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Board of Directors


Laurie Black, president and CEO of LJ Black Consulting and president of RS Lawrence Development, is well known as a keen and prolific producer of new and innovative ideas. Ms. Black is a passionate advocate; developing and funding programs and augmenting supportive housing for people who are chronically homeless and have chronic mental health conditions.

Ms. Black has been a part of the political and business landscape in San Diego for over thirty-five years.

Half of her career has been spent working for local, state and federal candidates for elective office. From 1986 to 1991 she operated her first business, which included political fundraising, issue development, press relations and implementation of campaign strategies. Ms. Black served as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Lynn Schenk where she assisted in developing the Congresswoman’s legislative and political agenda. She served as a San Diego Port Commissioner from 2007 – 2009 using her environmental credentials to help create the Green Port Program enhancing the Port’s role as an environmental steward of San Diego Bay. And she sat on CCDC (Center City Redevelopment Center) where she advocated for a downtown homeless shelter and helped support Veterans Village along with other critical housing needs.

Ms. Black is well known for her advocacy on homelessness and disabled veterans, and has presented her ideas on mitigating homelessness at the International Downtown Association's Annual Conference as well as other national and international conferences.

She is also recognized nationally for her passion and expertise in patient advocacy, specifically those with Melanoma needing help mitigating their healthcare and treatment possibilities and opportunities. UCSD Moore’s Cancer Center named her Caregiver of the Year in 2012 and in February 2014 Vista Hill Foundation named her Mental Health Advocate of the Year.

Laurie was most recently appointed to be a Trustee on the UCSD Foundation Board where she volunteers with critical issues related to the university as well as community building. Laurie is a connector and has utilized her ability to connect to the San Diego region to state and federal elected officials as well as change agents in the United States.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Women's Studies from San Diego State University.

Ms. Black was married to the late Robert Lawrence, a local attorney and real estate developer. Laurie has four adult children, two grandsons and granddaughter, and presently lives in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego.


CAPT Lynelle Boamah is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1990. Upon graduation from college, she studied cytogenetics at the Johns Hopkins University. She was selected for a competitive Health Professions Scholarship and attended the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine (MD, 1995). She was commissioned as a Lieutenant in 1995 and completed pediatric internship in the newly integrated National Capital Consortium Pediatric Residency Program from 1995-1996. She was selected for residency training in Pediatrics at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth where she was elected Chief of Pediatric Residents and graduated in 1998.

After residency completion, she was assigned to Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms and served as a general pediatrician from 1998 to 2001. She moved into a graduate medical education role during her next assignment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego pediatric residency program in 2001. She was then selected for full-time out-service fellowship training in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital from 2004 to 2007. During fellowship training, she earned a Master’s degree in Medical Education and Curriculum Development (MEd, 2008) from the University of Cincinnati, graduating magna cum laude.

Upon completion of fellowship, CAPT Boamah returned to Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2007 and established a robust practice of pediatric gastroenterology. She served as Associate Pediatric Residency Program Director from 2008-2011 and was selected as residency Program Director in 2011. She served in this role until 2016, overseeing the administrative requirements for graduate medical education in Pediatrics and contributing to Navy Medicine’s readiness priorities. During this time, she deployed as an individual augmentee to Palawan, Philippines in support of Balikatan 2012 Joint Humanitarian Assistance Mission. She was competitively selected as the Director for Medical Services, Medical Treatment Facility, USNS MERCY (T-AH 19) from 2015-2017, contributing to Navy Medicine’s mission to support the fleet and the warfighter by projecting medical power forward.

CAPT Boamah is the recipient of several awards and medals to include, the Executive Council of the Medical Staff Master Clinician award, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medals and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal in addition to one unit medal. She holds an academic appointment of Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University. She has given both national and international presentations on evaluating and teaching medical trainees. She was selected to attend the MedXellence course for healthcare executives and completed a one-year program in healthcare leadership at the University of San Diego Health Leadership Academy. She will complete requirements for Joint Professional Military Education I in August 2022. She is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology and holds active memberships in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

She completed a tour as Executive Officer, Medical Treatment Facility, USNS MERCY (T-AH 19) from 2017-2019, completing two Pacific Partnership deployments and Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2018. She went on to serve as the thirteenth commanding officer of Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms/Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital, the Navy’s first African-American female medical corps officer to hold such a position. There, CAPT Boamah led the transition of healthcare delivery and management under the authority, direction, and control of the Defense Health Agency, while simultaneously overseeing military readiness under the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Upon completion of her commanding officer tour, she assumed the senior executive medicine position of Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Third Fleet in July 2021. She is responsible to Commander, Third Fleet to provide counsel, planning and execution of health services support to operational forces and civic authorities while supporting certification of combat ready forces and major fleet exercises.


