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 Chief Executive Officer 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. That vision supported the creation of the Hawthorne Veteran and Family Resource 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; the opening of the Haven House Year-Round Emergency Shelter, North County’s first year-round emergency homeless shelter for both men and women; and the launch of Recovery & Wellness programs to address addiction and mental health issues.
Greg is the Immediate Past Board President of the Alliance for Regional Solutions, Board Member of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, Co Chair of the North County Live Well Leadership Team, and Immediate Past President of the North County Philanthropy Council.
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.
- Phone: (760) 489-6380 ext. 230
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.
- Phone: (760) 489-6380 ext. 217
Varinda continues a tradition of Interfaith supporters who have helped build and grow our organization over multiple generations. She is focused on further strengthening critical partnerships throughout the region and ensuring fundraising goals are met to fuel our array of programs and services.
Prior to joining Interfaith, Varinda was the founder and CEO of Girls World Expo, which produces conferences across the country. She served as Director of Sales and Sponsorships at a media agency in New York and served as the Advertising and Marketing Director for the North County Times. “I’m happy to be home and to have the opportunity to combine my passion for Interfaith’s mission with my ability to drive revenue and build successful partnerships.”
- Phone: (760) 270-3422
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.
- Phone: (760) 294-6356 ext. 114
As our organization’s Director of Quality Assurance and Compliance, Lauren monitors contract and grant compliance of all government funding sources, supports the development of new policies in accordance to state and federal mandates and develops procedures to improve agency processes. In addition, she supervises data entry staff, ensures high quality customer service to our clients, staff and partners, and assures adherence to HIPAA regulations agency-wide.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Lauren has over 15 years of experience working in human services, compliance and quality assurance, and database system administration. She started with Interfaith in 2015 as the Grants and Contracts Compliance Manager before being promoted to the Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance in 2016. Lauren left the agency in late 2019, as her husband is an active duty Navy Seabee, but was happy to be able to return to Interfaith in 2021.
- Phone: (760) 546-8605.
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.
- Phone: (760) 708-6830
Fiona King currently serves as the Director of Development at Interfaith Community Services, where she oversees the strategic implementation of fundraising activities in line with a dynamic communications strategy for the organization. Fiona is devoted to helping others and passionate about addressing systemic issues through advocacy and philanthropy.
Fiona earned her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego, and is a graduate of San Diego State University where she studied Anthropology and Spanish. Outside of her work, she extends her passion for helping those in need as a volunteer foster for local dog rescues. She is a proud dog mom of her first “foster fail,” named Ruth. In addition to her passion for helping both people and puppers experiencing homelessness, Fiona enjoys spending her free time at the beach and traveling.
- Phone: (760) 504-8942
Veronica Blea is a highly-qualified leader with 10+ years of social service experience, 4 of which have been within Interfaith’s Supportive Services Department. Veronica is a natural collaborator and innovator, always seeking new ways to improve service delivery for our clients. Veronica is a well-established leader in the North County non-profit community, as she has held increasingly responsible roles within Community Resource Centers and North County Lifeline. Veronica’s passion is creating and implementing innovative programs that support disadvantaged community member meet their goal of self-sufficiency.
Veronica holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications, from California State University San Marcos and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Administration at California State University Long Beach. Veronica is also a Navy Veteran.
- Phone: (760) 489-6380 ext.202
Mary Ferro, joined Interfaith in 2008 with 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 managers. Before moving to San Diego, she served as a consultant to Northern California Cities and Counties.
She first served on the facilities team as the Faith Liaison and currently leads work on the intersection of faith and mental health. She currently serves on the Senior Management team, on community boards, committees, and County councils. Her life has been dedicated to giving a voice to those in need. She says being at Interfaith is like being fed joy every day.
- Phone: (760) 294-2025 ext 120
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 Services Manager, 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.
- Phone: (760) 489-6380 ext. 204