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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.

Christy Becker

Rich Brady

Julia Elassaad

Alan Kinzel


Karin Mellina

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.


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.

Brett Slaughter

Colleen Warren



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