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Georgia Ferrell - Executive Director

Georgia C. Ferrell earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from San Diego State University. Her passion for promoting health and wellness was the driving force behind her work with the Peace Corps in West Africa and her own successful business as a Health Coach.

In addition to her work in the field of Health and Wellness, Georgia brings to Coronado SAFE skills in business administration, development and operations. Her experience as a business owner and other related work has given her a natural ability to organize, collaborate, and lead. Georgia has a natural ability in bringing people together and bring SAFE’s mission statement to life by deepening relationships between kids, parents, and community leaders.

Georgia also has a passion for the community of Coronado. Georgia grew up here and graduated from CHS in 1985. She has remained involved over the years and was recently the PTO President at Village Elementary where her children attended. With two children, one now at CMS and the other still at Village, Georgia has lots of opportunity to practice the skills that SAFE provides to families. 

With her background in health, entrepreneurial skills, dedication to the community of Coronado, along with her vision and leadership skills, the Coronado SAFE Board of Directors is grateful to have Georgia leading the organization.

Terri Fong, LCSW, BCD - Clinical Program Director

Terri is a California native, born and raised in Northern California, and received her graduate degree from San Diego State University; Go Aztecs! Terri was hired on as faculty at both SDSU and USC in their Social Work programs and between both schools has been teaching for over 25 years. Aside from her work at SAFE, Terri is currently a Jedi in the field of Social Work holding strong positions in Private Practice and Consultant work at High Tech High where she specializes in mental health treatment for children and families. Terri has been married to her amazing husband for over 40 years. In her down time, she is a fan of making crafts, and her artistic talents are well represented in her style of therapeutic work. 

Tory LaRochelle, MSC. - Director of Programs

Tory LaRochelle was born in Princeton, New Jersey and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona. As a military veteran, the Navy brought her to San Diego in 2004. After completing her active duty service, Tory earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix (San Diego Campus) with a BS in Human Services. She immediately continued on to complete her Graduate Degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy, is registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California as an MFTI, and working toward becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In addition to her work at Coronado SAFE Tory is completing her Doctorate Degree in Applied Clinical Psychology with The Chicago Professional School of Psychology San Diego Campus. Tory lives in Chula Vista with her Husband of 11 years and two children ages 10 and 7. 

Dianne Baldwin - Early Childhood Enrichment Specialist

Dianne Baldwin was raised in Connecticut and attended Bethany College in West Virginia. She was a willing sun-seeking transplant to California, alternating between Coronado and Marin County while working at a variety of jobs that began with American Airlines as a flight attendant and ended by her managing an elite running store in Marin County. Flying 27 years with American gave her an amazing store of travel adventures along with the confidence to handle many serious situations. She held a variety of leadership roles as an attendant and transferred those skills to manage the elite running store. 

Through the years, working with children has been the other important focus for her, from leading a Girl Scout troop in college to chairing a reading group for middle-school aged kids. Coronado SAFE has given her the opportunity to grow and learn while coordinating the ever popular “On Applebee Pond” life skills program for the youngest Coronado population.  SAFE has supported and endorsed her return to school to enhance her credentials. “Being with SAFE enriches my life and I hope that I have enhanced the student’s lives I worked with these past nine years.”  

Ashley Kernkamp - Counselor Intern

Ashley hails from the great state of Oklahoma. After joining the Navy in 2006 and completing boot camp, Ashley was given orders to Beach Master Unit 1 on Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado. After her completion of service, she was honorably discharged and pursued her Bachelor's Degree in communications/administrative leadership. Ashley did not stay content long and realized she had a strong passion for working with teens and adults with the desire to help families through life transitions; specifically parenting within the military community. Ashley is currently in her final year of her MFT Graduate program at the University of San Diego. Aside from her time spent at Coronado SAFE, Ashley is a proud military spouse of three years and has a 2-year-old daughter. Ashley's strong background in drug and alcohol education, rehabilitation, and military family advocacy makes her a strong asset to the counseling team. 

Lauren Maxwell - Counselor Intern

Lauren Maxwell is originally from Dallas, Texas. After leaving Texas to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, she was called to the beautiful weather in San Diego to work on her Graduate Degree. Lauren is currently in her final year of her MFT graduate program. She is a current student at Azusa Pacifica University and is completing her practicum year as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. Lauren spent the past two years working in case management specializing in substance abuse. She has a strong passion to work with youth in the community and when not working at Coronado SAFE or at school she is extremely involved in her church ministry. Lauren has two cats named Sox and Koko. 

Gino Fontana

Gino is a native San Diegan. He graduated from Grossmont High School in 1987, and the University of San Diego in 1992 earning a B.A. in Psychology. After undergrad, he became a graduate assistant football coach at USD planning to teach high school and coach football. On a whim, he interviewed at a company selling business computers for this new thing called the “internet,” and fell into a 20 year business career in the IT industry. In 2014, he decided to change careers to find more personally fulfilling work, and found a calling to social work. In May 2017, he graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work earning a M.S.W. degree. While at USC, he interned as a school social worker for two years working at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, Otay Elementary and Chula Vistas Hills Elementary Schools in Chula Vista, and Pioneer Elementary and Mission Middle Schools in Escondido. He recently began working towards a certificate in play therapy at the University of California, San Diego.