Interfaith Community Services enjoys an outstanding level of commitment from our volunteer Board of Directors. Board members provide overall governance of Interfaith, collaborate through task forces and committees, and organize special events and fundraisers. Together they contribute invaluable expertise and insight to further the mission of Interfaith Community Services.
Dr. Kadri J. Webb – Chair & Faith Council Chair
Dr. Kadri J. Webb is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and currently serves as the Senior Pastor/Teacher of the St. John Church of Oceanside, CA. He has served in this capacity since October 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at the Virginia Union University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Prior to being called to St. John Church, he served on the ministerial staff of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Catonsville, Maryland, where he was licensed and ordained. Since moving to San Diego County, Dr. Webb has opened the doors of St. John to the entire community, served numerous special meals, completed two major renovations of the church facility, and invited local clergy to join together the combat homelessness, food insecurity, and other challenges that impact our communities. Dr. Webb serves in numerous other civic capacities to include: Co-Chair of the North Inland Faith Partnership and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at San Diego Organizing Project. He also serves as Teaching Faculty at Claremont Lincoln University and as an Affiliate Assistant Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, teaching both Masters and doctoral students respectively. He is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and serves as Chapter Chaplain for the Xi Gamma Gamma Chapter. Dr. Webb is a man of action who lives and believes that actions speak louder than words.
John retired from Nordson Corporation in 2021 with 27 years of service. During his career, he held various engineering positions, managed the supply chain, ran the Nordson ASYMTEK division in Carlsbad, and was responsible for the global Information Systems team for Nordson Corporation. John earned a BSME from Purdue University, as well as an MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. John, and his wife Sharon, have lived in San Diego County since 2005 after moving from Ohio. They are proud parents of two adult young men.
Reverend Meg Decker – Immediate Past Chair
The Rev. Meg Decker has served at Trinity Episcopal Church in Escondido for over 20 years. In that time she has led the congregation in creatively engaging the outside world in service and Christian witness. Leading one of the founding congregations of Interfaith Community Services, the Rev. Decker highly values cooperation between faiths and has been instrumental in organizing interfaith events, demonstrating how religion can be a force for unity and service in the community. She currently leads the Escondido Faith Leaders’ Council and is organizing a multi-faith chaplaincy program at Interfaith Community Services.
Silas I. Harrington is licensed to practice law in California and Washington State and maintains a law office in Escondido focused on tax controversy, estate planning and business formation and planning. Mr. Harrington is an active member of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido, California and appreciates the opportunity to apply his skills to maintain and build his local community.
Lisa Brinig is a senior wealth advisor at Mariner Wealth Advisors, located in San Diego. Lisa’s primary role is to help clients achieve their goals by creating and implementing financial strategies as part of an overall wealth management program. She counsels high-net-worth individuals and business owners in all aspects of their personal financial management. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in finance and tax planning from San Diego State University. She also holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
Andy Ballester is a co-founder of GoFundMe, the world’s largest online fundraising platform, and a technology mentor and advisor. Prior to GoFundMe, Andy served in senior management and founder positions at several companies, including Create a Fund and California Product Shop. He also volunteers as a Mentor with the EvoNexus incubator, Techstars Anywhere Accelerator, and Ad Astra incubator where he helps multiple startups and their founders navigate product development. Andy holds a B.A. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Minister Brooks currently serves as an Associate Minister at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church. She graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and from san Jose State University with a Master of Arts Degree in Administration/Supervision. The wife of Alphonso Brooks, Carol is also the mother of two sons and a grandmother of three. Currently, she is a member of the North County African American Women’s Association and the Women’s Community Club. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Vista Community Clinic and KOCT Community Television. She also served on the Community Healthcare Alliance Committee for the Tri-City Healthcare District.
