La Mesa Conversations
Bonnie is one of the natives, born and raised in San Diego. She grew up in East County and is proud to call La Mesa her forever home. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and has worked in STEM and higher education publishing for over 20 years. She’s proud to be one of the first graduates of Antioch University’s “Women & Leadership” Certificate Program, and is energized by community involvement and getting things done. She hopes more La Mesa residents get involved in serving our community by working together to keep La Mesa the “Jewel of the Hills.” Bonnie is a founding member of La Mesa Conversations.
A native of San Diego's East County, John Greenwell is an Associate Principal at Discovery Charter School in Chula Vista.
John earned his bachelors degree in Philosophy and French Literature from Fordham University in New York City and his Masters of Science in Education from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.
John is a proud resident of La Mesa and enjoys all that "the Jewel of the Hills" has to offer. Additionally, John currently serves as one of the leaders of the San Diego chapter of Gay For Good, the nation's only all-LGBT and ally volunteer organization. As an Area Manager for AIDS Walk San Diego, a Leadership Circle member, and a trainer of ambassadors for Dining Out for Life, John continues to highlight the amazing work of the San Diego LGBT Community Center. John volunteers for many progressive, community organizations throughout the San Diego region. In his remaining spare time, John enjoys hiking, swimming, watching movies on Netflix or Hulu, and reading. John is excited to be a part of the La Mesa Conversations Leadership Council to bring meaningful civil dialogue to the community!
Fluent in Spanish, Jason worked as an interpreter in Mexico for a few years during college, eventually migrating north to land a finance position with Harcourt in San Diego and a home in La Mesa. Jason is a Head of Finance for ResMed, a leading global manufacturer of products that diagnose, treat or help manage a number of respiratory conditions. When not crunching numbers at work, at home or for La Mesa Conversations, Jason enjoys spending his time dabbling in real estate, fishing, and perfecting the art of mixology.
After 27 years in Washington DC, as a subject matter expert and writer for the defense and intelligence communities, Dr. Mc Ivor now works from his family home in La Mesa. Most interesting client: Spanish Nuclear Agency in Madrid. Current research focus: waterways in the Borderlands. Favorite pastime: organizing a writer’s retreat in Tuscany. Sharing the belief that a modern, dynamic and accessible library is crucial to the health of the community, he is an ardent advocate for the completion of La Mesa’s permanent library. Dr. Mc Ivor is a founding member of La Mesa Conversations.
Leah’s roots in La Mesa run deep. Her great-grandparents’ made their way to the area over the old Plank Road in 1921. Leah’s first home was on Mt. Helix and she still has her Foothiller gym class jersey.
Leah’s career in marketing and communications spans both coasts. Moving home from Washington, DC, Leah joined Coldwell Banker’s La Mesa office, a stone’s throw from her childhood home. A certified Military Relocation Professional, Leah serves residential real estate clients from Alpine to the sea.
Locally, Leah’s public service includes consulting with the El Cajon Community Development Corporation, managing the Citizens for Proposition V campaign on behalf of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, and chairing the Board of the East County Chamber of Commerce. She also headed the Chamber’s flagship event, Women in Leadership for 6 years. Leah is now the newest member of the Board at The Water Conservation Garden.
Leah enjoys the fellowship at Journey Community Church in La Mesa and is an active volunteer in canine rescue organizations. With a long-standing passion for all things mid-century modern, Leah’s current quest is to restore her Eastridge home to its original 1959 design.
Colin Parent is Executive Director and General Counsel at Circulate San Diego. In addition to overall management of the organization and legal issues, he advocates for affordable transit, safe walkable neighborhoods, and effective land use policy. Colin is also an elected member of the La Mesa City Council.
Colin served on the Jerry Brown for Governor 2010 campaign, and was appointed by Governor Brown as the Director of External Affairs for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Prior to working for Governor Brown, Colin practiced law for three years as a commercial litigator at the San Diego office of the international law firm of DLA Piper US LLP. During 2013 and 2014, Colin served as the Director of Policy at the San Diego Housing Commission.
Colin is an Eagle Scout and grew up in East County San Diego. He is a graduate of the NYU Law School, and U.C. San Diego.
Dr. Akilah Weber is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and is the Director of the Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology Division at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego.
A native San Diegan, she graduated from Gompers secondary school in 1996. Dr. Weber earned her medical degree at the University of Rochester Medical and Dental School in New York, completed her residency at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago and completed a pediatric and adolescent gynecology fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Dr. Akilah Weber is an active member of her community. She is very passionate about giving back and serving as a positive role model for youth and exposing them to careers in the STEM fields. She is the science coordinator for the Links to STEM program, which targets minorities in grades 4-8. She is a member of a variety of organizations including the San Diego Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the San Diego Chapter of The Links Inc. (currently the corresponding secretary), the San Diego Chapter of Jack & Jill of America (currently the deputy program director), La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club (currently on the executive board), and the Black Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (currently the recording secretary). She is also an elected delegate to represent for the 79th Assembly District.
When not working, Dr. Weber enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. She is married and has two young sons, Kadir age 6 and Jalil age 4.