2022 Board of Directors
Board President - Linnea Lagerstrom
Board Vice President - Lindsay Smith
Treasurer - Stephanie Cook
Secretary - Leah Firebaugh
Programming Co-Chairs - Kat Salazar & Leah Quinn
Programming Board Members - Caitlyn Benjamin
Marketing Co-Chairs - Lauren Hough
Marketing Board Member - Billy Piper
Membership Co-Chair - Loretta Turner
Membership Board Members - Lauren Hartz
Learn more about our amazing Board members! We look forward to meeting you!
Linnea Lagerstrom, San Diego Habitat for Humanity
As a Development Officer for San Diego Habitat for Humanity, Linnea Lagerstrom has the joy of supporting Habitat's mission of providing affordable homeownership to local families through stewarding corporate partnerships and overseeing Habitat's annual fund. Before her current position, Linnea served as an AmeriCorps member, coordinating over 2,500 volunteers and establishing a youth program to engage 5-13-year-olds interested in giving back to their communities.
Linnea has a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Business and German from the University of California, San Diego, has a certification through the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy's Fundraising Academy program, and is thrilled to continue involvement with YNPN SD as the Board President.
When she is not working, volunteering, or sleeping, Linnea enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, and exploring the diverse eateries and neighborhoods of San Diego.
Lindsay has over a decade of nonprofit experience in the fields of youth, housing, homelessness, public health, domestic violence, and women's health. She began her career in San Francisco, CA working with clients experiencing homelessness, housing insecurity, and economic instability. After San Francisco, she moved to Portland and began her work in public health and youth development. Her focus was on prevention programs to help youth be mentally and physically healthy while staying in school.
Throughout her work in Oregon, she oversaw youth projects totaling over $3.5 million. Lindsay's work and advocacy helped inform legislation that provided protections for youth and their healthcare. She also served as the nonprofit representative to the Washington County Public Health Advisory Council and as a board member to Family Promise of Washington County.
Her most recent role was serving as the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley before moving to San Diego and co-founding GL Smith Consulting with her husband Greg.
Lindsay holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in political science from Saint Mary's College of California.
“I joined YNPN SD to connect with nonprofit professionals and be a part of creating positive changes in the SD nonprofit community.”
Stephanie Cook, San Diego Women's Foundation
Stephanie is the Executive Director of The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) where she oversees the organization’s strategic direction and mission to connect, educate and inspire women to engage in collective philanthropy. In this role Stephanie is responsible for directing staff and operations, board and financial oversight, creating connections and partnerships in the community, and acting as SDWF’s spokesperson.
Stephanie’s previous work experience includes program and event management, marketing, communications, and membership growth strategies in the nonprofit sector. Stephanie has a background in gender studies and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago, where she studied changing notions of community and empowerment in Cuban women’s movements throughout the 20th century. In her free time Stephanie adventure sports and explores the National Parks.
Leah Firebaugh, Vistage
With a lifelong passion for the arts, Leah Firebaugh has dedicated much of her personal and professional time to working with leading arts organizations. With a Bachelor's of Music in Music Management from the Hartt School, Leah's resume includes marketing and fundraising/development roles with San Diego Theatres, the nonprofit organization that manages the San Diego Civic Theatre and historic Balboa Theatre, as well as The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. Leah is a member of San Diego Leadership Alliance, is a Board Member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego, and serves on the Steering Committee of Rising Arts Leaders San Diego. In her free time, Leah can be found playing the piano and ukulele, screening films for the San Diego International Film Festival, cooking, and hiking San Diego’s beautiful scenery.
Caitlyn has worked in the nonprofit sector for seven years in fields such as youth development, international aid, humanitarian aid, etc. She began her formal career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine in 2016, but prior to that volunteered with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, The Trans-border Institute, St. Luke’s Soup Kitchen, and other local non-profits since high school.
Following her Peace Corps Career, Caitlyn earned an M.A in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of San Diego. While there, she specialized in Advocacy and International Development to help further her career goals given her prior experience. Caitlyn’s goal is to continue to drive the nonprofit sector to grow in its professionalism and bring a higher standard to organizations. By joining the YNPN Board of Directors she hopes to further this goal while networking in the community.
