Steve Hadley - President


Steve has a B.A. in ministerial studies and a M.A. in religion-church history, both from Loma Linda University, and was a pastor in Arizona and Colorado for 18 years.  Since completing a J.D. at California Western School of Law, he has worked with the San Diego City Council.  His passion is issues of procedural and substantive due process and he drafted the pilot judicial/justice branch of church governance that the Southeastern California Conference’s Justice Commission attempted to implement.


Mary Proctor-Dehn  -  Director of Education

An Ohio native, Mary Proctor-Dehn has spent most of her adult life on the East Coast.Mary’s particular area of academic interest is the poet Hilda Doolittle, andtaught Literature at Cornell University before moving to San Diego.Mary and her daughter JoAnna enjoy hiking, camping, the beach, and exploring San Diego.Mary has been an Adventist since 2007, and a member of the Tierrasanta Seventh Day Adventist Church for two years.  She is interested in church history, particularly Ellen White’s Australian “exile.”


Gary McCary  -  Secretary

Pastor Gary McCary is a native of Southern California, having grown up in Needles.  He graduated with a B.S. in Religion from Loma Linda University—La Sierra Campus (now La Sierra University) in 1975.  He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Andrews University.  Since 1979, he has pastored three Seventh-day Adventist churches in the San Diego area (Ramona, Point Loma, and Tierrasanta).  He has been the Senior Pastor of the Tierrasanta SDA Church since May of 1991.  He is married to Diane Dutcher, an elementary school teacher at Escondido Adventist Academy, and granddaughter of Dr. F.O. Rittenhouse, who served as President of Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) and Pacific Union College.  Gary loves to talk theology and believes that each individual’s spiritual journey is sacred.  Gary has been a member of the San Diego Adventist Forum Board for over 25 years.  For recreation he loves to walk, play golf, read United States history, and follow professional sports on television.


Duane Sandvick  -  Treasurer

(bio coming soon)


Larry Pitrone  -  Technology Wizard

Larry has a B.S. in chemistry from Andrews University and a M.S. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University.  He has served as a materials research engineer in the aerospace industry focusing on non-metallic materials for structural aircraft applications and has co-authored a number of publications in this area.  Currently, he is engineering manager for a large commercial aerospace company where he is responsible for advanced materials development, qualification and certification for aircraft structures.  Larry is active in the SDA church that he and his family attend, and he has served on the SDAF Board of Directors since 1990.  Larry enjoys spending time with his family as well as gardening and rollerblading.


Neal Henrdrickson

(bio coming soon)


Paul Mugane

(bio coming soon)


Gordon M. Rick  -  Immediate Past President

Gordon graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1968 and then did an externship in Preventive Dentistry on the south coast of British Columbia.  He earned an MS in oral pathology at LLU in 1972 and served on the faculty there in various capacities from 1969 - 2012.  He has also practiced clinical and laboratory (surgical) oral pathology in San Diego since 1973 and has served his specialty in several organizations in multiple elected positions, including seven years as a Director of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology that culminated as president of the Board in 2000.  He has a number of professional publications and has lectured internationally, primarily on the early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer.  Gordon has served the Association of Adventist Forums in several capacities since the late 1970s and is credited with the 1994 and 2000 revivals of the national AF Conferences and with spearheading the SDAF Annual Retreats in 1995.  He has served on the SDAF Board of Directors since 1986 and hopes to retire soon so he can spend more time with his grandchildren and pursuing his favorite hobby, nature photography.


Maxine Nicola

Maxine graduated from Loma Linda University in 1986 with a BS in nursing after spending her earlier years raising a family with her husband.  Her work on the IV team at the hospital where she worked and her interest in improving the patient experience led to her conducting research into new IV therapy protocols that resulted in her publication in professional journals and changes in IV therapy practice at her hospital.  While Maxine and her husband began attending San Diego Adventist Forum meetings soon after it was formed, and Maxine has maintained an interest throughout the years in the challenging topics SDAF tackles, this is her first involvement with the governance of SDAF.


Chuck Mitchell


Chuck was born and grew up in the Adventist community of South Lancaster, MA where he received all of his education through graduation from South Lancaster Academy in 1961.  While attending Atlantic Union College, he met Joanie Patinella of Hempstead, NY; they married in 1966 and their daughter, Desiree Sakow has provided them with three grandchildren.  Chuck earned his BS in electrical engineering from Long Island University in 1971, capitalizing on his interest in electronics and radio communication since his youth as an amateur radio operator.  He has spent the past 30 years testing integrated circuits, developing software programs, analyzing testing techniques and as a semiconductor test consultant.  His involvement with the church has included securing airtime and sponsors for It is Written, the Voice of Prophecy, The Quiet Hour, Amazing Facts and 3ABN.  In addition to serving on the SDAF Board for many years, Chuck is also on the board of the Adventist Today Foundation.

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