Leadership & Policies

The SDCBA’s Board of Directors is the Association’s governing body, and is responsible for guiding the organization, within the parameters set forth by the SDCBA’s Bylaws, the SDCBA Policy Manual, the California Corporations Code, and other relevant provisions of the law of the state of California.

2020 Board of Directors

The San Diego County Bar Association is governed by 18 elected Board of Directors, including one director from North County, East County, and South Bay who act as a regional representative. In addition, the chair of the New Lawyer Division serves a one year term on the Board as the new lawyer representative. Director elections are held in November of each year and the Bar's president is elected by the board from the second and third year directors. The board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Bar Center at 401. For a list of all of the SDCBA's past presidents, click here.

If you are interested in joining the SDCBA board of Directors click here.
  • President
    Johanna S. Schiavoni
    Law Office of
    Johanna S. Schiavoni
    johanna[at]schiavoni-law.com
  • President-Elect
    Renée Stackhouse
    Stackhouse, APC
    renee[at]stackhouseAPC.com
  • Immediate Past President
    Lilys D. McCoy
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    lilysmccoy[at]icloud.com
  • Secretary
    A. Melissa Johnson
    Spencer Johnson McCammon LLP
    mjohnson[at]thespencerlawfirm.com
  • Treasurer
    David M. Majchrzak
    Klinedinst PC
    dmajchrzak[at]klinedinstlaw.com
  • Vice President
    Gary S.Barthel
    Military Law Center, Inc.
    gbarthel[at]militarylawcenter.com
  • Vice President
    Linh Lam
    District Attorney's Office
    linh.sdcba[at]gmail.com
  • Vice President
    Teodora D. Purcell
    Duane Morris, LLP
    Tpurcell[at]duanemorris.com
  • Director
    Samantha Begovich
    District Attorney's Office
    sbegovich[at]sandiego.edu
  • Director
    Marissa A. Bejarano
    District Attorney's Office
    marissa.bejarano[at]sdcda.org
  • Director
    Hon. Victor E. Bianchini, Ret.
    Judicate West
  • Director
    Roxanne "Roxy" Carter
    Attorney at Law
    RoxySDCBA[at]gmail.com 
  • Director
    Warren Den
    Office of the Public Defender
    wden[at]sdcounty.ca.gov
  • Director
    Nicholas J. Fox
    Foley & Lardner LLP
    nfox[at]foley.com
  • Director
    Brenda Lopez
    Antonyan Miranda, LLP
    brenda[at]antonyanmiranda.com
  • Director
    Wilson Schooley
    Schooley Law Firm
    waslawprose[at]cox.net
  • Director
    Khodadad Darius Sharif
    Sharif Faust Lawyers, Ltd.
    sharif[at]shariffaust.com
  • Director
    Kimberly Swierenga
    Swierenga Law & Mediation
    elderfraudfighter[at]gmail.com
  • New Lawyer Division Representative
    Stephanie Sandler
    Hogue & Belong
    ssandler[at]hoguebelonglaw.com

Section and Committee Leadership

A full list of the SDCBA's Section and Committee Leadership can be found here. For more on the SDCBA's Sections and Committees, visit: https://www.sdcba.org/index.cfm?pg=SectionsCmtesDivisions 

Internal Leadership

The Association is fortunate to have an amazing team of professional experts and program specialists who execute its’ various functions and priorities. You may contact any team member by emailing them directly or by calling 619.231.0781 and entering the extension listed below.   

Executive Leadership

  • Jill Epstein, JD
    Executive Director
    jepstein[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4111

  • Keith Fisher
    Deputy Executive Director
    kfisher[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4107


Governance

  • Olga Blankson
    Executive Assistant/Coordinator
    oblankson[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4113


Programs and Events

  • Sarah Harris
    Director of Programs & Events
    sharris[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4112

    Bio
  • Maribel Sanchez
    Program Specialist
    msanchez[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4118
  • Jeansy Dollete
    Programs & Events Specialist
    jdollette[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4133
  • Nic Hagan
    Conference Center & Events Manager
    nhagan[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4135

Marketing and Outreach

 
  • Ron Marcus
    Director of Marketing & Outreach
    rmarcus[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4116

  • Attiba Royster
    Graphic Designer/ Webmaster
    aroyster[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4115

  • Sasha Feredoni
    Marketing Manager
    sferedoni[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4110

  • Hailey Johnson
    Publications and Content Coordinator
    hjohnson[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4119


Member Services

  • Andrew Cave
    Director of  Member Services
    ext. 4108
    acave[at]sdcba.org

    Bio

  • Kayla Higgins
    Administrative Assistant
    khiggins[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4157
  •    Adriana Linares
    Member Technology Officer
    mto[at]sdcba.org

Lawyer Referral and Information Service

Call toll-free at 800-464-1529 or Local at 619-231-8585
Hable Gratis al 800-464-1529 o Local 619-231-8585

  • Michelle Chavez 
    Director of Public Service Programs
    mchavez[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4150

    Bio

  • Elizabeth Sorensen 
    Attorney and Community Outreach Specialist
    esorensen[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4153

  • Gloria Varela 
    LRIS Specialist
    gvarela[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4154

  • Hector Jimenez 
    LRIS & Modest Means Specialist
    hjimenez[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4156

  • Holly Thomas 
    Senior LRIS & SCRA Specialist
    hthomas[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4130

  • Dawn Young 
    LRIS Specialist
    dyoung[at]sdcba.org

    ext. 4127


Fee Arbitration

Fee Arbitration:
619-231-0781 ext. 4154

  • Fee Arbitration Voicemail: 
    ext. 4154 or email:
    arbitration[at]sdcba.org


Finance & Operations

  • Philip Schneider, MBA 
    Director of Finance & CFO
    pschneider[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4124

    Bio

  • Cynthia Davis 
    Accounting Coordinator
    cdavis[at]sdcba.org
    ext. 4131


Bar Center and Meeting Services

  • Julie Marquardt
    Member Services Concierge
    ext. 4100
    jmarquardt[at]sdcba.org
  • Aldrin Ring
    Building Operations Coordinator
    ext. 4106
    aring[at]sdcba.org