Joel Trambley, MD, PhD
Joel Trambley, MD, PhD, serves as Chair of the Commission. Dr. Trambley is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego Medical Center. After MD and PhD training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, he completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2007 he moved to San Diego to take his current position training California’s doctors of tomorrow. In late 2007 Dr. Trambley became the Political Co-chairperson for the Human Rights Campaign San Diego Steering Committee. Since then, he has also been involved in the “No on 8” campaign, Marriage Equality USA, the San Diego LGBT Community Leadership Council Public Policy Advisory Committee, and electoral politics. He currently authors the “Politically Aware” column in the San Diego LGBT Weekly.
Susan M. Thomson Tschirn, PhD
Susan M. Thomson, PhD, serves as the Vice Chair of the Commission. Dr. Thomson is committed to supporting the educational and emotional needs of the San Diego Community. Dr. Thomson is a counseling therapist in La Jolla and has been working with substance abuse clients for the last 20 years. Formerly, Dr. Thomson was an educational specialist in the area of learning challenges and emotional disabilities for young school children. Dr. Thomson is past President of the Board of Explorer Elementary, a Charter School in La Jolla of which she was instrumental in helping to launch. Dr. Thomson is also a past Board President of The Children’s School, and past President of the Parent’s Association of The Bishop’s School. Dr. Thomson has been deeply committed to the Vista Hill Foundation where she has chaired their annual gala for three consecutive years, raising money for the Don Allen Parent Care Family Recovery Center, and other Vista Hill Programs. Dr. Thomson received her first Master’s degree from the University of Arizona followed by a second Master’s degree and Doctoral Degree and training from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Monica Bauer Federman
Monica Bauer Federman is the Assistant Director for Outreach and Interfaith at the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego, a Jewish civil rights organization. She is an adviser at the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, a member of the Institute of the Americas, serves on the Interreligious Council of San Diego, she’s a board member of the KEN Jewish Community and a member of the Toastmaster Club # 1815. Ms. Bauer is originally from Mexico City. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. For several years she owned a small wholesale business that sold Mexican arts and crafts to gift shops and museum stores all over the United States. She is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew.
Dion Brown, works as the House Officer Administrative Program Manager at the University Of California San Diego School Of Medicine. He currently serves on the UC San Diego Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, as well as, The UC San Diego Medical Center's Community Advisory Council on Inclusion and Diversity. Dion volunteered on San Diego LGBT Pride Board of Directors where he served on the organization’s executive team as treasurer and on numerous committees. He also regularly volunteers as a Precinct Inspector for San Diego County Registrar of Voters and Mama’s Kitchen. Dion is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Communication at San Diego State University. Dion is an Oklahoma native and has called Southern California home since 1993.
Dolores Canizales holds a Bachelors Degree from San Jose State University in Public Relations. She is a graduate of the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management, and holds a certificate from Harvard-MIT public disputes program. She is a member of the Union Tribune Latino Advisory Board, Poway Unified School District Partners in Excellence program, and a member of the Poway Road Corridor Study ad-hoc committee. Ms. Canizales was appointed president & CEO of the Poway Chamber of Commerce in August 2012, and formerly served as District Director for Councilwoman Janice Hahn and as Community Affairs Manager for former Mayor Richard Riordan in Los Angeles. She also worked as Director of Community and Government Relations at Loyola Marymount University.
Mark K. Dillon
Mark is a retired technology executive where he served as the Senior Manager for Business and Product Development for Verizon Online. He also served as the Director for the Content and Creative Services Group for Verizon Online and as Vice-president of GTE Interactive Media Online Services. He is now Chairman for the San Diego Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League and has previously served as the Chairman of the ADL Civil Rights Committee. Mr. Dillon also serves on the Advisory Board for the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium.
is an attorney and entrepreneur. As a Skadden Fellow, Charlie founded and directed Casa Cornelia Law Center's satellite office in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, providing free legal services to indigent immigrant victims of human and civil rights abuses. Charlie currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Karen Organization of San Diego, a non-profit organization that provides services and advocacy on behalf of refugees from Myanmar. He is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and a proud 2013 San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA) fellow. Charlie is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Prior to graduate school, Charlie served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.
Tiffany G. Harrison
Tiffany Harrison is Operations Manager for the Urban League of San Diego County. She manages projects, informs the public about League programs, activities and research programs, and coordinates meetings and special events. She is co-President of the League’s Career College Club Network. She serves on the NAACP board representing Youth and College. She previously provided administrative and database assistance for the Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network. Ms. Harrison is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a minor in Political Science at San Diego State University.
