Passionate about empowerment.

Our Team

Get to Know Our Staff

Susan Day
Executive Director

Susan Day

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Director of Marketing & Events

Tessa Haviland

Benjamin Hemmings
Director of Operations

Benjamin Hemmings

Director of Prevention Programs

Emily Shuffield

Leilani Stone
Director of Burn Survivor Services

Leilani Stone

Administrative Coordinator

Whitney Cartwright

Burn Survivor Services - Administrative Coordinator

Amari Dabadghav

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

Augustine Serrano
Prevention Education Coordinator

Augustine Serrano

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

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Vice President of Development

Christopher Graham, National University

Brennon Hope
Vice President of Programs

Brennon Hope, Coastal Contracting, Inc.

Dolores Juditz

Dolores Juditz

Board Members

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Jorge Balvaneda

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.