Juvenile Justice Commission Members
Edward Weiner is a retired San Diego Federal prosecutor, a member of the San Diego Behavioral Health Advisory Board (previously the Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board), and a former member of the 2013-2014 San Diego County Grand Jury. He is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA Law School and holds an advanced law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. For 27 years, Mr. Weiner was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in San Diego and before that was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a Deputy District Attorney handling juvenile matters in Kern County (Bakersfield), California. Mr. Weiner has served on the Board and as President of his homeowners association for 12 years. He is married to a retired teacher, has one son (also a UCLA Law graduate) and two grandchildren.
Gennene Wilburn has 40-plus years in human services, 25 of them were with the Probation Department in San Diego County. Before she retired, Gennene was a Program Manager for the award-winning truancy suppression project. During her career, she focused on strategic planning and developing collaborative partnerships with other community agencies. She is passionate about children’s rights and helping them realize they have options. Her reason for joining the JJC is to continue her advocacy on behalf of youth and families.
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Kimberly Alan is an attorney and former San Diego federal prosecutor. Ms. Allan received her Bachelor’s degree in economics with honors from UC Berkeley and her law degree from UC Davis. She was an attorney at the US Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for over seven years and an Assistant US Attorney in San Diego for over nine years. She has served on several boards and commissions, including as President of the Coronado Schools Foundation and on the board of the Coronado Cays Homeowners Association. Her interest in juvenile justice is based on her service as a Board Member and Site Coordinator for the San Diego Juvenile Court Book Club. During over 10 years of monthly meetings with incarcerated youth for book club discussions, high school graduation ceremonies and educational scholarship awards, she has witnessed firsthand the enormous challenges facing these young people. Ms. Allan currently practices estate planning law and lives in Coronado with her husband and daughter.
Kathleen Edwards is an advocate for students with special education and mental health needs. She holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Special Education Administration. For the past 35 years, she has worked as a teacher, administrator and trainer dealing with special education and mental health issues. Her interest in the Juvenile Justice Commission is fueled by the high percentage of adjudicated youth with special education and mental health needs. Dr. Edwards is a former member of the Mental Health Association of San Diego County and was an Arizona Special Education Teacher of the Year. She lives in San Diego with her husband and son.
Back to TopJoan Hiser
Joan Hiser is currently a marketing consultant within the San Diego community. Previously, manager of Advertising and Promotion for the KFMB stations, she was named Billboard Magazine’s Marketing Manager of the Year. She has over 20 years experience in marketing for both media and non-profit organizations, as well as extensive experience with the production and analysis of focus group research data for various clientele. She serves as a board member for the San Diego Broadcasters Assoc., the Mission Hills Heritage Assoc., and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Diego. She currently sponsors a “little sister” as well. She has served on boards for La Jolla High School and Francis Parker School. Mrs. Hiser is married with three sons.
Amy Lansing is on faculty at the University of California, San Diego, in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and is also an adjunct professor in the Sociology Department, Division of Criminology, at San Diego State University. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with specializations in Neuropsychology, Developmental Trauma and Forensic Epidemiology. Her National Institute of Health and National Institute of Child and Human Development funded translational research program is dedicated to understanding the neurobehavioral underpinnings of high-risk behaviors and functional impairment in underserved populations such as juvenile delinquents and maltreated youth. This program integrates neuroscience technologies (imaging, genetics), mental health services (treatment for trauma spectrum and drug/alcohol disorders; interventions for violence and impulsivity reduction), neuropsychology, criminology and public policy issues (health disparities, HIV/STD risk). In addition to the Juvenile Justice Commission, she is an independent contractor for the State of California, providing assessments of mentally disordered adult offenders. Her interest in the JJC stems from the significant number of delinquent youth with cognitive deficits, neurological and mental health needs.
Meagan Nuńez is an attorney who has devoted her legal practice to helping parents of disabled children who are fighting for a meaningful education for their children. Meagan is on the board of the Disabled Services Advisory Council where she volunteers her time to promote access to recreational activities for people with disabilities. Prior to attending law school, Meagan graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Meagan then gained valuable experience teaching English as a foreign language and later working with students with emotional difficulties. When not working, Meagan spends her time with her husband and two young children.
Back to TopDave Walton
Dave Walton is a business consultant working primarily in the life science arena, pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He holds a BS degree in biology from UC Berkeley and an MBA from St Mary's College. He has worked in industry as a mechanical engineer and manufacturing executive, the medical field in pathology, and in the life sciences. Dave's interest in juvenile justice is based upon his observations of the inequities inherent in our current system and a desire to help ensure that children finding themselves in the care of adults other than their parents are treated with the utmost care and respect and with a clear path to productive adulthood. Dave lives in San Diego with his wife.