Board Members 2018-2019

 
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Bettie B. Youngs, Ph.D., Ed.D.

PRESIDENT

Bettie B. Youngs Ph.D., Ed.D. is former Iowa-Teacher-of-the-Year and SDSU Graduate School Professor in Administration, Management, Leadership. While there, she created California’s two-tier credentials for Administrators, and, opened the Calexico and North county campuses. Bettie has built houses around the world with Habitat for Humanity, and is a founding member of Habitat’s “All-Women’s Blitz Builds,” now an official Habitat program. She served on the board of Directors for Habitat’s Fuller Center for Housing International, and founded The Fuller Center for Housing, San Diego, partnering with the City of San Diego, Urban Corps of San Diego, and Community Housing Works to renovate homes throughout the county, and served as its Executive Director from 2008-2018. Dr. Youngs serves on a number of board, including the Board of Trustees for Drake University; Fairbanks Republican Women; and is a charter member Natl WWII Museum, an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute. She is a San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” Award winner, and is the author of 24 books published in 26 languages, including the biography of Habitat founders Millard and Linda Fuller (Hampton Roads) and Woman to Woman Wisdom (Thomas Nelson). Currently she is founder and CEO of Bettie Youngs Book Publishing Co., specializes in bringing memoirs to film, and a member of Corporate Alliance, San Diego.

 
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T. Kevin Galligan

VICE PRESIDENT

Entrepreneur with experience in owning, managing, and selling numerous small businesses over the last 20 years. His current and main focus and passion has been running San Diego’s RSVP Publications, an existing direct mail franchise, for over 25 years.

 
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Steven P. McDonald, Esq.

VICE PRESIDENT

Steve an attorney specializing in environmental/resource law, business litigation and mediation. His spouse, Courtney Ann Coyle, is also an environmental attorney and serves on the City’s Historic Resources Board as well as having served on several non-profit Boards in San Diego. He has four children – Jessica (37), Rachel (35), Alexandra (14) and Maximilian (10). Alexandra has participated in ballet and dance for 11 years, and is now a trainee at California Ballet.

Steve has practiced more than 40 years in air, hazardous waste, water quality, and natural resource matters. He was a co-founder and participating member of the environmental law practices at Latham & Watkins, LLP, in the 1980s, and at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, LLP, in the 1990s.

Steve is a current trustee and former Board President of the San Diego Natural History Museum. He has served the Board of LEAD San Diego and was Chair of the Environment Working Group of The San Diego Foundation that established the first program in our region to address climate change.

Steve has represented the San Diego City Council on the San Diego Bay Advisory Committee. He has also represented industry on the County’s Hazardous Waste Management Council and the Air Quality Strategy Committee, and chaired the environment sub-committee of the County’s Regulatory Sunset Committee.

Steve graduated from the University of Southern California with honors in Mathematics and an M.S. in Research and Development Systems Management. He received law degree with honors from the University of Michigan, where he was an Executive Editor on the Michigan Law Review. Steve also served in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a project manager for the development of video sub-systems that are now used throughout the Air Force fleet.

 
 
 
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Natasha Dudley Busick

BOARD MEMBER

Natasha has been an educator for 22 years teaching multiple grade levels and subjects in California, Oregon, and Kenya. She currently teaches US History to 8th graders at Santa Fe Christian Schools in Solana Beach. Honored with the Outstanding Student Teacher Award and membership in Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Natasha is passionate about the necessity of the arts in schools. She has served as the Education Director of the San Diego Shakespeare Society helping to kick off the first San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival. Before that, she was the Executive Director for an NBA player’s nonprofit foundation serving children with Type 1 Diabetes and underprivileged children. She also worked as a mentor for refugee families from Somalia and Kenya. Her outreach efforts also include mentoring for victims of sex-trafficking and has spoken on the awareness of modern day slavery at conferences, schools, churches, and as a featured mentor for the City of Portland. A California Ballet School alumnus herself, Natasha currently lives in La Costa with her daughter (who has also danced in California Ballet’s The Nutcracker) and deeply supports all children experiencing the exquisite beauty of ballet.

 
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Judith A. Habert

BOARD MEMBER

Judith is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of San Diego Woman Magazine with an extensive background in publishing, photography, and writing.  Judith holds a degree in Photojournalism with a minor in Business from St. John's University in New York.

Judith is also the owner and director of The San Diego Writing Academy where she shares her love and knowledge of writing with enthusiastic new authors, and also provides one- on-one learning and coaching.  

As a sought-after speaker, Judith focuses on women's empowerment, surviving obstacles and starting and running a business all with a humorous style and conversational eloquence. Judith is the author of the humorous autobiography entitled “Hey, I’m Italian,” the story of growing up Italian in New York. In addition, Judith has ghostwritten, co-written, and edited more than a dozen other books. She has authored hundreds of articles, which have appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide. She currently has two books in the works which are due out in upcoming months.  

A former member of Corporate America, Judith has held executive positions for Canon USA, Nikon Inc., Doubleday Inc, New York Newsday, and Prudential Insurance.

 
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Dina J. Fowler

BOARD MEMBER

Dina is a top-performing, goal-focused retail leader with extensive leadership expertise and a track record of building profitable organizations within highly competitive markets. She has advanced proficiency in creating and maintaining effective business plans to increase overall efficiency and profitability and transform high-potential staff into outstanding leaders, as shown through her years at Staples, Home Depot, Radio Shack, Toys R Us, and Circuit City, as District and Store Manager and a sales coach.

Through her noteworthy career, Dina has stood out in her field as being highly skilled in developing and implementing creative and innovative marketing and branding strategies, as well as identifying and capitalizing upon market opportunities to drive revenue and profit growth. She is an outstanding communicator, capable of building and directing cross-functional teams, delivering exceptional service, cultivating strong relationships with external business partners and collaborating effectively across all organizational levels.