Staff

Bernice Rosas Belmonte
Catalyst Center Project Coordinator

Bernice Rosas Belmonte is the project coordinator at the Catalyst Center. She manages Catalyst events, communications and marketing.

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Email Bernice at [email protected]t-center.org.

 

Raquel Chandler
Catalyst Center Program Analyst

Raquel Chandler is a bilingual English and Spanish speaking family mediator and consultant. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master’s degree in Human Resources. 

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Email Paige at [email protected].

 

Paige Clark
Catalyst Center Program Analyst

Paige comes to the Catalyst Center with a background in program management and direct service in a K-12 educational setting.

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Email Paige at [email protected].

 

Garbralle Conroe
Catalyst Center Program Analyst

Garbralle has been teaching graduate courses at California State University, Fresno and providing professional development, cultural competence and diversity trainings through her consulting business.

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Email Garbralle at [email protected].

 

Deborah Clore-Myers
Event Specialist & Special Projects Manager

Debbie coordinates all conference and training events and assists in staffing the Continuing Education Committee. A certified meeting planner, Debbie is responsible for the coordination of conferences and trainings throughout the year.

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Email Debbie at [email protected].

 

Taylor Davis
Catalyst Center Intern

Taylor Davis is a senior at the University of California, Davis. Double majoring in political science and history, she is passionate about social justice and equity, and hopes to turn these passions into a career of helping others and working to break down systems of oppression. 

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Contact Taylor at [email protected]

 

Corina Dubon
Membership & Outreach Manager

Corina Dubon is the Alliance membership and outreach manager. Corina is an experienced program manager with a demonstrated history of working with nonprofit organizations.

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Contact Corian at [email protected]

 

Rochelle Gammad
Executive Assistant
 

Rochelle is a graduate of California State University Long Beach, with a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an option in Fitness, and a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

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Email Rochelle at [email protected]

 

Max Geide
Communications and Events Manager

Max Geide is the California Alliance communications and events manager, responsible for member and external communications for the California Alliance and the Catalyst Center, database maintenance and organizational duties related to member services.

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Email Max at [email protected]

 

Deme Hill
Catalyst Center Program Analyst

Deme Hill is long-term advocate to the government and social service system and has served our American communities for more than 20+ years; with expertise in juvenile justice, homelessness and child welfare.

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Email Deme at [email protected].

 

Stephanie Ivler
Senior Policy Advocate

Stephanie Ivler is senior policy advocate focused on transition age youth, juvenile justice and residential services issues. Stephanie is an attorney and former director of the Foster Care & Adoptions Division of Bienvenidos Children’s Center. 

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Email Stephanie at [email protected].

 

Kim Janoe
Operations Manager

As operations manager, Kim Janoe oversees all Alliance and Catalyst accounting, Human Resources, and supervises communications and membership functions.    

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Email Kim at [email protected].

 

Danielle Molé
Senior Policy Advocate

Danielle Molé has been with the Alliance since 2011 and is the senior policy advocate staffing education and prevention services committees along with a workgroup on commercial sexual exploitation.

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Email Danielle at [email protected].

 

Rhonda Okonkwo
Catalyst Center Program Analyst

Rhonda Okonkwo is a program analyst for the California Provider Helpline. She has over 12 years of experience in social services, particularly child welfare services and medical social work.

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Email Rhonda at [email protected]

 

Stacy Shwartz Olagundoye
Catalyst Center Project Manager

As program manager for the Catalyst Center, Stacy Shwartz Olagundoye provides technical assistance and training customized to meet the unique needs of individual agencies, counties or communities in areas impacting children and families in the context of programs, policy and organizational development.

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Email Stacy at [email protected]

 

Jacqueline Rutheiser
Senior Policy Advocate

Jacqueline Rutheiser is a senior policy advocate responsible for advocacy on child welfare issues including the adoption of children from foster care, foster family-based care and services, in-home and family-based services, and housing, services and support for transition-age youth. Jackie staffs the Adoption, Foster Family Agency and Family-Based Services Committees.

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Email Jackie at [email protected].

 

Adrienne Shilton
Senior Policy Advocate

Adrienne is senior policy advocate for behavioral health. As such, Adrienne is the primary staff to the Mental Health Committee and works on public policy issues pertaining to children's mental health. 

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Email Adrienne at [email protected].

  

Christine Stoner-Mertz, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer

Christine Stoner-Mertz, CEO, leads the Alliance and the Catalyst Center and with the Board of Directors, drives the mission and vision for the organization. A licensed clinical social worker, Chris most recently led Lincoln, an Alliance member organization, before taking this position.

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Email Chris at [email protected].

 

Alex Volpe
Catalyst Center Program Manager

Alex Volpe was the executive director of Bay Area Youth Center/Sunny Hills Services and interim chief operating officer at Unity Care Group

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Email Alex at [email protected].