Leadership Team


Brad Lupien

Brad Lupien, M.Ed.

President & CEO
Brad Lupien is President and CEO of arc. He earned his BA in Social Work from the University of Vermont and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Simmons College. Brad began his career as a teacher and social worker in the juvenile justice system and as a special education teacher in Boston, MA. He taught middle and high school young people identified as having “behavioral and emotional disabilities.” To address his student’s multiple risks, Brad began an after school Outdoor Education Club for his gang-involved students; he modeled the method after his experience serving as a summer guide for teens, leading month-long adventures in the Rocky Mountains. At arc, Brad is responsible for business development and new programs. He is also co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for CORE Educational Services. He serves as a board member of Interfaith Family, a member of the Learning In After School & Summer (LIAS) Executive Advisory, a member of the Region 11 Workforce Advisory Group, founding member of the youth Take Action Campaign, a Vistage (CE 3494) member, alumni representative of Leadership North County class of 2012, Action Team member for the new San Diego Education Synergy Project and also a playmate to his son, Jonah and daughter, Sydney, and a dedicated partner to his wife, Jessica.
Frances Vasquez

Frances Vasquez

Vice President of Programs
Frances’ passion for educating and empowering youth is evident in her work. She not only teaches but she also inspires youth workers and paraprofessionals by encouraging and motivating them to be the best for the students they serve.
She received a B.A. from Vanguard University of Southern California in Religion with an emphasis in Leadership and Ministry. Most recently, Frances served as THINK Together’s Older Youth Specialist where she helped support and guide the expansion of elementary, middle, and high school programs. She was responsible for program development and implementation for all THINK Together middle school and teen program sites. Highlights from her time there include establishing a strong community support system for teens and their families as a site coordinator at Lathrop Intermediate School in Santa Ana Unified School District, developing a teen program for homeless students in Phoenix, Arizona, and developing the extended learning leaders of tomorrow by creating the “Build the Bench” program. Prior to joining THINK Together, Frances worked for the YMCA coordinating a mentor program for homeless students and was a youth director for eight years at a local church. She is also a California School Age-Consortium (Cal-SAC) trainer and alum of Cal-SAC’s Leadership Development Institute.
One can always find Frances at a local youth event cheering on her favorite youth as they perform, play or participate in any activity. She is committed to helping youth achieve their dreams and reach for the stars.
Tina Curran

Tina Curran

Vice President of Human Resources & Operations
The most important element in successful business is its people. As a Human Resources professional, Tina is committed to improving businesses by enhancing and supporting the personnel who make the business operate. As well, the success of people at work requires that a business must too be focused on excellence, and she has over 20 years solid leadership experience supporting some of the best businesses in the USA.
From line level staff to top executives, from large corporations like The Rand Corporation to small critical agencies like Constitutional Rights Foundation, her aim and intent and purpose has been to make business thrive through the improvement and support of its people.

Rozalyn Browne, CPA

Roz is a Certified Public Accountant and a USC alum. She has spent the last 5 years providing accounting and tax services to a nonprofit organization and various CPA firms. Prior to that she was employed at Korn Ferry International for 17 years… and yep, she’s from Boston and proud of it!
Brenna Johnston-Kosher

Brenna Johnston-Kosher

Director of Programs, Adventure
Brenna heads up leadership and adventure programming with the Great Outdoor Adventure Leadership Series (GOALS). Her projects include High School GOALS, Middle School GOALS, San Diego GOALS, SD LEADS, Nature Now, the Middle School Take Action Campaign, and PE. Brenna hails from El Paso, Texas where she learned a love of desert thunderstorms, and received her bachelor’s in Political Science and History from UCLA, where she fell in love with outdoor education as part of the UCLA Outdoor Leadership Training Program. At UCLA, she worked for four years at the UCLA High Ropes Course, leading hundreds of groups through team building, low ropes, and high ropes progressions. After beginning with arc as a part-time guide running camping and day trips, Brenna has now been with the company for five years, gaining certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, Waterfront Lifeguard, and Wilderness First Aid. When she’s not running team building programs or adventure trips, Brenna can be found hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains with her terrier, Elsa, or kayaking with her husband around the Malibu shoreline.
Diana Carrillo

Diana Carrillo

Director of Programs, After School & Special Projects
Diana Carrillo was born and raised in South Los Angeles, attending public schools her whole life. When she found arc, she was going through a difficult time in her life, recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident. Starting as a part-time employee, arc was a great fit for allowing her to ease back into normal her normal self. But, never in a million years did she think that arc would have the impact that it has had in her life; she was able to work with a variety of students that continuously encouraged her to be better than she was the day before. arc motivated her to be better not only for herself but for our youth. She worked her way up, from being a Site Coordinator, to a Regional Manager, and now our Director of Programs, working primarily with After School and Special Projects. She ensures we meet compliance while still delivering amazing programming. In a nutshell, her job is to develop leaders for our programs. By creating leaders, we create a program that is full of new opportunities to develop our youth.

Edison Palacios

Assistant Director of Programs, Data/Communications/Training



Home Office


Naomi Sanchez
Program Manager
Al Abarca
Training Manager
Stephanie Sajor
Communication Design Manager
Jessica Palacios
HR Recruiter Generalist
Telieka Hechanova
Comp & Benefits Administrator


North Region


Diana Rubio
Program Manager
Special Projects
Daniel Stump
Regional Manager
Magnolia, Camino Nuevo, Private
Desiree Torres
Regional Manager
Green Dot, ICEF
Rafael Dominguez
Regional Manager
Green Dot, Bright Star
Monica Garcia
Regional Manager


South Region


Alexandra Garcia
Regional Manager
Oceanside, SDUSD
Elizabeth Price-Feeney
Regional Manager
SDUSD, Sweetwater
Annette Sanchez
HR Recruiter Generalist
San Diego Office