Michael Brooks holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Business Economics with a minor in Accounting, and is working towards an Executive MBA at the Marshall School at the University of Southern California. Mr. Brooks is the founder and CEO of B Squared Real Estate a full-service brokerage and property management company which specializes in Commercial and Multi-Family Income Producing Properties as well as Residential Real Estate. He is also the founder and CEO of Legacy Property Management, and the Co-Founder and President of B2RE Property Management. Mr. Brooks oversees a management portfolio of commercial and residential assets valued at over $180 million and is the asset manager for over a dozen entities which own multifamily properties. He also oversees the operation of over 60 monthly furnished rentals in the hospitality space and holds a California Brokers license. Mr. Brooks is actively working on a pre-launch technology startup in the estate planning industry and is the founder and president of the Edward R. Brooks foundation which endeavors to support underserved children by harnessing the transformational nature of sports, and squash specifically. Prior to forming B Squared Real Estate, Mr. Brooks began his career in a rotational management program at AT&T Communications. After multiple rotations in Operations, Mr. Brooks embarked on his sales career within the company first in the Global Markets organization which supported AT&T’s largest clients, and then later opening the Southern California office for AT&T’s Consulting company, ultimately earning AT&T’s prestigious Diamond Club Award for Sales Excellence.


P. Kay Coleman is President & CEO of Del Mar Venture Group, LLC, an angel investment firm that she co-founded in 2005. She has 30+ years of management consulting experience in strategic planning, marketing, and process improvement.

Kay serves as the Immediate Past Chair and Vice Chair of The San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center, a partnership between the Brookings Institution, The County of San Diego, and San Diego Foundation. In March 2023, she was chosen as one of San Diego’s Top 50 Nonprofit Board Leaders of Influence. She is also a Board member and former Board Chair of San Diego Foundation. She was named Director of the Year by the San Diego Corporate Directors Forum in 2021. In addition, Kay serves on the national board of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). She was conferred the title of Chair Emerita of the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Southern California Area Board in 2020. She was recently appointed to the County of San Diego’s Civil Service Commission. She also serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Villas in Rancho Mirage.

Kay earned her MBA in Finance & Strategic Planning from the Wharton School of Business. She received a MS in Counseling Psychology and a BA in English with High Honors from the University of Tennessee. She lives in Encinitas, CA.


Hugh M. Davies is recognized in­ternationally as a scholar in the field of contemporary and modern art. Davies served from 1983 to 2016 as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and was named Director Emeritus by the museum’s trustees in 2016. While directing artistic and administrative activities of MCASD, Davies curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions including: Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface (2011-2012), Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries (2007), Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953 (1999), and William Kentridge: Weighing…and Wanting (1998). Davies was one of six co-curators who organized the Biennial 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in 1976 he served as Director of the U.S. Exhibition at the 37th Venice Biennale. From 1975 to 1983 he was the founding director of the Uni­versity Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the University Gallery) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and from 1984 through 2016, he was a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a Trustee from 1994-2001, and President from 1997-1998.

Davies is currently a member of the Francis Bacon Authentication Committee, which published the artist’s Catalogue Raisonne in 2016. His doctoral dissertation on Francis Bacon was later expanded and published by Garland Press, and he has subsequently published extensively on Bacon’s work. Davies received his A.B., summa cum laude, (1970), M.F.A. (1972), and Ph.D. (1976) from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.


David joined Wells Fargo Advisors in 1997 and has over 28 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors David worked with Solomon Smith Barney where he managed corporate fiduciary relationships. As a Private Wealth Financial Advisor, David becomes an integral part of the wealth management team helping clients achieve their goals and objectives. David works to simplify the client experience so that clients can focus on what is important to them.

