Michael Page is the Senior Project Manager for RECON Environmental, where he manages the planning, environmental review, and permitting of water, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure projects in Southern California. He also works with RECON’s habitat restoration team to remove non-native plant species and restore native plant species in Maple Canyon, where RECON are official adopters through ILACSD’s Clean Canyons program. Michael has been a volunteer with ILACSD since 2010 and is also a regular volunteer at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center. He is also an active member of the Association of Environmental Professionals San Diego Chapter. Michael is an avid mountain biker and road cyclist, choosing a bike as his primary mode of transportation when possible.
Mayela Manasjan is a Senior Environmental Specialist for the City of Encinitas Clean Water Program. With 14 years of experience in the public sector, she has extensive experience in environmental management programs. She currently manages the city’s water quality monitoring programs, which serve to protect and enhance the water quality in creeks, lagoons, and the Pacific coastline. She has been an environmental advocate her entire life and has worked diligently to protect the environment for the benefit of current and future generations. Mayela is also a professional photographer with over twenty years of experience behind the lens.
Brad Johnson serves as Senior Program Controls Manager for K-12 and Community College bond programs for the construction consulting service firm Gafcon, Inc. In this role, he has assisted in building controls systems from the ground up, taken over programs to improve controls systems, and has effectively led and managed controls staff through process improvements while maintaining quality and assurance goals. Additionally, Brad holds a position as an adjunct faculty for Ashford University and teaches coursework in Accounting and Business. Brad received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Accounting and Financial Management through the Keller Graduate School of Management. A New Jersey native, Brad and his wife moved to San Diego over 10 years ago and we are excited that he has chosen to join the ILACSD Board. Brad’s experience and knowledge in the areas of accounting and finance bring a valued level of expertise to the ILACSD Board and the Finance Committee where he serves.
Risa Baron is the Principal Public Affairs Representative at the San Diego County Water Authority. She has over 20 years of experience in working in public affairs, community relations, and communications on energy, water and transportation programs and projects. She is highly involved in the San Diego community including acting as Board President for the San Diego High School Music Boosters as well as a Board Member on the SDSU Alumni Association. In addition, she is an instructor at UCSD Extension’s Business Sustainability Certificate program. ILACSD is excited to utilize Risa’s experience in community outreach, strategic planning and project management.
Bill Haines has been an ILACSD board member since January 2005. Before retiring recently, Bill was a commercial real estate broker with Cassidy Turley. Bill has been an active I Love A Clean San Diego volunteer and supporter of the environment for a number of years, including serving as a roving site captain of ILACSD’s countywide cleanup events. He is an avid volleyball player, surfer, triathlete, bicyclist and self proclaimed “beach rat.” He has also served as a member of the I Love A Clean San Diego marketing committee focusing on attracting corporate members.
Jeff Caufield is an environmental law attorney with Caufield and James, LLP. Jeff has board experience in environmental counseling and toxic tort litigation. He has advised various businesses on environmental regulation and regularly counsels about the environmental implications of the purchase or sale of real estate. Mr. Caufield has a large network of environmental consultants and other individuals to assist ILACSD with ongoing programs and in pursuit of additional opportunities. He is an avid volleyball player and loves spending time with his wife and two kids.
Clint Carney joined ILACSD’s Board of Directors in July 2012. Clint is a public relations professional with more than a decade of experience in managing communications programs for public infrastructure projects involving water, energy and transportation, among other issues. He has experience in media relations, government relations, community outreach, public policy and also political campaigns, and he currently manages corporate communications, public affairs and business development duties for a San Diego telemedicine company. Clint’s public relations and government experience add to the diversity of the board of I Love A Clean San Diego, as he helps raise awareness of the organization in the business community and with residents throughout San Diego County. Clint is an avid outdoors enthusiast and enjoys hiking, kayaking, scuba diving and other sports, and he is a regular site captain of ILACSD’s Creek to Bay Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup Day.
Dr. Mark Laska is the President and Founder of Great Ecology, an ecological consulting firm committed to giving back to the local environment. His firm specializes in habitat restoration projects that increase public access and empower community members to be more aware of their growing ecological footprint. A long-time New York resident, Dr. Laska and his family relocated to San Diego in 2010 and have since become immersed in the Southern California way of life. He joins the Board of Directors at I Love A Clean San Diego eager to volunteer and be more involved in the local community. He recently served as a site captain at this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day in Del Mar. ILACSD looks forward to working with Dr. Laska to bring San Diegans closer to nature and solidifying partnerships to expand the organizations reach in the community.
William Burfitt brings more than 18 years of experience in higher education, health care, and medical research fundraising to the ILACSD Board of Directors. A San Diego native, William spent 12 years at The Scripps Research Institute in a variety of roles, most recently as the director of the office of philanthropy. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Development for UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering. William is an active member of the community, and is currently on the board of directors of the UC Community Foundation, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, a board member of the San Diego County Community Action Partnership, and a member of the Community Advisory Council of the ARCS Foundation. He also serves on the annual giving and events committees at the San Diego Mesa College Foundation, and is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the San Diego Planned Giving Partnership, and the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. William and his family reside in University City and enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time at our local beaches.
Michael Simonsen is the Municipal Services Manager at Republic Services. He has nearly 20 years of experience in developing and implementing community, government, and media relations programs. Simonsen moved to San Diego over 30 years ago and immediately fell in love with the history, people, and geography. Simonsen loves the outdoors, spending his free time at the beach as well as hiking in our local mountains with his fiancé, Lyndsi, and his two amazing daughters, Anneke and Merrell.
Jamie Inn is the Manager of Volunteerism and Employee Giving at U.S. Bank. She has over 7 years of experience working with the San Diego community and believes working as a team makes a positive impact in the community. She is a proud University of Oregon alumni and is a registered yoga teacher. She has volunteered with ILACSD since 2010 and is excited to continue promoting environmental sustainability by joining our Board.
Marina Kasa is a sustainability professional with 10 years of experience in environmental issues, sustainability, and project management. She currently manages corporate sustainability initiatives at Sony Electronics, including strategic efforts towards a zero environmental footprint by 2050. With a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management, Marina strives to make a positive environmental impact in all aspects of her life, including conscious consumption and engaging in opportunities to better the local environment. She is a San Diego native, and enjoys spending her spare time hiking, camping, and playing beach volleyball.