Serving San Diego County Disaster Assistance


Robin G. Clegg- President / Chief Financial Officer

A strong community leader and advocate, Robin became involved during the San Diego Firestorm hit Robin’s hometown of Lakeside in 2003 when she was requested to attend a meeting by the Lakeside Fire Marshall.

Initiail discussion led to opening an immediate relief center at her sister’s empty storefront at Alpine Rock and Block in Lakeside.

This center, which came to be known as the East County Fire Relief Center, was a cross-community effort that was staffed by many volunteer community members. The center stayed open at that location for 2 weeks and provided hundreds of fire survivors with food, clothing, sifters, tools and moral support.

That was the genesis of creation of the San Diego Firestorm Community Recovery Team (SDFCRT).

When the 2007 fires hit San Diego, Robin was asked by the San Diego Foundation to assist in community assessments in the Harris Fire Region. This assessment was used to assist in selecting community leaders that had come forward to assist their neighbors during this time of disaster.

She was then contacted by FEMA and was asked to assist in setting up the Long Term Recovery Team again. In collaboration with our San Diego VOAD and many team members, we set up the Regional Community Recovery Team (RCRT).

When Robin is not at work assisting in Long Term Disaster Recovery, she manages the family’s Real Estate and has been doing this for over 25 years. She also has been very hands on in the family construction business which has provided a much needed expertise in the Long Term Recovery Rebuild projects.

Robin and her husband Mike have been married for over 30 years and have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. The grandchildren are Robin’s truest delight.


Valerie Brown – Vice President

Valerie Brown is the Deputy Executive Director for United Policyholders, a national insurance advocacy nonprofit that helps consumers in all 50 states and provides assistance to disaster survivors navigating the complicated insurance claims process through its Roadmap to Recovery® program.

A North Carolina native with a BA from Duke University and 30+ year nonprofit professional with extensive experience in crisis work, economic development, social services, and community coordination, she moved to California in 2000, trading hurricanes and tornadoes for earthquakes and wildfires.

Ms. Brown began her work in the field of disaster recovery after the 2007 San Diego Wildfires, which destroyed over 1,500 homes.  When her friends and neighbors lost their homes, she coordinated the local long-term recovery efforts for the communities of Rancho Bernardo, Escondido, Poway, and Rancho Santa Fe.

During this disaster, she joined San Diego VOAD and the Community Recovery Team and has been an active contributor to subsequent disaster recovery in San Diego County, serving as Chair of the Community Needs Assessment, Fundraising, Case Management, and Unmet Needs Committees as needed, as well as PIO.

Valerie is currently the Chair of San Diego County VOAD, Secretary for Northern CA VOAD, Treasurer of the Disaster Leadership Team, and serves on the board of Sister-Corps and the Community Recovery Team.

She serves as the Chair for the 2020 CZU Fire Santa Cruz County Long Term Recovery Group and Disaster Case Management and Unmet Needs Committees.

Previously, Ms. Brown served as Treasurer of the National Aging in Place Council, Executive Director of RB United (the 2007 Witch Creek Fire community recovery nonprofit), Co-Chair of the 2018 Woolsey Fire (Los Angeles County, CA) LTRG Unmet Needs Committee and Chair of the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire (Larimer County, CO) Long Term Recovery Group.



Teresa Stilson – Keller- Board

Teresa possesses over six years of disaster management experience both here in San Diego as well as in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina.

Her experience includes immediate response and procurement of goods and services, setting up community resource centers, providing technical assistance, setting up volunteer programs and long term camps for volunteer labor, meeting with government agencies and other non-profit agencies, foundations and boards, fundraising, publicity, donor relations, overseeing grants and realizing the importance of good stewardship of donor dollars.

She has well established relationships with numerous non-profit and government agencies at the local, state and federal levels.