Dr. Stephen Speicher, President
Stephen is currently a Pediatric Resident at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He received his medical doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has completed medical and scientific research projects on topics such as gene regulation, pediatric stress reduction, and pediatric cancer. Stephen has volunteered with organizations such as Mattel Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and the UCLA School of Medicine Mobile Clinic. He has been a guest speaker to children at schools in the United States and Peru. Stephen is an active participant in his community and is passionate about enhancing the quality of life for young people everywhere.
Amalia is a Faculty Member in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University, and has over 15 years of experience in schools, early education and family support services. Amalia’s backgrounds as a school social worker and mental health consultant to Head Start and family daycare programs has provided her extensive expertise in systems theory, child welfare and behavioral interventions in school settings. Amalia works alongside teachers and administrators to create Bully-Free schools and conflict resolution skills for children and adolescents. In addition to being a field instructor, she serves as a University lecturer in the PPS specialization at the School of Social Work for San Diego State University. Amalia has among her academic achievements a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of California, San Diego, a Masters of Social Work from Boston University, and a School Social Work PPS Credential from San Diego State University.
Jay is a Sergeant with the San Diego Police Department and is currently assigned to Southeastern Division, where he supervises the Juvenile Services Team of two detectives and five officers. Jay and his team are responsible for investigating all crimes committed by juvenile offenders in the communities of Southeastern San Diego. Jay heads the Collaborative Curfew Sweeps, using a community policing model in which volunteers from the community, faith-based organizations, schools, juvenile probation officers, and police officers proactively deal with juvenile crime to bring safety to the community through providing diversion programs and parenting classes as an alternative to the court system. Jay has a baccalaureate degree in public administration and over thirty years of law enforcement experience.
Marla has worked within the law enforcement and mental health communities in San Diego County for over thirty years. Marla has developed programs for law enforcement jurisdictions involving mental health issues, including juvenile diversion programs for the El Cajon Police Department, the La Mesa Police Department and the San Diego Police Department. In addition, Marla implemented the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) for San Diego County law enforcement agencies. Currently, PERT contracts with thirteen law enforcement jurisdictions within San Diego County and assigns clinicians at twenty-three separate law enforcement locations. Marla also coordinates both the development and distribution of training materials for law enforcement personnel and clinicians.