Christian Wallis, DHA, MBA, FACHE
Christian is a Navy Veteran with over 27 years of leadership experience in the healthcare field in the private sector, the federal government and international healthcare settings. He holds a doctorate in healthcare administration from Central Michigan University, an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Arizona. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. While Christian grew up in Northern California, he started his Navy career in San Diego. He’s excited to return to his home state and give back to the local community.
Tom Scaglione, CPA
Tom has a 32-year career in accounting, finance, executive management, consulting, and education. For the last three years, Tom has offered services, including interim executive and financial management, to special districts through his firm ATS Financial Services. Before that he was an adjunct professor at Palomar College and California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM), and the Assistant General Manager and CFO for the Vallecitos Water District in San Marcos, California. Tom’s professional career started with accounting, tax, and consulting work for public accounting firms in San Diego’s North County. Tom is a CPA, earned a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on government leadership from CSUSM, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on accounting from San Diego State University. In his leisure, Tom enjoys accounting and finance.
Rachelle Kierulff, MLIS
Rachelle joined our team as Library Director in January 2020. Prior to this, she worked at the Kresge Library serving The Scripps Research Institute and Scripps Green Hospital for 21 years, progressing up the ranks to become Library Manager in 2015 and Library Director in 2017. She is excited about the change from the research and clinical side of health to a more public-facing role, helping residents with their health information and education needs. Rachelle has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from State University of New York at Brockport.
Randi Baker is a San Diego native and was raised in East County. Randi has over 20 years of executive support experience in legal and nonprofit settings. She joined the District in Fall 2021 after several years serving as Executive Assistant for The Salvation Army San Diego Regional Office. At the District, she supports the daily operations within the office, as well as public business on behalf of the Chief Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and the Leadership Team. Randi is passionate about spending time with her family and serving the community through volunteerism, with a focus on making a difference in mental health services.
Harman Sarky is a Kurdish-American who entered the United States in 1997 at the age of 17 as a refugee. His path throughout his career has been very diverse when it comes to the experiences he brings, from working and providing the US Military combat and cultural training to working in the non-profit sector for an organization that helps and supports youth and families struggling with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. With a career that spans over 20 years, regardless of role and organization, Harman has always found that he naturally falls in a supporting role. Helping people and organizations implement successful processes, overcome obstacles, and achieve operational success is his main motivator. Harman is a SDSU alum, with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. During his free time, he spends time with his family which consists of his wife and two son’s and lots of soccer games and activities.
Justine McQuade, MBA
Justine is an accounting professional with more than 25 years-experience in both the private and public sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and her Master’s degree in Business Administration. She began her career at The UPS Store Global Headquarters, where she spent 18 years in accounting and management, including Director of Finance and Revenue Accounting. Justine also served as Controller for a private management company, where she was responsible for the financial operation of 13 golf courses. During the last 11 years, Justine owned and operated an accounting business offering services from bookkeeping to controller needs. Justine enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two daughters and has a passion for travel. She feels honored to be working for GHD and is excited to be part of an organization that focuses on the well-being of the local community.
Carolyn “Carol” is a student at San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Master’s in Accountancy program. She is active in Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), where she serves as President-Elect and VP of Planning and Engagement for Spring 2022 and as President in Fall 2022. Carol earned her B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from University of California – San Diego in 2018. She worked as a field biologist and an environmental analyst, but her experience running her own art shop inspired her to switch careers into accounting. She’s honored to be working at GHD as an Accounting Intern. At the District, she assists the CAO with accounting and financial matters. In her free time, Carol enjoys trying new coffee shops, drawing, visiting museums, and playing guitar.
Ari Rojas, MPH, CHES
Ari has over 10 years of experience working with non-profit social services agencies in the San Diego County like Chicano Federation, Episcopal Community Services and Neighborhood House Association. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from CSU, Sacramento. In the Fall of 2021, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Health focused in Health Education and Promotion from CSU, San Marcos. Ari is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). She places a huge emphasis on practicing healthy activities such as hiking, running and weight training. One of Ari’s favorite hikes is Kaway Pay located in the Mission Trails Regional Park and her favorite National Park is Yosemite. She is passionate about traveling, seeing new places and eating delicious new food.
Lucy’s marketing experience spans nonprofits and educational institutions, where she also developed skills in graphic design and event planning. At GHD, Lucy manages social media strategy, the digital newsletter, press releases, and general marketing promotion. Using her bachelor’s degree in marketing and intersectional identity theory, Lucy is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is passionate about using her graphic design and marketing skills to dissolve healthcare barriers and promote resources for the community. Outside of work, Lucy enjoys painting and going to the beach.