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Jennifer Lewis PhD., LCSW – President

JENNIFER LEWIS, Ph.D., LCSW joined the University of Southern California School of Social Work faculty in 2012. She serves in leadership roles overseeing curriculum content and research. Lewis also works with the Department of Pediatrics and Community Psychiatry Program overseeing fellows and residents at University of California San Diego. She spent twelve years in Integrated Primary Care providing program development and implementation, administrative and clinical supervision and direct care. Her professional interests include HIV and women and transitional aged youth; trauma, stress and resilience. 



Bruce Shepherd - Vice President/Treasurer

David Adams - Secretary

I was lucky enough to be born and raised in Coronado and through the public school system here. My first involvement with SAFE was as an active member of the Trading Card Club during my years at CHS. Having worked with kids at Martial Arts America since I was 14, I have always respected the role SAFE plays in helping Coronado's youth. SAFE and Martial Arts America have a common goal of developing healthy, safe, confident children who are prepared for their future. In my free time, I am always looking to try new things. A big part of life is learning, and the more I learn, the better teacher I become. I also enjoy researching my family tree, as I find my own history to be very intriguing. Family is a complex, amazing thing to learn about and develop!

Fun Fact: I am a 3rd generation Coronadan, from both sides of my family. Both sets of grandparents came to Coronado in the early 40's.

Teresa Bastuba - Board Development and Policies

I am involved with Coronado SAFE because I support its mission and collaboration between parents, the schools and community. I am excited to be involved with other families who are taking responsibility for their families and our community by learning and sharing knowledge. My husband and I enjoy spending time with our three wonderful boys who enrich our lives with love and keep us learning new things! As much as I enjoy the city, I am also a country girl! I spent many of my childhood years on a farm in West Virginia! I enjoy outdoor exercise, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. John Sexton PhD - Programs

I was born and raised near Pittsburgh, PA. Following graduation from the Naval Academy, I was a Marine Corps officer for 11 years. I earned a Masters degree in counseling psychology, and a Masters and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I became a Navy Clinical Psychologist, and attended the Congressionally-directed Psychopharmacology Demonstration Project, in which I completed approximately 75% of the medical school courses at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and a one year residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. I became the nation’s first Prescribing Psychologist. I retired after serving 32 years as a Naval Officer. From 2004, until I again retired in 2011, I served as a Staff Psychologist at the Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of California, San Diego. 'Green exploring' is my wife's and my hobby. We walk more than 40 miles per week and use public transportation to take us to new places around our wonderful country. Returning to SAFE as a board member will afford me another opportunity to 'give back'.

Fun Fact: My childhood nickname was 'snake dancer'. I was well known around the Boy Scouts for my skill at the Hopi snake dance, having only been bitten by 3 rattlesnakes.

Jennifer Johnstad 

Amanda Elsasser 

Amanda Elsasser joined the Coronado SAFE Board in spring of 2016. Amanda made Coronado her permanent home in 2013 after moving back from Cambridge, MA where she completed a post baccalaureate program at Harvard. Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science where she graduated with honors in her department and spoke internationally with her debate team at the Oxford Union, and in addition was recognized as 20th best speaker at the World Debate Championships in Dublin, Ireland. During this time, Amanda realized the importance of using her voice to help advocate for others, her passion for service, outreach and leadership on a local level. She began her mission of service by becoming a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) as a liaison for youth in the foster care system and their caseworkers. Amanda currently works full time at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado as the Manager of Membership Sales, Services and Special Events. She works closely with families in the Coronado community and in her free time uses talents in hospitality and sales to help nonprofits fundraise and reach higher levels of success.

Alan Kinzel 

Floyd Burton Ross 

Born August 1, 1943 in St. Paul Minnesota. University of Minnesota AA / Bachelor of Science Liberal Studies Regents Degree University of New York. Retired Navy Senior Chief (AKCS). I enjoy music, bible study, professional baseball, and  football. I'm a family-values kind of person that cares about our children and strong healthy families.

Fun Fact: The Joy of the Lord is my strength.

Susie Keeney 

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