Board of Directors


2021 Board of Directors

Board Chair - Kristen Mihalko
Board Vice Chair 
- Linnea Lagerstrom
- Erica Browning
Secretary - Theresa Cunningham
Programming Co-Chairs - Stephanie Cook & Becky Dhooge
Programming Board Member - Maria Cuevas  
Marketing Co-Chairs - Lindsay Marcil & Matt Jackson
Marketing Board Member - Alondra Alvarado
Membership Co-Chairs - Shayla James & Roya Bagheri
Membership Board Member - Lauren Hartz

Learn more about our amazing Advisory board members! We look forward to meeting you!


Kristen.pngKristen MihalkoBalboa Park Cultural Partnership

Kristen Mihalko has worked in the nonprofit sector focusing on programming and community building since 2010. As an advocate for career development and personal growth, she volunteers her time as the Chair for YNPN San Diego and Treasurer/Secretary for Rising Arts Leaders San Diego.

Kristen is the Director of Operations for the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership where she oversees a number of programs including: Balboa Park Explorer, Parkwide team member engagement (One Park – One Team), and the Parkwide IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) Initiativein addition to managing the internal operations of the Partnership. She holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Communications from National University and a certificate in Arts and Culture Leadership from University of San Diego.


Linnea Lagerstrom

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 graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Linguistics and minors in Business and German from University of California, San Diego. She is currently completing certification through Sanford Institute of Philanthropy's Fundraising Academy program, and is thrilled to continue involvement with YNPN SD as a board member and membership committee co-chair. 

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.


Erica Browning, Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Erica works as a Program Support Specialist with Jewish Family Service of San Diego. She works with a variety of programs, including Breast Cancer Case Management and their County HHSA Communities in Action grant, managing finances, data, and contract compliance. She is passionate about using strengths based strategies to help vulnerable populations access resources and overcome barriers to leading happy and healthy lives.

Graduating from Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois in 2017, Erica earned her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology. While in college, she volunteered with a variety of organizations, including the campus Social Justice Club, the student newspaper as their Features Editor, and a local urban farm. After college, Erica got her start in the non-profit sector in San Diego by working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the City’s Promise Zone, a federal place-based initiative. Erica hopes working with the YNPN Board will help to grow her passion and expertise for working with local non-profits and encouraging a community of growth and inclusion. In her free time, Erica is an active yogi, and loves reading, drinking coffee, and traveling.

Theresa Cunningham

Theresa Cunningham, Reality Changers
Theresa Cunningham is the Vice President of Reality Changers, a San Diego-based nonprofit that transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the resources and support to become college graduates. In her position, she oversees talent operations and program management and plays a lead role in creating and maintaining an environment that values learning, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Her previous experience spans across the areas of consulting, nonprofit management, education, strategic planning, and human resources. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California and a M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.  
A writer and food aficionado, Theresa’s inspiration is derived from her travel to over 30 countries. In her personal time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors and raising her two daughters. She is excited to join the YNPN San Diego Advisory Board and contribute to building and sustaining a growing network of leaders by serving on the membership committee. 

Lindsay Marcil

Lindsay HarmonCollectiveSun

Driven by a love for art, music, and their intersection with community service, Lindsay has spent her career in the nonprofit sector connecting individuals to opportunities for community impact; whether through art, public radio, or urban revitalization.

Lindsay recently moved to San Diego from Minneapolis, MN where she worked as a marketing professional for nonprofit organizations including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Minnesota Public Radio. Lindsay was an active volunteer and Advisory Board Member with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities. Lindsay served two years with AmeriCorps as a Volunteer Coordinator for a rebuilding organization in post-Katrina New Orleans, and then in St. Paul, MN as a Tutor Coordinator for St. Paul Public Schools. A Seattle native but a Minnesotan at heart, Lindsay holds a B.A. in Graphic Design and Art History from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Matt Jackson, MANA de San Diego

Matt Jackson was born and raised in Lexington, KY. He grew up on a horse farm and is proud to be the 2011 United Mountain Horse Association World Champion. He was educated at Duke University where he studied Ethics and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. He dreams of soon becoming an immigration and intellectual property lawyer. 

Matt is the AmeriCorps Fellow at MANA de San Diego, a nonprofit working to educate and empower the Latinx community of San Diego. Through his work, Matt hopes to contribute to the ongoing efforts to expand his organization's volunteer base and network. 