Shana Hazan serves as the Director of Institutional Giving, Public Policy and Government Relations at Jewish Family Service of San Diego and sits on the Board of Directors of CORE Educational Services and Stanley E. Foster Construction Tech Academy. She also supervises the Hunger Advocacy Network, which works to achieve systemic policy change to reduce food insecurity across the state. Previously, she managed Jewish Family Service's nationally-recognized Youth Leadership Programs, which develop measureable leadership skills through service learning. Shana holds a Master of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. Before coming to Jewish Family Service, she worked for ABC News in London, taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools, and served as the Safe Routes to School Director for Active Transportation Alliance. Shana has served on the Executive Committee of Run Women Run and chaired Women Give San Diego's Advocacy Leadership Team. Shana was recognized for her community impact by the San Diego Human Relations Commission in 2012 and was named one of San Diego News Network's 35 Under 35 Community Leaders in 2010.
Godwin Higa, received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Masters of Administration from Azusa Pacific University, CA, and his Administrative Credential from the University of San Diego. He has been a principal, with San Diego Unified School District for 15 years. His passion is his students. He demands that all students are treated with the utmost respect and academically succeeding in their studies. He is an active member of the Mid-City community, and a member of the Citizens Review Board of San Diego. He is actively involved in the improvements of the Mid-City area of San Diego, focusing on safe schools, safe neighborhoods, and community improvements involving improved bike lanes, transportation, and safe walks to school and skate parks in the area. He is an active member of policy changes on student discipline, focusing on Trauma Informed Schools and Community, Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices in schools and the community. He is also an ongoing member of the Compassion Project of San Diego, International Day of Peace, and most importantly believes in Human Rights for all.
Keryna Johnson has a Masters Degree in City Planning and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from San Diego State University. Ms. Johnson is a Planning and Food Environment Specialist with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Her work focuses on increasing access to healthy foods in underserved communities, and identifying ways to improve health outcomes through policy and built environment changes. She previously held positions with LeSar Development Consultants, the City of San Diego Planning Department, and various local nonprofits.
Gagandeep Kaur Sahni
Gagandeep Kaur Sahni, a resident of San Diego since 1998, has been a Financial Advisor for the past seventeen years. She develops and manages financial strategies for individuals, small businesses, large corporation and non-profit organizations. Ms. Kaur’s community activities include serving on the Board of Directors for the Interreligious Council of San Diego, Vice President of the Board of Directors for The Sikh Foundation San Diego, the oldest Sikh Temple in San Diego, and as an Advisor for the San Diego District Attorney’s Interfaith Advisory Board. Ms. Kaur had the honor of being the first Sikh woman to chair a national Sikh non-profit, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the oldest Sikh civil liberties organization based out of Washington DC.
Jessica L. Nare
Jessica L. Nare manages the Women's Resource Center at San Diego State University where she teaches university-level courses in the Department of Women's Studies. Jessica also serves as a core faculty member in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University. Previously, she worked at Jewish Family Service of San Diego as the Director of Leadership Programs. Jessica currently serves on the board of SDSU's Bread and Roses Center, is a member of Women Give San Diego, Run Women Run, and a former fellow of the San Diego Leadership Alliance.
Lillian Shallow is the Youth Commissioner to the HRC. She currently attends San Diego High School and is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program. She began her involvement in the Human Relations Commission in middle school, where she was also involved in many other community service projects. She spear-headed her school's community service program, with a focus on the environment as well as being a charter member of "The Bee Group" and the Environmental Saving Committee (ESC) and she is a participating member in Save The World Fridays. Since 2010 she has been an officer in the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs. In her free time she loves musical theatre and tennis.
Lorena Slomanson is a Staff Attorney with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego’s Pro Bono Program which offers free services to self represented litigants in their court cases. A native San Diegan, Ms. Slomanson received her B.A. in Russian and Soviet Studies from UCSD and her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she serves on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. Prior to entering the field of public interest law, she enjoyed a diverse civil litigation practice focusing on personal injury and consumer protection. Ms. Slomanson has been recognized for her commitment to access to justice by the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California and by the Legal Aid Society. She is past president and continues to serve on the board of the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. She is fluent in Spanish and Russian.