Network 9 Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fermanian Business Center

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Interact with nine or more professionals from your field of interest.  Learn more about what they do, where they work, and how they got started - all at an event that's small enough to promote real conversations.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Fermanian Business Center

5:00 p.m. Check-In and Pre-Networking
5:30 p.m. Panel Presentation
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Network with professionals from the following companies:


City Heights Prep

Dr. Marnie Nair - Founding Director

Marnie Nair earned her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature and Education at the University of California at Berkeley, her Master’s degree in Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. Nair has over 20 years’ experience working with at-risk teens and their families. She began her career as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in inner-city schools in Oakland, New York City, and Washington D.C. She later served as the Principal of a middle/high school in the 9th Ward of New Orleans. Dr. Nair currently lives and works in East City Heights, where she serves as the Founding Director of a newly opened charter middle/high school serving refugee students.

World Vision International

Andrew Henck – Internship Program Coordinator

Andrew Henck graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a B.A. in Managerial and Organizational Communication, and then went on to graduate from Azusa Pacific University with an M.A. in Leadership Development. Currently Henck works as an Internship Program Coordinator with World Vision International. He has worked in higher education and nonprofit sectors with experience in advancement, program development, leadership, and organizational consulting. In his recent professional experiences he has facilitated training sessions with staff members, presented at an international conference on generations at work, and managed external partnerships ranging from volunteer groups to universities to local government officials in order to advance the mission of nonprofit organizations.

Kimberly Sandstrom – Marriage Family Therapist Intern

Kimberly Sandstrom graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Psychobiology. After a career combining her love for neuroscience and business as a pharmaceutical sales representative, Sandstrom stayed home to raise her children until finishing her Masters in Marital and Family Therapy at Bethel Seminary, San Diego, Magna Cum Laude. Sandstrom has worked in the field of alcohol and drug addiction, with families, and as a volunteer, she completed her internship with the Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice, specializing in grief counseling with individuals, couples, and families before going into private practice under Kathryn de Bruin, LMFT. Sandstrom is passionate about reconnecting couples in distress, especially after infidelity. Her training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, EMDR, grief counseling, and special clinical training with treating couples after affairs, provide her with a basis in which to understand couples' special needs during difficult times.

Point Loma Credit Union

Deborah Clow – Senior Branch Manager

Deborah Clow was born and raised in San Diego, California, where in 1995 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. She began her career as a banking teller in 1988 and soon become branch manager. She graduated from the Credit Union National Association Management School in 2009. Currently she works as the senior branch manager for both the Sports Arena and Catalina branches, as well as participates in special projects, fraud classes for tellers and financial service representatives, and rewrites policies and procedures when necessary.

Juma Ventures

Brittany Russell – Youth Development Manager

Brittany Russell graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Human Development. Currently she works as the Youth Development Manager for Juma Ventures of San Diego, which is an innovative and award-winning youth development program that combines employment in social enterprise, college preparation, and asset building. They create a support system for undeserved youth aimed at the singular goal of ensuring they complete a four-year college education.

San Diego Food Bank

Chris Carter – Vice President of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs

Chris Carter graduated with his degree in Modern History and Political Science from Royal Holloway, University of London, and later went on to receive an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Cambridge in 2002. Carter has extensive experience working with the media, senior politicians, and corporate executives. He has authored research papers, corporate literature, by-lined articles, speeches for CEOs, press releases, policy briefings, website content, and e-newsletters. He currently works as the Vice President of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs at the San Diego Food Bank, where he uses his diverse skills including corporate communications, research, political lobbying, public affairs, fundraising, and event management.

E3 Civic High

Helen Griffith – Executive Director

Helen Griffith received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, San Diego, her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, and the Administrative Credential at SDSU, both with academic honors. She earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from SDSU with an emphasis in Pre K-12. Griffith has served the San Diego Unified District since 1999, eventually working as the Founding Principal at Millennial Tech Middle School and currently as the Executive Director of E3 Civic High (Engage. Educate. Empower). Griffith was awarded Junior Achievement Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2003, Pi Delta Kappa’s 2007 Outstanding African-American Educator of the Year, Outstanding Educator of the Year for 2010 by Lambda Kappa Mu & she was a 2010-11 California League of Middle Schools, and Region 9 Educator of the Year Award recipient.

Hire Ethics – Career & Employment Consultants

Gregg Simmons – Executive Director

Gregg Simmons graduated from the University of Redlands where he received a B.S. in Business Management. He then went on to obtain his Master’s degree in Education, with an emphasis in Counseling, from San Diego State University. Simmons has over 20 years of university career counseling and corporate human resources experience. He currently works as the Executive Director of Hire Ethics – Career and Employment Consultants. Hire Ethics provides a variety of career & employment services to educational institutions, student-athletes, nonprofit organizations, and services to established university career centers who find themselves short on staff and/or with a reduction in staff due to budget cuts.

Just In Time for Foster Youth

Rajah Gainey – Program Coordinator

Rajah Gainey is a graduate of Cal State University San Marcos with a B.A. in Human Development and over ten years of experience working on behalf of children, families, and communities. He served as a youth advocate at the Polinsky Children’s Center where he was able to call upon his own experience as a former foster child to benefit and mentor teens who had been placed there. He was also involved in the rebirth and organization of the Lions Camp Jack which served as a residential summer camp for hundreds of at-risk youth from the San Diego community. Gainey served as Camp Director for three summers, and played a critical role in training staff, recruiting campers, and supervising the general operations, camp policy, and procedures. He also worked at YMCA Turning Point as a Job Developer for homeless and former foster youth between the ages of 16-23, and at Walden Family Services as one of the first Teen Services Coordinators (TSC) to oversee the Independent Futures program. At TSC, Gainey was tasked with managing a case load of 30-50 current and former foster youth, assisting in the areas of housing, employment, finances, and life skills. Gainey’s passion for child welfare advocacy and improving the lives of children and families who are impacted by abuse and neglect in both the juvenile and child welfare system led him to join the Board of Directors of Walden Family Services. He has served as a board member since 2011.

Gainey’s responsibilities at JIT include the Basic Needs Program, the Bridges to Success for Young Men Program, and the LEAP Council Board. He utilizes his professional and life experiences to promote success in the JIT foster youth community!

Families in Training

Shane Walton – Behavioral Analyst

Shane Walton attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received his undergraduate degree in Arts & Letters, Psychology, Sociology, and Computer Applications. There he played football for 4 years before he was then drafted to the St. Louis Rams in 2003. Walton currently works as a Behavior Analyst with F.I.T. (Families in Training) and coaches at his alma mater, The Bishops School. He is also founder of the Shane Walton Foundation, which is dedicated to helping youth find opportunities to further their education.