Deacon Jim Walsh has an MBA from Xavier University, Cincinnati, and spent 25 years in the corporate world as a senior executive, 10 of those years in the entertainment industry. He was ordained a Roman Catholic permanent deacon in June, 2006 and is currently the Restorative Justice Program Director in the Office for Social Ministry, Diocese of San Diego. Today his work in restorative justice includes:
- supervising victim support
- supervising support for friends and families of the incarcerated
- coordinating victim/offender reconciliation
- managing over 400 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 was born, raised and educated in Chicago. He received his undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Political Science, and earned a law degree from ITT/ Chicago Kent College Law. Since 1981, Mr. Cox has founded law and accounting firms, an investment advisory firm, a real estate management company and a venture capital firm. He built these businesses over the years to increase their value to over $200 million in assets.
John believes in community service and neighbors helping one another. He served on a local school board, a zoning board and on the boards of charities such as the USO, American Cancer Society, Boys Hope/Girls Hope and United Charities. In addition to serving on RJMPs Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer since 2013, he is a member of the Lincoln Club of San Diego and the New Majority San Diego.
John is the father of four daughters. He and his wife, the former Sarah Hall, reside in Rancho Santa Fe.
Daniela Reali began her law career in 2002. Since 2005 she has worked at the Office of the Public Defender in the County of San Diego. Her experience includes representing both juveniles and adults in criminal proceedings. Currently, she represents adults who are charged with felonies. Daniela is very interested in evidenced-based practices, including restorative justice. Prior to being a public defender, Daniela worked as a civil attorney, representing both corporations as well as plaintiffs in various areas including tort and products liability, class actions, construction defect and personal injury.
In her free time, Daniela enjoys travel, running and spending time with family. She joined RJMPs Board of Directors in 2015.
Greg Potenziani has worked for many years as a financial investor and is currently the Vice President of M&T Foundation, a non-profit private family foundation in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. In his work at M&T, he researches and fosters relationships with local programs that could benefit from donations. Greg has been supportive of RJMP for several years. As a former troubled youth he sees the importance of this program and how victim-offender dialogue and education can allow people to heal and move forward in life.
Mary F. Harrison is a nonprofit Executive Director with 25 years in the field of public health policy, substance abuse prevention and community organizing and advocacy. As a long time community volunteer, she has served as an executive mentor with the Fieldstone Foundation, a tutor for adult-learners with the Carlsbad Library Learning Center and former President and current board member with the San Diego Playwrights Project. She has an MBA from National University, a BA from California State University Northridge and a Professional Certificate in Fundraising and Resource Development from University of California, San Diego. Continuing to build on her passion for volunteer community service, she is serving as a mediation facilitator, resource development consultant and member of the Board of Directors for the Restorative Justice Mediation Program. Serving RJMP fits perfectly with my personal goals and it is exciting to be a part of an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by crime through restorative justice practices and healthy and safe communities for all.
Jim holds a Juris Doctor degree from Western State University, Fullerton and a BA from Santa Clara University. Since 1984 Mr. Esposito has been actively involved real estate development and homebuilding in San Diego, California and Tucson, Arizona. Mr. Esposito was the Principal of Esposito Development Company, in San Diego and Catalina Communities in Tucson, Arizona, and was the Director of Land Acquisition and Development for Reynolds Communities. He is the Managing Member and Principal of Roseville Diamond K, LLC which owns, operates and manages mobile home park communities within California.
Jim has served as a board member of the Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA. He is an active member of The Church of the Nativity’s Church Men’s Group and their juvenile detention ministry for the past five years. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, snow skiing, and playing guitar. Jim is married and has a grown son.
Jim is new to RJMP and says his motivation to serve on the board is the opportunity to be part of a process that gives both the victim of a crime and the defendant a safe environment where the parties can freely discuss and resolve a myriad of issues that are not normally addressed in a conventional court proceeding.