BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors of Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) plays a vital role in helping to set our course into the future in a productive and progressive direction. Each member’s voice is valued and relied upon to help TMI make a lasting impact on the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Should you wish to receive information on how you can join this dynamic Board of Directors, please contact us today. Thank you for your interest!
Alice joined Barney & Barney in 2008 as a Principal in the Employee Benefits department. She began her career in Employee Benefits in 1981 as the Benefits Manager for a healthcare organization and has been increasing her knowledge and experience within the benefits sector ever since. Alice has worked to administrate benefits within large companies, service large accounts for a provider, and has earned a reputation as an exceptional independent broker. She is happy for the opportunity to give back to a company whose mission she truly believes in. Contact Alice directly.
Bryan has been in the banking industry since 2004. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Bryan lives in Rancho San Diego with his wife, Meghan, and their two children. He joined TMI’s Board of Directors in 2013 and is currently serving as the Chair. Bryan is actively involved with the agency’s Finance Committee. It gives him great happiness to have the opportunity to help TMI transform the lives of our clients. Contact Bryan directly.
Jocelyn is a Consultant with her firm Decisions In Context, providing finance and analytic services to help companies make profitable business plans and decisions, and improve the insight and efficiency of financial processes. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Jocelyn was the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis - Americas at the WD-40 Company. She received a Master’s degree in Finance from Bentley University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. Jocelyn joined TMI’s Board of Directors in 2013 and served two terms as Treasurer. She is passionate about fiscal matters impacting TMI and its employees and clients, and is actively involved with the organization’s Finance, Investment and 401(k) Committees.
A retired Northrop Grumman Project Manager, Cathy has served on TMI's Board since 2007. She is married with two daughters. Her daughter Jenny has Down syndrome and participated in TMI’s Supported Employment program for more than ten years. Cathy served two terms as Board Chair. She views her Board service as an opportunity to give back to an organization that provided Jenny with many years of independence in the workplace; a JOY in Jenny’s life!
Kym is a voice for TMI's more than 1,000 clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a client with TMI, she began working at Smart & Final through the TMI Paid Internship Program in October 2019. When the pandemic shutdown happened in March 2020, her internship was temporarily paused, however, the Smart & Final manager kept in touch with her and encouraged her to apply for a position at the store. Kim was hired at Smart & Final in July 2020. She hopes to use her voice to help educate people about how capable individuals with disabilities can be when given support, encouragement and kindness.
Since 2012, Andrea has worked as a people-oriented and compassionate social services professional with a M.A. in Disability Studies and a B.A. in Sociology. She is a highly motivated leader and is committed to ensuring that those with disabilities are both heard and included within all areas of life. Andrea joined the TMI team in 2020 as a Division Manager and has greatly enjoyed getting to serve both clients and staff. Andrea shared: "I am very grateful to be working for an amazing agency that is forging pathways in order to create positive and inclusive change. I am blessed that the Lord has allowed me the opportunity to serve and work alongside so many wonderful and hard working individuals." She has many passions, some of which include: advocating for people with disabilities, participating in wheelchair dance, and traveling. Elected by her peers, Andrea is honored to be the TMI Board Staff Representative.
Originally from western New York State, Tom moved to San Diego in 1986. He is a graduate of Canisius College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Tom also received his J.D. from California Western School of Law in San Diego. He is an attorney and a member of the California Bar Association. Joining the Board of Directors in 2004, Tom became interested in serving on TMI’s Board while receiving services from the agency and currently holds the esteemed notoriety of being the longest-serving member of our Board!
Norman began working with TMI in the 1990s as a Job Coach in the Employment Solutions department. In 2001, he and his wife decided to expand their family and together became involved with TMI’s Resource Family program where they became a loving foster family. Norman joined TMI’s Board of Directors in 2014 and brings with him a well-rounded knowledge of TMI and many years of hands-on experience with Family Support Services. He is currently serving as the Board Treasurer.
Michelle worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years and is currently working in real estate. After attending a tour of the TMI San Diego office and learning the many ways TMI serves people with developmental disabilities, she was in awe of the TMI programs, as well as the passion and pride of the employees. In early 2013, she joined TMI as a Board Member and has felt blessed to watch the organization transform…always looking for ways to better serve their clients and to raise awareness that individuals with developmental disabilities have dreams just like everyone else.
Heather Martin was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Riverside. After college she worked at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks in Glendale, CA where she was introduced to the field of grief counseling. Heather returned to San Diego and completed her Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel University. She began working in the mental health field as an intern at an alternative school for at risk youth. Heather also interned at a crisis house for two years before moving to acute adult outpatient care. Over the next 12 years she worked as a clinician, bilingual outreach program coordinator, and program director of an outpatient mental health clinic. Heather currently lectures and presents on mental health awareness topics throughout California.
Christopher runs his own law firm, Walters Law Group, specializing in business litigation and employment law. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and the University of Southern California law school. A resident of San Diego since 2000, Christopher lives in the East County with his wife and three daughters. He has been on TMI’s Board of Directors since 2014 and currently serves as Vice Chair. TMI’s mission is close to his heart and he is pleased to sit on a Board that has a real impact on our community.
Donaven is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Rancho San Diego. He is a San Diego native and a graduate from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's degree in Management. He has been in the financial industry since 2010. His experience allows him to directly impact many lives by helping them achieve their life long financial goals. Donaven is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with his wife, son and dog Rocky. He believes that it is his duty to help and to serve those who need it the most. Donaven is honored to serve TMI and their clients to help them achieve their goals and needs.