Board of Directors

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. 

Kay Merg, PMN, MRP, Realtor, Member

Kay Merg is a Residential Realtor with RE/MAX and the Leader of The Merg Team in San Diego. She is a Certified Military Relocation Specialist who is dedicated to helping Military members buy and sell homes throughout San Diego. As a Military spouse for the past 22 years, she understands the needs and challenges buyers and sellers deal with when moving in and out of Southern California. Kay joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Kay enjoys travelling to Europe and Hawaii with her husband.

Patrick Peterhans, CFP, EA, Board Treasurer/Acting Secretary

Patrick Peterhans is the owner of Peterhans Consulting Inc. He has extensive experience in financial consulting and coaching and serves as an outsourced CFO for small businesses. He is a Certified Financial Planner and representative in front of the IRS as an Enrolled Agent. Patrick joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and is the Treasurer and Acting Secretary. Patrick has demonstrated knowledge and understanding of non-profit fiscal management and chairs our Finance Committee. Patrick loves spending time with his family.

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.

Eileen Sigler, Chair, Resource Development Committee

Eileen Sigler, CFRE, is the former Vice President of Development for Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego. Eileen joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Serving local non-profits since 1995, Eileen earned her Certification as a Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2010 and she is a member of AFP San Diego. She serves as the Chair of the KTSD Development Committee. Eileen is passionate about professional mentoring, her family and dogs, helping others raise their ‘grace quotient’, and her local church.

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.

Advisory Committee Members

Alan Kinzel

Alan Kinzel Realty of Teles Properties

Alexandra Kwoka, Esq.

Alex Kwoka Law, Retired

Robert A. Simon, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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