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Robert has over 49 years of experience in workforce and community development and real estate development in San Diego. A San Diego native raised in Encanto, received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from USIU and Masters in Social Work from San Diego State University. He is the former founding CEO of both Occupational Training Services (OTS) and the San Diego Community Housing Corporation. Career highlights includes: 30,000 jobs for low income San Diegans; administered $30 million in Federal, State, and Local funds; developed 1,200 affordable rental units providing housing for 3,650 people and developed and sold 160 homes to low and moderate income first time homebuyers with 180 homes in the pipeline for first time homebuyers.

Current community involvement includes Board Chair Elect of Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, Asian Business Association San Diego, Asian Business Foundation, Second Chance, Access Youth Academy Support Corporation.


Jay Liebowitz was born and raised in Southern California and has a long commitment to underserved youth in the region. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley and played recreational racquetball and squash. After attending the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and receiving his degree in Economics, he returned to Los Angeles where he worked as an investment professional at Credit Suisse First Boston (formerly known as DLJ), at Canyon Capital, and at Blackstone Credit (formerly known as GSO Capital Partners). He moved to New York in 2008, and in 2012 he began volunteering at the StreetSquash program in Harlem. Upon returning to Los Angeles in 2013 to work at credit investment firm Post Advisory Group, he volunteered with Angel City Squash before its dissolution. He then worked in building and expanding Reading to Kids, a grassroots program serving eight elementary schools in the greater Los Angeles area dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading. In addition, he has led successful fundraising drives across the broader LA finance community for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Jay lives in Pacific Palisades and is married with two children.


Ian was born in St Thomas, V.I. and lived a very “nomadic” life, living in six different states before finally settling in San Diego in 1983 which has been his home ever since. Ian worked summers as a beach lifeguard in Del Mar from 1987 to 1995, putting his competitive swimming background to good use.

Ian received his BA in Religion from Williams College and served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying to Okinawa, Japan and Australia, before finishing his commitment at Camp Pendleton. After an honorable discharge from the USMC, Ian consulted back to the government for many years in the area of tactical systems engineering, and for a brief period worked in commercial network engineering during the internet boom.

In 2013, Ian made a significant career pivot to follow his growing passion for financial services. In response to seeing so many people of all ages feeling paralyzed by skepticism, frustration, and information overload, Ian founded Reviresco Wealth Advisory, an independent fee-based fiduciary firm based in San Diego. The firm leverages its independence, researching unique solutions to client’s shifting challenges throughout their financial lifecycle.

Seeing a similar prevalence of confusion and anxiety in the area of college planning, magnified by severe cost increases for higher education, Ian founded Reviresco College Planning in 2018. Emphasizing the difference between college savings and college planning, the firm provides families and students with the type of education, tools, and strategies they really need to improve their quality of life throughout all phases of the college planning and college funding processes.

In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, working out at the gym, getting in as much “beach time” as possible, and cultivating his appreciation for Eastern Philosophy and Taoism.


Robert has had an extraordinarily varied career as a pilot in the Navy, extensive government service including a military liaison to Congress, as well as in the private sector.

He is an experienced strategic and operational manager of people and projects. Robert has also been Chief Operations officer at a "Federal Express" type airline in Europe, a multi-data center operations director for a major Software company and even direct retail sales experience for a large Mercedes-Benz dealership. Robert has also benefitted from multi-cultural experiences in more than 30 countries having resided for periods of 2 years or more in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America.

Robert has been volunteering as a teacher to Access students for a number of years on the topic of financial literacy, which has been a key success factor for our kids as they transition to their new lives at college.

Robert lives in San Diego with his wife Cairyann, and while now retired, can still can be seen gracing local squash courts and racing cars at tracks across America.


Kevin is a Principal in Barney & Barney’s Employee Benefits Division where he serves as the Technology and Life Sciences Practice Group Leader. Kevin joined Barney & Barney in 2002, and became a Principal in 2009.

In addition to being a partner in Barney & Barney’s Benefits practice, Kevin has always been an active member of the tennis community. He was a member of his university’s varsity tennis team and participates in USTA league play throughout the year. Kevin is a member of BIOCOM’s Human Resources Committee and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the University Colorado, at Boulder. He is married and has two children.


