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Amy Diaz teenager

My Age in this Photo: 17


Vice President of Development
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Amy Diaz was born and raised in the heart of the action sports industry. Currently serving as the Vice President of Development for Tilly’s Life Center (TLC), she is responsible for the organization’s fundraising and outreach efforts. With a keen sense of organization, event marketing and relationship-building experience, Amy brings a fresh and innovative approach to TLC’s overall marketing strategy.
Previously at Tillys for over 20 years, Amy held multiple roles as Women’s Branded Merchant where she was instrumental in developing the women’s business and as the company’s first Fashion Coordinator, driving key seasonal trends and identifying potential business opportunities. Amy was also involved in shaping the overall marketing direction of the company. Amy holds a B.A. in Business from Chapman University where she focused on Organizational Leadership. She currently resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband and three young sons.

Christine Carey teenager

My Age in this Photo: 15

Christine Carey

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
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Christine Carey has been involved with teaching and guidance in the field of recovery for over 20 years. She produced and hosted a television program, Solutions, where she provided social-interest interviews addressing solutions to current maladies through education and guidance for those seeking a healthier life. The program’s focus was to also help promote charitable organizations. She was a contributing journalist for the accompanying magazine.
Christine is licensed to facilitate groups, conduct workshops and coach individuals, and holds a Heal Your Life Workshop Leader Certification. She has developed tailored curriculums based on the philosophies of Louise Hay. Her programs present life healing techniques through educational activities and exercises enabling participants to create self-appreciation.


My Age in this Photo: 18

Christina Morrissey

Director of Event Management
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Currently serving as the Director of Events at TLC, Christina has had a passion for event planning her entire life. An OC native, she graduated from Chapman University with a degree in Business Administration with emphases in Marketing and Management. While at Chapman, she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi Co-Ed Business Fraternity and was heavily involved in recruiting new members and organizing fraternal events. After college, Christina worked for a consignment travel company that worked directly with non-profit organizations, but she wanted to be more involved with the day-to-day planning of the events themselves. She then went to an auction company for nine years where, as the Vice President of Client Accounts, she successfully built relationships with many local non-profits and was an integral part in the planning of over 200 auctions, including several for Tillys Life Center! Christina loves relationship-building, organization and details. To be able to take her passion of event coordination and marry it with fundraising to help our future generations succeed is the icing on her cake! Christina currently resides in San Clemente with her husband, two young sons and two dogs. She enjoys taking thousands of photos of her kids, scrapbooking, pilates, listening to true crime podcasts, laughing until she cries, spending time with family and friends and planning parties, of course!

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My Age in this Photo: 14

Ashley Dos Santos

Associate Director of Partnerships
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Ashley is a CA Credentialed Teacher and has spent 10 years teaching in private schools, public schools, coaching after-school sports, and mentoring thousands of students in after-school clubs.  She holds an MAE Degree in Educational Leadership and Change from Antioch University.  Ashley’s specialty in the field of education is in middle and high school education, experiential learning, service-learning, and multicultural education.  Before delving into the world of education, Ashley worked in South America, managing international service-learning projects for the Foundation for Sustainable Development.  Ashley deeply believes in the power of young people to change the world if given space, mentorship, and support to be their true selves.


My Age in this Photo: 16

Beth LaVallee

Training Manager
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Beth is currently the Training Manager and Lead Facilitator for Tilly’s Life Center (TLC) working with the team of program facilitators to deliver the I Am Me program to high schools across Southern California as well as nationally.  She has an extensive business and fitness background educating and inspiring the fitness industry for 30+ years.  As the former Education Director for a California-based fitness company, she oversaw the mentoring and training of the national Master Trainer team. She worked with fitness facilities across the country to bring programing to their facilities, educated hundreds of fitness instructors, and presented at top industry conventions.  As a past high school, competitive cheer coach Beth loved working with student-athletes cultivating the rewards of cohesive teamwork which inspired dedication to something larger than themselves.  She is also a certified Nutrition Coach and a transformational Life Coach trained in the principles and techniques of Louise Hay.  Through all these modalities Beth has guided many to a healthier way of life; mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Chris French

My Age in this Photo: 15


Program Manager
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Chris French has worked with thousands of elementary, middle, and high school youth for over 20 years. Along with directing summer camps and after school programs, his endeavors include creating character development programs for schools and youth based companies. Additionally he has successfully managed fundraising events, capitol campaigns, and collaborations with local communities. Through his passion for helping youth obtain their highest potential Chris created an educational program called BNICE. His program is offered in elementary schools across the nation, introducing students to his simple, yet powerful message of ‘being nice”. Also a children’s musician, he’s performed in front of thousands of kids at camps, community and school events. He is inspired by the work good people do everyday to make this world a better place.


