Board of Directors

Board of Directors

J Daniel Gawrys, Member 

Executive Leadership

J Daniel Gawrys joined Kids’ Turn San Diego as a board member because of his personal experience being a child of a divorced family and his passion to focus on family preservation. Daniel is a business development executive and management consultant with a specialty in healthcare and a key focus on innovation, project management, process improvement, change management and communication, culture change, and organizational leadership development. His expertise in healthcare spans across several functional areas including the adoption of disruptive technologies, clinical work in Cardiology (Echocardiography), clinical workflow, medical imaging, Healthcare IT services implementations including PACS, EHR, SAAS, Medical Image Sharing, and mHealth. He is trained in project management, executive leadership coaching, and Integrative Medicine. Daniel is a certified Executive Coach with The Sports Mind Institute and a Certified Integrative Wellness Coach through Saybrook University’s credentialed International Coach Federation (ICF) program. Daniel is currently working toward his PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with a healthcare systems specialization.

Matthew Harper, Member

Commander, U.S. Navy

Matthew Harper, Commander, U.S. Navy, is from San Francisco and is retiring after 20 years in the U.S. Navy having lived on four continents and traveled to over 40 countries. Matt has years of leadership and management experience that began with his first job in the Navy overseeing a steam engineering plant with over 80 personnel. He excelled throughout his career building, leading and managing teams of technical and operational experts within small and large, complex and diverse organizations helping translate strategic ideas and goals into day to day execution and success with international impacts. Matt was decorated for leadership after the terrorist attack on USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, was a speech writer for the 4-Star Commanding General of US Africa Command and led and managed the day to day operations of a Japan based U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer. He has a degree in History and Political Science from Boston University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.  He is also an award winning published author for an article in the Naval Institute Proceedings magazine on U.S. Chinese relations titled Chinese Missiles and the Walmart Factor. Matt joined the board of Kids’ Turn San Diego in 2016 to support the Kids’ Turn San Diego mission of helping children of military families face the significant separation challenges when their parents deploy for months and even years at a time.

Dr. Elizabeth Ingulli, Member

UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth Ingulli, MD is a Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center and Rady Children’s Hospital  and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program and Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Program.  She has extensive experience in both clinical and basic science research. Since moving to San Diego, she has focused her attention on building the clinical transplant program. Dr. Ingulli cares for a wide range of children with chronic illness and sees the devastating effects it has on children and families. Dr. Ingulli serves on the Board for Kids’ Turn San Diego, a non-profit that strives to bring peace to families in transition, and is working with the staff to develop a program to help families deal with separation issues and the stresses associated with a chronic illness.

Ehud Kedar, Member

Qualcomm Inc.

Ehud Kedar, Senior Director, Program Management, Qualcomm Inc., joined Qualcomm in February 2007 after spending 15 years at Intel in various SW and chip design development and management positions. At Qualcomm Ehud is a premium tier Smart phone chipset program manager. His latest project is Qualcomm SnapDragon 820 which can be found in most premium tier 2016 smart phones, taking it successfully from beginning to commercialization and product launches. Ehud Kedar has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the Technion, Haifa, Israel. As a divorced parent with kids, I am aware of the challenges that children are facing during this transition. Joining the board of Kids’ Turn San Diego allowed me to support and help others who are going through divorce and use my personal and professional experience. I have been a board member since 2009.

Alan Kinzel, Board Vice President/Secretary

Crosswalk Team of Teles Properties

Alan Kinzel joined Kids’ Turn San Diego in 2014 as a Board member and is currently the Vice President of the Board.  Alan’s dad was a weekend farmer.  They would go out to the farm in a very small central Illinois town.  When someone in the community had a problem, the whole community rallied around this person to help them.  This is how Alan grew up and thought the way the world should work.  Additionally, when he was younger some of his friends were negatively impacted by divorce.  Kids’ Turn San Diego did not exist and the divorce dramatically impacted their grades, behaviors and lives negatively.  Alan is passionate about Kids’ Turn San Diego because they are determined to do anything possible to avoid what happened to his childhood friends.  Alan is a Coronado, CA Rotarian, involved in FOCUS and serves on the Board of The Stephen J Wampler Foundation as well as the San Diego Walk to Emmaus. Alan earned his MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his undergraduate degrees in Economics and Finance from the University of Illinois.  Alan is a professional real estate broker with Teles Properties.  He earned a specialized certification by a professor at Vanderbilt University as a Collaborative Real Estate Specialist – Divorce.

Patrick Peterhans, CFP, EA, Board Treasurer

Peterhans Consulting Inc.

Patrick Peterhans is the board treasurer of Kids’ Turn San Diego serving in his first term.  He has 25 years of experience working in various functions in the financial arena advising clients from throughout the United States and in various industries. He specializes in financial analysis, projection and coaching, business exiting, and taxes, serving as the part-time / interim CFO for the client.

Eileen Sigler, Chair, Resource Development Committee

Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

Eileen Sigler, Development Director for Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute in San Diego, joined Kids’ Turn in 2015. Ms. Sigler works with scientists to build healthier oceans and thriving sea life. Serving local non-profits since 1995, she earned her Certification as a Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2010. A member of AFP San Diego, Eileen is passionate about professional mentoring, her family and dogs, helping others raise their ‘grace quotient’, and her local church.

Ryan Smith, Member

Torrey Pines Bank

Ryan Smith grew up in La Mesa, attended Helix High School and then San Diego State University on a Baseball Scholarship graduating from SDSU in 1998 with a B.S. in Political Science.  In 1996, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Ryan has been married for nearly fifteen years and has three children. Ryan is a Commercial Lending Officer at Torrey Pines Bank, brings ten years experience working with business owners and real estate investors to expand their business and increase the bottom line. Ryan joined the board of Kids’ Turn San Diego in 2016 and brings experience of marketing and fiscal management to the organization.

Karen Trimble, Board President

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.

Karen E. Trimble is the Director of Leasing and Special Projects for Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., which specializes in the development and leasing of office and Laboratory space to the Life Science industry.  Karen’s experience is multi-dimensional and includes complex real estate lending, asset management, land development/land use and complex contract negotiations involving more than $2.5 billion of real estate transactions with local and international companies including US Bank, San Diego National Bank, Latham and Watkins, and Jenny Craig International. Karen serves as the Board President for Kids’ Turn San Diego, a non-profit that strives to bring peace to families in transition. Karen and her family attended the program in 2001 while going through a divorce and credits the program for providing them with the understanding of the effects of conflict on children.  Her son, ex-husband, bonus children, friends and dogs are all on great terms and happily celebrate family milestones together.


Advisory Committee Members

Alexandra Kwoka, Esq.

Alex Kwoka Law, Retired


Adrian Martinez, Esq.

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP


Robert A. Simon, Ph.D.



Honorary Board Members

Kathryn Ashworth, Esq.

Retired Family Law Attorney


Hon. Thomas Ashworth, III

Retired Family Court Judge