December 2022 Volunteer of the Month
Kevin is the President & Co-Founder of Copy Link. Born in Boston, Kevin moved to Southern California at the age of 12. He is passionate about business and his community. Kevin serves on the board of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA of San Diego.
Kevin got involved with JA when its President & CEO, Sidd Vivek, a long-time colleague of Kevin’s, asked him to support the JA Fellows program. With a strong belief in the JA mission and the desire to inspire people to be all that they can be, Kevin has been a program mentor and will be an internship host for our students this spring.
Married to his high school sweetheart, Kevin and his wife have three children whom he is very proud of. One of his favorite hobbies is beekeeping, something he learned from his 89-year-old uncle.
November 2022 Volunteer of the Month
Chuck is a Relationship Manager at US Bank working with clients to provide lending capital to support affordable housing developments. He has been with the bank for 15 years serving in various roles at the company.
Through volunteerism at the US Bank, Chuck was first introduced to JA San Diego eight years ago when we volunteered for a JA in a Day program at Logan Memorial. He enjoyed sharing the curriculum with students which he felt had incredible value to students’ financial and career education. Chuck has supported many JA programs and events over the years; and has even recruited his colleagues to volunteer.
In his free time, Chuck enjoys watching soccer, especially the World Cup, golfing, surfing, and traveling with his wife and two sons to new destinations.
October 2022 Volunteer of the Month
Dr. Quincey Penn
Dr. Quincey Penn was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA. In 2021, he was selected for the inaugural position as Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Dr. Penn has spent ten years leading DEI efforts for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.
After visiting the Junior Achievement campus, Dr. Penn became a huge supporter of JA’s mission. He hosted JA Fellow students from Lincoln High for a career exploration day at the San Diego Zoo. Students had the opportunity to explore different career paths throughout the organization. Dr. Penn also provided JA Fellows with a DEI multi-training series in preparation for their internships this Fall.
When not working, Dr. Penn enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and trying new restaurants. As a big sports fan, he has a favorite team in every sport.
September 2022 Volunteer of the Month
Erica De La Torre
Eria is currently the Assistant Branch Manager at the San Diego branch of Beal Bank. Erica began volunteering with Junior Achievement in 2021 and has enjoyed it ever since. She has volunteered in several of our programs including the McGrath Family JA BizTown and Mission Fed Finance Park.
In her free time, Erica likes to spend time with friends and her two dogs. She also enjoys baking and decorating her home for the holidays.
August 2022 Volunteer of the Month
Sharon has twenty years in the financial services industry and currently works as a Senior Vendor Risk Analyst for Silvergate Bank.
Sharon got involved with JA while she was working for an advisory firm that partnered with JA. Impressed by the organization’s mission, Sharon knew she could use her background in finance to teach kids financial literacy. Supporting several JA programs, Sharon has been volunteering with JA for a little over a year now and is a member of the JA YES Board.
July 2022 Volunteer of the Month
After a career as an electrical engineer in Orange County, Norman and his wife moved down to San Diego shortly after his retirement. Looking for ways to volunteer, Norman searched online and found Junior Achievement.
Since 2018, Norman has been a volunteer at our Mission Fed JA Finance Park. Norman understands the value of teaching young people financial literacy from early on.
“I did not have this information in high school and had to learn ‘on the job’ so to speak’, when I graduated college and went to work,” Norman said. “I wish had this information sooner.”
Norman is also a volunteer with the USS Midway Museum, the Flying Leatherneck Museum, Computers2Kids, the First Tech Challenge, and several golf fundraiser events. When he is not volunteering, Norman enjoys riding his bike, playing golf, and spending his time with his granddaughter.