Bob Kilpatrick (Board Chair) is the Vice President of ATHENX, a maritime and security electronics company. He retired as General Manager of a major ship repair contractor on the SD waterfront with 33 years in that capacity. He also consults for maritime-related businesses to increase San Diego waterfront expansion. He is a member of a number of associations that promote and protect the waterfront, including the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association emeritus Board of Directors and the American Society of Naval Engineers Vice Chair. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and the Executive Education Program at the University of Michigan. He and his wife, Michele, live in East County and has two grown sons – Kyle and Keith.
Bob Koerber (Vice Chair) is the retired Vice President and General Manager from BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair where he has worked since 1987. Bob has served more than 26 years in the U.S. Navy – six years as a Surface Warfare Officer and 20 years in Naval Special Warfare where he retired as a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves; including duty as the Deputy Commander for Naval Special Warfare Command. Bob is a past president of the Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Chris Lewis (Treasurer) is President of The Lewis Group which provides commercial and residential real estate sales, leasing, and property management services. He is a retired Naval Officer and was Planning Director for a major west coast shipyard before beginning his real estate career in 1988. Chris has resided in the Bonita area for over 30 years and is active in the South Bay community, serving in various capacities in the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, Chula Vista Rotary Club, and the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan Citizen Action Committee.
Sara Giobbi (Secretary) is an Environmental Engineering Specialist for General Dynamics NASSCO. She is an experienced environmental compliance professional with 25 years of experience working for improved air and water quality in both the public and private sectors. She previously worked for the City of San Diego in its Industrial Wastewater Control Program. Sara holds her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Humboldt State University. She is a native San Diegan who enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and travel. She and her husband Dave have one grown son and live in San Diego.
Susan Fuller (Honorary Director) is retired from the family-owned Fuller’s Plumbing Service, which has been a Chula Vista business since 1957. Her community involvement included serving on the Chula Vista Elementary School Board from 1978-86, President of the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce in 1986, and eight years on the Chula Vista Planning Commission from 1987-1995. She has been a Docent and member of the various Boards that have managed the former Chula Vista Nature Center, now the Living Coast Discovery Center for 27 years. She also serves on the non-profit Boards of the Friends of San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuges, and the South Bay Chapter of the ARC of San Diego. She is a Chula Vista native and has two children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Frank Roseman (Honorary Director) is a retired Program Manufacturing Engineer and Quality Control Chief at Rohr Aircraft Corporation. He attended Pennsylvania State College where he received his Bachelors Degree and served in the U. S. Marine Corps. He was the President of the Friends of the Chula Vista Public Library, has been a docent at the Living Coast Discovery Center since 1987, was Commodore/Vice Commodore of the Tallship Society of San Diego County. Frank founded the Chula Vista Heritage Museum in 1992 and managed it until 2001 and received the U.S. President’s Award for Volunteerism in 2007. He has managed the Friends on Line Bookstore since 2005. He has lived in Chula Vista with his wife, Joan, and his children since 1957. He is a Lifetime Member of the Living Coast Discovery Center.
Sam Cardoso is an AVP, Branch Manager for Mission Federal Credit Union. He has over 25 years of supervisory and management experience in the banking profession with emphasis on sales, business development, prospecting, planning, organization and leadership. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Sam serves on the planning committee for Farm to Bay. Sam has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Phoenix with a dual degree in Business Administration and Management.
Herb Engel is Chief Executive Officer of Marine Group Boat Works and Marine Group De Los Cabos. Herb acquired his skills and expertise in the marine industry from a lifetime of exposure to it. His family owned a shipyard where, at the age of ten, he started working in the tool room. In later years, he worked in various trades to gain more experience. Herb attended college at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1976 Herb and his brothers started Southwest Marine Shipyards, which, with yards in 6 locations, is the largest ship repair company on the West Coast. Herb has since been an entrepreneur, business owner, and in addition, has ownership interests in Marine Group Boat Works, Flagship Cruises and Events, Ferry Landing Associates, The Port of Coronado, and Fifth Avenue Landing. He has served as a board member for the Little Bitterroot Lake Association, San Diego Ship Repair Association, Living Coast Discovery Center, and Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest. Herb is currently in his 20th year of servicing as a member on the finance committee for the Planned Parenthood. He and his wife, Paula, split their time between Rancho Santa Fe, CA and Marion, Montana, and have three grown sons—Jason, Chad, and Ryan.
Kendall Helm, Ph. D. is the Vice President of Customer Operations for San Diego Gas & Electric. Kendall joined SDG&E in 2015 and was most recently the Vice President of Energy Supply. She joined Sempra Energy in 2012 and served as the Corporate Economics Manager and Director of Investor Relations. Prior to joining Sempra Energy, Kendall served as a senior economist with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and an economic consultant for World Bank. She holds a doctorate in economics from American University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international studies from the University of Denver.
Kyle Strong is Senior Counsel for Collins Aerospace and provides general legal support for certain of its global affiliates and subsidiaries, including Rohr, Inc. Kyle received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Oklahoma in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Kyle and his wife, Sharon, relocated to San Diego reside in Kensington. Interests include various outdoor activities, politics and community outreach.
Ken Weimer is retired after 32 years in the Insurance business as a Broker and President of the Dwight Gove Agency. He attended the University of Washington, Seattle University, San Diego City College and Southwestern Colleges. He served as Chairman of the Board of the Friends of the Chula Vista Nature Center in 2009. He has also served as the President of the Chula Vista Jaycees (1971), received the Junior Chamber International Senate Award 13939 (1972), served four years on the City of Chula Vista Charter Review committee, and served 32 years on the Chula Vista UNICEF committee. He has been a resident in Chula Vista since 1964.
Andy Yuen (Executive Committee) is the Project Leader for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. He oversees the management of the Refuge programs at the Tijuana Slough, San Diego Bay, San Diego, and Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuges. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from the University of California and a Masters of Science in zoology from the University of Hawaii. He has lived in San Diego for over 15 years with his wife Lisa and three children Ben, Cameron, and Merry.
If you are a San Diego area professional and are interested in volunteering on one of our Board Advisory Committees, contact the Living Coast Discovery Center’s Development Department at (619) 409-5900.