Supervisor Kristin Gaspar
Chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Kristin Gaspar represents San Diego's Third District. She is the youngest woman ever elected to the County Board. Prior to becoming a Supervisor, Kristin was an Encinitas City Council Member and went on to become the first elected Mayor in that city. She also served as President of the Encinitas Rotary Club. In her first year as Supervisor, Kristin partnered with Supervisor Dianne Jacob on the “Alzheimer’s Project” and again for the launch of the “Seniors in Crisis” initiative. Both increased funding for research and issues affecting caregivers. Kristin was also instrumental in providing funding for new technology that will improve early detection of wildfires in areas of the County that are most prone to wildfires. She is the first elected official from San Diego County to meet with the President of the United States in a strategy session regarding local and state issues. Kristin attended Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She and her husband Paul, have three children and live in Encinitas.
CEO of Sentek Global
Eric Basu is an entrepreneur and corporate manager with specific expertise in cybersecurity, technology solutions, marketing to government and commercial executives, international business, and leadership of small to medium organizations. He has an EMBA from Anderson Business School, UCLA, a B.S. in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University and is a Former SEAL Officer in the U.S. Navy.
Co-founder of Paving Great Futures
Armand King, 36, is the co-founder of the aptly named nonprofit 'Paving Great Futures'. Fueled by his experience in the streets, King serves as a shepherd to guide others out of the prison pipeline, criminal activity, and domestic human sex trafficking he knows all too well. He feels his mission in life is a path set out for him by God with his only goal being saving lives from the many pitfalls that he has witnessed himself growing up in underserved communities in San Diego. For many years he was misguided by the streets and helped to misguide others, not realizing the detriment of his actions. Life for him is now is not filled with rewriting his past but helping others pave a greater future.
Founder and CEO of Runaway Girl, Inc.
Carissa Phelps, Runaway Girl, Inc.’s Founder and CEO, strives for social impact. She is a licensed attorney, author, trainer, consultant, and small business owner. Carissa’s fearless leadership in the survivor community has led to an increased level of awareness among communities, as well as improved legislation and responses to human trafficking victims, especially children. In 2012, Carissa, founded Runaway Girl, Inc., a training company that offers survivor-led experiential trainings to individuals and communities. Runaway Girl, Inc. has offered hope to survivors through opportunities to lead in their own communities. As a social purpose corporation, the company has a charitable purpose to improve outcomes and create opportunities for runaway and homeless youth. Carissa’s inspiring memoir Runaway Girl: Escaping Life on the Streets, One Helping Hand at a Time, has been instrumental in changing countless hearts and minds. In 2008, she co-produced the award winning short documentary that took her back to the streets where she was trafficked at 12 years old. Her memoir and film are used as tools to train and teach by organizations worldwide. In 2007, Carissa earned both a Juris Doctorate and MBA from UCLA. In 2010, she was named one of the top 100 inspirational graduates by UCLA Anderson School of Management. She holds a BA in mathematics summa cum laude from Fresno State, and in 2013 she was celebrated as a Top Dog by the university. Carissa lives on the Central Coast of California, where she creates and contributes to positive impact businesses as a social entrepreneur.
Senior VP for Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS)
Maureen manages retirement trust and services for public agencies in California and the Northeast. Maureen previously spent 17 years working as a key aide to government officials at the federal, state, and local level, including a Massachusetts Congressman and Massachusetts State Representative. Maureen is a former Assistant City Manager and Human Resources Director and has worked in every department of municipal government over the course of her 34 year career. Maureen gained first-hand experience in public employee retirement issues through her public policy and local government work.
Maureen has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Personnel Administration from University of Southern California, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from University of California, Santa Barbara. In addition, Maureen studied Public Pension Policy from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Maureen and her husband Dave have raised 5 children, ages 18-25, and have been foster parents with the County of Orange since 1994, having fostered 13 children and adopted or been legal guardians to three of them. The Gronendyke’s were a past Foster Family of the Year award winner.
Senior VP Private Banking Manager
With 35 years of experience and the winner of numerous awards for banking and financial services excellence, Sandy Redman helps affluent individuals and families build, manage, and preserve wealth through an approach that embraces building strong relationships to understand each client's unique aspirations. Serving on the boards of many local community organizations, Sandy not only devotes her own time, but also leads initiatives to gain significant CB&T corporate support for these organizations that include The Old Globe Theatre, USO, Patrons of the Prado, and many others. Sandy earned her B in Finance from the University of Edinburgh, has three children and five grandchildren, and lives in San Diego.
Max Parziale currently works in wealth management in Rancho Santa Fe, California. He is also the Young Leader Ambassador for the Lincoln Club of San Diego, where he was first introduced to the Lynch Foundation for Children. Max first discovered the problem of child sex trafficking when his friend told him a story of how she was almost abducted as a child by a (later convicted) sexual predator. The more he dug, the more he realized how much of a problem this issue truly is, especially in his hometown of San Diego.
Max is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he spent time studying abroad in Europe, and graduated with a degree in finance. Outside of work, he enjoys being outdoors as much as possible, whether it is golfing or simply enjoying the beach.