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Our Team

WE ARE THE CENTER FOR CAREGIVER ADVANCEMENT
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By providing educational opportunities, we are empowering our long-term care workers, improving the standard of care, and investing in the critical needs of the long-term care workforce.

“Our team is dedicated to providing long-term care workers with high-quality training that results in higher quality care, cost savings, and a more robust workforce ready to meet the needs of our growing aging population.”
Corinne Eldridge
President & CEO

 

The CCA Team

Adi Quezada

Education Fund Field Coordinator

Adi Quezada

Education Fund Field Coordinator

Adi has a long-standing commitment to delivering culturally competent education in a variety of settings. She holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education and worked as a teacher aide for an elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District prior to joining the CLTCEC.

Early in her career, Adi worked as a material handler for a healthcare equipment and supplies company. It was here that she developed the administrative skills that are invaluable in her current role.

Adi’s work is strongly influenced by her deep faith. She is dedicated to developing and maintaining productive relationships with program partners, including nursing home supervisors, nursing home staff, and education providers. Her fluency in Spanish enables her to engage with nursing home staff from underserved populations.

Alexandra Paul

Human Resources Generalist & Senior Accountant

Alexandra Paul

Human Resources Generalist & Senior Accountant

Alexandra has 17 years’ experience working in Accounting in addition to ten years in Construction Account Management & Human Resources. 

After ten years of working in construction, she found an ongoing need to do something good for the world. Alexandra wanted to work for a company that does more than make high priced homes and offices. She wanted to help people and make a difference. She was thrilled to be provided the opportunity with CCA, and now has the ability to do just that!

Alexandra earned her Associate’s & Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

In her spare time, she enjoys many outdoor activities, but she receives the most enjoyment when using her creativity for her home-based baking business and love of photography.

Andrea Garcia

Program Coordinator

Andrea Garcia

Program Coordinator

Andrea provides key administrative support for our IHSS provider students, class instructors, and the entire Home Care Program team. She works closely with program management to ensure staff compliance with requirements such as activity and expense reports and maintains efficient data management systems across multiple departments.

Prior to joining CLTCEC, Andrea worked as an Office and Teacher’s Assistant at Emerson Community Charter School. Her responsibilities there included assisting with daily lesson plans and serving as an interpreter for Spanish speaking students. She previously served as an Administrative Staff member at the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) Management Office.

Andrea earned her B.A. in Linguistics and Psychology from UCLA in 2017.

Angela Valle-Giraldo

Home Care Intern

Angela Valle-Giraldo

Home Care Intern

Anna Kasumyan

Field Coordinator

Anna Kasumyan

Field Coordinator

Anna has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to serving her community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and began her career as a case manager for YouthBuild Charter School, which serves teens and young adults from low-income families and underserved communities. She subsequently served as a social worker for a home health agency and has since held a variety of positions related to elder care. Anna is fluent in Armenian and Russian, skills that are invaluable as she works with the multilingual population of caregivers served by the CLTCEC.

Antonio Borras

Instructor

Antonio Borras

Instructor

Antonio is a physician with a lifelong commitment to improving the health of families and communities. He grew up in Cuba, where he earned his medical doctorate with a specialty in family medicine and OB/Gyn from Universidad de Ciencias Medicas de Santiago de Cuba. He emigrated to the US in 2011, where he has dedicated himself to medical education.

“As an instructor for the CLTCEC, I am gratified to work with IHSS providers,” Antonio says. “They have a tremendous responsibility as a member of the consumer’s healthcare team. For example, properly administering medications is critically important to the health and well-being of the care recipients. It is also important for providers to understand when it is appropriate to seek out emergency care in order to reduce the burden on the healthcare system and reduce hospitalizations. Through my work, I am helping to improve healthcare quality throughout the community.”

Ashley Clopton

Education Fund Program Assistant

Ashley Clopton

Education Fund Program Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Ashley Mangum

Operations Coordinator

Ashley Mangum

Operations Coordinator

Bio coming soon…

Berenice Campos

Berenice Campos

Berenice Campos

Berenice Campos

Berenice is an HR Professional with over 25 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the Human Resources field. She has worked with both small and large employee populations from 5 employees to over 10,000 employees.

Berenice is a guru when it comes to supporting organizations with navigating employee relations situations. In addition, she specializes in employee life cycle, regulatory compliance, benefits, compensation, policy development, process development/implementation, immigration and training delivery.

