Our Team


Executive Director – [email protected]

Gina has over 20 years of experience across nonprofits, foundations, K-12 schools, universities, and technology start-ups. As Vice President of Programs for a Silicon Valley EdTech company, Gina designed initiatives to improve daily operations across international engineering teams and education, marketing, and program departments, and managed strategic partnerships to advance the growth of an online platform that supports personalized Read more


Director of Operations – [email protected]

Emily has over 11 years of experience in coordinating, managing and facilitating programs/events for youth especially in Native American Tribal communities. She earned B.A degree in Psychology and attended UCSD for Play Therapy. Ms. Garcia leads Natural High’s educator engagement support and is managing educator/program initiatives nationally with special emphasis in California, Arizona, and New Jersey.
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Digital Strategist – [email protected]

John (JB) has over 15 years of experience in communications and digital strategy for both private sector and non-profit companies. He has worked as a technology blogger, communications specialist and digital strategist for retail brands, conservation organizations, and ministries. He studied policy and science at Oregon State University. John’s Natural High is his faith, family, traveling and fly-fishing. He also volunteers in youth outreach to teens and is a men’s ministry leader and speaker.


Fund Development – [email protected]

Anna has four years’ experience in direct selling and team building with college students through Southwestern Advantage. This experience caused her to fall in love with impacting young people to live out their fullest potential. Shortly after moving to San Diego, she began fund development with Natural High to see that impact begin to reach school age kids.
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Media Relations Coordinator – [email protected]

Naz is an artist and creative individual. She started touring and performing at just 16 years old, and went on to manage her own band. Having an artistic eye and a knack for making connections with people, Naz took up photography and artist relations, and as a result, has built lasting relationships within the industry. She hopes to continue making an impact and helping youth discover their natural high the way she did.

Board of Directors


Board Chair, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer – [email protected]

Jon Sundt is a serial entrepreneur and experienced businessman. Jon brings this real world business experience into Natural High every day. In 2002, he founded Altegris and served as President and CEO of Altegris Investments, Altegris Advisors, and Altegris Funds. In 2010, Jon led the sale of Altegris to Genworth, a Fortune 500 Company. He served as President of Altegris under Genworth. Three years later, Jon helped coordinate the sale of Altegris to Private Equity firms, Aquiline and Genstar. Jon became a principal/owner again and served as CEO /Chairman of Altegris until 2016. Jon began his career as an options
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Board Member – [email protected]

Josh Billauer has been with Wells Fargo Advisors (and its predecessor firms) since 1998 as a Senior Vice President – Investments and Senior PIM Portfolio Manager. Since 1994 Josh has sat on the Board of Directors for the Natural High Foundation, and also serves as Board Chair for the Life Rolls On Foundation, an organization that hosts a nationwide series of programs for those with spinal cord injury. Additionally, Josh serves as a Sergeant with the San Diego Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association. His philanthropic work has earned him several accolades including San Diego Metropolitan Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, the San Diego 10 News Leadership
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Board Member

Mike was nominated to join the Natural High Board in January 2018. Mike and his family (wife, Courtney and 4 sons – Michael, Peter Tommy, Bobby) live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mike is a Partner at Ernst and Young – where he has spent the last 25 years of his professional career. Mike specializes in Financial Services – with a focus on Wealth and Asset Management.

The Costigan family has collectively supported the Natural High mission for the past decade. In the past two years, Mike and his oldest sons (who are entering their teenage years) have taken an even more active role with the foundation.
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Board Member

Gary is a digital media and marketing specialist. He began in television news, documentary, and sports. He has worked in production and producing for C.B.S. News, Cable News Network, ESPN, PBS, B.B.C. Television, Entertainment Tonight, and Weather Channel. Gary is currently faculty in Advertising and Marketing at the Art Institute of California-San Diego.
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Mario has worked over 23 years as a public school counselor in the state of Washington. Mario manages the schools intervention team that navigates educational and community resources with the end goal of helping students become successful whether academically, socially or both.
Mario’s passion as a school counselor is going into the classrooms teaching from his comprehensive counseling
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Marcia has worked in education for over thirty years in both California and Iowa, teaching AP Psychology and English. Marcia created much of the online curriculum for the Natural High Foundation during the early years of the organization, and also started a Natural High Club in Pacific Grove, California. She was the Natural High Foundation Educator of the Year in 2015. Marcia holds advanced degrees from Stanford University and University of California, Irvine.


Michelle Ahearne is a third-year doctoral student at the University of San Diego, pursuing a PhD in Leadership Studies with a specialization in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership. She is also a Doctoral Research Assistant at the Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research at the Nonprofit Institute, working with San Diego nonprofits to strengthen their programs through conducting
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Lani is the former Senior Vice President of Operations for Jack in the Box, overseeing the operation of all company and franchised Jack in the Box restaurants in the United States. Since 1977, Lani has impressively worked her way up from a restaurant team member to a VP at corporate. Lani graduated from California State University, East Bay in Hayward with an MBA and a Bachelor’s Degree in finance. In her free time, you can find her traveling the world with her husband, Glenn.