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Georgia C. Ferrell
Georgia C. Ferrell is Executive Director of Coronado SAFE. She graduated from San Diego University with a degree in Public Health and was driven to a career promoting health and wellness while working with the Peace Corps in West Africa. She decided to open her own business as a Health Coach, bringing her globally-inspired ideas and heart for helping people live their best (and healthiest!) lives back to her hometown of Coronado, California.
Georgia’s life is and has always been centered in Coronado. She grew up in the community and graduated from Coronado High School, where one of her two children now attends. She has remained passionately involved as a parent within the local schools over the years, serving as the PTO President of Village Elementary, and now lending a hand where help is needed both at Coronado Middle School and Coronado High School.
At Coronado SAFE, Georgia’s goal is to create a safe, welcoming, and encouraging place for the community’s youth -- and those who are raising them -- to grow stronger, and thrive; a place that fosters good work that makes a measurable difference in the lives of the families who call Coronado home, whether they are here for just a season or for a lifetime. Georgia leads the Coronado SAFE team with the values of connection, family, and unshakeable hope guiding every venture. She takes tremendous pride in her work of bringing people together to prioritize and deepen relationships between kids, parents, and community leaders. She also loves to have fun with the Coronado SAFE staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers and appreciates doing important work alongside so many inspiring people. Georgia enjoys the slow and simple life on the island. Hiking soothes her soul and being with her kids is her favorite joy in life.
Terri Fong, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor & Consultant
Terri Fong was born and raised in Northern California. She moved down South to obtain her Graduate degree from San Diego State University, and decided to officially make the area her new home. After graduation, Terri worked as a Family and Youth Counselor at Ocean Beach Community Services, as a Clinical Social Worker at Mercy Hospital Mental Health Services, and as a Clinical Supervisor and Consultant for High Tech High and Middle College. She was offered faculty positions for the Social Work programs of both San Diego State University and the University of Southern California. She has been an educator and clinical supervisor for over 35 years, raising up generations of professionals who go out into the workforce ready to serve people. Today, in addition to her consulting work with Coronado SAFE, and has a private practice in San Diego. In her down time, she loves to make crafts, and her artistic talents are well represented in her style of therapeutic work.
Julie Lai, MFTT
Clinical Counselor & Community Education Specialist
Julie grew up in Northern California although is now a fierce Southern California loyalist. Julie moved to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego while later obtaining her Masters in Clinical Psychology - Marriage and Family Masters at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to Coronado SAFE, she worked with youth through empowering outdoor camps. Since 2019, Julie has served as Coronado SAFE's clinical counselor and community education specialist. Her goal as a counselor is to empower clients to know their goodness and strengths while also providing a safe place to explore and grow. She is passionate about mental wellness and works hard to not only reach those who come into SAFE's office, but everyone in the Coronado community through creating psychoeducational articles, social media content, and more. She is currently being supervised by Terri Fong, LCSW.
Programs & Operations Coordinator
Danielle Maske is Coronado SAFE’s Programs and Operations Coordinator. Danielle was born and raised in New York. She attended the University of Scranton, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and History. Danielle has enjoyed a career in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Prior to her employment at Coronado SAFE, she spent five years coordinating and facilitating programming for the PGA Tour in Saint Augustine, Florida. Danielle is married and has two children who are actively involved in Coronado schools and sports. She is a proud Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary member.
Samantha Yim was born and raised in Coronado. She graduated from CUSD Schools and could be seen helping around town with various organizations and clubs. After graduating from CHS in 2016, she went on to get her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from University of California, San Diego. After receiving her bachelors, she became interested in non-profit work, interning at Open Heart Leaders, a local non-profit in San Diego focused on mental health & educational services. After her internship, she took her passion for mental health to SAFE, where she now helps facilitate and create the various programs SAFE offers for the Coronado Community.
Kenneth (Ken) Baker
HR / IT
Ken is originally from Oregan, and went to college for a degree in music. Ultimately he ended up with an MBA. Ken was stationed in San Diego, California while serving in the United States Navy, and decided with his family to stay in the area as his distinguished 26 year Navy career came to a close. After spending the next ten years working in technology management in the corporate world, Ken chose to focus his efforts on community enrichment activities. In addition to directing a local church choir and performing with the Barber Shop Society’s Pacific Coast Harmony, he puts to use his training and experience working at Coronado SAFE. Even though he left a lucrative career at a large corporation behind when he joined the small but mighty Coronado SAFE team, Ken hasn’t looked back. He comes to work inspired to be a part of an organization that truly serves people’s needs, and saves lives. Ken has three children and six grandchildren.