She is bilingual in Spanish, is a UC Berkeley alum, and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification and California Certification as well as SHRM Certification. Get to know more about Berenice below!

Blanca Lopez

Home Care Program Assistant

Blanca Lopez

Home Care Program Assistant

Prior to joining CCA, Blanca Lopez served as a Member Services Intern at SEIU 2015. She primarily introduced members to SEIU functions, departments, and operations while managing the reception desk. Blanca joined CCA earlier this summer as a Home Care Intern, where she provided administrative support and helped execute program projects for the team.

Recently, Blanca transitioned to the role of Home Care Program Assistant. Within this role, Blanca provides administrative, program, and data management support to the Home Care department. 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Blanca graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

Charles Chuang

Instructor

Charles Chuang

Instructor

Charles is fluent in English, Spanish, Mandarin and Taiwanese, which has been an invaluable resource given the diversity of the CLTCEC’s students. Like several of our instructors, Charles has a background in medicine and healthcare administration. He earned his medical degree at Autonomous University of Central America, San Jose, Costa Rica and his Master of Health Administration at the University of Southern California.

He has spent most of his career in the elder care industry. Before joining the CLTCEC, Charles worked at and adult day health center/community-based adult services program where he supervised a multidisciplinary team to serve the Asian community.

Claire Montgomerie

Communications Coordinator

Claire Montgomerie

Communications Coordinator

As the Communications Coordinator, Claire assists in implementing and coordinating communications initiatives for CCA. This includes graphic design, social media, writing, editing, video editing, and content management. She helps create the flyers, newsletters, and other marketing collateral within CCA, and aids Communications Manager (Pia Orense) in the day-to-day operations of the communications department.

Claire earned her B.A. Degree in Public Relations from the University of Oregon in 2016, and earned a Design Communication Arts Certificate from UCLA Extension in 2021. She has been a part of CCA since 2019 and is proud of the work we do!

Corinne Eldridge

President & CEO

Corinne Eldridge

President & CEO

Corinne Eldridge is a recognized expert on issues related to caregiving and the long-term care workforce. An accomplished leader with over 20 years of management experience, including more than 15 years in the field of long-term care, Corinne speaks to the benefits to the health care system of training nursing home workers and Medi-Cal funded In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers. Speaking engagements include: the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), NASUAD, and the American Society on Aging.

As the President of CCA, she has overseen efforts to train over 13,000 IHSS and Skilled Nursing Facility workers, ensuring that workers are prepared to meet the growing demands of long-term care. Corinne’s work lead to the first study to make the link between training IHSS caregivers and better health outcomes and cost savings for consumers. She has established innovative funding partnerships with health plans across the state, including Alameda Alliance for Health, Health Net, L.A. Care, and Blue Shield Promise California to provide training for IHSS caregivers. Her work has been published in the journal Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.  She has also served on the Advisory Committee for UCLA’s Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (UCLA GWEP), is on the Healthcare Career Advancement Program Education Association (H-CAP EA) Education Association Board, provided insight to the Community Catalyst and LeadingAge LTSS Center for the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council around family caregivers, and has recently been appointed to the National Skills Coalition Healthcare Industry Recovery Panel.

Corinne’s dedication to improving the long-term care system through education was inspired by seeing the challenges women in her family experienced as caregivers and the impact quality care can have on seniors’ life spans and quality of life. Married for over 10 years and a mother to two young daughters, Corinne is inspired by the outdoors and is a lover of music.

Crystal Lee

Instructor

Crystal Lee

Instructor

Crystal is passionate about education.  She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She began her education career as a high school teacher and then joined the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Government to further advance her career as an Education Administrator. Prior to joining CCA, she held the position as the Senior Professional Development Officer in providing training and development programs for the education professionals.

Crystal and her family moved to the United States in the summer of 2020.  She is thrilled to be a part of the CCA team.  “I can contribute my experience and share the passion and commitment of CCA in empowering the caregivers to provide a better life for our community,” she says.

Isabel C. Menjivar

Field Coordinator II

Isabel C. Menjivar

Field Coordinator II

Isabel’s work with the CLTCEC is deeply informed by her personal experiences as an IHSS provider caring for her son. As a field coordinator, she uses her bilingual skills in English and Spanish to enroll IHSS providers in the CLTCEC’s education programs. Her previous experience includes working as a teacher assistant at Bell Gardens Junior High School and as a real estate assistant with Century 21.

“It is the most gratifying for me when I am able to share this program with a provider who can then take better care of their consumer,” Isabel says. “It also means a lot to me when the providers graduate the course and are so grateful for the opportunity they had with CLTCEC.”

