Meet Our Team

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Akilah Templeton

President and CEO
Andre Simpson, Veterans Village of San Diego Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Andre Simpson

Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer



Ms. Templeton brings a wealth of knowledge and an array of experiences working with veterans and the homeless community in Los Angeles. She holds a Masters of Social Work from USC, a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay. As Executive Director at U.S. Vets Inglewood, Templeton increased revenue from $4M – $10M in the last. 3 years and was recognized as U.S. Vet 2018 Executive Director of the Year.




An Air Force veteran, Mr. Simpson was previously Director of Community Reintegration for VVSD, and has been associated with VVSD since 1996 when he was hired in the capacity of counselor and employment case manager.

He has developed many new and exciting initiatives for VVSD, including the development of the monthly Homeless Court Program, a 150-bed Veteran Winter Shelter, and a Non-Custodial Parent Program in collaboration with San Diego County Department of Child Support Services.

Veterans Village of San Diego Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Darren Tune

Darren Tune

Chief Financial Officer
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Rebecca Neff

Vice President of Human Resources

Lisa Record

Vice President of Development

David Siegler

Vice President of Grants and Special Projects



Mr. Tune served in the U.S. Navy from 1991-1995. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a Master’s of Business Administration, and a PhD in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in nonprofit management.

His career in the nonprofit sector began in 1996 when he obtained employment at VVSD as a work study and accounting clerk. Since that time, he has gained over 20 years of accounting and leadership experience at several different nonprofit organizations. Mr. Tune returned to become the Chief Financial Officer of VVSD in 2016.

Ms. Neff has been an HR Professional for over 15 years.  She has served in the non-profit sector, as well as in the healthcare, banking, and law industries.  She is passionate about hiring the right person for the position, giving each employee the tools needed for success, and then watching that employee do what they do best.  She also believes employee engagement, recognition, and training are key factors in having an amazing workforce.

 Becki holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development from National University.  In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, walk, knit and crochet.

Ms. Record is a seasoned development professional with more than thirty years experience assisting not-for-profit organizations with impactful development plans, capital campaigns, strategic planning and planned giving. Ms. Record works with individuals, corporations and foundations to support VVSD. She also is responsible for marketing and communications and works with community groups and organizations to promote VVSD and the needs of our veterans. 

Mr. Siegler has risen from Grant Writer to Operations Manager to Vice President of Grants and Special Projects. Over the years, he has raised more than $100 million for the agency. Mr. Siegler oversees the grant applications for more than 14 separate programs at VVSD.