Matt joined YNPN to connect with other young professionals working to better San Diego. He enjoys connecting with individuals who share his passions for social equity, environmental justice, and community organizing. He has found such a community in the leadership of YNPN. This year Matt will serve as the Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee alongside Lindsay Marcil. In his down time Matt reads novels, practices his Spanish, and enjoys spending time with his partner, Diego, at the beach.

Alondra AlvaradoGirl Scouts of San Diego

Alondra Alvarado was born in Los Angeles, CA and was raised in Tijuana, Mexico. She is the first in her extended family to graduate from college with a degree in psychology from the Autonomous University of Baja California. She moved to the United States in 2016 and prior to her life in San Diego, she worked for Tijuana’s City Council as Chief of Staff to a Council member and for the Baja California State Congress as a Media and Public Relations Advisor.

In addition to her volunteer work at YNPN, Alondra serves as Secretary of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors and as the Latinx Membership Specialist at the Girl Scouts of San Diego .

Alondra is passionate about creating opportunities for women to help them grow in their professional pathway, specifically Latinas, and she is a testimony of how having someone that believes in you encourages your inner leader to come out.

Stephanie Cook, San Diego Women's Foundation

Stephanie is the Manager of Programs and Member Engagement for The San Diego Women’s Foundation where she supports SDWF’s mission to educate and inspire women to engage in collective philanthropy by overseeing the annual grants process and fellowship program and developing programming and membership growth strategies.

Stephanie obtained a B.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University, 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 enjoys hiking, rock-climbing and drinking cold brew.

Becky DhoogeRady Children's Hospital

Becky recently joined the Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation team as a Data Analytics Officer where she will oversee data integration for the grateful patient family program and be responsible for creating simple and complex data files, manipulating raw data and generating ad hoc reports.

Becky served more than six years at The San Diego Humane Society, four years in data and analytics roles where she successfully created reporting requirements and provided translation of non-technical concepts into reports delivering understandable, actionable and timely information.

Becky is a native San Diegan who has lived in Santa Cruz, Chicago and Leeds UK. She enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, cycling, skiing and pickleball as well as indoor activities such as wine tasting and bowling.

Maria CuevasJewish Family Service

As the Community Engagement Coordinator for Jewish Family Service (JFS), Maria coordinates donation drives, space use requests, and develops internal trainings across the agency.

Maria hopes serving on the YNPN Board will empower her to expand community partnerships and create more inclusive networking spaces in our community. When she is not working or visiting family, Maria enjoys going to the beach, reading at Balboa Park, and discovering local coffee shops.

Shalya James Shayla James, Self-Employed, Sempre Music Studio

Shayla James balances her time as a teaching artist and researcher in the non-profit sector. She is a multi-instrumentalist whose work is rooted in community engagement, empowerment and collaboration across disciplines. Shayla is currently the owner of Sempre Music Studio, an energetic and creativity focused studio that offers high quality music education to students of all backgrounds and students aged 4+. She was the Education Program Manager for the theatre company Blindspot Collective and has taught music classes for Villa Musica and Arts for Learning San Diego. She has volunteered in the Learning and Community Engagement Department at the San Diego Symphony as well. She volunteers as the Chair of Rising Arts Leaders San Diego. As a non-profit researcher, her interests include arts education, cultural policy, EDAI principles, and assessment and evaluation with RISE Research.

Shayla received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Coe College. She attended UC-San Diego for a Master of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Integrative Studies (Ethnomusicology and Critical Studies). She enjoys hiking, putting together puzzles and performing with her rock/pop band, The Swiss Rolls. 

Roya Bagheri, San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program

Roya Bagheri is a staff attorney at San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (“SDVLP”), a nonprofit law firm dedicated to providing equal justice and access to legal services. She oversees SDVLP’s Microbusiness and Nonprofit Support Program, providing free legal assistance to low-income entrepreneurs, microbusinesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged San Diegans. Before joining SDVLP, she was an associate at an AM100 international law firm.

Roya earned a Juris Doctor from the University of California, Davis School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston College. As a San Diego native, she is eager to contribute to YNPN as a membership co-chair and engage the local nonprofit community.

In her spare time she enjoys snowboarding, reading comic books, and collecting antique typewriters.

Lauren Hartz, The New Children's Museum

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.