Jeffrey Sitcov is the Founder & President of Doors of Change (also known as Photocharity.)
Jeffrey, a physical therapist for 18 years, suffered a career-ending injury in 1998. After much soul-searching and praying he committed to dedicating his life to helping disadvantaged and homeless youth. After interviewing over 100 nonprofit organizations he went on outreach to find homeless youth and, that evening, his life was changed.
In 2001 he formed Photocharity. Also an award-winning photographer, Jeffrey met and photographed music industry greats while working at the SDSU Open Air Amphitheater. These music legends were moved by Jeffrey’s vision to help homeless youth and, through their donations of signed music memorabilia, provided significant funding to help the organization get off the ground. Billy Joel, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, and many others have helped raise over $850,000.
As President of Doors of Change, Jeffrey leads a group of committed, caring people (mostly volunteers) to help homeless youth. He considers himself only the “quarterback” of this amazing team.
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.
Reed comes to Doors of Change after a 20-year career in sports leadership and management where he chased his passion for creating safe, positive, and transformational experiences for every child. He lived by the motto “Better Coaching for a Better World” and advocated at the local and international level for better coach training, more resources for youth sports organizations, and effective oversight to ensure the best possible opportunities for every child to play and learn.
Reed also served in nonprofit fundraising for nearly a decade. His experience includes working in higher education on capital campaigns ranging from $500 million to $1.2 billion, to working for the American Heart Association as a Senior Director of Donor Relations. He has extensive knowledge in grant writing, corporate engagement, capital campaigns, and long-term advancement planning.
As Chief Operating Officer, Reed leads the efforts to develop infrastructure for expansion of the Award Winning TMATS program in order to reach more homeless youth, drive sustainability through a systematic annual organizational advancement plan, and expand stakeholder growth through effective public outreach and awareness.
Reed’s passion in life has been to give every child the opportunity to pursue their own personal excellence. He’s used the vehicle of youth sports to pursue this passion but believed there were more youth he could serve. Coming to Doors of Change gives greater meaning and purpose to Reed’s mission. He now has the honor to change the lives of homeless youth and use his talents to educate, inspire, and influence people to join our mission to solve youth homelessness.
Sergio has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years. He served for 8 years in the military prior. He enjoys music and sports as hobbies and strongly believes in our cause.
Steve has been on the board of Doors of Change for over 14 years. He has four decades of experience in real estate development including developing, constructing, and managing desperately needed affordable housing for low-income people and families.
Steve has participated in many other programs and charitable ventures including being Chairman of the UCSD Architectural and Construction Department, volunteering and contributing to rehabilitate family housing shelters, assisting another non-profit teen homeless shelter organization to develop a facility, volunteering and donating funding to Providence Place (a program that helps women who have been incarcerated get back on their feet and stay out of trouble), and has run the YMCA’s Annual Giving Campaign for the Coyote Nation.
Gabriel Igartua is a native of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At 16 he moved to San Diego to finish high school and attend college at San Diego State University. Gabriel now has over 17 years of banking and finance experience and is currently a Vice President of Homestreet Bank.
During his 20 years in San Diego Gabriel has seen the impact that homelessness has within our community and after meeting Jeffrey at a chamber event, Gabriel realized he can be part of the solution by volunteering with Doors of Change.
Gabriel is married to his best friend, Ziza Alarcon, and they have a 20-month-old son who is also named Gabriel.
Alessandra Lezama is an entrepreneur and PE backed CEO, advocate for women pursuing careers in tech and other STEM fields, angel investor to San Diego-based early-stage companies and Founder and CEO of TOOTRiS, an on-demand Child Care technology platform that is reinventing how parents access and pay for affordable, high-quality Child Care.
Passionate about technology, Alessandra has enjoyed an illustrious career of taking underperforming tech companies and turning them into scalable, high-performance powerhouses. Prior to founding TOOTRiS, Alessandra was the CEO for multiple technology companies, including AbacusNext, a San Diego-based company she stepped into with 29 employees and, in less than four years, transformed into a disruptive global technology organization with more than 500 employees across San Diego, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Companies under Alessandra’s leadership have been recognized in Forbes and Inc., and in 2016 and 2017 she was named “Women Who Mean Business,” in 2018 as “Most Admired CEO of the Year” and in 2019 as “Most Influential” by the San Diego Business Journal.
Alessandra is a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, serving on its board and management council. She is also a member of the California Preschool Business Advisory Council, supporting efforts to produce viable policy for high quality early education that gives a competitive edge for California’s businesses, both immediately and the future.
Over the past two decades, Andrew Miner has been assisting and leading numerous non-profits 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 young homeless children valuable life skills in the form of music, art, athletics, and entrepreneurship with a focus on education.
