Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Mr. Bret H. Caslavka, M.S. – Executive Director
Mr. Caslavka is the founder of Youth to the Core, curriculum designer and primary educator for all Youth to the Core schools and programs. Along with his 30 years of experience in the fitness and health field, his work with youth fitness allows the organization to expand to multiple schools. Bret will now hold the title of Executive Director so the organization can expand its footprint to other schools and allow other members to bring talents to the foundation.

Dr. Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.d – Director -Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management – University of Kansas
Dr. Donnelly is a nationally recognized researcher in children to fight obesity involving physical activity and diet. His recent study A+PAAC results show how academic scores in grades 3-5 improve when the students learn through movement. Since 2000 “Doc” has received $10 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health to help combat obesity in children and adults. Dr. Donnelly and Mr. Caslavka have worked together on past research with youth and body fat percentage and together they have publications with The American College of Science and Sports Medicine from 1988.

Dr. Lauren Hayden – Assistant Educator
As an Acupuncturist, Dr. Hayden brings understanding the human body to another level for the students. Lauren’s anatomy background and her ability to explain the body brings everything to life for all the youth and creates questions which enhances the learning capabilities for everyone involved.

Ms. Delia Terry – Home Room Educator
Ms. Terry has been an educator for grades K-6 the past 25 years and is the primary home room educator for Youth to the Core at The McGill School of Success. Delia was instrumental in assisting with the program’s inception and helping coordinate Youth to the Core’s curriculum for each grade level. Ms. Terry is now in her fourth year with Youth to the Core and brings the teachers voice to our organization.

Ms. Jewel Kelley – Director
A former nurse and active philanthropist Ms. Kelley keeps the organization together. Her years of dedication to multiple charities in the San Diego area bring a respected individual who has a deep passion for our youth. Jewel is an integral part of our organization to assure continued growth that our mission becomes a reality.


Honorable Judge Joe Littlejohn – Retired Superior Court Judge
A former San Diego Unified School Board member Judge Littlejohn has been active in the San Diego community supporting and guiding multiple organizations for several years. His presence in our organization as an advisor allows us to sustain and establish a footprint throughout the school systems.

Mr. Herb Johnson – CEO San Diego Rescue Mission
Mr. Johnson is no stranger to the nonprofit community and his participation as an advisor brings priceless experience and knowledge to the foundation. From helping the homeless to organizing Boy Scouts, Herb has dedicated his life to service with our youth in and around the San Diego community. Having Mr. Johnson on our advisory board prepares us to play a larger role with our youth.

Randy Truax – Vice President Union Bank of California

Mr. Truax brings an extensive financial mind to our foundation with a deep understanding and experience working with non-profit organizations of all types and sizes. Randy has been involved with youth organizations in and around San Diego for over 30 years. His compassion for others and his forward thinking business mind brings direction and guidance that will allow us to integrate with others.