BAY VISTA BOARD OF DIRECTORSACTIVE SINCE
JOHNNIE BRAXTON1988
MILDRED WILLIAMS1983
GLORIA TUCKER1983
JOSEPH YOUNG JR.2014
RICHARD HAYES2006
ALECIA TURNER2016
IRIS TRAMMEL2016
CHERYL R. LEE2008
Cheryl R. Lee

Cheryl R. Lee

CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL
Cheryl’s focus is expanding Bay Vista’s community-based affordable housing while improving the lives of families. She holds the positions of Chief Legal Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Broker and Chief Executive Officer at Bay Vista Methodist Heights, Inc., a nonprofit corporation focused on senior and multifamily affordable housing in the Southern California area. As a member of the Senior Management team, Cheryl helped Bay Vista enter into a $14.7M Trust Agreement with the U.S. Housing & Urban Development LA Multifamily Hub office in February 2008. She and the Bay Vista Team accomplished the acquisition of 377 Units of multifamily and senior housing in less than 2 years, by converting conventional market housing units into affordable housing. While Bay Vista as the parent company, a faith-based nonprofit corporation continues to lead their efforts, Cheryl has created several subsidiary corporations to protect and manage the company’s properties, acquire additional multifamily and vacant land sites, and create related opportunities, such as the new community-based coworking operations in Escondido and Encanto, CA. Cheryl’s association with affordable housing has been consistent throughout her years as an attorney. She spent several years as Assistant Corporate Counsel at a Southern California Savings Bank, working in mergers, acquisitions, corporate finance bond offerings, and was trained in commercial lending & appraisals, credit analysis and authored the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act Annual Statement. She is now a member of the Board of Directors of Bay Vista, but has served on the Board of Directors of North County Housing Foundation; Esperanza Housing Association, and the San Diego Delta Foundation. Cheryl has spent 34 years teaching, 14 years teaching Banking Law, Securities Regulation, Contracts, Corporations, Agency & Partnership, Secured Transactions, Commercial Law-Sales & Leases, Employment Law, and Equity & Remedies at several American Bar Accredited law schools around the country. She continues to teach in several community colleges in San Diego county. She authored several law review articles published in the California Western Law Review (and cited by the Harvard Journal on Legislation), the University of Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and the Rutgers Computer and Law Technology Journal. She served on the Michigan Task Force on Race & Gender, was honored as the Golden Gate University School of Law Professor of the Year in 2006. Prof Lee is also a member of the California Bar, Michigan Bar, United States District Courts for the Central and Southern District of California, The National Association of Realtors, San Diego Association of Realtors, and has been active in the National Association of Urban Bankers, the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Assoc, Jack & Jill of America, Lawyers Club of San Diego, the National Bar Assoc, San Diego County Bar Assoc, Homer S. Brown Bar Assoc, Ingham County Bar Assoc, various Michigan, California and American Bar Association Committees, as well as many Law School Faculty Committees. Cheryl received a B.S. in Journalism & Communications at Northeastern University in Boston, MA; and a Doctor of Jurisprudence at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, PA. Cheryl has a grown son and has lived in the community of Rancho Santa Fe, California for the past 18 years. Please feel free to contacther at Bay Vista at info@bvista.org or 760-781-1393.
Ricardo Curtis II

Ricardo Curtis II

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Bay Vista’s Senior Project Manager Ricardo Curtis II, made an impression on San Diego as a young college athlete choosing San Diego State University over offers from 92 colleges and universities.
After his successful collegiate career, Rico had a 10-year professional football career playing in San Diego, Omaha, St. Louis, Canada and overseas.
Rico began his business career, spending nine years managing vendor relationships at Raytheon Systems as a logistics and facilities manager in planning and procurement. There he secured inventory and ensured the delivery of millions of dollars of protype equipment housed in multiple warehouses. Rico currently works directly with Bay Vista’s CEO on cost containment, property acquisitions, handles multiple property operations and is a member of Bay Vista’s strategic planning team. In the general community and as a Aztec Football Legacy Board Member, Rico continues to mentor young men. Despite his old football nickname “The Hitman”, Rico is an emphatically attentive family man and is married to the beautiful talented songwriter and vocalist, Rebecca Jade, who despite her countrywide, international travel and island hoping, he’s always ecstatic to welcome home.
Rico can be reached at rcurtis@bvista.org or 760-781-1393

Jordan Wilburn

Jordan Wilburn

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & COMMUNITY MANAGER at ESCONDIDO

Jordan Wilburn joined the team as the Community Manager for Synergy Escondido in June 2019. Jordan is born and raised in San Diego county, and grew up in Escondido, less than 15 minutes away from where Synergy Escondido is located. Jordan attended Escondido Charter High School, where she was enrolled in the Independent Learning Program, and simultaneously attended Palomar College. After high school, she spent two more years at community college before transferring to UC San Diego, where she graduated (with Provost Honors!) earning a degree in International Business, focusing in Japan and East Asia. Because of her studies, Jordan speaks Japanese and Korean in addition to her native English. She has worked as a liaison between US-based businesses and their overseas customers, and, prior to working at Synergy, she was an assistant manager for her mother, Daneen Wilburn, a charting singer and recording artist. In her off time, Jordan volunteers at The Gateway Christian Church as a member of the music team, and, a youth mentor. As a mentor, she focuses on helping children in underserved areas recognize the value of pursuing higher education and helps them locate financial assistance to gain access to it. One of her favorite quotes, which comes from Frederick Douglas, is “knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave”. Jordan now uses her expertise and passion for Synergy, hoping to be a part of a space that uplifts and serves the community around it.  Jordan can be reached at jordan@bvista.org, or 760-781-1393.

Lexius Waltar

Lexius Waltar

MEDIA SPECIALIST & COMMUNITY MANAGER at IMPERIAL

“Lexius is our latest community Manager at Synergy Centre, Imperial. She is a San Diego native, but spent a lot of her time growing up in Seattle Washington with her Father. She went to University at UC San Diego and received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Systems, with an emphasis on Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, and a minor in African American Studies. After college she decided to teach science at a local non-profit where she learned to code and became the lead coding instructor at Elementary Institute of Science. Shortly after she pursued a Certificate in Full Stack Web Development to learn more about web development and how she can use it to do more education work. She is currently the Community Manager at our newest Synergy Centre CoWorks in Encanto! When she isn’t at work she is either on a hike exploring the natural world or volunteering in the local code school to support the students.” Lexius can be reached at lexius@bvista.org, or 619-977-0295.