OUR TEAM IS COMMITTED TO TRANSFORMING LIVES
The Doors of Change Executive Team and Board of Directors is a passionate and experienced group of professionals with a singular mission: Get Homeless Youth Off The Streets Of San Diego So They Can Live Healthy And Productive Lives
President & Founder
Jeffrey Sitcov has led a team of caring people wanting to help homeless youth get off the streets for over 21 years. 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 semifinalist for the national Volvo For Life Award.
BOARD ANGEL TEAM™
Viviana is an associate professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the University of San Diego. Her areas of expertise and scholarship focus are on the effectiveness of in-service bilingual teacher education, theory and methodology for teaching English as a second language, internationalization of the curriculum, community engagement, and Changemaking. Viviana has been involved in community service learning and engagement for over 20 years, mentoring faculty and guiding students in service. She also served on the board of directors for Bayside Community Center and has delivered a variety of workshops to families in Linda Vista. She is the co-founder of the Open University initiative which provided community members with free access to university courses and is a Global Change leader for Ashoka U.
Over the past two decades, Andrew has been assisting numerous nonprofits that focus on helping homeless youth, at-risk youth, and individuals and families that have experienced crisis and/or sudden loss. He has helped develop programs to give homeless children valuable life skills in the form of music, art, athletics, and entrepreneurship.
Professionally, he is an entrepreneur and marketer who helped launch and grow Neil Patel Digital into one of the world’s most sought after marketing agencies and industry software providers. Andrew is now leading Aggregate.ai as the emerging leader in Ai and big data activation and analysis. Andrew with his wife and children, enjoy time with their horses, surfing, and many other outdoor activities.
LAURA M. NAVA
Laura is an attorney that is licensed to practice in Mexico and licensed to practice in New York with over 30 years of experience. Laura is currently a member of the Corporate and Labor and Employment Practice Groups in the firm’s San Diego (Downtown) and New York offices.
Laura’s legal practice focuses on cross-border transactions involving Mexico and other countries of Latin America. Her main areas cover investments in Mexico, mergers and acquisition and international business. Laura also handles international mediation cases involving cross-border issues or Spanish-speaking parties. Laura acts as a mediator and arbitrator for disputes and controversies between US corporations and Mexican/Latin American corporations and individuals.
Laura is involved in Casa Cornelia assisting in asylum matters and visas. Also, from 2002 through 2011 she participated and worked on the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, for two of those years as a member of the Del Mar Unit and for the seven other years she founded, chaired and participated in the Milagros Unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. Laura is currently serving a two year term (2022 – 2024) as President of the US Mexico Chamber of Commerce – West Coast (LA) Chapter.
Laura grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to San Diego in 1997. Laura is fluent in Spanish and English, and conversant in French and Italian.
Laura has two sons in their twenties that helps her realize the importance of providing love, guidance and care to young persons and specially appreciates the importance of working with homeless youth as they have found themselves in the despair or problems that took them to become homeless in San Diego.
Laura is very proud and enthusiastic about being a member of the Board of Directors of Doors of Change and working with this organization knowing how it helps homeless youth change their lives and become independent self-supporting individuals.
TREASURER | BOARD MEMBER
Phil Baker has developed products for many of the world’s iconic consumer hardware companies. He’s a former technology columnist for a San Diego newspaper and the author of two books, “From Concept to Consumer” and “To Feel the Music,’ co-written with Neil Young. He currently works for Young developing his archival website. Phil has a B.S., M.S., and MBA, holds several dozen patents, and was Entrepreneur of the Year for San Diego. He lives with his wife in Solana Beach.
Adam’s passion for helping people as a luxury real estate expert in San Diego is unmeasurable and unparalleled. As a long-time executive for a large, international fitness chain, from New York to San Diego and Stockholm to Oslo, he has been responsible for thousands of lives being changed across the world. Throughout his career, he has always been involved in real estate as an active investor and conduit for others. As a luxury agent, he has helped numerous San Diego homeowners, negotiated many short sales and modifications, and professionally advised clients on all of their real estate needs.
Adam also actively serves his local community on the Honor Council at Ecke-Magdalena YMCA, and as a member of the Fitness Committee at the Lawrence Family Campus JCC. Whether you are selling your luxury home, a first time home buyer, or an investor looking for a great opportunity, Adam will dedicate himself to your situation and engage his experience and expertise to ensure the best outcome.
Melissa has a BA in Anthropology from the University of California San Diego, and a MA from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Leadership & Management. As a member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), Melissa’s passion lies in helping and educating others and believes that by helping people reach their goal, one will in turn reach his/her own goal. In her free time. Prior to coming to Doors of Changing, Melissa worked at an international nonprofit in education and economic empowerment. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, reading, and volunteering at other local nonprofits.
LEAD CASE MANAGER
Nicole graduated in 2014 with a BS in Criminal Justice, a minor in psychology and is currently working on her Masters in Child, Youth and Family Services. She has been in the social services field for over 5 years. Nicole is devoted to her work and her clients and knows that each client must be approached differently. She is trained in a range of modalities including trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, cultural competency and mental health services.
Turquoise served in the Navy for 10 years and was bestowed the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Pistol Sharpshooter Ribbon.
Prior to joining Doors of Change as a Case manager Turquoise was the site coordinator for Crowne Plaza, an Outreach Coordinator for the Veterans Village, and an Unhoused Care Team Coordinator at Downtown San Diego Partnership. For their leadership and dedication to the unhoused community, Turquoise received the Staff of the Year award given by the Regional Task Force on Homelessness. Turquoise is a model and spokesperson for Dapper Boi, an LGBTQ fashion brand that makes gender affirming clothes affordable and accessible. They also volunteer with the Regional Task Force on Homelessness for the Point in Time Count.
Carina has been with Doors of Change for over 4 years, and is our Executive Assistant. She has worked in the non and for profit world for over 20 years and enjoys working with people who are making a difference in the world. She is a San Diego native who enjoys spending time outdoors with her 4 children and friends.
VOLUNTEER ANGEL TEAM™
PRO BONO ATTORNEY
WRITER AND PROOF READER
Deb Smith is a retired marketing executive and editor who worked extensively with nonprofit organizations both in her marketing career and as a volunteer and board member. She and her husband live in Oceanside and when not traveling spend their time with their children and grandchildren.
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