Board of Directors
Karen Moy, Ph.D.
Karen is a Southern California native from Rancho Palos Verdes and has been living in San Diego since 2005. As a Fulbright scholar, she spent five years in New Zealand pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Health. She is a former UCSD/SDSU academic researcher with multiple scientific publications.
Hearts for San Diego was founded in 2014 to support our local nonprofits and encourage long-term synergy with individuals, neighborhoods and businesses that share a passion for giving back.
"Our events are "for the community, by the community" and I love being able to support so many different causes and organizations."
Leah Stender is a wife and mom, and Independent Consultant for Rodan + Fields. Leah is passionate about supporting and creating awareness for causes such as Cancer, Women and Youth, and the Environment.
“After losing my brother to colon cancer when he was only 27 years old, I realized that I wanted to support cancer awareness, but it always felt too impersonal. Through Hearts for San Diego, I'm able to help create awareness while connecting people to many local causes in easy, fun ways. I’m so grateful to be able to give back to San Diego through the wide variety of causes that we support."
A native of Southern California, Sandy first fell in love with nonprofits when she was a teenager. Inspired at Lake Cachuma Circle V Summer Camp, led by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Los Angeles, she quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work that continues to this day.
Sandy uses her 30+ years of experience from the corporate world to help companies and nonprofits reach their organizational and business goals. Sandy loves working with smart, positive, fun people that want to keep San Diego an amazing place to live for all of us.
I'm an active person in the San Diego community. I love local events, meeting new people and being involved in my community. I joined Hearts for San Diego as a volunteer after attending on of their events through Yelp. One of the things that really stood out to me and still does is that the organization is 100% volunteer driven and believes in giving back to the local community. Each volunteer can play an active role in causes that they have a passion for or for multiple causes, which was the case for me personally. I love being able to support multiple causes through one organization. I am looking forward to seeing Hearts for San Diego continue to thrive as a non-profit and be able to support our community and its many causes.
Michael Martin Jr., a self-proclaimed steward of the community, has resided in San Diego, on and off for over a decade. He is a father, Marine Corps Veteran, Graduate Scholar, Educator, Global Citizen and aspiring Doctoral Candidate. Michael has volunteered with Hearts for San Diego since its inception. His ongoing devotion to community service, youth development, social justice and cultural advocacy awarded him the opportunity to serve as Hearts for San Diego's Volunteer Coordinator, a position which he's held since 2018.
When Michael is not committed to serving the community, he enjoys enriching his spiritual development through yoga and capoiera, attending diverse local performing and visual arts events, participating in math and language acquisition workshops, freelance writing, and spending quality time with his school-aged daughter, Layla.
"I'm delighted to be a part of an exemplary nonprofit organization such as Hearts For San Diego, while serving others for the greater good."
Since starting his career as a Chef 30 years ago, Syd Marshal has used his talents and connections in the food industry as a tool to benefit local charities and fundraising events. In 2008, Syd moved to San Diego and got involved with several Chef-driven benefits and charitable events (including Collaboration Kitchen, Baja Coastal Preservation, Rock the Cure) as a way to give back to the community. He met Hearts for San Diego Founder, Karen Moy, as she was forming the nonprofit and has volunteered his time and services ever since.
"As a 'Founding Volunteer', I'm honored to serve on the Board of Directors and help further Hearts for San Diego’s commitment to the community. They say ‘Charity starts at home’, and I am looking forward to making this community my Home.”