Juliana Mata-Pacheco

Instructor

Juliana Mata-Pacheco

Instructor

Bio coming.

Juvenal Mauricio

Field Coordinator II

Juvenal Mauricio

Field Coordinator II

As a Field Coordinator for CLTCEC, Juvenal has a deep interest in education and social justice. He is extremely passionate about serving underrepresented communities.

Juvenal is responsible for performing recruitment and class coordination for CLTCEC’s educational programs. Juvenal’s experience in recruitment management informs his work as a Field Coordinator. Before joining CLTCEC, he was a proud member of the IBEW Local 47 labor union. He has previously worked as a Relationship Manager for Bank of America, and prior to that was a Legal Assistant for a business law firm in the Bay Area, where he was responsible for deepening client relationships and managing business records.

He earned his degree in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley. Juvenal is also a proud member of Gamma Zeta Alpha Inc. and is a lifelong Dodger fan.

Karine Torossian

Instructor

Karine Torossian

Instructor

Karine has served as an instructor with CLTCEC since 2014. She brings a wealth of clinical experience as an RN at facilities including Olive View UCLA Medical Center, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Glendale Community College, and Family Care ADHC. Her teaching experience include serving as preceptor to college students. She has volunteered for nearly ten years at the Glendale Community Free Health Clinic, providing medical assistant services. Karine earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from West Coast University, where she graduated cum laude. As lifelong learner, she plans to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) program.

“Through education, compassion, and kindness towards each individual,” Karine says, “We will improve the health and quality of our community.”

Kenneth Stollenwerk

Application Development Manager

Kenneth Stollenwerk

Application Development Manager

Since joining CLTCEC as Application Development Manager in 2013, Ken has transformed our data systems, developed multiple software applications including an online class course platform, and greatly improved the organization’s efficiency overall.

Ken has over 20 years of experience in the production and direction of front end, middleware, and back end applications and services with an emphasis on hosted administration systems and multimedia presentations. Previously Ken served as Senior Technologist and Vimation and Senior Web & Media Developer at Virtual Image Consulting.

When not building applications at CLTCEC, Ken is an avid musician.

Kyunghee (Stella) Yoo

Instructor

Kyunghee (Stella) Yoo

Instructor

Bio coming.

Leah Harden

Director of Finance and Operations

Leah Harden

Director of Finance and Operations

Leah Harden is a dedicated professional that has 20+ years of progressive experience in Accounting and Finance. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Business emphasis from UCLA and is a CPA candidate. Starting her consulting business in 2000, Leah gained a wealth of knowledge by securing clients in a myriad of industries such as Healthcare, Real Estate, Financial Services, Entertainment, Music and Film Production, Legal, Social Services and Non-profit. Leah is innovative and solution oriented….she finds fulfillment in discovering and implementing processes that facilitate efficiency in the workplace. Leah feels that her greatest accomplishment is raising her 3 adult children. She is proud that they have become good people that are using their talents and education to make a positive contribution to society. In her spare time, Leah enjoys many activities such as sports, stand up comedy, traveling, cooking and the performing arts.

Mario Estrada

Home Care Program Manager

Mario Estrada

Home Care Program Manager

Bio coming soon!

Marlene

Data Management Coordinator

Marlene

Data Management Coordinator

Marlene joined the CLTCEC in 2013 as a program assistant and has since assumed positions of increasing responsibility. In her current position as a Data Management Coordinator, Marlene maintains the CLTCEC’s database. This includes collecting, importing, analyzing and reporting program data, as well as collaborating with program staff to use data to meet program goals.Her previous experience includes a position as a data coordinator with Miller Kaplan Arase, an international full-service accounting firm, focusing on the radio, newspaper, and television industries. Marlene studied at Mount St. Mary’s University with a concentration in Gerontology.

“I am inspired by the commitment of the students and the staff who advocate for education and who work hard every day to add value to the long-term care workforce,” Marlene says. “I am proud to be part of the data team.”

Miya McCampbell

Instructor

Miya McCampbell

Instructor

Miya has been working in the healthcare field for 20 years, providing care for a diverse population. She began her career as an In-Home Care Provider and furthered her education in health care as a Licensed Vocational Nurse through the University of the Antelope Valley. As an LVN, Miya worked in mental health, pediatric, and geriatric care. These experiences led her to discover her passion for education.

