Our Leaders



Michael Branch, LCSW

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Branch joined East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) in August 2022. Branch directs the strategic operations of the organization’s mission and reports to the Board of Directors. ECTLC is a unique faith-based organization, located in East County San Diego, that provides a hand-up solution to homelessness, addiction, and other social challenges.  

Branch has extensive experience working in the field of addiction, mental health, and homeless programs throughout San Diego County. He most recently served as the Director of the San Diego Vet Center, a Veterans Health Administration Mental Health Clinic that provides counseling and other readjustment services for Veterans and their families. 

Branch has volunteered in the San Diego County Collaborative Court system since 2014. He volunteers as a Veterans Treatment Court Mentor, mentoring justice-involved veterans, who are appearing before the courts to face charges stemming from domestic violence, substance abuse, PTSD, and/or other comorbid disorders.

Branch is a veteran himself, having served as a US Navy SEAL and Special Operations Combat Medic for 9 years. During his career, he deployed 3 times to over 25 countries around the globe. His final assignment as a SEAL was as a First Phase BUD/S Instructor, training candidates to become SEALs. 

Branch has earned an Associate in Science Degree in Administration of Justice from West Valley College, a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary, and his Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree from the University of Southern California (USC). Branch is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Branch is an effective servant leader who has served the public and his community his entire life. He is passionate about executing the mission and vision of ECTLC, which is to provide transitional living and restore lives while inspiring people in all communities to make the right decisions through Christ. 

Michael and his wife Jill have been married for 25 years. They enjoy spending quality time together and walking their 15-year-old rescued pit bull, Maris.

Board Members

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Jim Robinson
Board Chair

CGP Maintenance & Construction Services, Inc.
President & CEO

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Barbara Preston, PhD
Board Vice-Chair

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President

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Tim Corcoran
Board Secretary

Jack in the Box
Senior Manager, Corporate Projects

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Gregory M. Brown
 

New West Investment Group, Inc.
Principal

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Charles A. Long, PsyD
 

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Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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Nikki Caraveo
 

CGP Maintenance & Construction Services, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer

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Robert S. Whitelaw
 

California Bank & Trust
Senior Vice President

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Deborah R. Boye
 

JP Morgan Chase
Associate Investigator

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Joel Sanders
 

Indian Hills Camp
General Manager

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William L. Fischbeck
 

Fischbeck & Oberndorfer
Attorney-at-Law

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Rolland Slade
Chairman Emeritus

Meridian Baptist Church
Senior Pastor

Executive Director Staff

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Ivan Andujar
Chief of Operations

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Valerie Proctor
Director of Finance

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Helen Zamora
Director of Development

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Jason Kang
Chief Programs Officer

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Directorial Staff

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Melissa Alvarez
Director of Family Services

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Jonathon Heuberger
Director of Men's Discipleship

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Diane Wheeler
Director of Women's Discipleship

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Robert Jefferies
Director of Food Services

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