Malinda Dickenson

General Counsel

Tyson Siegele

Energy Analyst

Board of Directors


Denis Trafecanty

Denis Trafecanty is a co-founder of The Protect Our Communities Foundation and serves as its President of the Board of Directors. The Foundation benefits from Mr. Trafecanty’s three decades of business and financial experience as a Certified Public Accountant and Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Trafecanty has served as the Chief Financial Officer for a variety of public and private companies with annual revenues up to $460 million.  He is currently the co-owner of and a Principal at Accountants Direct and was the Managing Partner for the San Diego practice of Tatum, LLC.  Mr. Trafecanty has been an ultra-marathoner for the last 33 years, successfully completing eighteen 100 mile runs and over 125 organized runs of 26.2 miles or longer. He has long shared his passion for running by coaching hundreds of young track & field and cross country athletes. Mr. Trafecanty holds a B.A. in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University.


Michael Pinto, PhD

Michael Pinto, PhD is a co-founder of The Protect Our Communities Foundation and serves as its Treasurer.  The Foundation benefits from Mr. Pinto’s substantial knowledge of and experience in fundraising and non-profit organizational development.  After a successful teaching and business career, Mr. Pinto retired in 1983, devoting his life to community building through nonprofit organizations in the fields of education, the environment and social welfare. He was founder and chair of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, vice-chair of the Orange County Great Park Corporation, and serves on the California State Parks Foundation board.  He has also served on the boards of the Institute for Deep Ecology, chairs the Volcan Mountain Preserve Foundation, and serves on the Laguna Greenbelt.  Mr. Pinto advises foundations on fundraising and organizational development, and co-chaired the advisory board of the University of San Diego’s Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research.  A life-long teacher, Mr. Pinto has been a guest lecturer at the University of San Diego in non-profit organizational development.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from California State University at Long Beach, a teaching degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Integral Studies with a concentration in nonprofit organizational development from the California Institute of Integral Studies.


Bill Powers, P.E.

Bill Powers, P.E., is a long-time board member who provides The Protect Our Communities Foundation technical expertise as an energy expert.  A registered professional engineer, Mr. Powers has extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of energy and environmental engineering, air emissions control, and regional energy planning.  As the owner and principal of Powers Engineering, Mr. Powers works with clients throughout the United States and Latin America, providing expert testimony and analysis, strategic planning, and equipment testing for public sector and private industry clients. Mr. Powers has authored technical studies on a variety of energy-related topics, including: distributed generation-based strategic energy plan for the San Diego and Bay Area regions, gas turbine air emission controls, power plant cooling systems, and integrated strategic energy and environmental planning in the California – Baja California border region. Mr. Powers is a voting member of San Diego Association of Governments Energy Working Group and a co-founder of the San Diego Energy District Foundation. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University and M.P.H. in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Carolina.