Board Members

Jim Walsh, President

  • MBA, Xavier University, Cincinnati

Deacon Walsh is the Restorative Justice Program Director in the Office for Social Ministry, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.  Deacon Walsh spent 25 years as a for-profit corporate senior executive. Today his work in restorative justice includes:

  • supervising victim support teams
  • supervising support teams to friends and families of the incarcerated
  • coordinating victim/offender reconciliation
  • coordinating over 350 Catholic Detention Ministry Volunteers who serve in 27 jails and prison facilities in the diocese, with an inmate population of over 25,000
  • serving the San Diego Sheriff and Probation Departments as a chaplain, and Catholic chaplain and volunteer coordinator
  • creating and leading the Catholic Jail Chaplain formation program for lay volunteer jail chaplains.

John Cox, CPA, Secretary/Treasurer

  • J.D. IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.A. University of Illinois, Chicago

Mr. Cox is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Massachusetts. From January 1977 to January 1980, Mr. Cox was a Tax Specialist and Supervising Tax Specialist at the Chicago office of Coopers & Lybrand. In January of 1980, Mr. Cox joined the Chicago law firm of Krupp & Miller. There, Mr. Cox participated in arranging the financing for several national enterprises, as well as participating in tax and securities law matters.

In February, 1981, Mr. Cox founded the law firm, John H. Cox & Associates, Ltd., now known as Cox, Oakes & Associates, Ltd. He later opened an investment advisory firm (Cox Financial Group, Ltd), a real estate management company (Equity Property Management, LLC) and a venture capital firm (Financial Equity Associates, Inc).

In the 1990's, Mr. Cox led the investment group that purchased Jays Foods, a major regional food manufacturer, saving over 600 local jobs. He recruited and led a team of managers who turned a $17 million loss into a $3 million profit in less than a year.

Mr. Cox has served on a local school board, a zoning board and on the boards of charities such as the Rebuilding Together North Shore Chapter (former Christmas in April), Chicago USO, American Cancer Society, Boys Hope/Girls Hope and United Charities.

John is the father of four daughters; Sarah, Stephanie, Shannon and Julianne. He and his wife, the former Sarah Hall, reside in Rancho Santa Fe.

John McGinnis

  • B.S. University of Texas

Mr. McGinnis is Founder of Zetachron of State College, Pennsylvania, and Cygnus Research of South San Francisco. Both are biotech companies with specialization in pharmaceutical delivery systems and diabetes diagnostics. He is also owner, Founder, and Chief Executive of West Valley Financial Management of San Diego, New York, and London.

Currently, Mr. McGinnis is co-owner and co-founder of Del Mar Pacific Construction, a profitable California General Contractor. He is also owner and founder of Xpera, a company providing expert witnesses in construction defect and computer forensics; and co-owner of Harlingwood Management, a well-respected private equity manager.

Mr. McGinnis is married to Brandee Corrine McGinnis, and has five children. He was a board member of the YMCA for eight years, and is a member of several charitable institutions. He enjoys snow and water skiing, tennis, cycling, and SCUBA.

Daniela Reali

  • J.D   University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A.  University of San Diego

Ms. Reali is Deputy Public Defender for the San Diego County Public Defender's Office.  She has been an attorney since 2002 and has experience in criminal and civil law.  She has been a Public Defender since 2005, and has represented clients in both adult criminal defense and juvenile delinquency proceedings.

Greg Potenziani