Renato Paiva has served as the Executive Director of Access Youth Academy since it began. During the past 15 years, he has ably led Access to produce outstanding results and has helped Access to be regarded as one of the leading urban squash and youth development programs in the nation. During that time, Access students have achieved 100% college graduation rates, secured $9.7 million dollars in scholarships, and 13 national squash titles. Working closely with the Access Board, he led the design and construction of state-of-the-art education and squash facility located in a federally designated Promise zone in Southeastern San Diego that opened in June 2021.

A native of Brazil, Renato became an internationally ranked squash player and competed in several countries. Prior to Access, Renato coached in several colleges, including serving as Assistant Squash Coach at Harvard University and a Head Coach at USC. In 2010, Paiva was named Development Coach of the Year by U.S. Squash and was honored as 2011 Coach of the Year by the U.S. Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports in Washington, DC. His wife, Renato and his staff are supported by a dedicated board of directors, mentors, and volunteers.


Anamica is a Microsoft 365 and Azure consultant aimed at helping customers drive maximum value from Microsoft cloud (Office365, M365, Windows, Edge, Teams, Azure). Helping customers identify and diagnose technical, architectural, and competitive blockers and respective solutions for sales opportunities and usage decision blockers and ensuring that these solutions are implemented. She is keenly focused on propelling enterprise-wide success through proactive process engineering and comprehensive, strategic initiatives. She drives exceptional across-the-board performance by revitalizing under-performing areas and capturing new growth opportunities. Her track record of success has been reinforced by ensuring others' success and encouraging professional growth at all levels. She is a proven Program Management professional with recognition in a successful startup.


Karla is a parent of an Access student and a steadfast advocate for the incredible work being done by the organization.

Professionally, Karla Ruiz demonstrates and is proud to offer a high level of dedication and honesty. Whether Karla is listing or selling a landmark estate or working with first-time home buyers, she is known for her quality service, market knowledge, and professionalism.

Her passion is to help families transition from being renters to homeowners. Karla is committed to her clients and advocates to help develop a plan for success and ultimately help them achieve the American Dream.  

Her strong base of loyal, repeat customers is the reason Karla has been successful for over 18 years in this incredibly competitive market. Her loyal clients recognize and appreciate her consistent, superior performance and unmatched work ethic.

Karla was born in Mexico, At the age of 23 she immigrated into the United States and now lives in San Diego. This allows Karla to be bilingual, binational, bicultural, and able to better understand her client’s needs.

A current Southeast resident, she is well-connected and actively involved in the community. Her contacts and life-long residency leverage her enthusiasm and expertise, enhancing her client dedication.

Karla began her Real Estate Career back in 1999 with United Brokers Network as a property Manager. In 2002 she joined Pacific Fidelity Funding as a loan processor. In 2003 she became a Notary Public. In 2004 she joined Access Realty as a transaction coordinator and branch manager in 2005 Karla became a California Realtor. In 2011 she founded Bilingual Mobile Notaries and in the same year she co-founded 1st United Realty.


Blair served as President and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital for 26 years from 1980-2006. He received his B.A. from Amherst College where he played squash and tennis, and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a nationally ranked squash player. He is a faculty member at the UCSD Rady School of Management, where he teaches a course in leadership and communication. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and serves on the board of Health Care without Harm, an environmental health advocacy organization. Previously, he served as a medical-legal specialist for the National Institutes of Health, on the faculty of the Yale School of Medicine, as an Assistant Vice President at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, as Vice President and Director of the hospitals and clinics at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, and on the US-Mexico Border Health Commission. He is a prolific author and speaker about a variety of health care issues. He lives in La Jolla with his wife Georgia, who is a professor in the UCSD School of Medicine. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Blair believes strongly in the mission of Access in transforming young lives.


Joe Sammartino is a corporate and real estate trial attorney in San Diego, California. He has litigated civil cases on behalf of and against major international companies and has defended the rights of individuals in state and federal courts throughout California and around the United States. He has significant experience in litigation involving real estate disputes, contract disputes, business disputes, partnership disputes, trade secret disputes, real estate matters, construction, construction defect, product liability, professional liability, insurance bad faith, and employment matters. Joe has handled all aspects of litigation from pre-litigation demands, negotiations, and settlements through the filing of complaints, discovery, comprehensive motion practice, depositions – having served as lead counsel in over 350 depositions – mediation and settlement, arbitration, or trial and verdict in state and federal courts, including appeals. Joe has served as outside general counsel for clients, providing a wide-range of services including: corporate structures, dispute avoidance and resolution, drafting and reviewing contracts, nondisclosure agreements, partnership agreements, professional services agreements, financing structures and deals, real estate leases and sales, easements, , severance agreements, employee handbooks, risk management policies and procedures, due diligence and letters of intent for mergers and acquisitions.

