HOME START'S EXECUTIVE TEAM
Meet Home Start's executive team dedicated to Home Start's success!
Laura A. Tancredi-Baese, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Tancredi-Baese has been an asset to the San Diego nonprofit community for more than 30 years. After earning a Masters Degree in Social Work at San Diego State University, she became a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Her extensive experience also includes managing child and youth development and transitional living programs for underserved youth, plus executive leadership.
As a recognized leader in her field, Laura is the founder of several transitional living programs in San Diego for transition-age homeless youth (aged 18-24). Since May of 2007, Laura continues to be a passionate force to promote our mission and vision that every child in San Diego live in a safe and nurturing home. Through her efforts, Home Start has opened the doors to our Maternity Shelter Program providing support to pregnant or parenting young women and their children facing homelessness and founded our Thrift Boutique/ social enterprise to support these families.
Additionally, Laura serves as a director on three boards - California Coalition for Youth (CCY), the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and El Cajon Collaborative/LH Avocado. She has mentored several formerly homeless young women to become full-time paid staff as well as board members for both Home Start and CCY.
Prerna Slattery, MPA
Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Slattery has over 15 years of experience in non-profits in the areas of financial and operations management, procurement, compliance, administration, planning, and program management. Her past experiences include working as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Public Health Institute, the Director of Finance and Operations at The Nature Conservancy, and several positions within United Nations programs. Prerna has three certifications in public procurement and public financial management certification. She completed her undergrad education in Economics at Amherst College and went on to get her MSc at the London School of Economics, then her MPA at Columbia University. She has eight years of supervisory experience and is fluent in Spanish and Hindi.
In her free time, Prerna enjoys swimming, painting, and spending time with her two young energetic sons.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Lili Chen, MSA
Ms. Chen has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the financial services industry with a variety of non-profit and public companies. After she obtained a Master of Science in Accounting from San Diego State University, Ms. Chen has dedicated her career to non-profit accounting and finance, OMB compliance, grants management, and other related operations
Lili enjoys volunteering in the school Science Olympiad and music programs. She has brought one team to the top two winners in San Diego SO competition. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and two lovely cats.
Director of Philanthropy
Mr. Lagace enjoys using his 16+ years of experience in Philanthropy to further strengthen families and protect children from abuse. Mark considers himself an ambassador and advocates for the more than 17,000 families and children served by Home Start annually. His goal is that every San Diegan will be aware of our life-changing services and know how to get involved.
Mark is also an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, San Diego Chapter. He has served on their Board for 8 years, including the 2019 President. 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!