Girls Inc. of San Diego Board of Directors


Carla Vallone
President and Chair of Marketing Committee

Carla Vallone is a public relations and communications professional who specializes in bringing a voice to brands via media and blogger relations, creative communications and social media as components of integrated marketing campaigns. During her 15 years in public relations and marketing Carla has worked for and represented Fortune 100 companies as well as dynamic start-up companies. She is the Founder and President of Portavoce PR, a boutique public relations agency in North County San Diego that provides business-to-business and business-to-consumer communications to clients in a variety of sectors. Carla graduated from New York University with a Bachelor's in Mass Communications.

 

Carmen Proctor
Vice President and Chair of Technology Committee

Carmen brings over 20 years of experience in Strategy, Management and Analytics Consulting and Project Implementations from various industries and she is PMP certified.  Carmen received her Bachelor's in Civil Engineering from MIT and her Master's in Foreign Service from Georgetown. In the last decade, Carmen has managed multiple IT and software development projects, providing expertise in project management, requirements, system testing, quality assurance, and system deployment.  As the owner of a startup, she has also played the role of front end engineering, focusing on HTML/CSS and responsive design.  Her passion is ensuring that all solutions developed and implemented meet our clients' needs. Carmen grew up in Puerto Rico, where she played competitive tennis up through college in the US.  Carmen now resides in Carlsbad with her husband and two children where she plays taxi to tennis, dance, theater and robotic activities.  She loves the beach, enjoys beach paddle and is learning to surf.

 

Christine Conzen
Acting Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee

Most recently, Ms. Conzen was the Fund Controller at Relational Investors LLC, (a SEC registered investment advisor, with $6.5 billion assets under management before liquidation).  She was responsible for preparing monthly financial reporting for the funds as well as financial and performance data for client meeting materials, and was a key member of the team tasked with winding down the firm after the fund’s liquidation.  Prior to joining Relational Investors, Ms. Conzen worked for Kashi Company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kellogg Company) where she was responsible for financial reporting and analysis on overhead, R&D, and advertising & promotion.  Preceding that, she was the travel accounting lead at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA.  Ms. Conzen has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

 

Mansi Thakar
Secretary and Chair of STEM Committee

Mansi Thakar is a graduate student at University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Cyber Security Operations and Leadership. With an undergraduate degree in chemistry, Mansi decided to get a cyber security degree after becoming intrigued with the field and realizing how highly transferable and applicable a degree in the discipline would be. To Mansi, cyber security is a field where you can be a superhero. But when you’re a modern-day tech protector facing millions of malware threats, you need backup. That is why she is drawn to the space where cyber security meets machine learning. Mansi wants to help shape how we meet the growing magnitude of cyber threats through data and automation. This challenge energizes her – the same way she is energized by the challenge of being one of the few women in the field, even though it is sometimes difficult. She knows that what she achieves can have a ripple effect and inspire others. When she is not working on her tech skills, she likes to practice yoga at the beach with her friends and cook Italian food.

 

Joy Decena
Chair of Community Partnerships

Bio coming soon.

 
 
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Alexandra Faubel

Alexandra Faubel is a higher education professional with experience working in both public and private universities.  She specializes in the areas of student affairs enrollment management.  She is dedicated to improving college access and providing guidance to all students who aspire to earn a college degree.  Alexandra received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and History from the University of San Diego and is currently finishing up her Masters in History at the University of Edinburgh.  When she’s not meeting with students or in the library herself, she enjoys traveling and spending time exploring new hiking trails.

 

Advisory Board

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Tanya Jarvis

Tanya Jarvis specializes in results-driven social media campaigns and web design that is focused on helping companies generate more business. Previously, she was an analyst for Dimensional Fund Advisors. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Oxford University. In her spare time, Tanya is an avid equestrian, and spent several years as a competitive show jumper in New Zealand.

 
Jennifer Horowitz

Jennifer Horowitz

For 14+ years, Jennifer Horowitz has been an integral part of EcomBuffet, in addition to being a co-owner. Jennifer is a guest blogger, author and sought after speaker at SEO industry events and has appeared in publications around the world. Her strategic, big picture knowledge of SEO and Marketing coupled with her unique ability to integrate it with social media and business strategy have been directly responsible for millions of dollars in online sales.

 

April Lopez

Bio coming soon