Leadership

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Akilah Templeton

President and CEO

Ms. Templeton brings a wealth of knowledge and a wide array of experiences working with veterans and the homeless community in southern California. Ms. Templeton is a former Executive Director for U.S. VETS, one of our nation’s largest Veteran Service Organization (VSO). She was responsible for leading the Inglewood campus, the inaugural U.S. VETS site.  Ms. Templeton was successfully in expanding the site’s programs, while also increasing revenue from $4M – $10M in three years. She was recognized in 2018 as the U.S. VETS Executive Director of the Year. Ms. Templeton holds a Masters of Social Work from USC, a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and completed her bachelor degree at the California State University, East Bay.

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

Andre Simpson

Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

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

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. 

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Rebecca Neff

Vice President of Human Resources

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.

Program Directors

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Craig Batrez

Director, Facilities
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Shellie Bowman

Program Director, VRC-GPD
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Tamalina Cummings

Program Director, VRC-DMC
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Tracy Crayton

Program Director, Veterans Housing Solutions
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Esperanza Griffin

Employment Services
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Shari Finney-Houser

Director, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at VVSD
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Susan Kim

Director, Compliance
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Lakesha Jones

Program Director, Transitional Bridge Shelter
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Bernie Miles

Program Director, Transitional Housing Program(s)
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Darcy Pavich

Stand Down Director/Grief Counselor
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Marilyn Cornell

Director of Clinical Services