Melissa Alcazar, President of the Board
Born and raised as a Filipina-American in LA, Melissa Alcazar spends most of her time managing her own piano studio, as a professional pianist/singer & self-producing two-piano benefit concerts titled “Il Pianoforte,” to help raise money for typhoon victims in the Philippines. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts as a Dumont Foundation Scholar, and has acquired skills that have inspired her to venture into the world of philanthropy in hopes to incorporate her gifts to a bigger and more rewarding purpose.
Bernadette Gerbe, Vice-President of the Board
Bernadette Gerbe is a glass artist and small business owner. She is the owner of Gerbe Glass, LLC, a glass studio and storefront shop in Pittsburgh, PA. She has traveled the country learning from the best master glass artists, and teaches others right out of her studio. She is also on the Board of Lawrenceville Corporation.
Susie Reva, Treasurer of the Board
Susie Reva attended The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where she received an AA in Merchandise Marketing and BS in Business Management. Susie’s journey of personal growth led her to the non-profit sector in 2015, where she began to volunteer for Heal during monthly “Art in the Park” events. The inspiration she found from these experiences deepened her involvement in community outreach. Susie aims to use her business background to help further philanthropic efforts.
Britney Martinez, Secretary of the Board
Alexandra Cochran, Executive Director
Alexandra Cochran founded HEAL as a way to address San Diego’s homelessness crisis. Previously she was employed by imPACCt Brooklyn, an organization that plays a crucial role in neighborhood stability in Brooklyn, NY. She proposed and developed an arts and recreation department at their supportive living facility for previously homeless adults with chronic illness in order to increase the quality of life of their clients and improve recovery. She served as outing leader and overnight supervisor at the emergency shelter for Urban Street Angels, a nonprofit organization serving homeless youth, and was named 2015-2016 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women.