schools. Mr. Alderson operates Alderson Education Advocates, a company that assists families with special needs children develop the appropriate services for their child based upon federal law.
Kimberly Alan is an attorney and former San Diego federal prosecutor. Ms. Allan received her Bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from UC Berkeley and her law degree from UC Davis. She was an attorney at the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for over seven years and an Assistant US Attorney in San Diego for over nine years. She has served on several boards and commissions, including as President of the Coronado Schools Foundation and on the board of the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association. Her interest in juvenile justice is based on her service as a Board Member and Site Coordinator for the San Diego Juvenile Court Book Club. During over 10 years of monthly meetings with incarcerated youth for book club discussions, high school graduation ceremonies and educational scholarship awards, she has witnessed firsthand the enormous challenges facing these young people. Ms. Allan currently practices estate planning law and lives in Coronado with her husband and daughter.
Damon Booth, a native of Nevada, is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno. He earned his undergraduate degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, along with minors in Substance Abuse Treatment and Business Management. He recently moved to San Diego to attend law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Prior to moving, Mr. Booth worked for the Washoe County Juvenile Services in Reno, Nevada. He was appointed by the governor for multiple terms to serve on the Nevada State Juvenile Justice Commission, where he served as a youth member, as well as a member of the Policy and Legislation Committee. Mr. Booth was also a member of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice’s National Youth Committee and served as the Western Regional Youth Representative, until moving to San Diego to attend law school. Mr. Booth is currently in his second year at Thomas Jefferson and is a member of the Thomas Jefferson Student Bar Association.
Margie Cameron is a retired Supervisor with the San Diego County Probation Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. She has worked at almost all of the facilities run by the Probation Department during her career, as well as working with the Placement Unit, which places children out of county. She also worked with the Family Violence Project, a program where Probation Officers and CPSA workers work together with families. She is a native San Diegan who has also worked with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a fraternal group for teenage girls. She has volunteered in a reading program for children, as well as a Domestic Violence Shelter since her retirement. Mrs. Cameron has been married 37+ years and has two children and one grandchild.
Charlie Cleaves has been with U.S. Marshals Service for 20 years as a Criminal Investigator, and former long-time member of the Violent Crimes Task Force Fugitive Group. He currently oversees all of the USMS Contracted Private Jails, Intergovernmental Agreements, and Contracted Services provided to the USMS in Southern California. He received his Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University after a stint in the U.S. Army, serving with the 2nd Ranger Bn. in Ft. Lewis, Washington, and 5th Special Forces in Ft. Bragg, NC. A San Diego native, who graduated from Kearny High School, Mr. Cleaves has worked closely with at-risk kids in San Diego County for many years as a volunteer for STARPAL/Police Athletic League working as Camp Director for summer camp and Coordinator for their soccer camps. With a passion for coaching and mentoring, Mr. Cleaves is a fixture in East County coaching in youth sports leagues throughout the year. Additionally, he will enter his 13th year as the Varsity Girls Soccer Coach at Steele Canyon High School. He is married with four children.
Melanie Delgado is an attorney at the Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) at the University of San Diego School of Law. She is a graduate of the USD School of Law where she was a co-recipient of the James A. D’Angelo Outstanding Child Advocate Award in 2006. Ms. Delgado works on issues involving transition-age foster youth, and she directs CAI’s Homeless Youth Outreach Project (HYOP). Many of the youth she serves have been touched by the juvenile system in some capacity.
Kathleen Edwards is an advocate for students with special education and mental health needs. She holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Special Education Administration. For the past 35 years, she has worked as a teacher, administrator and trainer dealing with special education and mental health issues. Her interest in the Juvenile Justice Commission is fueled by the high percentage of adjudicated youth with special education and mental health needs. Dr. Edwards is a former member of the Mental Health Association of San Diego County and was an Arizona Special Education Teacher of the Year. She lives in San Diego with her husband and son.
Mary Sue Glynn
Mary Sue Glynn is the former Director of Special Education for both San Diego Unified School District and the Grossmont Union High School District. She has experience in the classroom, in human resources, and in administration. Frequently, a member of educational and parental teams, she listens to a variety of perspectives, then synthesizes the information and helps teams reveal the core issue(s) which leads to a practical resolution. Ms. Glynn worked daily with principals at K-12 schools on special education issues of law, procedures and instruction. She has made suggestions to Boards of Education and Superintendents’ Cabinets. She has successfully represented the District in the longest due process hearing in the history of the Federal IDEA. She received the ACSA Special Education Administrator of the Year in 2001. Ms. Glynn is busy in retirement fostering deployed soldiers’ pets, volunteering for ElderHelp of San Diego, and enjoying her son and daughter-in-law and her large extended family on both coasts.
