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Meet Our Team

Beth Medina
Beth Medina
CEO/Program Director, Board Member

Her background includes her more than 20 years of experience in non-profit, education and mental health fields, including extensive experience developing and launching new programs and designing curriculum for community-based organizations.

Beth holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Paralegal degree from Roosevelt University, a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the California Graduate Institute and completed her Doctoral work in Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Jill Collins
Jill Collins
Senior Program Coordinator

Jill serves as Senior Program Coordinator at The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF). She works with travel arrangements and compiling training materials and data for post-training reports. She also maintains QuickBooks, monthly budget updates and financial reports.

Prior to working at TIJF, Jill worked for a stock brokerage firm in San Francisco as a software trainer. She instructed employees on Microsoft Office and line-of-business applications, both in a classroom setting and one-on-one. She also created course manuals and quick reference guides. A few buyouts and mergers later she found herself managing software trainers across the country for Bank of America. Fourteen years later Jill left Bank of America to start a family. Between then and now they moved to Denver, San Diego, Australia and back to San Diego with Jill doing part-time bookkeeping along the way.

Now at The Innocent Justice Foundation, Jill enjoys being able to use all of her skills toward such an important cause.

Gabriela Magallon
Gabriela Magallon
Program Coordinator

Ms. Gabriela Magallon serves as the Program Manager at The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) where she works in collaboration with the CEO/Program Director to oversee the SHIFT program which entails needs assessment, program design and delivery, developing presentations and resource material, trainer and consultant supervision, and managing day to day operations of the SHIFT program.

Before joining TIJF in 2017, she spent five years working with foster youth throughout San Diego County, first as a school mentor, then child care worker at a long-term facility, and lastly as a Program Manager at a girl's group home in Oceanside, California. During her involvement with the population, she came in contact with victims of child sexual exploitation which prompted her to seek further involvement with TIJF. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently completing a Master's program in Criminology to fit in with her work schedule.

Gabriela was born in Bulgaria and has traveled extensively during her formative years, collecting a myriad of languages and cultures along the way. She has lived in Sofia (Bulgaria), Berlin, Johannesburg, London and Madrid where she began her university studies in Psychology. She eventually made her way to San Diego where she decided to put down her roots and has been enjoying the California sun ever since.

Lori Johnson
Lori Johnson
Community Outreach and Development Coordinator

Lori serves as the Community Outreach and Development Coordinator for TIJF, where she manages social media and supports programs through outreach and fundraising efforts.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Social Work from San Diego State University and followed her passion into non-profit. Lori has worked with at-risk youth with emotional and behavioral issues in residential treatment, and in school-based youth leadership development programs, until she became the program coordinator for the Self-Help program at the Mental Health Association of San Diego. There Lori managed a directory of over 500 peer support groups and other mental health resources, provided support group development workshops, and supported fundraising.

Eventually, Lori entered the field of parenting, where she became a specialist in managing two people from infancy to adulthood. Although her title was Hey Mom, the position included lots of volunteer hours on the PTA and local education foundation! Lori loves to always be learning, so after homework and bedtime, she began to write grants for K-12 education, cultural arts, and social programs. Lori has worn many hats over the years in non-profit, but she has also written articles for a community magazine and produced blog rewrites for a social media marketing company. She enjoys writing, traveling, and spending time with family, friends and her recently adopted rescue pup.

Lori wants to remind you to follow The Innocent Justice Foundation on Facebook because that is her job! https://www.facebook.com/theinnocentjusticefoundation/

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Alaina Anderson
Program Assistant

Alaina serves as the Program Assistant for TIJF where she provides general office and project support to our program staff. Prior to joining TIJF Alaina worked as an Administrative Assistant with the Admissions and Counseling Departments at MiraCosta College where she provided extensive enrollment support to MiraCosta’s student population.

Alaina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and became interested in advocating for survivors of crime while volunteering as a Victim Advocate for abused women and children at the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside California. During her undergraduate studies, Alaina participated in an internship with the San Diego County Office of the Alternate Public Defender as an investigative intern. This experience furthered her interest in working with law enforcement and victims of crime in a therapeutic capacity. In support of these interests, Alaina is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Social Work through the fully online MSW program at The Ohio State University. Alaina is also an intern for the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility in San Diego where she works directly with youth and the probation department to facilitate the successful transition of youth in custody back into the community.

Alaina is honored to join the TIJF team and utilize her educational and professional experiences to support our mission.

Board Members

Katie-C-Alexander
Katie C Alexander
President

Katie C. Alexander, OTD, MS, OTR/L is an occupational therapist and clinician-researcher. For over 20 years, she has specialized in community and school-based intervention for individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and served as the founding program director for the Model Asperger Program at The Ivymount School. Her research and clinical interests are in developing virtual learning programs as well as research-and strengths-based interventions and supports that improve the daily lives of individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. Dr. Alexander also works to disseminate evidence-based practices and improve interprofessional collaboration.

Christy Lundy
Christy Lundy
Secretary and Treasurer

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Ray Vlaenzuaela
Board Member

Ray Valenzuela is a retired firefighter with 35 years of experience. Ray began his fire service career in 1978 as a firefighter and worked his way through the ranks retiring as a Battalion Chief. During his career, his assignments included field operations, law enforcement and administration.

After retirement, Ray continued on to a second career and is a real estate salesperson in San Diego County.

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Stacey Levinson
Board Member

50,074 Hours of Training

16,439 Heroes Trained

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