Joe is a San Diego native. He enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing sports with his three boys and their dog. He also enjoys playing tennis and padel.


America Sanchez was born and raised in Southeast San Diego. She has been a part of Access since 2013 and began the program after trying out twice in the 7th grade. Throughout her time during high school at Access, America participated in the SoCal League, SEA tournaments and programs like the Changemakers Tour. America graduated from The Preuss School UCSD in 2018 and went to pursue her bachelor’s degree at UCLA and majored in Geography with a minor in Labor Studies and was named the UCLA Friends of Geography Scholar. Being a student-worker, America worked in the Dining Halls, Academic Advising, and landed in the Urban Planning Graduate Admissions department at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. All the while during her senior year at UCLA, America began working at the Brentwood Country Club of Los Angeles as a Receptionist. Throughout time, America found the connection of Admissions with Membership at the Brentwood Country Club and began assisting the Membership Department which convinced her to stay in Los Angeles after graduating. Being at Brentwood for close to two years, America has now been promoted to be the Member Services Coordinator.

America has been an advocate for expanding squash in Los Angeles and has volunteered for the Squash PLAYLA initiative and will now transition to helping to launch Access Youth Academy LA in the Fall. America is excited to begin this new chapter in Access and continue to make communities powerful!


Greg Scherman is married with two daughters. He co-founded Access Youth Academy with Chris Walker in 2006 with the goal of giving back to the San Diego community at large by helping under-served youth. He is the President of The Scherman Energy Group, consultants to the oil and gas and solar industries and has been active in real estate and other business ventures since graduating from UCSD. He is a competitive athlete - formerly a bike racer and now a top amateur squash player, having competed in the Maccabiah Games in 2009. He is a level 1 certified squash coach and one daughter was a former captain of the Cornell women's squash team. Greg is excited to be actively engaged in all facets of Access Youth Academy and the new facility.


Kevin D. Smith is an active trial lawyer who has spent the majority of his professional life trying cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and major corporations. In his 30 years of practice, Kevin has defended commercial, professional liability, product liability, transportation, and catastrophic matters in state and federal courts. Despite having to frequently overcome difficult challenges on liability and damages in high exposure cases, Kevin has obtained victories on behalf of his clients in an impressive ninety four percent of the cases he has tried. This has resulted in Kevin being elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and regularly honored as a Southern California “Super Lawyer.”


Susan Taylor represents Scripps Health to the community, patient groups and leaders throughout the region. Susan joined Scripps in 2011 after more than 15 years as an award-winning San Diego news anchor for NBC. As director of external affairs, Susan plays a critical role in raising awareness and understanding of Scripps’ programs, facilities and services. She also helps educate a broad range of audiences via speeches, and YouTube videos about the significant changes under way in health care locally and nationally. www.Scripps.org/videos

A 2011 recipient of the San Diego Women Who Mean Business Award, Susan was honored in 2019 by the SD Police Officers Foundation for being a spokesperson for the campaign against cyber-bullying. She was on the board of LEAD San Diego from 2012-2018.


Mary is Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Programs and Dean of Extension at the University of California San Diego, the author of more than 100 articles and reports on the innovation economy and aligning workforce development with regional economic growth. She has authored and co-authored Blue-Collar Women (1981), Knowledge Without Boundaries (1995), Closing America’s Job Gap (2011), Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth (2013) and Invention and Reinvention: The Evolution of San Diego’s Innovation Economy (2013), Public Universities and Regional Growth: Insights from the University of California (2014) and the Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness (2015).

Her particular focus is how globalization and rapid changes in technology are affecting the social dynamics and economic challenges of regions across America. 

A co-founder in 1984 of the internationally recognized CONNECT program, Walshok has been an integral player in the evolution of San Diego’s innovation economy for more than 30 years.

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