Meet the team.

San Diego/Imperial Counties is led by a volunteer board of directors. Members of the Board serve three-year terms, beginning January 1, and are elected at the chapter’s annual meeting in the fall. The officer positions are elected each year, for one-year terms. Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, and meetings are open to any chapter member who would like to attend.

Board members lead committees of volunteers to accomplish important work to achieve chapter goals. Click on any of the board members’ name below to learn more. For chapter inquiries, please email our chapter administrator, Maggie Padilla.

Executive Committee

April Tellez Green
April Tellez GreenPresident
Communications Manager, UC San Diego Library; Founder + CEO, Project Reboot
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Barbara Cosio Moreno
Barbara Cosio MorenoPresident Elect
District Communications Manager, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins
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Jeanna Vazquez
Jeanna VazquezTreasurer
Communications and Media Relations Manager, UC San Diego Health
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Giovanna Castro
Giovanna CastroSecretary
Municipal Administrator, Republic Services
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Hope Reilly
Hope ReillyPast President
Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Chief Social Media Strategist, Southwest Strategies
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Directors at Large

Amanda Nelson
Amanda NelsonProfessional Development
Director of Communications, San Diego Housing Federation
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Arturo Garcia
Arturo GarciaProfessional Development, Diveristy + Inclusion
Marketing and Communications Manager, Museum of Photographic Arts
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Anne Buckley, APR
Anne Buckley, APRProfessional Development
Chief Communications & Marketing Officer, UC San Diego
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Patrick Thelen, APR
Patrick Thelen, APRAccredidation in Public Relations
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism & Media Studies, SDSU
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Jenny Mehlow
Jenny MehlowBernays Awards
Senior Public Relations Manager, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
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Kara Handley, APR+M
Kara Handley, APR+MBernays Awards
U.S. Navy Public Affairs Officer,
USN
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Patricia Maxwell
Patricia MaxwellBernays Awards
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Kim Coutts
Kim CouttsCommunity Relations + Advocacy
Director of Communications and Outreach, Civilian
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William Lopez
William LopezCommunity Relations + Advocacy
Principal, Alternative Strategies
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Edgar Hopida
Edgar HopidaDiversity + Inclusion
Communications Director, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
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Megan Pinna
Megan PinnaCommunications
Advertising Specialist, Sharp HealthCare
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Shannon Boffa
Shannon BoffaCommunications
Senior Account Executive, Southwest Strategies
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Stephania Villar
Stephania VillarCommunications
Digital Communications Manager,
San Diego Natural History Museum
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Rachel McGuire, MBA, APR
Rachel McGuire, MBA, APRMembership + Volunteer Engagement
CEO, RMG Communications
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Associate New Pros + Ethics Officer (Non-Voting)

Elena Gomez
Elena GomezAssociate Board Member, Bernays Awards
Associate Director of Media Relations, UC San Diego
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Elizabeth Espinoza
Elizabeth EspinozaAssociate Board Member, Professional Development
Communications and Governmental Relations Officer, Imperial Valley College
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Monica Gil dos Santos
Monica Gil dos SantosAssociate Board Member, Communications
Account Coordinator, Katz & Associates
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Mariah Hugo
Mariah HugoAssociate Board Member, Membership & Volunteer Engagement
Junior Account Executive, Katz & Associates
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Julie Smith-Taylor, APR
Julie Smith-Taylor, APREthics Officer
Owner, Taylor PR Strategies
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