Richard Ybarra
Chapter Executive Director

Richard Ybarra is Executive Director of Community Associations Institute – San Diego.  This comes after three and a half years as Executive Director of Braille Institute San Diego. Previously he was a senior consultant at Ybarra Company – a Public Affairs business owned by his adult children. They work with nonprofits, corporations, education groups, government agencies, churches, labor, trade associations and foundations. Richard earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

A San Diego native, Richard attended St. Augustine High School, Southwestern College, Chapman University and  San Diego State University, as a Psychology Major and PE Minor.

Richard has extensive experience in government relations and public policy at local, state and national levels – having specialized in communication, land use, water, energy and project entitlements. He served as National Vice President of Eureka Communities and as a educational consultant to the University of California President’s Office.

Richard taught Upper Division Public Administration at CSU Bakersfield and Political Science at Southwestern College

Boards: Bayview Height’s CDC, UCSD Board of Overseers, The Organizing Institute, St. Frances School, California Living Museum, San Diego Red Cross, Homecare Workers Service Center and  has coached many youth sports teams.

2017 Board of Directors

Laurie S. Poole, Esq.

Laurie S. Poole is a community association attorney with Peters & Freedman, L.L.P., and has been a member of the firm since 1993. Laurie is a fellow of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL).

Laurie is actively involved with CAI National and local chapters. Possessing a passion for writing and education, Laurie has published numerous articles relating to common interest developments and has presented educational programs at CAI’s California chapters and the CCAL Law Seminar. Since 2007, Laurie has been a member of CAI-San Diego’s Common Assessment magazine committee, serving as chair from 2011 through 2014. She is also a current member of CAI-San Diego’s Educational Services Committee. Laurie has served on the CAI-San Diego Board since 2014.

Patrick Prendiville

Patrick Prendiville started Prendiville Insurance Agency in 1988 after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Mr. Prendiville has earned the “Community Insurance and Risk Management Specialist (CIRMS)” designation from Community Associations Institute (CAI).  Over the years, Patrick has been actively involved in multiple chapters of CAI, including serving as President of the Orange County Chapter. Patrick has written numerous articles for CAI magazines and presented multiple educational programs for multiple chapters.

Prendiville Insurance Agency is a seven time member of the prestigious Farmers Insurance President’s Council. In 2016, Prendiville Insurance Agency was nationally recognized as the Farmers Insurance Commercial Agency of the year.

Becky Groenewold, PCAM
Vice President

Becky Groenewold is currently serving as an On Site General Manager for Ocean Hills Country Club. This  Master planned gated community for active adults has 1632 homes, golf course, clubhouse and eight separate Villages in addition to the Master. Becky has worked for PCM since 1999 during which time she has obtained her CMCA, AMS and PCAM designations with CAI.  In addition to serving on the Board, she has also served on the Membership, Public Relations and Monte Carlo Committees over the years. 

Brian Kalmenson

Brian Kalmenson is a Commercial Insurance Specialist with the Michael Abdou Insurance Agency, which specializes in providing insurance services to community associations throughout California.

Brian is a former community association manager and holds the CIRMS designation from the Community Associations Institute (CAI). He has been involved with the San Diego Chapter for a number of years both as a member of multiple committees as well as the Chair of the Publications Committee.In September 2000 I moved from Orange County to Pilgrim Creek Estates in Oceanside, where I have been very actively involved.

Jeff Morin

Jeff Morin is Vice President of Business Development and Waste Consulting at Global Disposal. Global Disposal is a third party waste consulting company that focuses on greening HOA waste streams through landfill diversion and waste expense reduction. Jeff holds a LEED AP designation with the United States Green Building Council and is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Jeff has been active with CAI San Diego since 2005 serving on committees such as the Golf Committee, Magazine Committee and is currently the co-chair of the PR Committee.

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown is the San Diego County Regional Director for The Avalon Management Group. She has 18 years of experience in the Homeowner Association Industry. Melissa obtained her CAI AMS designation in 2013 and the prestigious PCAM designation in 2014. Melissa is well-rounded in all aspects of Homeowner Association Management. She chairs the CAI-SD Manager Support Committee and is on CAI-SD’s Education Committee. Melissa was awarded the CAI-SD Community Manager Member of the Year Award.

Victoria Cohen

Victoria Cohen is a homeowner member of CAI, also known as Community Association Volunteer Leader (CAVL).

Victoria retired from HP Enterprise Services in 2015 and is continuing her to work with homeowner association volunteers to educate, train, and raise awareness of the importance of excellent Board Governance.

Victoria served on CAI National’s Community Association Volunteer Committee (CAVC) for 5 years, serving as chair in 2012; served two years on CAI National’s Board of Trustees; 4 years on CAI National Nominating Committee, and two years on CAI’s Government and Public Affairs Committee.  Back home in San Diego, Victoria is an active participant of the San Diego Legislative Action Committee.

Victoria’s passion is to bring greater harmony to homeowner associations through mediation, knowledge, and understanding.

Tom Freeley

Tom Freeley is the Executive Vice President Packard Management Group, a San Diego based management firm specializing in homeowner association management. 

Tom has 25 years of experience in condominium and homeowner association management to include leading the management of small to extra-large homeowner associations, luxury high-rise condominiums, senior living communities and executive leadership of management companies. His experience includes active involvement on industry boards of directors, legislative and education committees on a local and state-wide basis and guest moderator and panelist at regional conferences.

Patrick Morrisey

Patrick Morrisey was elected to the Board of Directors of his homeowner association in 2007, and currently serves as president. After the developer transition in 2006, Patrick led the Board through an extensive construction defect investigation, expert destructive forensic testing and analysis, a settlement agreement, and the completion of an exterior restoration project.

Patrick’s professional background is in product development and manufacturing.  This experience includes several years as a successful program manager, leading cross-functional teams in organizing, planning, and executing projects in alignment with product strategies to achieve business objectives.  He is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.  He earned a MBA at the University of San Diego.

Patrick joined Community Association Institute (CAI), holds a Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) through the Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB), and has experience as a portfolio community manager in San Diego.

As a Community Association Volunteer Leader (CAVL), Patrick participates on the CAI San Diego Chapter Legislative Support Committee. In 2017 Patrick received the Duncan McPherson Memorial Scholarship from the CAI California Legislative Action Committee and attended the Legislative Day at the Capital to advocate on behalf of homeowners associations.

Rachael Robenolt

Rachael Robenolt is the owner and operator of 360 Community Management, exclusively serving Homeowners Associations in San Diego County. She started her company after eight years of managing HOA’s and with more than 18 years in management and marketing.

Rachael’s experience community management and serving on her own Association’s Board of Directors gives her unique community association insights. Rachael is an active volunteer leader in CAI, who has served as an American Heart Association advisor.