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.
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!
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.
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.
Alessandra is a veteran technology executive who has enjoyed a high impact career taking underperforming companies and turning them into scalable, high-performance powerhouses. From the sales floor to the boardroom, Lezama’s hands-on leadership has transformed companies across industries and earned her a reputation as a rainmaker and was named CEO of the Year in 2018. . When Lezama became CEO of AbacusNext in late 2013, it was a niche software publisher exclusively focused on the legal industry–today it is a global technology leader that’s disrupting the cloud computing industry. Under Lezama’s leadership, AbacusNext has expanded its offerings to include a fully integrated and managed suite of technology products ranging from private cloud solutions to Desktop-as-a-Service, cyber security and a wide range of business management software options for the professional services market. Prior to joining Abacus, Lezama held CEO and COO roles for other technology companies including the largest data center operator in southern California, American Internet Services, which she grew from one 15,000 sqft facility to a combined capacity of over 150,000 sqft. Lezama lives in her adopted hometown of sunny San Diego, California, where she is active in the business community and an advocate for women pursuing careers in Tech and other STEM fields. As an angel investor to San Diego based early stage technology companies, Alessandra is currently brewing a new venture that she will soon unveil.
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.
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.
A father of four and resident of San Diego, Brad works with our private and corporate sponsors to grow the Doors of Change mission. With 23 years in the financial services industry, and 15 years in the not-for-profit world, Brad brings unique experiences to the Director of Advancement role at Doors of Change. Brad’s passion is to assure that the mission of Doors of Change continues to grow and that the Doors of Change story is told to all who have a passion to transform the lives of homeless youth.
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.
Crystal has held supportive roles assisting executive management in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She is responsible for supporting Jeffrey Sitcov, the founder of Doors of Change, and the administrative team. Born and raised in San Diego, she has seen firsthand the devastating impact of homelessness on youth in the community. In solidarity with DOC, Crystal is passionate about helping pursue the mission to radically transform lives!
Wil Fisher is an entrepreneur, life coach, facilitator, producer, performer, writer, and nonprofit professional. After graduating with a BFA in theatre from the Hartt School, Wil moved to New York City and quickly found his energy pulled toward social rights issues — predominantly those affecting LGBTQ youth. He served as the Northeastern Regional Director of Scouting for All, a national organization working to change the Boy Scouts’ discrimination policy against gays and atheists. Later, he became the director of communications and special events for the Ali Forney Center (AFC), the nation’s largest organization dedicated to housing homeless LGBTQ youth. While at AFC, Wil earned his MA in applied theatre from CUNY. Wil also served as the Executive Director of Easton Mountain, an LGBT retreat center in upstate New York where he initiated multiple programs including the Easton Mountain Leadership Academy for young adults. He is the founder of Willfully Living, his life coach practice dedicated to helping individuals live at their highest potential.
Lloyd has worked as Regional Manager for a national retailer, Sales Manager and trainer and in corporate partnership development for a cause marketing company, and as a self-employed business owner in business prospecting and development. He is excited and honored to help solve the homeless youth problem.
Megan McNicholas was born and raised in San Diego. She moved to Dallas and received her bachelor’s degree in history at Southern Methodist University before relocating back to San Diego with her husband and young daughter. Megan was raised with a strong emphasis on the arts and has chosen to use that passion to help our program grow. She has brought her background in writing grants for art organizations to Doors of Change to help us raise the funds we need to reach the underserved homeless population and help us grow. Megan also volunteers at our TMATS program weekly.
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.