Staff

Bernice Rosas Belmonte
Catalyst Center Project Coordinator

Bernice Rosas Belmonte has dedicated her time and efforts in working for the common good. She has a background working in immigration law, the non-profit sector, and campaigns. 

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Email Bernice at [email protected].

 

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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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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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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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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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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Stephanie Ivler
Senior Policy Advocate

Stephanie Ivler joined the Alliance staff in Sept. 25 as senior policy advocate and is focused on issues involving transition age youth, juvenile justice and residential services. Stephanie is an attorney and former director of the Foster Care & Adoptions Division of Bienvenidos Children’s Center. 

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Kim Janoe
Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, Kim Janoe manages all Alliance accounting functions, human resources, and supports the Membership Committee with membership applications and renewals.  Kim also assists the chief executive officer with Board and Executive Committee Meetings.    

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Danielle Molé
Senior Policy Advocate

Danielle Molé is senior policy advocate and grassroots advocacy coordinator. Danielle works to support members during the transition of educationally-related mental health services from county mental health departments.

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Rhonda Okonkwo
Catalyst Center Program Analyst

Rhonda have dedicated her life work to children and families working in child welfare services, the medical field and the nonprofit sector as a social worker and activist.

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Gina Plate
Consultant, Education Policy

Gina Plate manages all policy advocacy pertaining to educating children in foster care, with particular emphasis on the use of nonpublic schools and charter schools to provide educational services, and staffs the Alliance Education Committee. 

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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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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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Deborah Son, MSW
Director of Strategic Initiatives

Deborah Son oversees organizational efforts that provide members and others in children and family serving organizations with supports, research, learning communities and other initiatives that further the fields of child welfare, behavioral health and education. 

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Christine Stoner-Mertz, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer

Christine Stoner-Mertz presides over all Alliance advocacy, accreditation, member services and executive support activities and staffs the Executive and Nominating Committees. Chris came to the Alliance in 2019 after being president and CEO of Lincoln Child Center in Oakland.

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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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