Andrew is an active advocate for youth and has served in various roles such as President and Chairman of an education based non-profit. In his spare time, he is a business development executive and marketer who has helped launch and grow Neil Patel Digital into one of the World’s most sought after Digital Marketing Agencies. Andrew has also held Director roles at Tech Startups, ownership of a logistics agency, and Management at a Fortune 500.
Andrew also enjoys playing a variety of sports with his wife and children. They are also active in the San Diego theater, music, and dance communities.
Andrew is excited and honored to be a part of the Doors of Change Board!
John was born in Boston, MA, and educated at Brown University. He is a retired executive VP of ABC Supply Co., a $10 billion exterior building products distribution company. In his 30 years with the company John was entirely responsible for P&L and was the line authority for the West Region (one of five regions designated in the company). John now spends his time giving back, traveling, growing his tequila business, and consulting in the distribution industry.
Kim has been in the Wellness business for over 25 years, most of that time with Egoscue, Inc., serving in various positions including Director of Clinic Relations and Vice President of Finance.
Kim has been supporting Doors of Change for many years. She strongly believes in volunteering and giving back to the community. She is excited to be a member of the Board and looks forward to helping homeless youth.
Kim has two sons and lives in Carlsbad with her husband. She enjoys traveling, swimming, hiking and spending time with her family.
Joanne comes to Doors of Change after 25 plus years working as Director of Client Services for an investment advisory firm. She began volunteering over 2 years ago for the music and art program, helping with outreach and working with the youth to achieve their goals. After witnessing her full commitment, passion for the program and her natural 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 resources to better their lives.
Sarah began volunteering with Doors of Change every Thursday in February of 2018 and also on Sundays shortly thereafter. She came on board as an Art Instructor September of 2018. Her genuine enthusiasm for all things art and seashells has sparked interest in many. Sarah’s joy comes from seeing the youth master new art skills and embrace their inner creativity.
Geny has more than 14 years of experience helping individuals overcome their challenges. She has worked as a Domestic Violence Advocate offering counseling, coping skills, and safe housing to victims. As a Human Traffic Outreach Specialist, she worked directly with victims providing case management, resources and referrals.
As our Case Manager Geny, brings a unique set of life skills to our homeless youth.
John January is a music teacher, guitarist, singer and performing artist who has been honored by the Blues Hall of Fame in Chicago and by Billboard magazine for songwriting. John has performed for audiences throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Central America. As the Lead Music Instructor for the TMATS outreach program John recognizes the important bridge that music and art provide for every homeless youth. In finding a common ground, John and the team of instructors can establish a level of trust with youth as they begin to understand that there is a life for them off of the streets.
Julie has more than 35 years of human resources experience and has spent the last 30 years in law firm management. As Administrator and Chief Operating Officer she oversees the day-to-day operations of her firm’s eight office locations throughout the Western United States. She has established firm policy and procedures, handles recruitment, employment, and employee relations, and has designed and implemented the firm’s health and welfare plans. Julie is also responsible for strategic planning, marketing, and client development.
A favorite part of her job is involving staff in various community volunteer programs. She is a strong advocate to give voice to the voiceless and to empower those without power, and she can be spotted at various community events as a volunteer including Produce for Good, The Salvation Army, Coastal Roots Farm, Habitat for Humanity, Father Joe’s, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, and many local food banks. She is an advocate for homeless youth in San Diego and is committed to helping Doors of Change continue as a beacon of hope for underserved youth.
Marshall Lewis is the head of Lewis, Hoxie & Spear, APLC, a San Diego law firm that concentrates in tax and estate planning and business formation and transactions. He contributed his services to form this organization and has helped with legal compliance and contract documents ever since, without charge. He holds five diplomas from UCLA and began his legal career on Wall Street servicing major corporations and bringing companies public. After working for two years in Paris he longed to return to California and has lived here happily ever after, solving peoples’ problems and leading community revitalization and youth orchestras to help the homeless live self-sufficiently off the streets.
Kate began volunteering with Doors of Change every Thursday and Sunday as an Art Instructor in 2017. After witnessing firsthand how the program transformed the lives of homeless youth, Kate was compelled to contribute marketing expertise to further support the organization. Kate aids in marketing efforts behind-the-scenes by creating quality content, managing our social media accounts and writing blogs. Kate is passionate about sharing how Doors of Change makes a powerful impact on the lives of homeless youth by providing a safe place, social services, self-sufficiency, and empowerment.
Ken is a senior graphic designer with over 25 years experience in several different facets of design, from production/preflight to creating eye catching designs. He began creating print materials and other design projects for Doors of Change back in 2013 as a freelance designer and has been with us ever since. Ken is excited to be a part of our organization and loves our mission of transforming the lives of San Diego youths.