Greg’s career has been devoted to helping others. After graduating with a B.A. in political science from University of California, San Diego in 2003, he worked at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. In 2006, he joined Interfaith Community Services as the Volunteer Coordinator and Faith Liaison, and went on to serve as the Director of Development for five years. In 2011, he moved to California State University San Marcos as the Director of Major Gifts, building community support for a regional guaranteed-admission program that provides a path to college for low-income, under-served youth.
Greg returned as Interfaith’s Executive Director in May 2014, leading an inclusive Strategic Visioning process that returned ownership of Interfaith Community Services to its many stakeholders and produced a clear vision for the future of the organization. In 2015, that process led to the creation of the Hawthorne Center, a recuperative care program for homeless exiting hospitals; the launch of a new regional system of care for all persons experiencing homelessness, bringing together more than 30 community agencies in partnership; and the opening of Haven House, North County’s first year-round emergency homeless shelter for both men and women.
Greg is currently the Board President of both the North County Philanthropy Council and the Alliance for Regional Solutions. He received his M.A. degree in Leadership and Non-Profit Management from University of San Diego in 2009. He lives in Escondido with his wife and two daughters, and when not at Interfaith, he can usually be found playing in a park with his kids or trying not to burn food in his kitchen.
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Filipa brings a truly unique set of skills and experiences to this demanding leadership role. She understands Interfaith’s work and programs, both through her past role as Senior Director of Client Services at Community Resource Center and more recently through her leadership building the North County 25 Cities Coordinated Assessment and Housing Placement system. Filipa builds strong and meaningful relationships with internal and external stakeholders, a hugely important factor in an organization that is built on strong and meaningful relationships with 100+ community-based organizations, 355 faith centers, 2,000+ volunteers, 140 staff, all nine north county municipalities, the VA, HUD, and the County of San Diego.
Filipa has taken on increasing levels of responsibility and leadership throughout her career. She has coordinated and been a part of implementing a diverse set of behavioral health programs at Catholic Charities in the Bay Area; she oversaw a transitional housing drug and alcohol recovery program in San Jose; she managed an affordable housing portfolio over three communities, including 146 apartments; and she developed a continuum of services at Community Resource Center in Encinitas, including their innovative Ways to Work program and a Workforce Development Social Enterprise funded by the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund – a very prestigious accomplishment in its own right. Filipa holds a Master in Public Administration. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the field of Public Administration at the University of La Verne.
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Robert A. Adams has over 25 years of experience in senior level fund raising, advancement, management, and marketing. His career has spanned not-for-profit health systems, community hospitals, a district hospital and a national health agency. Most recently from 2001 to 2013, Adams was Vice President of the Enloe Foundation at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, CA, highlighted by the successful creation and completion of a $10 million capital campaign to fund a new hospital. His previous posts include Vice President of Philanthropy at The San Diego Foundation, Executive Director of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation, and Vice President of Campaigns and Annual Giving for Sharp HealthCare Foundation.
A graduate of Penn State University, followed by a Masters from San Diego State University, Adams has always been highly involved in the communities in which he lives through professional organizations, service organizations and not-for-profit causes. Adams has also taught numerous courses on various advancement topics at University of California, San Diego and many regional and national conferences. He is married and has three adult children.
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After 14 years as an Accountant in the for-profit world, Joe joined Interfaith Community Services as Controller in 1998. In 2001 he became Interfaith’s first Chief Financial Officer, a position he filled until 2005. Joe returned to Interfaith in 2011 as a Senior Accountant and worked his way through the ranks to become Chief Financial Officer in 2015. He currently oversees Accounting, Human Resources, Purchasing, Information Technologies and Facilities.
Joe graduated Cum Laude with Distinctions in Accounting from San Diego State University. He has passed the Uniform CPA Examination and is a veteran of the United States Navy.
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Megan Hawker began working with Interfaith Community Services in 2015 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Rochester Institute of Technology, and her Masters and Doctorate of Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. A licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of California, Megan served on active duty in the Army, including two deployments to Iraq; she is currently a Medical Service Officer in the Army Reserves.
While having worked in both for-profit and non-profit settings, Megan’s passion and research focus is on post-traumatic growth in Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Prior to joining Interfaith, Megan worked at both Palomar Family Counseling Services, Inc. and ACI Specialty Benefits focusing on intervention support, counseling for individuals and families, and clinical operations.
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Stephanie Rassette has an extensive career dedicated to social services and the non-profit sector. While earning her Bachelors of Social Work from Point Loma Nazarene University, she worked at the Salvation Army – Door of Hope as an Associate Clinical Social Workers and later at the YMCA and San Diego Youth Services. After graduation, Stephanie continued her education at Florida State University where she earned her Masters of Social Work.
