Our Team

Passionate about empowerment.

Our Team

Get to Know Our Staff

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Executive Director

Tessa Haviland

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Director of Marketing and Events
Director of Operations

Caitlin Cannon

Augustine Serrano
Director of Prevention Programs

Augustine Serrano

Leilani Stone
Director of Burn Survivor Services

Leilani Stone

Administrative Coordinator

Whitney Cartwright

Youth Firesetter Prevention Coordinator

Tamara Klugg

Paola Rangel
Community Outreach Specialist – Imperial Valley

Paola Lucas

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Grant Writer | Development Associate

Tara Michener

Burn Survivor Program Coordinator

Jeaninne Peabody

Prevention Education Coordinator

Alfredo Rivera Torres

Fire Safe Seniors Coordinator

Sam Watson

Tiffany Wong
Special Events Coordinator

Tiffany Wong

“We see every day as an opportunity to plant a seed of knowledge or empathy to transform a life.”

Meet Our Board of Directors

Gerald Davee
Chairman of the Board

Gerald S. Davee, Esq.

Chief David Ott

Chief David Ott, Assistant Vice Chancellor, UC Irvine

Chief Bob Pfohl
Vice President Chief Financial Officer

Chief Bob Pfohl, Viejas Fire Department

Brennon Hope
Vice President of Programs

Brennon Hope, Coastal Contracting, Inc.

Jorge Balvaneda

Jorge Balvaneda, SDG&E

Board Members

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Jeff Berend
Red Flash Group

Jim Boland
Community Volunteer

Jesse Connor
San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145

Jim Cunningham, Esq.
Law Offices of James J. Cunningham

Nate Fairman
 IBEW Local Union 465

Matt Ficco
Cal Coast Credit Union

Christina Figone

Dr. Jeanne Lee
UC San Diego Regional Burn Center

Dr. Gene Ma
Tri-City Medical Center

Chief Colin Stowell
San Diego Fire-Rescue Department

Chief Mitch Villalpando, Ret.

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Every contribution makes all the difference.

With your donation, we can prevent fires, reduce the resulting burn injuries, and help all burn survivors thrive. You can be a champion for San Diego and Imperial Counties’ safety and well-being.

Together, we can make a compassionate – and life-saving – impact on our community.