My Age in this Photo: 19

Cesar DeMorey

Operations Manager
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Cesar DeMorey is an Operations Manager at Tilly’s Life Center, who primarily focuses on accounting, procurement, and inventory management. Previously, Cesar worked at a wholesale distribution company for the last 16 years in various positions that included oversight of regional and national inventory and operations.

After raising two siblings in southern California, and now having a daughter of his own, his drive is to give our youth the tools and resources they need so that they can become self-sufficient, able to focus under pressure, embrace adversity, and the right skills to exercise their minds.

Mental fortitude is what got him through as a young leader because he knew that preparation, discipline, and perseverance gave him the ability to face many difficulties, challenges, and setbacks without being defeated. And now he wants to pay it forward and help pave the path for the next generation so they can have a deeper knowledge and understanding during the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.

Justin Brusca

My Age in this Photo: 17


Program Partnerships Manager
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Justin M. Brusca: Actor, Writer, Comedian, Virtual Vaudevillian, Father, Scorpio, Southern California Native. Justin has always sought to entertain people, from childhood to present day. Throughout his acting studies, Justin has participated in various workshop in New York, Texas and California, both in performance and self success. Justin also has a passion for traveling, cooking and Kung Fu.

Ralph Rangel teenager

My Age in this Photo: 17


Program Coordinator
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Ralph Rangel is a two-time cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient. Ralph knows firsthand the emotional and physical struggles many teens experience when dealing with a life threatening or chronic illness. Ralph is Tilly’s Life Center’s first student graduate to join the TLC team as a facilitator. He currently co- facilitates the “I Am Healthy” program at CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange. Ralph’s goal is to give former and current hospitalized teens courage and encouragement by sharing his experience.
Ralph is attending Irvine Valley College. He is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.


My Age in this Photo: 16

Gianni Buonvicino

Lead Facilitator
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Gianni has worked with youth for over seven years, from being a camp counselor and assistant director to teaching English abroad. Through his experiences abroad, Gianni realized he had a penchant for people and diverse cultures. He seeks to empower others to feel comfortable expressing themselves and help them maintain positive mindsets in their lives. His passions include music, film, and jumping on a pogo stick (his record is 1,111 consecutive jumps).


My Age in this Photo: 16


Lead Facilitator
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Joe Camargo is currently a Lead Facilitator for Tilly’s Life Center (TLC).  Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his BA in Film Studies.  After years spent working in various fields and climbing different ladders without much fulfillment, it took a global pandemic for him to recognize that life was too short to not follow your passions.  Having struggled with depression since he was a teenager, he sought to find a position that would allow him to lead young people in developing the tools necessary to make them better equipped to handle an ever-changing world.  Through TLC, he has found a place to fulfill this vision and help create a generation of individuals inspired to be better versions of themselves.  Joe currently resides in Santa Ana with his amazing wife, Allison, and their incredible son, Desmond, who continually inspire him to be the best version of himself every day.

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Jill Hillabrant teenager

My Age in this Photo: 18

Jill Hillabrant

Lead Facilitator
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Jill is a graduate of Michigan State University where she majored in Behavioral Sciences & Education. She has been in education ever since. She has taught elementary school, junior high and currently teaches Basic Math & English for Capistrano Adult School. She has also worked for Mira Costa College at Camp Pendleton, where she taught marines to help them earn their high school diplomas. Jill has always been passionate about her students and truly enjoys helping them.

Kiki Remsen Cates teenager

My Age in this Photo: 18

Kiki Remsen Cates

Lead Facilitator
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Kiki Remsen Cates started her career in the motion picture industry as an actress. She had roles in sitcoms, film, and theatre. Her vast experience as an educator and acting coach has enhanced her gifts of bringing laughter and light to others. Her passion is educating others through building self-esteem and empowering young people with diverse backgrounds, to reach their true sense of self through her artistry of acting and education.

Eric Kenneth

My Age in this Photo: 17


Assistant Facilitator
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Eric Kenneth was a former TLC student who fell in love with the program because of lesson 3 in Phase One “I Am Forgiving.” In this particular lesson he learned to forgive many people, but most importantly his father for the stuff he did to him in his childhood. He is ready to pay it forward to the students of TLC like he received when he was a part of the program. He is currently attending Orange Coast College and is still looking for his way to produce in his calling….which is to help others to see their greatness that they have inside them.

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