When she is not working Caitlyn plays competitive disc golf, hikes, knits, cooks, and enjoys local live music with friends. She is excited to start her time on the YNPN board and further contribute to the growth of the nonprofit community.
Kat Salazar, YMCA of San Diego County & Polinsky Children’s Center
Kathryn “Kat” Salazar currently works as a Lead Support Specialist in the Housing Our Youth program at the YMCA of San Diego County. Kat supports youth in the community with resource and housing navigation, crisis intervention, and mentorship. Kat also serves as a Residential Care Worker and Mental Health Aide at the emergency shelter, Polinsky Children’s Center. Kat earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a focus in Global Health at California State University, Fullerton. Since 2012, Kat has worked and volunteered for the nonprofit sector internationally and nationally. After finishing her service with AmeriCorps, she began to advocate for global goals through the United Nations Association, serving as a Youth Member of the San Diego chapter.
Driven by her passion for helping others, Kat joined the YNPN’s Board of Directors. She believes this role will not only satisfy her desire to make a difference in the lives of the young nonprofit professionals in the community but also enable her to gain the valuable experience she needs to accomplish her future goals -- to serve in humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
One of Kat’s personal goals is to collect a variety of hobbies and enjoys checking off items on her bucket list. Ultimately, Kat hopes to inspire others to always be kind, passionate, and resilient.
Lauren Hough, The San Diego Foundation
As Prospect Research Analyst for The San Diego Foundation, Lauren Hough generates and continuously develops a pipeline of prospective donors with a focus on principal-level gifts. Her primary goal is to analyze data to inform development strategy, marketing campaigns, and prospect outreach. Before her current position, Lauren served as the Regional Affiliate Membership Coordinator, providing administrative support to the Foundation’s eight regional affiliate foundations across the county. In this role, she managed annual contributions, grant cycles, regional outreach, and donor stewardship.
Lauren has a B.A. in International Business and her MSW with an emphasis in Community Development and Administration; both degrees are from San Diego State University. She has a certification through the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy's Fundraising Academy program, is a member of AFP San Diego’s Emerging Leaders Committee, and is a former Board Fellow for Survivors of Torture, International. When she isn’t working, you can find Lauren walking her rescue pup Graham, reading, exploring happy hours, or in a spin class. As a native San Diegan, she is ecstatic to be giving back to the local non-profit community with her involvement with YNPN San Diego.
Loretta Turner, Outdoor Outreach
Loretta is a San Diego-based certified mindfulness & leadership coach and workplace mindfulness consultant. With over a decade of experience in the nonprofit and wellness sectors, Loretta brings a mindful, people-centered, and mission-driven approach to developing individuals and transforming organizational cultures. Loretta strongly believes that “it only works if you do,” and she’ll always encourage you to put the work in!
As the Membership Coordinator at The New Children’s Museum, Lauren daily interfaces with the diverse member base of the museum. She is also involved in programs the museum has in place to reach marginalized and low-income families that may not otherwise have access to the museum. As someone who cares about child development and is interested in contemporary art, she has found that The New Children’s Museum perfectly intersects those values.
Lauren moved to San Diego in 2012 to attend Point Loma Nazarene University where she graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology. While there she was a part of the school’s yearbook and worked at the university’s Offices of Strengths and Vocation as an Engagement Specialist. It was there Lauren developed a deep passion for creating space for professional development, especially for young people in the margins. When she isn’t working, Lauren enjoys hosting game nights, kayaking, and reading new fantasy series.
Leah Quinn, Leah's Pantry
A natural relationship builder and strategic thinker, Leah Quinn is the Nutrition Pantry Program Project Coordinator at Leah’s Pantry. After graduating from the University of Georgia with dual degrees in International Affairs and Religion, Leah worked both overseas and in the US in nonprofit roles that supported community development, indigent defense, and nutrition security. At Leah’s Pantry she manages a wide variety of food security projects and facilitates trauma-informed nutrition security trainings with partners across the United States. Through her work, Leah is committed to bringing a strengths based, community-centered approach to food security programming.
In her spare time Leah lives on a 37 foot sailboat with her husband and cat, Cat’tain John Adams. She also enjoys making pottery, reading, and all things pop culture. This year Leah is the Co-Chair of the Programming Committee at YNPN San Diego.