Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors is a group of community activists with a common desire to improve mobility in San Diego County.

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Hon. George Gastil

BOARD CHAIR

Hon. George Gastil serves on the Lemon Grove City Council and also serves as his city’s representative to the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors. George previously served on the City Council from 2008-2016.  He served on the Lemon Grove School Board for ten years before being elected to the City Council. George teaches history for Grossmont College and San Diego State University. He lives in Lemon Grove with his wife Janet. George joined the FACT Board in 2014. He was elected as Board Secretary in 2017 and Vice-Chair in 2018. George has served as Board Chair since December 2019.

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Hon. John Aguilera

BOARD VICE CHAIR

Hon. John Aguilera served on the City Council for the City of Vista. He was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2010, 2011, and 2014. John served as Vice-Chair for NCTD and on the Board of Transportation Committee for SANDAG.  John owns a financial services business in North County and holds a BA in Quantitative Economics and Decision Science from UCSD. He has been a member of the FACT Board since 2011. John was elected Vice Board Chair in 2019 and re-elected in 2020 and 2021.

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LaVonna Connelly

BOARD SECRETARY

LaVonna Connelly is a large-system Social Worker who works with communities to address issues including transportation. She has a Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Administration and Consensus-Building.   LaVonna currently serves as Co-Chair of the Ramona Re-Vitalization Health and Human Services Sub-Committee and is the District 2 representative for the County of San Diego Health Services Advisory Board. She works for The Salvation Army offering health education and key resource linkages that help seniors of limited means to thrive while aging in place in Silvercrest Senior Residences. In 2013 LaVonna received the Citizen of the Year Award from County of San Diego HHSA for her work in promoting healthy eating as part of the County’s LiveWell initiative. She was also recognized for excellence by the California Insurance Commissioner for her work with wildfire disaster survivors after the Cedar Fire in 2003. After the Cedar Fire, LaVonna was part of a team that successfully introduced and lobbied SB477 that allows small communities to call on the Office of Emergency Services to coordinate disaster response when the community lacks the capacity to do so on their own. LaVonna and her husband own a small vegetable farm in Ramona. She loves nature and hiking with her dogs. LaVonna joined the FACT Board in 2009 and was Board Secretary from 2013-2016. In 2017 she held the position of Vice-Chair and was elected Secretary effective January 1, 2018.  LaVonna continues to serve as Board Secretary through 2020.

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Hon. Phil Monroe

BOARD TREASURER

Hon. Phil Monroe served on the City Council for the City of Coronado from 2000-2008; he represented Coronado on several Boards, including SANDAG and MTS. Phil served thirty years as an Officer in the U.S.Navy where he held positions in engineering, logistics, and direct fleet support areas.  Phil was Commanding Officer at the Naval Air Rework Facility, North Island. His highest military award is the Legion of Merit. Phil holds a BA  in Mathematics from Cornell University and an Engineering degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School. Phil has served on the FACT Board of Directors since 2006 and was Chair of the Board during 2009, 2010, and 2011. Phil has served as FACT’s Treasurer since 2018.

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Hon. Bob Campbell

BOARD MEMBER

Hon. Bob Campbell served on the City Council for the City of Vista from 2002-2010. Bob served as the Economic Development Director at the City of Vista for over 9 years. He has served on various regional boards, including NCTD and SANDAG.ob co-founded and was CEO of the North County Economic Development Council (NCEDC) and presided over the North County Collaborative. Bob studied economics and industrial engineering at Stanford; holding a degree in Advanced Management from the University of Washington and served 8 years in the Coast Guard Active & Reserve. Bob has been a member of the FACT Board since 2006 and was the 2013 Board Chair; He was elected Vice-Chair of the Board effective January 2014. He was elected Board Chair in 2017 and 2018.

Jewel Edson

Hon. Jewel Edson

BOARD MEMBER

Jewel Edson is the District 3 Councilmember, a former Mayor of the City of Solana Beach, and a successful small business owner. Her 2016 election to the Solana Beach City Council follows a long, productive history of participation and leadership on various local and regional boards, committees, and commissions.  Edson currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the North County Transit District (NCTD) and LOSSAN (the managing agency for the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner), on SANDAG’s Transportation Committee, and as an alternate on the SANDAG Board of Directors. Her professional background includes recognized leadership and management roles in the private sector. Edson is currently Managing Director of a specialized technology consulting firm focused on GTM (go-to-market) strategy and global business development in the semiconductor, wireless, and software industries. She joined the FACT Board in 2018.

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Susan Hafner

BOARD MEMBER

Susan Hafner served as Vice President of Bus Operations for the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and a Board Member for the California Transit Association (CTA) and APTA. Susan worked as a Director for MTS and a General Manager for Riverside Transit Agency.  She is the founder of Multimodal Solutions, a consulting firm based in La Jolla. Susan joined the FACT Board of Directors in 2007 and served as Treasurer of the Board from 2008 to 2017.

Kellie Shay Hinze

Hon. Kellie Shay Hinze

BOARD MEMBER

Kellie Shay Hinze serves as the City of Encinitas’ Deputy Mayor and represents District 2, ‘Old Encinitas’. Prior to serving on Council, Kellie worked as the Assistant Director and then Executive Director of Leucadia 101 Main Street Association.  Leucadia Main Street focuses on the intersection of historic preservation and revitalization by engaging a community of residents, business owners, and property owners. As third-generation Encinitas resident with a mother who uses a wheelchair, Kellie strives to improve mobility for all residents and visitors to her city. She was elected to the FACT Board in 2019.

Dave Roberts

Hon.Dave Roberts

BOARD MEMBER

Hon. Dave Roberts serves as CEO of J2 Enterprises, LLC.  Previously, he served on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors representing the Third District from 2013 – 2017. Prior to being the first newly elected San Diego County Supervisor in over two decades, he served for two 4-year terms as an elected councilmember Deputy Mayor and Mayor on the City Council for the City of Solana Beach. Dave has also served as Vice President for Government Relations for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In addition, based on both his public and private sector experience Dave was appointed to serve in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama to the Federal National Advisory Panel on Medicare Education for the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dave holds an MPA from the Department of Defense Graduate Level Financial Management Program and a BA in political science/economics from the American University (AU). Dave has served on the FACT Board of Directors since 2006 and was elected as Vice-Chair in 2013 and was elected as Chair from 2014 to 2016.  Dave and his spouse are the parents of six adopted foster children.

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