Home Start’s Executive Team
Laura A. Tancredi-Baese, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Tancredi-Baese has been an asset to the San Diego Non-Profit community for over 25 years. After earning a Masters Degree in Social Work at San Diego State University, she went on to earn a license as a clinical social worker. Her extensive experience includes clinical social work, management of child and youth development and transitional living programs for young persons, and executive leadership. She has been recognized on more than one occasion as one of the “Women Who Mean Business” in the San Diego Business Journal and is a 2004 LEAD San Diego Graduate. Since joining Home Start in May 2007, Mrs. Tancredi-Baese continues to be a passionate force to promote the mission and vision that every child in San Diego live in a safe and nurturing home. Through Laura’s efforts, Home Start has opened the doors to our Maternity Shelter Program providing targeted support to pregnant and parenting young women and their children facing homelessness.
Joyce Dickau, MPH
Director of Programs
Ms. Dickau has a Master’s in Public Health and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University. She has been at Home Start since 2006 and has had oversight over various programs since starting with the agency. Joyce has over 20 years of experience managing programs that strengthen families in San Diego County.
Glenda Maxwell, PHR
Director of Human Resources
Ms. Maxwell is a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from San Diego State University and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field.
Director of Philanthropy
Mr. Lagace enjoys using his 14+ years of experience in Philanthropy to further strengthen families and protect children from abuse. Mr. Lagace considers himself an ambassador and advocates for the more than 18,000 families and children served by Home Start annually. His passion for helping others is contagious, and he is excited to further engage existing Home Start supporters and build new partnerships. His goal is that every San Diegan will be aware of our life-changing services and know how to get involved. Mr. Lagace is also an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter. He currently serves on their Board as President Elect. Lastly, as a Boston native, Mr. Lagace greatly appreciates the year-round outdoor recreational opportunities in sunny San Diego. Hobbies include hiking, going to the beach, participating in community events, and seeing movies. Contact Mark today to see how you can become a Home Start partner!