Amanda Allen--Attorney, Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley, LLP
Kath Rogers--Programs Coordinator, Animal Protection & Rescue League
Kath Rogers lives with her husband, dog and two cats in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. She currently works as programs coordinator for the Animal Protection and Rescue League (APRL), a non-profit organization she co-founded in 2004.
Kath has worked to pass local and state laws, coordinated educational events, managed volunteers and staff and established a successful thrift store located at 5497 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in San Diego to raise funds for APRL. In 2008, Kath received the Humane Society of the United States' leadership award for her role as volunteer coordinator for Proposition 2, a ballot initiative to ban certain inhumane practices on factory farms.
Kath attended San Diego City College, followed by UCSD, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She enjoys volunteering as a history tutor for high school students and recently spent the summer teaching English and History at a low-income middle school in Los Angeles. Kath enjoys hiking, kayaking in her inflatable tandem kayak and spending time with friends and family in San Diego.
Geshalem Perez-- Organizer, UDW Homecare Providers Union, AFSCME Local 3930, AFL-CIO
Geshalem Perez is an organizer for the UDW Homecare Providers Union where she helps advocate, educate, and empower in home supportive service workers and their recipients. Her prior work experience includes almost two years as the administrative assistant at the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. After a short stint at Los Angeles Pierce Community College, Geshalem transferred to and graduated from San Diego State University in 2007 with a B.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in diversity and change. Since then, she has been actively involved in the labor movement, helping to empower workers and strengthen the middle class.
Geshalem was born in Toluca, Mexico and raised in Canoga Park, California. In 2008, she proudly became a U.S. citizen and now casts her voice in all elections as a permanent absentee voter.
Geshalem currently serves on the board of directors for Justice Overcoming Boundaries as a Fiesta del Sol co-chair, the Labor's Training and Community Alliance, the San Diego Foundation for Change and Train of Thought San Diego. She enjoys being part of the weekly open mic experience that is Train of Thought where a family of poets, storytellers, singers, songwriters, comedians, musicians and all are welcome.
Denise Serrano--Education & Advocacy Associate, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Countiess
Jesse Mays--Council Representative, City of San Diego Councilmember Sherri Lightner
Jesse Mays is a council representative for San Diego City Councilmember Sherri Lightner, providing strategic advice on policy, politics and communications, as well as serving as liaison to the University City neighborhood of San Diego and UC San Diego. He served as campaign coordinator for Lightner's winning grassroots campaign in 2008.
Previously, Jesse worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. At ABC Studios, he worked on the creative side of top-rated network television shows. Prior to that he was selected for the Agent Training Program at United Talent Agency, where he worked for an agent representing some of Hollywood’s most sought-after television directors and writers. He has also worked for legendary feature film producers Richard & Lauren Schuler Donner and coordinated musical guests on ABC’s late night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jesse earned a B.A. in English from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, where he wrote his senior thesis on Margaret Fuller’s call to social activism. He grew up in Lake Forest, IL and lives with his wife, a medical student, in University City.
Rebecca Kanter--Attorney at Law
Rebecca Kanter is an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of California, specializing in complex fraud prosecutions. In her four years as a federal prosecutor, Kanter has handled a wide variety of cases ranging from border crimes to internet crimes against children. Kanter was previously an associate at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations practice group. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Harry Hupp on the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Kanter currently serves on the Executive Board of the UCI Alumni Association and volunteers for San Diego Coastkeeper. Kanter received her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law where she was an Articles Editor for the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs. During law school, she served as a Teaching Fellow and member of the Moot Court Executive Board. Kanter also taught an undergraduate seminar in the UCLA Women’s Studies Program on “Jurisprudence of Sexual Equality” and published an article entitled “U.S. v. Nippon Paper Industries: Price-fixing Conspiracy or Trade Remedy?"
A native of Orange County, California, Kanter graduated from UC Irvine magna cum laude with an honors degree in Political Science. Kanter spent a semester studying at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Seth Klonsky--Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, UC San Diego
Seth works at UCSD as the assistant director of alumni affairs where he oversees a broad array of programs and organizations. Seth works with alumni and volunteer leaders across all sorts of industries and interests to raise support for the university’s initiatives and priorities. His work allows him to meet incredible people and build relationships with alumni doing inspiring things around the world.
Formerly Seth was production manager for ArtPower!, a San Diego-based performing arts and film presenter. Seth is also technical director for San Diego Pride where for the past five years he has designed and overseen the construction of the annual festival. Seth has long been passionate about philanthropy among young people, making it a central theme of his volunteerism as far back as his college commencement speech a decade ago. He is chair emeritus of the Chancellor's Associates Young Alumni, a network of young people raising funds for UCSD and is currently the co-chair of the Young Professionals Council, a philanthropic organization in support of the San Diego LGBT Center.
Having grown up in Sonoma County, CA, Seth is passionate about food and food culture and spends much of his free time cooking, eating, and entertaining.