Program Staff

In addition to the teams of volunteers who support our mission to end youth homelessness, Urban Street Angels is staffed by a crew of passionate and skilled professionals who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth.

Eric Lovett | Founder, Executive Director

Since founding Urban Street Angels in 2012, Eric Lovett has spearheaded the organization’s growth as one of Southern California’s leaders in the fight to end youth homelessness, both in the San Diego area and beyond. Overall, he has 25 years of leadership experience with non-profit organizations and charitable causes.

As Executive Director of Urban Street Angels, Eric established the organization’s supportive housing program for San Diego’s transitional-age homeless youth in 2014. He also led the launch of the organization’s social enterprise 8 West in 2015, with the goal of providing a sustainable jobs program for homeless youth seeking to leave the streets behind for good. And in 2016, he expanded the supportive housing program’s footprint by forging a critical partnership with the County of San Diego.

Currently, up to 35 homeless youth call the Urban Street Angels supportive housing programs “home”, and over 20 youth have apprenticed with the 8 West social enterprise.

Matt Wood | Program Manager, Just Be U Program

Himalay Vora | Patient Advocate, Just Be U Program

Sunny Rey | Case Manager, Just Be U Program

Born into homelessness, Sunny Rey has intimate knowledge of the difficulties facing the youth in our program. With 15 years of experience in the field of social work, Sunny has worked in shelter settings, with former foster youth, human trafficking victims, and youth with severe emotional disturbances and moderate to severe developmental disabilities. Her educational background is in child development and social work. Sunny is also a published writer, with a chapter in her latest book, Rot, highlighting the challenges of homelessness.

Tanya Soto | Program Manager, Short-term and Bridge Housing Program

Tanya is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.  In her own words: “This profession is devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment. Direct involvement with the youth has taught me to empower rather than enable, and to offer choices instead of advice. The staff here at Urban Street Angels is passionate about helping these young adults find their success. We encourage them to develop new skills and recover their self-worth.”

Jerry Troyer | Program Manager, Shelter Program

A native of San Diego County, Jerry Troyer holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Emerson Theological Institute, and is the author of the acclaimed book, Coming Out to Ourselves: Admitting, Accepting and Embracing Who We Truly Are. After 23 years in the technology market research industry, he served as senior minister of Joyful Living Spiritual Center for 11 years, and is now Staff Minister at Om Center for Spiritual Living in La Mesa.

As Director of Operations, he coordinates USA’s overnight shelters and partnerships with other community organizations, and is a founding Board member. Jerry and his husband of 32 years live in La Mesa. They have one son and five grandchildren.

Kevin Ledgard | Chief Financial Officer

Kevin serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Urban Street Angels, as well as its social enterprise start-up 8 West. With 20+ years of progressive experience in the areas of financial planning and analysis, corporate strategy and development, mergers and acquisitions, and start-up business operations, he joined USA in 2014 to accelerate the scale, scope and impact of its mission to end youth homelessness. During his tenure, the organization’s revenue has increased by over 650% with stable, recurring revenue from government contracts as the principal growth driver.

Before joining USA, Kevin held senior positions with several high-growth companies in the technology, media, information services and retail sectors. Among his professional accomplishments, he has been a critical part of management teams that have collectively raised over $2.3 billion in equity and debt financing over the course of his career. On the transaction side, he has been extensively involved in the successful execution of several acquisitions and joint ventures. He also co-led the sale via multi-stage auction process of a 65-year-old privately-held company to a private equity firm. The resulting $110+ MM transaction extracted maximum value, yielding an ROI exceeding 500% for its principal shareholders (within a period of four years).

Kevin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (concentration in Finance) from the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University. He also attended the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Chris Thaeler | Director of Information Technology

Chris brings over a decade of information technology and operational management experience to the Urban Street Angels team, having previously worked in private industry in the point-of-sale software and cybersecurity fields. He attended the United States Naval Academy and California State University San Marcos. He is an avid mini-biography enthusiast, but also writes fantasy novels.