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Board Members

Greg Smyth

Capt. USN (Ret.)


Ordained Deacon, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego. Retired Navy Captain. Former Head, Housing Management Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, San Diego. Former Director of Military Family Housing, San Diego. B.A Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA. M.S. Salve Regina University, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

Jenny Tchang Frost

Real Estate Developer

Vice Chair

Vice President of Marketing for Techbilt Construction Corporation. 20 years of experience in real development including processing entitlements for residential projects through homebuilding and marketing. B.A. Stanford University. M.S. Sloan School of Management, M.I.T.

Joe Ramsey

Aeronautical Eng. (Ret.)

Vice Chair

Retired Aeronautical Engineer/General Dynamics. San Diego Apartment Owner/Investor. Prior member San Diego Housing Trust Fund Task Force/San Diego Housing Commission. B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, Purdue University.

Judy Gaze

Capt. USN (Ret.)


Retired Navy Captain and small business owner. Former Assistant Chief of Staff for Navy Region Southwest Quality of Life Services. Former Commanding Officer, Personnel Support Activity San Diego. Former Director, Military Family Housing, Naval Base San Diego. Former Executive Officer, Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Former appointee, State of California Veterans Board. B.A. in Secondary Education Sociology, University of Northern Iowa. M.B.A. National University.

David Gardner, Jr.

Construction Executive)


Construction industry executive for 20 years with comprehensive experience in construction ranging from large scale Mid-Rise & High-Rise Residential, Governmental Facilities, Retail, and Tenant Improvements. Represents owners to execute quality assurance and contract responsibilities. Successfully led the design and construction process for various types of projects including Design-Build, Design-Assist, Design-Bid-Build, and Construction Management Projects. B.S. in Business Administration, San Diego State University. General Contractor Class B License - State of California.

Kai Adler

Real Estate Investor

Finance Committee

Business Entrepreneur/Creator. Marketing Consultant for Vortex International and Vortex Water Technologies. Former owner, fire restoration corporation. Former board member, Horizon Gate Ministries. Past Director and Coordinator, March for Jesus. Former board member, Youth With a Mission - San Diego/Tijuana.

Trudy Balestreri

Banker (ret.)

Personnel Committee

Coordinator of Social Services at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Chula Vista. Retired human resources executive with Bank of America. Former owner of Sin Fronteras Export Trading Company. B.A. in International Studies, San Diego State University. M.A. in Latin American Studies, San Diego State University.

Doug Brunson

International Businessman (Ret.)

Development Committee

Retired Business Executive with IBM. Retired director with international micro-lending organization founded by the World Council of Churches. Former President of the Board, San Diego Habitat for Humanity and Interfaith Shelter Network. Active in church and community endeavors with a focus on social justice issues. B.S. in Business Administration, San Diego State University.

Roger Ball

President, Rick Engineering

Development Committee

President, Rick Engineering Company of San Diego. Member, San Diego Chapter of Consulting Engineers & Land Surveyors of California. Member, American Society of Civil Engineers. Member, CHI Epsilon. B.S. in Civil Engineering, San Diego State University.

Steve Kohn

President, Kohn Arcitecture

Development Committee

President of Kohn Architecture based in San Diego, a firm specializing in the design of retail, office, light medical, and other commercial projects. Twenty years’ experience in improving the built environment for San Diegans through thoughtful design of local shopping centers, offices, and clinics. B.S. in Architecture, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo.

Tom Schoettle

Investment Advisor

Non-Board Member

Owner of Schoettle Financial, San Diego, CA. Certified Financial Planner and attorney. Practiced corporate and bankruptcy law with Luce, Forward Hamilton & Scripps and Baker & McKenzie. Past President of the San Diego Financial Lawyers Group. Member of the UCSD Planned Giving Executive Committee. Mediator for the San Diego Community Mediation Program. Member, California Bar Association. B.S. in Accounting, Indiana University. J.D. University of Virginia.

Mike Hall

Chief Operation Officer, Erickson-Hall

Development Committee

Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer of Erickson-Hall Construction Co., a firm specializing in commercial and public works construction. Graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering. Board Member San Diego-Imperial Council Boy Scouts of America. Volunteer San Diego Rescue Mission.