Miya received her degree in Healthcare Administration, as well as her Director of Staff Development state certification. Before joining the CLTCEC, Miya worked as an instructor for Certified Nursing Assistant programs for over 10 years. As an Instructor, Miya’s expertise in healthcare affords her knowledge to meet the needs of the diverse student population she educates at CLTCEC.

Naira Charchyan

Instructor

Naira Charchyan

Instructor

Naira is a registered nurse with expertise in promoting quality, patient-centered care and a passion to serve her community. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing from West Coast University and has certifications in CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. Naira has held positions as an RN and case manager at a number of healthcare providers in Los Angeles County, including Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente and Providence Tarzana Medical Center. Naira is fluent in Armenian and Russian, which is an invaluable asset to the CLTCEC.

Patricia Rios

Home Care Field Assistant

Patricia Rios

Home Care Field Assistant

Bio coming soon!

Pia Orense

Communications Manager

Pia Orense

Communications Manager

Pia Orense brings her passion for storytelling as a tool for advocacy to her role as CLTCEC’s Communications Manager. “These caregivers have powerful stories to tell — stories that will hopefully inspire fellow caregivers to improve their skills, raise awareness of their challenges and successes, and show the health community how critical these men and women are to a patient’s journey to wellness,” she says.

Pia previously served as assistant director of communications and marketing at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English and is currently finishing a master’s degree in humanities.

Prior to her time in higher education, Pia worked in the newspaper industry. She began her journalism career as a freelance writer and through the years advanced to the position of editor in charge of community weeklies, a lifestyle magazine, and custom publications.

Sheung Ng

Home Care Intern

Sheung Ng

Home Care Intern

Syuzanna Petrosyan

Education Fund Program Senior Director

Syuzanna Petrosyan

Education Fund Program Senior Director

Bio coming.

Travis Freed

Education Fund Program Manager

Travis Freed

Education Fund Program Manager

Travis has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with the elderly as a Regional Director, Administrator, and Executive Director in long-term care settings; such as Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Communities, Memory Care Communities, and Independent Living Communities.

Travis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from Southern Adventist University in Tennessee and his Masters of Aging Services Management degree in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. He is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Administrator in the State of California.

Travis is passionate about helping others, especially seniors, and making a difference within his field of choice in long-term care.

In his spare time, Travis enjoys watching college and professional sports; in particular, the NFL, NBA, and USC football and basketball. Fight on Trojans! He also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exercise, and home improvement projects.

Zach Paul

Senior Accountant

Zach Paul

Senior Accountant

Zach is originally from Los Angeles, California and earned his Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance. As Senior Accountant at CCA, Zach has worked in the Accounting field for 20 years in the manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, and nonprofit industries. His knowledge in nonprofit accounting, and his overall love of accounting and finance is what brought him to CCA.

In his spare time, he enjoys being with family, traveling, cooking, reading, and art. In his own words, he also “loves working with spreadsheets and can’t imagine how he would survive without them.”

Board of Directors

Grace Liu

Board Member

Grace Liu

Board Member

Grace Liu is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Site Director for the East Bay office of Alzheimer’s Association in Lafayette. She joined the Association in 2012 and is responsible for administration and coordinating programs and services for families in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties. She facilitates two monthly caregiver support groups and a weekly support group for early-stage caregivers, provides family care consultations, and teaches classes on a variety of dementia-related topics.

Grace comes to the field of aging from an untraditional path as she had a successful career managing Hollywood film and TV productions before obtaining a MSW degree from the University of California at Berkeley with a concentration in Gerontology. Her past experience as a family caregiver inspires her to help other caregivers with their journey and informs her teaching and interactions with families.

She joined the CLTCEC board of directors in January 2021.

“I was motivated to join the board because providing and enhancing education opportunities for long-term care workers helps improve their lives and the lives of seniors and people with dementia who are their clients,” she said. “I look forward to bringing a dementia lens to the work of CLTCEC and championing their work in Northern California and the East Bay Area.”

Jeffrey Phillip Forrest

Board Member

Jeffrey Phillip Forrest

Board Member

Jeffrey Forrest serves as Vice-President of Economic Development for College of the Canyons, which focuses on aligning Career and Technical Education programs with the needs of industry, while offering job training for minorities, women, Veterans, and dislocated workers. In addition, Jeffrey oversees a number of business units dedicated to providing companies with training resources for growing their business.

In this role, Jeffrey has created partnerships with hundreds of companies, community-based organizations, government entities throughout Southern California to advance the efforts of the community college in providing workforce development solutions that lead to economic growth and prosperity for the region.

