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].


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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 Elveena Fareedi, M.A.
Director of Research & Evaluation

Elveena Fareedi brings her blended clinical psychology and research expertise to the Alliance and the Catalyst Center serving in the role of Director of Research and Evaluation. 

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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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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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Kim Janoe
Operations Director

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

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Cornelle Jenkins
Director of Strategic Initiatives 

Cornelle Jenkins, the director of strategic initiatives for the Catalyst Center, is dedicated to making a positive impact in the community by advocating for those who historically have been rendered voiceless.

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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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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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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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     Faith Pulido
     Senior Policy Advocate

      Faith Pulido is the latest addition to the Alliance, coming directly from the California State Senate where she served as a director under                     Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles) and previously as a consultant with the Senate Democratic Caucus under Senate Pro Tem, Toni                  Atkins. 

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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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Alina Sanchez
Project Coordinator/Executive Assistant

Alina joins the Catalyst Center as a project coordinator and executive assistant after several years of working directly with youth in a nonprofit setting. She graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelors in Psychology and Counseling. As a first-generation student, educational equity and mental health are two of Alina’s passions.  

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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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           Justin Stewart
          Catalyst Center Program Analyst

          Justin joins the catalyst center with over 15 years in social services field working with incarcerated youth, and the TAY population in foster care.

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          Email Justin 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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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].