Marc Gotbaum, PsyD, LMFT, is currently the Director of Vista Hill’s Juvenile Forensic and mental Health Program. The Juvenile Court Clinic program serves delinquent and dependent youth with psychiatric medication stabilization and counseling. The GPS Assessment Program provides educationally related mental health evaluations to students in determining specialized needs therein. He continues in private practice as a Critical Incident/Trauma Specialist, providing on-site disaster counseling and consulting, locally and around the globe. Dr. Gotbaum comes to Vista Hill with 20 years of clinical and administrative experience as the Director of the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services division; Family Court Mediator and California State Expert Witness; TERM Team Clinician, County of San Diego; Children’s Mental Health-Special Education Services Assessor; and Director of Vietnam Veteran Family Assistance Program and Ocean Beach Community Services. Dr. Gotbaum has served on the Child Sexual Abuse and Victim Assistance Coordination Councils. He has been an adjunct Professor/lecture at SDSU, USD, and National Universities.
Joan Hiser is currently a marketing consultant within the San Diego community. Previously, manager of Advertising and Promotion for the KFMB stations, she was named Billboard Magazine’s Marketing Manager of the Year. She has over 20 years experience in marketing for both media and non-profit organizations, as well as extensive experience with the production and analysis of focus group research data for various clientele. She serves as a board member for the San Diego Broadcasters Assoc., the Mission Hills Heritage Assoc., and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego. She currently sponsors a “little sister” as well. She has served on boards for La Jolla High School and Francis Parker School. Mrs. Hiser is married with three sons.
Amy Lansing is on faculty at the University of California, San Diego, in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and is also an adjunct professor in the Sociology Department, Division of Criminology, at San Diego State University. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with specializations in Neuropsychology, Developmental Trauma and Forensic Epidemiology. Her National Institute of Health and National Institute of Child and Human Development funded translational research program is dedicated to understanding the neurobehavioral underpinnings of high-risk behaviors and functional impairment in underserved populations such as juvenile delinquents and maltreated youth. This program integrates neuroscience technologies (imaging, genetics), mental health services (treatment for trauma spectrum and drug/alcohol disorders; interventions for violence and impulsivity reduction), neuropsychology, criminology and public policy issues (health disparities, HIV/STD risk). In addition to the Juvenile Justice Commission, she is an independent contractor for the State of California, providing assessments of mentally disordered adult offenders. Her interest in the JJC stems from the significant number of delinquent youth with cognitive deficits, neurological and mental health needs.
Nicole LoCoco is a recent graduate from San Diego State University where she graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Economics. As a native San Diegan, she continues to work in customer service for the San Diego Padres and has been there for the last five years. As a student, she volunteered for the County of San Diego Office of Alternate Public Defender as an Investigative Intern where she worked closely with the Juvenile Delinquency division in the Kearny Mesa courts and also the adult offices downtown. This is where her extreme passion for the juvenile justice system and the rehabilitation of at-risk youth cultivated. Ms. LoCoco's future goals are to attend law school and work in the public sector as a prosecutor or public defender for the County of San Diego to continue to have an impact on many lives.
Thomas S. Nelson
As a practicing attorney for over 25 years, Thomas Nelson advocates for children with special needs. Mr. Thomas is a two-time recipient of an award for his pro-bono legal services on behalf of children with special needs. As an active member in the disability community, he sponsors free educational seminars and community events for parents. He has presented to such disability groups as the Learning Disabilities Association, CHADD, International Dyslexia Foundation, TACA (Talk About Curing Autism), Down Syndrome Society, Epilepsy Foundation, Spina Bifida Foundation, Walden Family Services, and the Center for Parent Involvement in Education.
Janice Tang recently graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is passionate about empowering children and youth. She previously worked at San Diego Juvenile Court for two years where she helped plan annual events for foster youth, including “College & Career Day” and “I Can Go to College!” She currently works at Harmonium, a non-profit organization, dedicated to providing prevention and intervention services to children, youth, and their families. Ms. Tang enjoys volunteering, and is actively involved in community organizing and policy advocacy. Most recently, she assisted 200 eligible high school students in completing their applications for consideration under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. A native of San Diego, she loves to practice yoga, rock climb, and cook Mediterranean food.