In August 2017, Jeffrey co-founded the Strong Workforce Apprenticeship Group (SWAG). SWAG partners with employers to fill their critical needs through apprenticeship. More than 80% of its current apprentices are minorities, women or Veterans. Because of its success, in March 2018, Jeffrey was invited to testify on Capitol Hill on the benefits of apprenticeship to small business.

Jeffrey believes that providing access to a quality education is critical to creating strong communities, and key to the long-term growth of the nation’s economy. He has a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an MBA from Lindenwood University.<

Jim Mangia

Board Chair

Jim Mangia

Board Chair

Jim Mangia is the President and CEO of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, a network of 16 nonprofit federally qualified health centers and two mobile clinics providing free and low-cost medical, dental and mental health services to more than 375,000 patient visits in downtown, South Los Angeles, Compton and Lynwood. Passionate about community health, prevention and social justice, Mangia built the Well Child and Family Centers from a small single-site clinic serving 1200 patients a year to one of L.A. County’s largest nonprofit health care with over 700 employees and a 85 million dollar budget; St. John’s is now the largest primary care provider in the largest area of contiguous poverty (south Los Angeles) in the United States.

Under Mangia’s leadership, St. John’s has opened six school based health centers (SBHCs). St. John’s is the exclusive school based health provider for Compton Unified School District and operates five SBHCs with Los Angeles Unified School District, with plans to open three more. As well, St. John’s is the only federally qualified health center to operate community college-based school based health centers – at Trade Tech College and Compton College.

Appointed by Governor Brown in 2012, Mangia serves as a State Commissioner on the State of California Workforce Investment Board and served as an Expert Advisor to the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force. He serves on the Los Angeles County Community Prevention and Population Health Task Force for the County of Los Angeles Public Health Agency. He served as Chair of the Public Health & Prevention Task Force for the California Primary Care Organization in 2013-14. Mangia served on the Board of Governors of LA Care Health Plan (the largest Medicaid health plan in the country) from 2008-2012. He served as a member of President Obama’s Health Advisory Task Force in 2008 and served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County from 2010-2012.

Mangia has built St. John’s as an organization that not only provides health care services, but engages social determinants of health, impacts social policy, builds direct patient advocacy organizations in the communities it serves, provides direct access to health for undocumented immigrants and homeless individuals and families, fights for social justice and battles poverty.

Mangia has testified before congressional committees, the California state legislature and the Los Angeles city council about environmental health issues effecting L.A.’s children, the critical role of prevention in community health, health disparities and the right to health. He has received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition, special recognition in the U.S. Congressional Record, and numerous commendations for his work by city, county and state legislative bodies.

Joyce Hayashi

Treasurer

Joyce Hayashi

Treasurer

Joyce, who has been on CLTCEC’s Board of Directors since 2013, has been a longtime supporter of the organization. Her previous work influences her passion for the education of caregivers. As a homecare worker for 24 years, Joyce cared for both her mother who suffered from a stroke and a younger sister with muscular dystrophy.

Joyce currently serves as a Member Volunteer for the Venice Pioneer Club, providing community support for Westside Japanese seniors. She is also on the Executive Board for the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple. She takes pride in her work with the Buddhist Women’s Association as Co-chair of its Membership Committee, in addition to her role as Program Consultant for Bay Street Arts, the Downtown Los Angeles Artist Space Cooperative.

Previously, Joyce served on the Executive Board for SEIU 2015 from 1992 until 2018 and on the Board of Directors for SEIU State Council from 2013 to 2016.

Kim Evon

Board Member

Kim Evon

Board Member

As the Executive Vice President of SEIU Local 2015, which represents long-term care workers, Kim brings a wealth of experience to the CLTCEC board.

Kim strives to empower long-term care workers to make positive changes for themselves, their workplace, and their communities. She believes in the importance of creating a culture where all long term care workers earn a livable wage, are able to access retirement and have a seat at the table in discussions regarding the future of long term care services.

Before serving in her current position as Executive Vice President at SEIU Local 2015, Kim held a variety of roles in SEIU, including Internal and External Organizer for an SEIU local in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Education Coordinator for SEIU International and Deputy Director of the Public Division for SEIU International. She also worked on a project that eventually evolved into SEIU’s Leaders in Action for Justice Committee, which focuses on developing leaders in our organization. As part of her work for the national union, she moved on to become the SEIU Area Director for California, and eventually took on the role of Chief of Staff at ULTCW. In 2013, she was elected as Secretary Treasurer of SEIU ULTCW.

