Mike Barnett: Chief Executive Officer
Mike Barnett comes to Casa de Amparo with more than 30 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors. As Chief Executive Officer, Barnett will oversee all aspects of Casa de Amparo’s programs, services, and administration. Barnett will work with Casa de Amparo’s Board of Directors and staff to lead the organization’s strategic initiatives to help abused and neglected children and young people heal and thrive.
Barnett was commissioned as a San Diego County deputy sheriff in 1992 and rose through the ranks, leading teams of all sizes across multiple disciplines. In 2017 he was appointed as the Sheriff’s chief deputy and second-in-command. As the Undersheriff he commanded the 4,500-employee organization with a budget of just under $1 billion. He oversaw the medical and mental health care needs of thousands of people in county institutions and was responsible for providing the full scope of police services to almost one million people in San Diego County. He was also responsible for providing regional support including jail and courts systems, a nationally accredited crime laboratory, along with aviation, and emergency services to the San Diego region.
Mike is a graduate of San Diego State University and has completed the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston and the FBI’s National Executive Institute in Virginia. He has collaborated with domestic and international partners on numerous initiatives.
Scott Ryder: Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Scott Ryder is responsible for directing the fiscal functions of Casa de Amparo. He has 25+ years of executive leadership experience in finance and operations in the non-profit and for-profit sectors
Before joining Casa de Amparo, Scott Ryder was the CFO of Motivating the Masses, Inc. whose mission is to help clients develop the strategy, motivation, and accountability required to succeed in their business and personal lives. He also served as CFO for The ManKind Project USA, a global nonprofit charitable organization with nine regions around the world. Previous to his work at The ManKind Project USA, Scott was the COO / CCO for McGladrey Capital Markets, a global mid-market investment bank. During his tenure, the company sold more than 300 companies and generated more than $8 billion in liquidity for its clients.
Scott earned an M.B.A. from the Paul Merage School of Business at U.C. Irvine, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Redlands. He lives in Carlsbad with his wife Lisa, son Wyatt, daughter Nora and their dog, Apollo.
Katherine M. Karpé, CFRE: Director of Development
Director of Development Katherine Karpé, CFRE, has over 17 years of fundraising experience and has been with Casa de Amparo since 2003. Through vigilant stewardship and strategic planning, the Development Department is responsible for providing reliable financial, volunteer, marketing, and in-kind resources to support Casa de Amparo’s mission.
Kathy oversees all fundraising and leads a Development team responsible for capital and major gifts efforts, all levels of donor relations (individual, corporate, foundation), special events, volunteer recruitment, gift drives, and public relations. Before joining Casa de Amparo, Kathy worked at The Agency for Jewish Education.
Kathy is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and makes her home in San Marcos with her husband, Kevin, and their daughter, Enya, and their dogs, Stibby and Minnie.
Tymesia Mason: Director of Human Resources
Tymesia is originally from Chicago and received her B.S. at Northern Illinois University majoring in Textile, Apparel & Merchandising with a double minor in Broadcast Journalism & Marketing. She went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration at Indiana Wesleyan University majoring in Human Resource Management. She has worked in Atlanta and Dallas in her professional life. In her prior role, she worked in HR for one of the third-largest school districts in the United States, at Chicago Public School Headquarters. She provided guidance and support to executives that managed the school districts throughout the city of Chicago. Her accomplishments include decreasing turnover by more than 58%, improving processes, performance management, and providing strategic concepts that saved money.
Erin Gospodarec, BA, Associate Executive Director of Operations
Erin Gospodarec has held many key positions at Casa de Amparo since joining the organization in 2006 as Grant Writer. Erin has been in her current role as Director of Quality Assurance since 2016, providing organizational support to programs to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations, accreditation standards, contractual obligations, and fidelity to evidence-based practices. She also oversees Casa de Amparo’s trauma-informed policy and procedure development and leads the organization’s Quality Assurance Committee. Erin’s passion for ensuring that children and families have access to safe, high-quality, effective behavioral health care guides her commitment to creating agency-wide systems that provide accountability and continuous compliance.
A native of San Diego, Erin attended the University of San Diego, where she received a Bachelor’s in English and was a member of the Torero’s NCAA Division I Softball team. After graduating, Erin joined Casa de Amparo and continued working with USD’s Softball program as a Pitching Coach until 2014. Today, Erin is a new mom and spends her time enjoying San Diego with her husband Todd, son Jackson, and dog Beaux.
Michele Solomon, LMFT: Clinical Director
Michele Solomon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), joined the Casa team as Clinical Director in April 2019. The Clinical Director position provides oversight of the clinical department and therapists, clinical contract management, as well as assists in further integration of clinical and residential components of the Casa programs utilizing a trauma-based approach in order to continue to improve the care for the kids and families we serve.
Michele brings with her over 25 years of clinical experience, including 13 years in supervisory, management, and leadership capacities. She has been trained in multiple therapeutic modalities, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), with expertise in at-risk emotionally disturbed teens. While completing her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara, she worked at a 24-hour crisis hotline. While completing her graduate degree, she was a residential care worker at group homes throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. After completing her Master’s degree in counseling from California State University Fullerton, she relocated to San Diego to pursue licensure while performing therapy and social work at private/non-profit group homes. In 1998, she began an extensive career working for the County’s Health and Human Services Agency as a Protective Services Worker where she gained a comprehensive knowledge of the Child Welfare System.
Board Of Directors
Chair of the Board
Richard Berwick (10/13-12/22)
President, Cross Armory
Vice Chair of the Board
Vanessa Negrete (08/18-12/21)
Attorney, Negrete Law Group, P.C.
Immediate Past Chair
Kayleen Huffman (10/13-12/22)
CFO, Bassett Home Furnishings
Debbie Slattery (03/06-12/21)
Branch Manager & Vice President, California Bank & Trust
Mary Ann Bosanac (11/13-12/22)
Theresa Akatiff (10/21-12/23) | General Dentist
Liese Cornwell (05/17- 12/22) | Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, San Diego International Film Festival
Marilou Dela Rosa (10/09-12/21) | Owner, Access Care Culture of Caring
Jim Grant (8/12-12/21) | President, Grant General Contractors
Michele Lambert (08/22-12/25) | CFO, Vista Community Clinic
Tim Lesmeister (12/15-12/21) | V.P. Marketing, WD-40 Company
Dr. Jon Montgomery (06/21-12/24) | Medical Officer, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department
Michael Platis (03/07-12/21) | Senior Project Manager, Cumming Construction Management
Jose Rodriguez (08/22-12/25) | Senior Vice President, Supply Chain and Total Quality Management, Rubio’s Coastal Grill
Jerry Stein (12/03-12/21) | Member of the Board of Directors, Stein Family Foundation
Sharon Stein (6/93-12/20) | Member of the Board of Directors, Stein Family Foundation
Honorary Board Members