Advisory Board


Eric Basu

Chairman Of SIA Advisory Board

Eric Basu is CEO of Sentek Global and an entrepreneur and corporate manager with specific expertise in cybersecurity, technology solutions, marketing to government and commercial executives, international business, and leadership of small to medium organizations. He has an EMBA from Anderson Business School, UCLA, a B.S. in Molecular Biology from San Jose State University and is a Former SEAL Officer in the U.S. Navy.


Supervisor Kristin Gaspar

Chairwoman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Kristin Gaspar represents San Diego's Third District. She is the youngest woman ever elected to the County Board. Prior to becoming a Supervisor, Kristin was an Encinitas City Council Member and went on to become the first elected Mayor in that city. She also served as President of the Encinitas Rotary Club. In her first year as Supervisor, Kristin partnered with Supervisor Dianne Jacob on the “Alzheimer’s Project” and again for the launch of the “Seniors in Crisis” initiative. Both increased funding for research and issues affecting caregivers. Kristin was also instrumental in providing funding for new technology that will improve early detection of wildfires in areas of the County that are most prone to wildfires. She is the first elected official from San Diego County to meet with the President of the United States in a strategy session regarding local and state issues. Kristin attended Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She and her husband Paul, have three children and live in Encinitas.


Stephanie Brown

Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations

Stephanie Brown, Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for Manchester Financial Group, oversees all of the Marketing, Media, Community and Public Relations on behalf of the company. Stephanie joined the Manchester Financial team after serving as the Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the San Diego Union-Tribune, in which she oversaw community relations, business development and advertising sales. Prior to joining the Union-Tribune, Stephanie began her career as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch in La Jolla, California, and as a Productivity Consultant and Regional Banking Consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County region. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in which she was a distinguished student-athlete receiving numerous honors and awards, including a two-time academic All-American and All-American recognitions. Upon completing college, Ms. Brown received a NCAA post-graduate scholarship and was drafted to play professional softball for the Chicago Bandits, located in Lisle, Illinois. Stephanie serves on the Patrons of the Prado, Promises2Kids, USO San Diego, EDC, San Diego International Film Festival, and San Diego Union Tribune Community Advisory Board, and is a LEAD San Diego graduate. She enjoys traveling, the outdoors, hiking, and yoga, and resides in Del Mar, CA.


Maureen Toal

Senior VP for Public Agency Retirement Services (PARS)

Maureen manages retirement trust and services for public agencies in California and the Northeast. Maureen previously  spent 17 years working as a key aide to government officials at the federal, state, and local level, including a Massachusetts Congressman and Massachusetts State Representative. Maureen is a former Assistant City Manager and Human Resources Director and has worked in every department of municipal government over the course of her 34 year career. Maureen gained first-hand experience in public employee retirement issues through her public policy and local government work.


Michael Julian

PI Advisor

Michael Julian has worked in the investigations and security profession since 1985 when he began his career working as a surveillance investigator for National Business Investigations, Inc. He’s a long-time member of multiple national and international PI and security associations including the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI), of which he was President for two terms. He is a graduate of the Executive Protection Institute, studied surveillance detection and covert protection at Executive Security International, and has certificates in behavioral threat assessment and active shooter survival training. His company, founded by his father in 1967, has provided executive and asset protection services to corporate executives, celebrities, natural and man-made disaster victims and people at risk, and investigative services to the corporate and private sector for five decades. He is a certified Personal Protection Specialist (PPS), is a Certified Professional Investigator (CPI) and is one of less than 50 Certified Security Professionals (CSP) in California.

Michael created the A.L.I.V.E. Active Shooter Survival program, which he teaches throughout the US and wrote the book, 10 Minutes to Live: Surviving an Active Shooter using A.L.I.V.E., which is sold worldwide.


Josh Gaffen

Josh Gaffen was born and raised in San Diego and is devoted to making San Diego a better place to live work and play. He has worked in multiple roles over his career spanning Government Relations, Technology, Construction, Project Management and Healthcare. He is involved in multiple civic, philanthropic and business organizations including the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, (former) Board Member of San Diego County Taxpayers Association, Board Member of the Lincoln Club of San Diego, Downtown San Diego Partnership, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp, 11-99 Foundation and the Construction Managers Association of America to name a few.

Currently Josh spearheads all client acquisition and engagement initiatives for Gafcon Inc. This includes partnering with Clients which align with Gafcon’s cultural values inclusive of Disaster Relief programs, school bond programs/projects, community revitalization projects, security assessments for public agencies and large public/private development.