Who Are We?

The Kensington Talmadge Business Association (KTBA) is a volunteer-run organization that promotes the patronage of local businesses.

Our low annual membership fee of $75 allows us to coordinate networking and community events and offer free and donation-sponsored advertising to our members to help spread the word about their businesses.

Ultimately, we are passionate about supporting our community and helping spread the word about all of the wonderful businesses and organizations in San Diego’s Kensington-Talmadge community.


Our Board Members

Amanda Shelley,
President

Amanda is a resident of Kensington and helps Medicare-eligible individuals in San Diego understand and weigh their plan options. As a broker, she represents multiple insurance companies allowing her to shop a range of plan options in the form of Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Prescription Drug Plans. Don’t try navigating the Medicare maze alone, Amanda can help demystify the process and give you the clarity and confidence to make an informed decision, at no cost.

Business: Just Us Medicare Solutions

 

Lauren Castro,
Vice President

Lauren is a co-owner of Castro Group Real Estate (CGRE), and a certified mortgage loan officer. CGRE provides real estate, property management, and mortgage lending services. Lauren specializes in mortgage lending, and manages the accounting for the property management business. She is qualified to handle all your mortgage needs for purchases, refinances, and home equity lines of credit. As a resident of Kensington, she is on the Board of Friends of Franklin, the non-profit foundation for Franklin Elementary where their daughter Vivienne is a first grader, as well as Adams Avenue Business Association.

Business: Castro Group Real Estate

Megan Beauvais,
Emeritus

Megan is a 20 year veteran real estate consultant and specializes in the San Diego Metro communities and beyond. Megan volunteers with several local organizations and puts on community events throughout the year in Kensington and Talmadge. A member of KTBA since 2015, Megan has served on the Board as President since 2017 and previously held the position of Secretary.

Business: Megan Beauvais, Compass

Griffin Tso,
Membership Director

Griffin is the Millennial Mortgage Lender. Whether you’re six months, a year, or even two years away from buying he help’s to craft a gameplan to help reach your goals. San Diego is such an expensive place to live and saving for a down payment can be a huge hurdle, he’s an expert on down payment assistance and even grant programs to help bridge the gap!

Business: All Western Mortgage

Kathy Battisti,
Event & Volunteer Coordinator

Kathy is a silversmith who works with crystals and gemstones in her Talmadge studio. She was introduced to crystals and their healing properties on her journey to finding inner peace and harmony. It is said that when silver is used with gemstones, the metal retains and amplifies the qualities emitted by the stones—enhancing the connection between the wearer and the stone, allowing for a gentle flow of energy between the two. She enjoys creating timeless, meaningful, and elegant pieces. Kathy joined the board in 2022 and serves as the Event & Volunteer Coordinator where she’s taken our annual Holiday Lights Bike Ride and Walkabout to the next level for our community and members.

Business: SD Soul Stones

Katie Schlein,
Social Media Director

Dr. Katie owns Family Connection Chiropractic where she is committed to helping families access their TRUE potential to fully connect with themselves and their loved ones. She chose to specialize in prenatal and pediatric care, in hopes to shift the health paradigm of this country. Dr. Katie’s core values are connection, community, and service which she is able to implore everyday while on the board of the KTBA and serving within her practice. There’s no better life than being able to feel that serving members and families as a chiropractor isn’t work—it’s fun! She is a passionate member of the LGBTQIA+ community. She grew up while finding herself in Hillcrest, and loves that she’s able to give back to specific members from that pivotal time in her life.

Business: Family Connection Chiropractic

Roger Tso,
Secretary

Roger is a senior mortgage banker at RWM Home Loans and has been serving clients with their home financing needs for over 18 years. He joined the KTBA board in 2023, serving as the co-secretary, along with his son Griffin.

Business: RWM Home Loans