Rabbi David Castiglione received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He was ordained in 1992. Following ordination, he served Temple B’nai Israel of Elmira, New York. His service continued with Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and after twelve years of service, he took up his post with Temple Adat Shalom in Poway in the summer of 2008. In 2017, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. This year, he was recognized by the Mayors of Poway and San Diego, as well as the President of the Union of Reform Judaism and the President of Hebrew Union College for his ten years of service to Temple Adat Shalom. The themes of God’s oneness, social justice and covenant – both personal and communal – inform and drive all of Rabbi Castiglione’s interests and initiatives. He has long been a vocal proponent of outreach, an active advocate of civil and religious rights for all individuals.
Robert Costantino is currently the successful business owner of Balloon Guru LLC in San Diego. He first started practicing his craft up in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s, back when the Balloon Decor business was in its infancy. His philosophy which is crucial to his own recovery is “Do The Right Thing. Always” and he has implemented this philosophy into every aspect of his business. Robert definitely believes that if you strive to take the high road in life, you will always get through somehow. And if you have a spirit of gratitude along the way, all the better! Robert Costantino is also a graduate of Interfaith’s Escondido Community Sobering Services (precursor to Recovery & Wellness Center).
An attorney with Higgs Fletcher& Mack, Mitch joined the Board in December 2016. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mitch and his wife Julie came to San Diego in 1981 after working in the Criminal and Tax Divisions of the Justice Department. Mitch specializes in tax controversy cases as well as business matters. He has been listed as a Southern California SuperLawyer for several years. In addition to professional commitments, Mitch has served on several charitable boards and organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Seacrest Village, Second Chance, the Anti-Defamation League, and Serving Seniors.
Carol Lazier is a highly accomplished San Diego philanthropist and community volunteer. She is an active member of Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church and presently serves as Board Chair of San Diego Opera where she successfully led the effort to prevent the Opera’s closure. “The Arts connect us as human beings. Art nourishes our souls, increases empathy and tolerance.” She has served on the boards of the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Symphony and the Palomar Family YMCA. Carol was co-founder, lead underwriter and is President of Solutions: Exploring Success Post-High School, a non-profit that provides college and career information to San Diego students. Carol has also given her time and resources to such non-profits as Palomar Health Foundation, CSUSM, UCSD Rady School and UCSD Jacobs Hospital.
Yusef Miller is The founder of Mosques Against Trafficking, Co-Founder of The North County Equity & Justice Coalition, Member of the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego, Member of East County Justice Coalition, Board Member of Activist San Diego, and Board Member of the Islamic Society of North County (Escondido Musullah). Upon retirement from the Armed Service, Yusef filled his time with Social Justice activities, first though Interfaith teams, Escondido Together, Poway Interfaith Team (POINT), San Diego Regional Interfaith Collaborative (SDRIC), as well as the District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Council and the San Diego Anti-Hate Crimes Coalition, fighting disparities on all fronts, Race, Religion, Gender, Immigration Status. Currently, Yusef is a Community Health Worker (CHW) for The Multicultural Health Foundation, and it the North County COVID-19 Awareness Rep for the African American Community.
Hector Morales was born and raised in Escondido, CA, and grew up attending Emmanuel Faith and Iglesia Latina Emanuel, a Spanish-language church plant of EFCC. Hector served in our Junior High Ministry while in college at Cal State San Marcos and joined the Emmanuel Faith staff in 1997. During that year he started The Bridge, an after-school tutoring program in a mostly Latino neighborhood in Escondido. In 2004 Hector graduated from Bethel Seminary San Diego with a Masters of Divinity, and was asked to continue and expand the church’s Community Outreach efforts. Since 2017 Hector has enjoyed connecting newcomers to our church family through our Welcome & Membership ministries, whether they are new to church altogether or have been walking with Jesus for many years. He and Brenda have been married since 2005 and have been blessed with two kids, Cecilia and Sammy. He enjoys the outdoors, cooking and playing most sports. You can usually find Hector on a field somewhere coaching baseball, softball or soccer.
