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Board of Trustees

The San Diego Center for Children's Board of Trustees is comprised of caring and motivated members of San Diego who are each personally invested in the success and wellbeing of the children and teens in our community with behavioral and mental health challenges. The  Board is responsible for supporting and guiding the mission, vision, goals, and policies of the Center.

Keith Wilson, Ph.D, Chairperson

Dr. Wilson is President and Chief Scientific Officer of Takeda California, Inc., a US-based IND engine for Takeda Pharmaceuticals of Japan. The San Diego site also supports Takeda's global structural biology needs, and is actively expanding Takeda's US science, business and intellectual property presence. From 2002-2007, Dr. Wilson was instrumental in reshaping the company from a platform to a drug discovery focused company, and in building its pipeline. Dr. Wilson received his formal education at the University of Oregon (Ph.D., physics, 1989) and Colby College (B.A., physics, 1984), where he graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the William A. Rogers prize in physics. Dr. Wilson is an author on over 30 peer-reviewed publications, and co-inventor of multiple compounds including telaprevir for the potential treatment of hepatitis C.

Damian McKinney, Vice Chairperson

Damian McKinney is the Founder and CEO of McKinney Advisory Group, an all-inclusive real estate advisory service. Mr. McKinney has 30+ years of experience in national commercial real estate investment and consulting. He began by representing corporations on a multi-market basis in 1979. Mr. McKinney's unique approach to adding value to the bottom line comes from a focus of adding value well beyond the real estate transaction. Key factors of success include his market knowledge, financial analysis, work-place optimization, lease administration, logistic and labor studies, project management, negotiating, asset management, government incentives, annual audits, and a comprehensive approach to each client. Damian understands the corporate need for efficiencies, cash flow, and contributing to earnings per share at little to no cost to his client. He has contributed to the profitability of his corporate clients for over 30 years.

Betsy Johnson, Secretary

Ms. Johnson is a Senior Audit Manager in the accounting firm of Grant Thornton LLP. She facilitates financial statement audits, performs internal control work, and reviews engagements in accordance with the U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. She focuses on serving dynamic companies in San Diego's middle market, including those with international operations. She has served both public and private companies in industries such as life sciences, biotechnology, aerospace/defense, manufacturing, and software-as-a-service. Ms. Johnson is a CPA in the state of California and a graduate of the University of San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. She is an active member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and is actively involved with Athena San Diego.

Ray Gallagher, Treasurer

Mr. Gallagher is a partner in the accounting firm of Lavine, Lofgren, Morris and Engelberg, L.L.P.  He has been in San Diego since 1990 after relocating from Corpus Christi, TX.  Mr. Gallagher is a tax partner and most of his work revolves around closely held businesses and their owners in the tax planning and compliance area.  He has been active in various local non profits and most recently served on the board of San Diego Second Chance. Ray joined the San Diego Center for Children board in 2010.

Carol Clark

Mrs. Clark retired to San Diego from New York after a long career in business interiors. Prior to relocating to San Diego, Carol served on the Board of the Jack Clark Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Upon arriving in San Diego, she and her husband Jack, sharing a passion for helping children, became involved with the San Diego Center for Children and served on the board for five years. The result was the funding of the Jack & Carol Clark Adolescent Center and most recently the renovation of the Jack and Carol Clark Sports Court. Carol is passionate about healthcare and served on the board at the Scripps Center for Integrated Medicine and presently serves on the Scripps Clinic Cardiology board. She and her husband recently funded the Jack & Carol Clark Gymnasium in the New Life Enhancement Center at Scripps Center for Integrated Medicine. Mrs. Clark also takes pleasure in supporting the local arts, cooking and baking, and spending time with her husband Jack and their golden retriever, Sammi.

Paul Davis

Paul has a B.A. in English and Communication Studies (1986) with a Masters in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego (2008). His past community and professional associations include the American Society for Training and Development and Volunteer San Diego where he served on the board for 8 years. Paul, who is a 2003 LEAD Graduate, has been active in community based non-profits and serves on the Alumni Board at the University of San Diego. He has been active with past non-profits, including Special Delivery San Diego, Children's Hospital, YMCA Youth and Family Services, Center for Community Solutions, and Room to Read, among others. He has a passion for mentoring youth leaders and recently served as mentor and advocate for Brush Up on A Smile to collect toothbrushes and toothpaste for San Diego's homeless and is advisor to Leaders for Tomorrow.

Brian DeWitt

Mr. DeWitt is Vice President and Division Counsel of Qualcomm's Government Technologies Division.  Mr. DeWitt oversees all of the division's legal affairs, including contracts, business processes, and technical publications, and is involved in the division's strategic business planning.  Prior to Qualcomm, Mr. DeWitt was an attorney with Leap Wireless International, and before that he was with the law firm of Barnhorst, Schreiner & Goonan as a transactional lawyer, and at the beginning of his legal career he was an attorney with  Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, then the largest law firm in San Diego.  He received his B.A. from the University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law where he was an editor of the Law Review.  Brian joined the San Diego Center for Children board in 2010.

Ann Garland, Ph.D

Ann Garland, PhD. is Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of School, Family, and Mental Health Professions at the University of San Diego. Prior to this new appointment (Fall '2012), she had been a Professor of Psychiatry at U.C.S.D. (since 1994) and Deputy Director of the "Child and Adolescent Services Research Center" (CASRC)at Rady Children's Hospital. At CASRC she led multiple research projects focused on understanding and improving community-based child and family mental health care. Her research has been supported by grants from federal sources such as N.I.M.H., as well as state, and local public agencies. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has served on multiple editorial and advisory boards. In addition, she has been a mentor and supervisor for dozens of researchers and practitioners across mental health disciplines, many of whom are now faculty members in universities across the country.

Dr. Garland received her doctorate in Clinical & Community Psychology from Yale University. She also holds a Master's degree in Human Development from Teacher's College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor's degree with distinction from U.C. Berkeley. She is a native San Diegan, living with her husband and daughter in northern San Diego.

Jean Pohl

Mrs. Pohl is a retired education professional and a long time volunteer volunteer of the San Diego Center for Children, having previously served on the board. Mrs. Pohl is also the founder and former president of Iris Auxiliary, the Center's longest and most active supporter group.

Susie Sides

Susie Sides has 25 years of experience in the energy industry at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), focusing on strategic planning, sales, marketing, branding, customer relations, energy conservation and green technologies. While attending graduate school, she started her own business consulting company to assist business owners with business plan development.

Throughout her career Ms. Sides has dedicated her efforts to local non-profit organizations. Currently, she is a business mentor for the San Diego chapter of SCORE, a national non-profit organization that provides free business consulting and low-cost workshops to small business owners and business start-ups.

Prior to this work, Ms. Sides was a board member for 10 years of the Contrib Club – a non-profit SDG&E employee organization responsible for promoting and managing the company’s philanthropy. Ms. Sides also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Voices for Children and as a volunteer for the San Diego Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Ms. Sides was born in northern California and raised in San Diego. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and holds a Master’s of Science in Organizational Management.