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Co-Founder and Board Chair

“To quote my dear friend Bill Walton, ‘I am the luckiest man in the world!’ I have been blessed with a loving family, devoted friends, and dedicated business associates. I would not be where I am today without the support of all of these people. The most rewarding part of having the success I have enjoyed throughout my life is giving back to my community. I am a Lucky Duck because this Foundation allows me to gather with other like-minded individuals and pay it forward together.”


Co-Founder, President & Executive Committee Chair
“I love being a member of the Lucky Duck team! It’s how I ‘share the luck’ that I have been so blessed with in my life. It’s hard work, but it’s so worth it.  If Pat and I just made donations, it would only have half the impact as it does by combining it with the gifts of the many other Lucky Ducks who join us in our efforts.”

Sheel Seidler

Executive Committee Member & Secretary

“I’m very excited to support the Lucky Duck Foundation and continue the momentum created by my husband Peter and the Lucky Duck Foundation and Peter’s legacy to help our homeless neighbors. It helps me stay connected to him and perpetuate his deep passion and commitment for aiding those in need.” 


Dan Shea

Executive Committee Member & Treasurer

“I am honored to be a part of this group that raises foundational and community awareness. The Kilkennys have built a philanthropic foundation that I am proud and ‘lucky’ to be a part of. We, the Lucky Ducks, will help others ‘Win the Day.”

Dan Novak

Executive Committee Member
Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Communications, Qualcomm (Retired)
“Everyone of us can make a difference. I deeply believe that San Diegans can come together to help ease the pain and to help our neighbors in need escape the dangerous, inhumane and unhealthy life on the street.”


CEO, K2 Insurance Services 

“After years of knowing and working with the Kilkennys in a corporate and friendship capacity, I was honored when asked to join the Lucky Duck Foundation Board. My wife and I really enjoy giving back and being part of a group that allows us to leverage the Kilkenny name and relationships to do good. This makes us Lucky Ducks.”


President, Gringo Ventures LLC 

“I started my business with a buck, a business partner and four team members. Now 20+ years later I have over 400 team members, no business partner, and a couple of bucks. I guarantee you that without a little luck, none of this would have happened. Granted, I was lucky to have two great parents who taught me the value of hard work and the importance of living a purposeful life. They gave me a great education and a solid base to build on. Like I tell my wife, after all the opportunities that I’ve had, I would have to have been a complete idiot not to do something halfway decent with my life. I’m honored to be asked by the Kilkenny’s to serve on the Lucky Duck Foundation Board of Directors. Being involved with the Lucky Duck Foundation allows me to give back to my community and I’m honored to be part of the team.”

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell

Vice President, Legislative and External Affairs, SoCalGas and SDG&E 

“The mission of providing shelter and more importantly lending a helping hand to individuals and families struggling with homelessness is important to me because showing kindness and creating hope for people who are homeless is something that is a necessity. We cannot be a great community, city or region unless we sincerely and consistently address problems that rob people of comfort, dignity and safety.”

Keith More

Managing Partner, Bentley & More, LLP

“It is such a term of art, ‘making a difference’, this is what I love about the Lucky Duck foundation. So when the opportunity came along for me to be a part of this Foundation, I could not resist. Everyone has a story to tell and if we can help re-write their stories, we have made a difference.”

Tom Mulvaney

Aquario LLC, Managing Member

It is with gratitude and good fortune that my path crossed with Stephanie, Pat and all the “Lucky Duckers”.  The LDF Community that has evolved through its work is extraordinary. Homeless service providers, educational institutions, local government and our homeless sisters and brothers banding together to make lives better. I am indeed lucky.

Deborah Norwood Ruane

Founder and Managing Member at Norwood Development Strategies

“Joining the board of directors of Lucky Duck Foundation is another chapter of my career-long commitment to the issue of affordable housing.” Deborah Norwood Ruane is the President and founder of Norwood Development Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in providing solutions for the creation of multifamily housing to serve individuals and families who cannot afford the high cost of housing. Ruane’s experience in finance, real estate development and most recently, as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for the San Diego Housing Commission, facilitate collaborative solutions for developers, financial institutions and local governments to address housing shortages.

Brian Panish

Partner, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP 

“I am truly honored to serve on the Lucky Duck Foundation Board of Directors. The work the Kilkennys have done in the community is extraordinary. Their passion and devotion to giving back have inspired me to help them with their mission of doing good for others. I have been blessed and truly consider myself to be a Lucky Duck.”

Dana Pump

Founder and President, Double Pump Inc.; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Harold Pump Foundation 

“I started out 25 years ago with my twin brother, David, and a basketball. The business eventually evolved into a marketing agency that leads us to some of the most amazing friends in the sports and entertainment space. Ultimately it helped start our family foundation. There is nothing more important to me than helping others, so when Pat Kilkenny asked me to join the Lucky Duck Foundation’s Board of Directors, it was a no-brainer! I am honored to be a part of such an impactful foundation.”

Ben Schuster

LDF Board Member and leader of the LDF advisory committee
Head of Capital Formation & Investor Relations, Comfort Capital
“Having personally faced childhood homelessness, my connection to the Lucky Duck Foundation’s mission is deeply emotional. I’m honored to support this organization, driven by its proactive approach to addressing homelessness in the San Diego community. Believing in the power of luck and considering myself extremely fortunate, I eagerly accepted the invitation to join the Board. I’m dedicated to passing on that luck, just as so many individuals have done for me, and making a meaningful difference in our community.”

Kieran Sweeney

Chief Executive Officer and President, Align Financial Group, LLC 

“When I worked with Pat Kilkenny years ago, he said to me ‘it’s a lot harder to ask for someone’s time or money for a worthwhile cause than it is to give it.’ So, when Pat asked me to be on the Board of the Lucky Duck Foundation and to participate in any way I can to help the Foundation achieve its charitable goals, I was honored. We have all been very fortunate in different ways, and it is humbling to be able to call myself a ‘Lucky Duck’ and work with Pat and all the amazing people associated with his Foundation to help those in our communities that need it most.”

Lori Walton


Philanthropy Editor for Giving Back Magazine

“So much of life is luck of the draw. I don’t think I would have had as much joy and success in my life, if I was born to a crack mother and never met my father. We are all in this world together and we are only as strong as our weakest link.”

Drew Moser

Chief Executive Officer
“The Lucky Duck Foundation is made up of really solid and successful people who are incredibly generous with their time, talent, and resources. Facilitating this generosity for the betterment of San Diego’s most vulnerable population is an amazing privilege.”

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Makayla Scott

Peer Mentor, Promises2Kids
As an African American first-generation college graduate, I recently earned my Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning Management and Design. Despite facing the challenges of homelessness and balancing motherhood, I have persevered and am committed to using my experiences to advocate for better urban planning and support for vulnerable communities.”