Dr. Vanessa Peters is a Family Physician and Chief Physician Officer for Graybill Medical Group, a primary care owned medical group in North San Diego County with 12 locations and 80+ providers. She graduated from the University of Calgary School of Medicine in 2000 and moved to the US in 2002 to start her practice with Graybill. She has 19 years of experience and is board certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Peters is able to form relationships with her patients that help them achieve good health and well-being. She believes that “to promote optimal well-being there must be trust, open communication and mutual respect between patient and doctor.” She also works with the administrative team to ensure that patients, staff and physicians have an exceptional experience at Graybill Medical Group. She is also the founder of VMD Investing and is passionate about helping busy professionals build wealth through passive, income-producing real estate by investing in apartment communities, self-storage and manufactured home parks.
Darrell received a Bachelor of science degree in biology from USC in 1975 and an MD degree from University of Texas, Southwestern University in Dallas in 1980 with a Family Practice residency at UCSD 1980-1983. From 1983 to 2012, Darell was full-time board-certified Family Practice MD working as a partner in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, exclusively contracted with Kaiser Permanente. He managed a patient panel of over 2000 patients and was the administrative physician leader of the Carlsbad Kaiser facility for the last several years of his career. He retired January 2012 after 29 ½ years of service. He is also a member of the Board of Directors with Plant with Purpose, an international faith-based non-profit committed to sustainably alleviating poverty in the rural population of 8 countries using a three-pronged approach emphasizing environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal.
Monica Cruz Thornton graduated with honors from the UC Irvine in 1982 with a B.A. in Social Ecology, Phi Beta Kappa. She worked her way through college and the two years following graduation in order to fund her law school education. Ultimately, she was awarded a Fellowship. Monica attended UC Davis from 1984-1987. After spending a couple of months traveling in Australia and New Zealand, Monica began her law practice in December of 1987. In 2015, she retired from litigation law. Monica currently volunteers at Interfaith Community Center (Interfaith). She conducts the Interfaith Legal Clinic in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego. Monica also works with Interfaith’s VITA tax services program. Ongoing personal growth and a passion for life-long learning, as well as gratitude, motivate Monica to serve others.
Joy Stephenson-Laws is the founding and managing partner of Stephenson, Acquisto & Colman. The firm specializes in healthcare and plays a key role in supporting California’s hospitals in their mission of protecting the health of their communities. As part of her commitment to improving healthcare in the United States and to giving back, she founded Proactive Health Labs, a national 501(c)3 organization dedicated to ensuring people have the information and tools they need to get and stay their healthiest. She also co-founded The Bili Project Foundation, a nonprofit that is driving funding and research for identifying markers for biliary cancer so that it may be more effectively diagnosed and treated. Joy recently published a book, Minerals, The Forgotten Nutrient. She also is a frequent lecturer on health topics and especially those affecting women, boomers, and underserved communities. Joy was awarded the B.A. from Loma Linda University and the Juris Doctor from Loyola University. She also is Honorary Consul of Jamaica in Los Angeles.
Javier Lara is an Operations Management leader with extensive experience in domestic and international supply chain & manufacturing practices. He’s been able to apply his skills for private and publicly held companies and has been fortunate to travel the world in the process of applying his craft. Javier graduated with Honors from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He’s currently employed by Viasat Inc. in Carlsbad where he lives with his wife and children.
Judge Randa M. Trapp, Ret.
The Honorable Randa M. Trapp is a graduate of San Jose State University with a B.A. in Political Science and earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985. In 2003, after practicing law for nearly 20 years, she was appointed by then Governor Gray Davis to the San Diego County Superior Court. Judge Trapp was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the California Association of Black Lawyers and Lawyers Club of San Diego. A veteran of the United States Navy, Judge Trapp worked as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law for nearly 20 years and has also received many awards and tributes including “Randa Trapp Day” in the City of San Diego, “Woman of the Year” for the 79th Assembly District in 2004, the California Association of Black Lawyers “Bernard S. Jefferson Judge of the Year Award” in 2008. In March 2021, Judge Trapp was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame.