President & Founder: Jeffrey Sitcov
Jeffrey Sitcov is President & Founder of Doors of Change (also known as Photocharity). Jeffrey, a physical therapist for 18 years, suffered a career-ending injury while treating a patient in 1998. After much soul searching and praying, he committed to dedicating his life to help disadvantaged youth make better life choices. After interviewing over 100 nonprofit organizations, he went on outreach to find homeless youth and, that evening, his life was changed forever.
For the past 16 years Jeffrey has been leading an amazing group of committed, caring people (mostly volunteers) to help homeless youth ages 12-24 in San Diego. Over this time the group has helped place over 1,800 homeless youth in long-term safe housing, developed an award-winning music and art program in Ocean Beach (“Taking Music & Art to the Streets”) that has benefited more than 1,500 homeless youth, and started a transitional housing program for homeless youth ages 18-24 that teaches them the skills needed to live self-sufficiently off the streets.
Jeffrey is an award-winning photographer and his relationship with music industry greats like Billy Joel and Kenny Loggins has helped raise over $800,000 through the sale of signed music memorabilia. Billy Joel, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, Steve Martin, Etta James, Jack Johnson, and many others have signed memorabilia to help homeless youth in San Diego.
Jeffrey has received awards locally and nationally, including the Channel 10 Leadership Award, Torrey Pines Bank Circle of Excellence Award, La Mesa Rotary “Peacemaker of the Year Award,” and the Jewish Family Services Volunteer of the Year Award. He was also a national semifinalist for the Volvo For Life Award.
Jeffrey is only “the quarterback” for this amazing group of caring individuals. Without the leadership and passion of many team members, none of this would be possible.
Chairman of the Board: Michael Ishayik
Board President Michael Ishayik is a long time San Diego resident for over 37 years.
Michael has several operating businesses including Intelligent Blends, a Single Serve Coffee manufacturing facility that also produces his brand of coffee called “Maud’s Righteous Blends”. The Companies operate out of a 50,000 square foot facility and employ over 60 people. Michael sits on several boards of private Companies and has been a member of the YPO Coastal San Diego Chapter for over 12 years.
Michael holds a business degree from The University of Southern California with a double emphasis in Finance and Real Property Development. He is Passionate about his surfing and travels around the world in pursuit of perfect waves. He has a beautiful wife, Jordana, two precious daughters, Audrey and Maddie, and two naughty standard poodles.
Secretary: Steve Bram
Steve has more than a decade of experience in real estate development, including developing, constructing, and managing affordable housing which offers rents that are half the cost of market rates. This provides safe and decent housing for low-income people and families who would otherwise not be able to do so. An example of who this benefits would be a family of 4 that makes $37,500 or less annually.
In addition to Steve’s participation in affordable housing, he has donated his time to further building education as Chairman of the University of California San Diego’s Architectural and Construction Department and has volunteered and contributed to rehabilitate family housing shelters, including participation with the Building Industry Association.
Steve has also assisted another non-profit teen homeless shelter organization to develop a facility in the Inland Empire and supported foster care providers. Steve has run, volunteered and donated funding each of the past 5 years to Providence Place, which is a program that helps women who have been incarcerated get back on their feet and stay out of trouble. Steve has also been the Nation Chief for the YMCA and responsible for running their Annual Giving Campaign for the Coyote Nation, as well as leading approximately 300 dads and children in this dads and daughters program.
Steve is married to Wendy Deaver Bram, an elementary school teacher. They have 3 school-aged children. Steve is very involved in his children’s activities, including the YMCA’s father-daughter Indian Princess program, Dads Club, coaching youth soccer, and supporting other activities like swimming and dance.
Brad Termini co-founded Zephyr six years ago with a commitment to building quality residential projects throughout San Diego County. He has overseen $700 million in development and has been instrumental in driving the innovative thinking that maximizes the company’s relationships with both homeowners and investors. Mr. Termini has a keen focus on making opportunistic investments in choice locations that have resulted in more than 20 successful projects in areas such as Carlsbad, La Jolla, La Mesa and Oceanside.
Debbie has spent her entire career in the non-profit health & human services industry, in a variety of leadership roles. She is passionate about social justice, and committed to strengthening the bridges between mission and solid business practices. A native Ohioan, Debbie spent most of her career in Cleveland, before relocating to San Diego in 2014. She is excited about being a part of the Doors of Change team, doing whatever it takes to ensure that our youth no longer call the streets of Ssn Diego their home.
Eric has over 25 years of experience in the Tech Sector, ranging from launching start-ups to leading 100+ employees teams at Fortune 50 companies. Eric’s continuous success has stemmed from his tremendous desire for solving customers’ business problems. Eric has been described as a leader who directs “transformational change”, capturing substantial revenue growth through a clear and focused vision; decisive management style; expertise in developing meaningful relations; and negotiating multi-million-dollar business development agreements. As a father of two teenage daughters, Eric is extremely passionate about helping homeless teenagers reach their goals and dreams through the assistance of Doors of Change. When Eric is not giving back to the community in multiple facets, he loves to exercise, travel, and spend time with his family.
Joanne comes to Doors of Change after 25 plus years working as Director of Client Services for an Investment Advisory firm. She began as a volunteer 2 years ago for the Music and Arts Program which included outreach and working with the youth to achieve their goals. After witnessing her full commitment, passion for the program and her ability to connect with the youth she was asked to be Program Director. Joanne is determined to make the Music and Art Program a platform for youth to receive the support, trust and guidance to better their lives.
Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Commercial Executive with over 24 years of experience in Marketing and Sales helping millions of people with Mental Health Illnesses, Immunology and arthritis, Chronic Pain, and Obesity get the help and treatment they need and deserve