Silvia Yee

Board Member

Silvia Yee

Board Member

Silvia Yee is a senior staff attorney at Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) where her work has included projects to increase physical and programmatic accessibility and disability awareness in the delivery of health care services, as well as impact litigation to increase access for people with disabilities in myriad aspects of public and private life.

Silvia maintains interests in health care reform and the impact on people with disabilities, international disability rights and the implementation of national disability rights laws, and the strengthening of cross-disability and cross-civil rights communities.

Over the past decade, Silvia has presented and written on how disability health and healthcare disparities, civil rights, public health, and other social determinants of health such as race/ethnicity, LQBTQ status, and income level intersect.  Recently, she has had the privilege to co-teach the disability rights law class offered at UC Berkeley School of Law. Prior to joining DREDF, Silvia worked in private commercial practice in Canada, and with the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, where she published on the topics of Canadian Health Care Standards and the extent of the nursing profession’s legal authority.  She received her B.Mus., M.A., and L.L.B. degrees from the University of Alberta.

Silvia joined CLTCEC’s board of directors in January 2021. “Long-term services and supports are critical to people with a range of disabilities across the life spectrum, and community-based services are essential to disability rights and true community integration,” she said. “I am motivated by a desire to help ensure that personal care assistants and direct service workers have a path forward to the living wage, safe working conditions, career recognition, and skill/knowledge base that will attract excellent employees and encourage strong working relationships.”

Education Fund Trustees

Arnulfo De La Cruz

Trustee

Arnulfo De La Cruz

Trustee

Arnulfo De La Cruz joined the SEIU 2015 Education Fund (CLTCEC’s nursing home program) Board of Trustees in 2019. For over 18 years, Arnulfo has worked in the labor movement to give voice to Long Term Care workers, hospital workers, janitors and public employees across multiple states including California, Texas, as well as Washington D.C. Fighting for civil rights and social and economic justice in California is in his blood, and dates back to his grandmother Jessie De La Cruz, who was one of the first female leaders of the United Farm Workers Union (UFW). Arnulfo was born in Oxnard, California during a strike of lemon workers, when both of his parents were organizers for the UFW.

In 2009, Arnulfo launched and led Mi Familia Vota California, a national nonprofit working to unite the Latino community and its allies to promote social and economic justice through increased civic participation. During his tenure at MFVCA, De La Cruz led efforts to expand the Latino and youth electorate through large scale citizenship, voter registration, census education, and GOTV, resulting in thousands of newly registered and active citizens across California.

As Director of SEIU’s Immigrant Justice Campaign, Arnulfo directed the union’s efforts to secure comprehensive immigration reform that respects the contributions of immigrants, rebuilds our nation’s economy, secures equal labor and civil rights protections for workers and provides a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented workers in our country.

It is with this same passion that he serves as Executive Vice President for Local 2015 and manages operations for regions four, five and six. He is committed to ensuring justice for all. When the landmark 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision to protect the DACA program was announced, Arnulfo worked to elevate members’ voices with the press and on social media to highlight the significant impact the DACA decision had on thousands of workers in California.

Arnulfo is a graduate of Wheaton College and was awarded a highly competitive Fulbright Scholarship to work and study Economics in Mexico. He lives in Sacramento with his wife and two children.

Chimere Randell

Trustee

Chimere Randell

Trustee

Chimere Randell, LVN, serves as the worker representative for the Education Fund Board of Trustees. As a charge nurse at Medical Hill Healthcare Center in Oakland, she manages a team of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and helps manage operations of the facility’s neurobehavioral unit. She received her Licensed Vocational Nurse certification in 2010. She also earned certifications as medication technician and activity director.

Cindy Cour

Trustee

Cindy Cour

Trustee

Cindy Cour joined the Education Fund Board of Trustees in 2021. She is currently the Vice President of Human Resources at EmpRes Healthcare. Her career in human resources began 25 years ago at Morrison Child and Family Services in Portland, Oregon. She joined EmpRes in 2006 and became the vice president of human resources in 2015. Throughout her career, she has had an emphasis in employee relations, recruitment and retention, onboarding and culture.  She holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications.

David Werlin

Trustee

David Werlin

Trustee

Bio coming soon!

Pat Poddatoori

Trustee

Pat Poddatoori

Trustee

Bio coming soon!

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