Meet Our Executive Team


Anthony  J. DeSalis, Esq., President & CEO

Arc of San Diego President & CEO, Anthony J. DeSalis, Esq.Anthony DeSalis has been continuously employed with The Arc of San Diego for over 25 years, most recently as President & CEO. Executive Vice President and COO. Prior to this assignment, he was Executive Vice President and COO, Senior Director of Operations, Area Director, Workshop Manager and before that a Production Supervisor and Workshop Floor Supervisor.

Mr. DeSalis is a graduate of National University School of Law (San Diego) where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence. He was recognized for excellence in the areas of Law Review, Executive Notes and Comments Director. In 1992, Mr. DeSalis was admitted to the California Bar association (Employment and Business Law Sections) and is currently a member of the San Diego Bar Association.   


Rich Coppa, Vice President of Infrastructure and Facilities & CIO

Rich CoppaRich Coppa serves as the Vice President of Infrastructure & Facilities/Chief Information Officer at The Arc of San Diego, where he is responsible for the oversight of the Information Technology, Facilities/Maintenance and Vehicle Departments.

Rich has invested 17 years of service at The Arc of San Diego designing and implementing a state-of-the-art infrastructure. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree, Suma Cum Laude, in Business Management from Capella University with additional degrees and certifications in Computer Science and Administrative Management.  Rich is also an American Academy of Project Management certified Master Project Manager.

Prior to joining The Arc of San Diego, Rich held the position within the United States Air Force as a Non-Commissioned Officer.  While serving in the USAF, Rich received several honors, which include the John L. Levitow Honor Graduate Award from NCO Preparatory School, the Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. In addition, Rich is established in the business community as an entrepreneur, previously owning several businesses.

Rich is active in several community groups, including The Knights of Columbus, American Academy of Project Management AAPM ®, IT Executive Roundtable, and CIO Decisions. 

Chad Lyle, Vice President of Finance & CFO

Chad Lyle serves as Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer for The Arc of San Diego where he is responsible for the Accounting & Finance Department. He began his career with The Arc of San Diego in 2010.

Prior to joining The Arc of San Diego, Mr. Lyle served as Controller for both DeNardi Machinery, a Southern California heavy equipment dealership, and Landfill Gas & Environmental Products, a construction and manufacturing firm. He has also held accounting positions with Citizens National Mortgage and Wells Fargo Bank, in their mortgage loan divisions.

Mr. Lyle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration - Finance from San Diego State University. He was also a member of the San Diego chapter of the Construction Financial Manager's Association for six years. 

Jennifer Bates Navarra, Vice President of Marketing & Development 

Arc of San Diego Vice President of Marketing & Development, Jennifer Bates NavarraJennifer Bates Navarra has served as the Vice President of Marketing & Development for The Arc of San Diego for more than 10 years. Prior to joining The Arc, she worked for the San Diego City Council and California State Assembly. Ms. Navarra has more than 20 years experience in public relations, media management, and marketing.

Ms. Navarra received her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California. She holds a certificate in Fundraising Management from The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University and is a graduate of LEAD San Diego ('01). She is a devoted member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Trojan League Associates of San Diego County. Among her many accolades she was recognized as a finalist in the 2012 San Diego Busniess Journal Women Who Mean Business Awards.

Mary Yumul, Vice President of Human Resources & CHRO


 Mary Yumul currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources for The Arc of San Diego where she is responsible for the Human Resources Department. She began her career with The Arc of San Diego in 2013. Prior to joining The Arc of San Diego, Ms. Yumul was the Corporate Director of Human Resources at the YMCA of San Diego County overseeing 35 human resources representatives throughout San Diego County serving 4,000 employees. Prior to joining the YMCA, she was the Director of Human Resources for Crittenden Publishing, leading source of forecast and analysis on financial markets, insurance and real estate. She held human resources positions with Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, a non-profit research organization.

Ms. Yumul has over 15 years’ experience in human resources, 13 years in non-profit organizations. She received her Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of California San Diego and certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by Human Resources Institute. Ms. Yumul received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from California State University San Marcos. She has been a member of the Society of Human Resources Management for over 15 years. ‚Äč

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