Board of Directors

Amy Hsiao, Member


Amy Hsiao is the founding attorney of HSIAO LAW, PC. She earned her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. Amy founded Hsiao Law, PC in December 2014 and is committed to helping families and businesses protect their loved ones and grow their assets through estate and business legal planning. Amy helps her clients make life as good and easy as possible for their loved ones and grow their businesses with maximum income and impact with minimum risk. Amy joined the Board of Directors in 2019 because our mission is near and dear to her heart. She is helping Kids’ Turn San Diego create a marketing and social media campaign to increase awareness of the programs and services we offer. She enjoys hiking and reading. 

Dea Lucas, Member

Dea Lucas is the San Diego Branch Manager for J.B. Hunt.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Media Management and a Minor in Child and Family Development from San Diego State and is closely connected to the Pacific Islander Community. She is involved in clubs, associations and dance groups around San Diego County.  Dea joined the Board of Directors in 2018 and sees her involvement with Kids’ Turn San Diego as a way to incorporate both her life and work philosophy of creating opportunities to teach families a mindset of understanding. Dea enjoys trying new things, exploring new places and spending time with her family. 

Julia Kitts, LCSW, Member

Julia Kitts maintains a License in Clinical Social Work and provides therapy services through her private practice. Julia’s specialties include working with teens and young adults, as well as children and families going through the transition of parental separation and divorce and learning to adjust to life in two homes. Julia is a former KTSD Family Workshop Group Leader for children ages 5-11. She joined the Board of Directors in 2020 due to her continued passion for supporting families in reducing chronic parental conflict and working towards respectful and amicable relationships that
benefit children’s well-being. Julia enjoys exercising outdoors, spending
time with her family and traveling.

Mark Schauder, Member

Mark Schauder has been a real estate investor for thirty-five years and realtor for over sixteen years. He is a Certified Relocation Specialist, holds a Real Estate Collaboration Specialist Divorce (RCS-D) Certification, is a member of the San Diego, California, and National Associations of Realtors and is a founding member of the San Diego chapter of the National Association of Divorce Professionals. He specializes in preserving credit and future home ownership opportunities while navigating the unique aspects of divorce real estate transactions. Mark joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Mark enjoys volunteering in his community, traveling, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Pat Wade, Board President

Pat Wade is an innovative leader adept at growing business profitably and optimizing operations in a variety of industries. He is a strategic thinker with strong business acumen who provides a calming effect during times of uncertainty. Pat is a servant leader with the ability to adapt, understand people and build trust. He served as a Navy Supply Corps Officer-Deputy Director of Logistics Operations with the US Navy. Pat joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and is our Board President. Pat enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Steve Throop, CPA, Board Treasurer

Steve Throop is a Partner Emeritus with Hutchinson and Bloodgood, a regional accounting and advisory firm. He helps bring meaning to financial information so that it can be used to understand where organizations have been and, more importantly, how to move to where they want to be. Steve joined the Board of Directors in 2020 and serves as Treasurer and Chairs the Finance Committee. Steve enjoys laughing with his wife Donna, his adult children, and grandchildren.

Advisory Committee Members

Alan Kinzel

Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Broker Associate, MBA

Alexandra Kwoka, Esq.

Alex Kwoka Law, Retired


Eileen Sigler, CFRE

Development Officer

Robert A. Simon, Ph.D.



Patrick Peterhans

Peterhans Consulting Inc.


Stan Sewitch

Vice President Global Organization Development, WD-40 Company

Honorary Board Members

Kathryn Ashworth, Esq.

Retired Family Law Attorney

Hon. Thomas Ashworth, III

Retired Family Court Judge