School of Peace Studies

Contact: Diana Kutlow
Phone: (619) 260-7803
Fax: (619) 849-8109

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

About the Kroc School

Board of Advisors

Morris S. Casuto

Morris S. Casuto served as the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League San Diego Regional Office from 1978 until 2010.

He holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the City University of New York and an M.A. in International Studies and National Security Policy from the School of International Service of the American University in Washington, D.C. His Doctoral research was done under a National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship. He was overseas for a year and a half, most of the time spent in Indonesia, researching under a Fullbright-Hays Fellowship.

During his tenure with ADL, Morris lectured frequently on topics dealing with extremist groups, hate crimes, the role of police agencies in dealing with hate crimes, as well as conducted seminars on security for various community organizations and institutions. As an educator for law enforcement officers, Mr. Casuto served as a member of the faculty at the San Diego Regional Law Enforcement Public Safety Academy for 22 years, where he conducted the POST mandated course on hate crimes. He has also taught for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where he helped design, write, and taught parts of a three and a half day anti-hate crimes course for police trainers. He has lectured before the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators and has spoken before law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

Morris has been married for over 40 years. He and his wife Doreen have two sons: Loren who just passed the California Bar Exam, and Simon who works for Capital IQ in New York.

Margaret Webb Egler

Margaret is a native Southern Californian and has over a decade of community leadership experience. A long-time member of the Junior League of San Diego, Margaret served that organization as President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Margaret is also a graduate of LEAD San Diego. Currently, Margaret serves on the Board of Directors for Explorer Elementary Charter School, which is affiliated with the High Tech High Charter Schools.

Margaret graduated with honors from Yale University and received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Margaret began her law career as a law clerk to the Hon. Joseph F. Weis, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to devoting her attention to community service and raising her three young children, Margaret practiced labor and employment law, advising employers, unions and the San Diego Unified School District on a variety of employment-related matters. Margaret lives with her husband, Tom, also an attorney, and their children in Point Loma.

Rear Admiral Stephen R. Loeffler, USN (Retired)

Rear Admiral Steve Loeffler grew up in Pennsylvania and was commissioned upon graduation from Penn State University. His Navy duties included patrol craft and destroyers operating off the coast of Vietnam and in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. After returning to the Navy from Wall Street and graduating from the Naval War College, he was assigned to San Diego-based frigates, destroyers and afloat staffs. Ashore, Rear Admiral Loeffler served in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff in the Program Resource Appraisal Division (OP-91) and as Director of Personnel Plans and Policy (N-13). He has a Master of Science Degree (with honors) in Manpower/Personnel Analysis and Operations Analysis from The George Washington University. After a year as a CNO Fellow with Strategic Studies Group XII in 1992, he served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy where he worked on various foreign policy issues including the DPRK nuclear and missile crisis.

Rear Admiral Loffler’s commands at sea included USS HEWITT (DD 966), Destroyer Squadron 21, and Logistics Group Western Pacific based in Singapore where, as Commander Task Force 73, he was responsible for combat logistics and pre-positioned force ships operating from the International Dateline to the shores of Africa. His duties in Singapore also included Commander Task Force 712 employing ships, aircraft, and more than 500 Marines to conduct naval engagement and humanitarian civic actions in the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Brunei and Oceania island nations. Retiring from active duty in 2001, he joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in July of that year. He also serves on several Boards of Directors including the San Diego Council of the USO, United Through Reading®, and the Navy Recruiting District Advisory Council.

Wail (Al) Paulus

Al is the Founder and President of Trepco and Trepco West, a warehousing and distribution company that provides national brand consumer products to convenience stores. Today, the company employs approximately 200 people and operates from 5 warehouses in Michigan, Nevada and Southern California.

Born in Basrah, Iraq, Al’s family left the country in 1963 due to increasing political instability in that country. After leaving Iraq, Al lived and studied in Lebanon, Nigeria and the U.K. before moving to the United States in 1974. He holds a BS in Economics from the University of Detroit and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is married with 3 children - two daughters that are undergraduate students at the University of San Diego and a son who is in high school.

Lee Sorensen

Lee is an entrepreneur and a 2007 graduate of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Lee applied to the Master of Arts in Peace and Justice Studies program in 2007 with primary interests in human security, poverty and the effect on access to healthcare services. Lee also holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Utah.

During Lee’s career as an entrepreneur he created and developed three separate healthcare companies and most recently an education company. The first provided mental health and residential care services to at-risk youth. The next two were providers of geriatric rehabilitation, long-term care/skilled nursing and ancillary services. The most recent is a provider of supplemental education in locations in Orange County and North San Diego County under the Sylvan Learning Brand.

In 2007 – 2008, Lee joined US Doctors for Africa (USDFA) as Strategic Development Director. USDFA is an NGO that provides volunteer medical services in various African states. In 2009, Lee provided founding support and became a Board Member of the RAND – African First Ladies Initiative. This initiative partners with Africa's first ladies, supporting their efforts to become champions of change for the health and education of millions of women and children across the continent.

In 2012, Lee joined the Institute for Economics and Peace as Director of US Outreach. The Institute for Economics and Peace develops new conceptual frameworks to define peacefulness; provides metrics for measurement; uncovers the relationship between peace, business, and prosperity; and promotes a better understanding of the social, economic, and political factors that drive peacefulness. IEP is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive, achievable, and tangible measure of human wellbeing and progress.

Timothy Walsh

Tim Walsh is a 2003 graduate of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Tim has thirteen years of experience in local, state and federal government that includes effective leadership, communication and advocacy skills; campaign management; intergovernmental relations; public policy consultation; and extensive experience with large development projects and complex municipal finance. Tim is currently Chief-of-Staff to Congressman (and previously, State Senator) Juan Vargas where he manages district and legislative offices in San Diego County, Imperial County and in Washington, DC. In this position, Tim is responsible for media relations, crisis communications, legislative negotiations, and political maneuvering. Additionally, he has extensive experience with candidate and non-profit fundraising, public speaking and effective management.

Tim also has extensive experience in the private sector as a founding member of two companies. He has held a variety of positions working on behalf of municipalities, representing private sector companies, and assisting large nonprofits with major public benefit development projects. Tim is also an Adjunct Professor of Political Science and he teaches several classes with topics ranging from political theory to its practical applications in the United States and California Governments. In addition to his MA in Peace and Justice Studies, he holds a BA (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of San Diego, and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Tim is a graduate of LEAD San Diego and a former Board Member of the City of San Diego Redevelopment Agency City Heights' Project Area Committee. He is also a member of several civic organizations.

Past Advisory Board Members

  • Honorable Patricia Yim Cowett
  • Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow
  • Andrew "Drew" Erdmann
  • R. Todd Johnson
  • Dr. Lois Musoke, M.D.
  • James T. Waring