Meet the Board of Directors

SDCCS Foundation Board of Directors

John Goodwin, PresidentJohn mug copy

Educational Leader


John Goodwin is an experienced educator who has been involved with innovative school design and finding solutions that work for students for more than 12 years. After working in the City Heights Educational Collaborative, he helped to open Health Sciences High were he taught and managed the upper division experience. He has been a parent at SDCCS for nine years with his youngest son now entering TK. Mr. Goodwin received his B.S. in International Economics from Texas Tech University, his M.S. in Education from SDSU, where he also earned an administrative credential.


Meridith Coady, Treasurer3.meridith

Community Volunteer


Meridith Coady has been part of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School community for eight years. She has two sons; her youngest son is currently enrolled in 7th grade at the Linda Vista campus and her oldest son is a Linda Vista SDCCS alumni and currently in 11th grade. She is a founding parent of the San Diego Met High School Foundation as well as the co-founder of the Rock Out Scholarship Fund, an organization that provides tuition assistance for performance based music education for children throughout San Diego County. She has also been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for four years, working to support children in foster care. She has more than 20 years of experience in financial management and reporting in the hospitality and healthcare industries.


Katherine Selchau, Secretary2.Katherine

Program Director, Project Concern International


Katherine Selchau is Project Concern International’s U.S. & Border Programs Director for Local Capacity Strengthening & Collective Impact and a parent of two kindergarten and elementary students at SDCCS Mountain View. She has been involved in nonprofit work for nearly 15 years, designing community-driven health and development projects in the US-Mexico border region and around the world. Currently she leads the SDCCS2 Kids for Peace chapter ( and sits on several local and regional committees working to improve maternal and infant health, particularly among immigrant and marginalized populations. She leads San Diego’s Healthy Start Community Action Network (CAN) and the Healthy Start Border Alliance, is a Steering Committee Member for San Diego’s Border Health Collaborative, and participates in the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission Reproductive Health Technical Work Group on Maternal Mortality. Ms. Selchau holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of London. 


Kelly Hallett, Linda Vista PSA Rep4.kelly

Paralegal, University of San Diego School of Law


Kelly Hallett is an SDCCS parent who works for USD Legal Clinics, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of San Diego School of Law and offering training to law students while providing service to low-income residents in the San Diego communities. Ms. Hallett has over 30 years of legal experience and combines her passion for education, nonprofit management and the law in her work with the SDCCS Foundation. Ms. Hallett is actively involved in community volunteer work promoting the arts and literacy in San Diego’s charter schools.


Dawn Gifford, Mountain View PSA Rep5.dawn

Sustainable Development Entrepreneur and Community Educator

Dawn Gifford is an SDCCS parent, author and environmental educator. She founded one of the first greenroof companies and social enterprises in the nation, and received several innovation and community development awards over her 20-year career developing hands-on youth training programs for skilled “green-collar” jobs in urban forestry, low-impact development, sustainable landscaping, and urban agriculture. She brings her experience with project-based education, community development and grant management, as well as an unflagging commitment to the “triple bottom line” of community, economic and environmental sustainability to her work with the SDCCS Foundation. Currently, Dawn continues to educate about the nexus of people, prosperity and planet locally in her community, as well as through her published articles, books, and website,


Tony Phillips, Fundraising Specialist6.tony

Founder and Executive Director, Kouros Phillips Development


Tony has worked in numerous roles in San Diego’s nonprofit sector for more than 20 years, holding past executive positions at Father Joe’s Villages, Episcopal Community Services, Jewish Family Service and several other organizations serving diverse communities throughout San Diego County. In 2013, Tony founded his current company with the mission of providing development services to emerging nonprofits and education systems. The company offers a competitive advantage to smaller, community-based organizations that lack robust in-house development departments, allowing them to compete alongside much bigger, more established players in fundraising and grant-seeking arenas. Tony is especially interested in supporting creative and innovative responses to public funding opportunities for institutions and collaborations that challenge the status quo and disprove old assumptions. In the past five year, his company has secured $42 million in total awards for more than a dozen clients, including nearly $25 million in grants and contracts for education partnerships.