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Sierra Visher Kroha, Executive Director

Before joining SVP, Sierra spent several years living in Nairobi, Kenya, helping to start, scale and then manage a national public health program with Deworm the World Initiative. Read More »

Taylor Bornemann, Operations Manager

Taylor Bornemann is a San Diego native who graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Business Administration with a Minor in Medical Anthropology. Read More »

Rachel Pell, Office and Communications Assistant

Rachel is currently seeking her degree in Urban Studies from San Diego State University. Born and raised in north [...] Read More »


Don Duford, Board Chair

Don's experience is primarily in the insurance services sector – managed care, cost containment, claims, and customer service. His abilities have been developed through nearly 40 years of management experience. The first 10 years in various operational management roles, the next 10 years in leadership positions in Sales, Marketing, and Product Development, and the remainder in CEO/President roles. Read More »

Jen Hamilton, Treasurer

Jen Hamilton is a real mover and shaker in the SDSVP network. Jen is Chief Executive Officer of Institute for Mastering Success, a corporate training firm providing professional development and management training. Read More »

Bob Blanchard, Secretary

Bob completed his undergrad studies at the University of Denver, Majoring in Economics. He was in the top 5 percentile at USD School of Law, where he obtained his law degree. He began his legal career in 1980 and co-founded his law firm, Blanchard, Krasner & French in 1992. He is widely published and a frequent speaker on numerous topics. Read More »

Sandra Timmons, Governance Chair

As owner of Video Applications for Education and Training, Ms. Timmons produced videoconferences, documentaries and instructional videos, and developed interactive educational computer games and Internet products. Read More »

Raj Kaji

Raj Kaji is Vice President of Corporate Development for Bridgepoint Education. In that capacity, Mr. Kaji is responsible for managing the mergers and acquisitions process for Bridgepoint Education and evaluating attractive adjacent markets. He also assists in incubating new businesses at Bridgepoint. Read More »

Julie DeMeules

Julie has over 35 years of Human Resources experience, the last 20 at the senior level and as a member of senior management in life science companies. Read More »

Jose Cruz

Jose is the Executive Director of SDSVP Investee (2012-2015), Barrio Logan College Institute, with over 10 years of director level leadership experience. Read More »

Steve Bernitz

Steve Bernitz is a retired biotechnology executive in San Diego. Read More »

Brad Kleban

Brad is the owner of The Color Bar, a video production agency, since 1999 and works to create videos for broadcast, businesses, and the web. Read More »