Stephanie joined Interfaith Community Services in 2013 as the Social Services Program Manager and was promoted in August 2014 to the Director of Social Services. Day-to-day, Stephanie monitors client needs and offers guidance to the development, implementation, evaluation and expansion of all social work services at Interfaith. She was awarded “Community Partner of the Year” in 2014 by the San Diego Hunger Coalition and is an integral component of not just her department, but also our organization as a whole.
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Amber first joined Interfaith Community Services in 2007 as their Grant Writer and Quality Assurance Officer, a position in which she served for four years before moving to New Jersey. During her time on the east coast, Amber worked for Catholic Charities writing grants and managing the Disaster Case Management Department in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
After returning to her home state of sunny California in 2014, Amber again joined Interfaith as a Program Manager for the Transitional Youth Academy (TYA). She was promoted to Director of TYA in 2015. Amber brings with her years of experience in non-profit administration, development and fundraising, program design and management, and service delivery. She also has a passion for serving youth. Before graduating with her M.A. degree in Sociological Practice from Cal State San Marcos, Amber worked as a substitute teacher, learning center tutor, youth mentor, and Upward Bound instructor. She looks forward to expanding the TYA program and providing opportunities for youth success in North County.
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Traci graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1987 Magna Cum Laude with distinction in her major. She earned a Master’s in Social Work from San Diego State in 1991 and her License in Clinical Social Work in 2001.
Traci has been providing social services since she went with her mother to help provide employment services to Welfare recipients in the 1970’s. In the early 1980’s, she began on her own by being part of the Escondido Youth Encounter’s Crisis team as a first responder with the Escondido Police Department. After five years with the program, she was awarded a commendation for her work with the EPD.
For over twenty-five years, she has been providing counseling to the residents of North County. She worked for Palomar Family Counseling Services, Community Resource Center, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Palomar College. She just celebrated her ten year anniversary with Interfaith Community Services and was recently promoted to Director of Housing.
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Chelsea Buck has extensive experience engaging volunteers and effectively working alongside community partners. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she moved from her home state of Ohio to New Orleans to participate in the relief efforts. Chelsea was soon recruiting, organizing and leading thousands of volunteers as part of her work with Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New Orleans. Realizing her passion for community organizing and social justice, Chelsea pursued graduate school and earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Chelsea joined Interfaith Community Services in 2013 as the Volunteer Manager and was later promoted to Volunteer and Donor Relations Manager before becoming Director of Development in 2016. At Interfaith, Chelsea oversees all functions of the Development Department, including volunteer services, donor relations, special events, communications and fundraising. With a background in social work, she brings a unique understanding of client needs and social issues, allowing her to engage compassionate community partners in helping Interfaith further its mission.
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Mary Ferro has been a Faith Liaison with Interfaith since 2008. She has over 25 years of experience as a community organizer and activist. A graduate of University of California Santa Cruz, she did graduate studies at UCSD. She has developed a model for cities to abate drugs and related illegal activities, conducted training for city staff, police, landowners and mangers. Before moving to San Diego she served as a consultant to Northern California Cities and Counties.
She serves on the Senior Management team and is the go-to person for faith-related questions within the organization. Mary has an established reputation for relationship building and connecting organizations and individuals across traditions, cultures, and religions. She represents Interfaith on numerous boards, committees, associations, and councils; she describes her position as a gift that offers immeasurable joy.
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Interfaith is excited to welcome Micki Hickox to Interfaith Community Services as the new Volunteer Coordinator!
Prior to joining Interfaith, Micki served in the non-profit sector for many years, most recently with the City of Escondido’s Older Adult Services Department where she was responsible for developing, planning, coordinating and supervising senior programs and services. Prior to her work with the City, Micki was a Non-Profit Consultant from Event Innovations Inc. and was the Director of Volunteer Services for the Escondido Humane Society.
Today, as Interfaith’s Volunteer Coordinator, Micki is responsible for recruiting, training and managing all of Interfaith’s volunteers. She works closely with program staff to determine their volunteer needs, actively seeks out new opportunities throughout the organization and is a friendly face for all volunteers graciously donating their time to Interfaith.
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Lauren Holt currently serves as the Communications Coordinator at Interfaith Community Services, managing digital, print and social media communications for the organization with the intent of increasing agency visibility countywide. Before joining Interfaith, she was the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Better Business Bureau serving San Diego, Orange and Imperial Counties, as well as the Communications Coordinator for 4th & B Concert Venue.
A San Diego native, Lauren earned her B.A. in International Business and Marketing, as well as certifications in both Grant Writing and Marketing & Media Studies from San Diego State University. With a clear passion for both the non-profit sector and volunteerism, Lauren currently serves as a Big Sister for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America and has volunteered regularly for a handful of local organizations such as Girl Scouts of America, The Burn Institute, and The Monarch School. She is currently earning her Masters in Social Work at San Diego State University, with an emphasis in Administration and Community Development.
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