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Our Team

Corinne Eldridge
President & CEO

“Our culture at CCA is more than inclusive; we are committed to fostering a sense of belonging. Our shared dedication to our mission of empowering and uplifting the caregiving workforce connects all of us and reflects our own personal values. Together, we strive towards a future where caregivers are recognized and respected as professionals.”

Senior Leadership

Corinne Eldridge
Corinne Eldridge
President & CEO
Corinne Eldridge
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.

David Wescott
Communications Director
David Wescott
Communications Director

David Wescott is a strategic communications professional with over 20 years of experience and a track record of success serving health care and nonprofit interests.  He led communications efforts for a public hospital in North Carolina and a statewide nonprofit in California. David also worked in a global public affairs firm for 12 years and led his own communications company for another six. 

David earned a reputation as a thought leader in his field, serving as an instructor for the Institute for Public Relations Leadership Forum and as a reviewer for the University of Florida Research Prize in Public Interest Communications.  His work has been published in the PR News Media Training Guidebook, PRSA’s Strategist, and The Firm Voice.  David began his career in policy, serving as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts).  He lives in the Sacramento area and enjoys spending time with his children. 

Emmalynn Chaubard
Director of Policy & Research
Emmalynn Chaubard
Director of Policy & Research

Emmalynn has spent most of her policy career focusing on improving the services supporting our state’s most vulnerable populations. Starting her journey in Sacramento with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, she quickly caught the labor bug and began focusing on creating policy change through organizing.

After developing a unique familiarity with the state In-Home Supportive Services Program while working for the United Domestic Workers, Emmalynn transitioned into a consultant role with the California Legislature. Here she continued her policy work on IHSS and provided expertise regarding other public programs that serve our state’s aging and disabled populations. During this time, she expanded her roots in her community by volunteering in local politics and getting involved in the 916 art scene.

As the organization’s first Policy and Research Director, Emmalynn hopes to use her heart for labor and expertise in policy development to push forward the vision of CCA at the state and federal level.

Gwynith Raimondo
Gwyneth Raimondo
CFO
Gwynith Raimondo
Gwyneth Raimondo
CFO

Gwyneth has over 28 years of experience across multiple industries with a concentration in the non-profit arena, with the last 15 focusing on management. As Chief Financial Officer, Gwyneth provides financial, operational, HR, and data management leadership for CCA.

Recently coming from a local arts & culture organization, she spent the last eight years developing systems and policies to fit the organization’s growth projections. The last two and a half years were spent pivoting program and financial plans to sustain operations and securing relief funding available during the pandemic.

Hailing from the East Coast and England, Gwyneth made the move to California where she resides and maintains a busy life with her husband and three children.

Michele Talbott
Project and Portfolio Management Director
Michele Talbott
Project and Portfolio Management Director

Michele brings over 25 years of experience across various industries, primarily in the tech space, specializing in project and program management, strategic planning and execution, operations excellence, agile methodologies, software development life cycle, change management, and coaching and mentoring.

Michele has spent most of her career helping organizations establish Project & Portfolio Management teams to enhance cross-team collaboration and drive program success while prioritizing people over process. By placing people first, she believes we create a more collaborative and supportive work environment where everyone can thrive and succeed. She is excited to join our team and continue our mission. 

Originally from Toronto, Canada. Michele moved to California in 2004 and lives in Ventura, California with her husband, Matt, and fur babies: Izabel, Theo, and Clementine. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking with her husband and dog, or snowboarding during the winter months. She also loves traveling to new places to experience different cultures.

Moraima Castaneda
Senior Director of Programs, Home Care
Moraima Castaneda
Senior Director of Programs, Home Care

Moraima is a cum laude graduate of South University in Savanah, Georgia, with a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in Healthcare Management. She brings 30 years of domestic and international experience in clinical operations and management and over 13 years leading healthcare education and quality improvement programs. Moraima is Certified as a Healthcare Simulation Educator and Simulation Operations Specialist through the Society for Simulation in Healthcare; and is a TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer. Prior to joining CCA, she served as Director of Simulation and Education for PIH Health, a nonprofit healthcare system located in Whittier California.

Syuzanna Petrosyan
Senior Director of Programs, Education Fund
Syuzanna Petrosyan
Senior Director of Programs, Education Fund

Syuzanna Petrosyan joined CCA in 2015 and has since assumed increasing levels of responsibility within the organization, building collaborative relationships with dynamic and key stakeholders to increase the reach of the Education Fund across California. In her current role, she is responsible for shaping the strategy and implementation of the high quality educational and training programs offered to SEIU Local 2015 long term care workers employed at over 80 skilled nursing facilities. She leads a statewide team dedicated to empowering marginalized workers from diverse backgrounds and providing access to equitable educational opportunities as well as increasing the pool of skilled health care workers to meet the present and future needs of the rapidly growing senior population. California has a caregiver crisis and Syuzanna is determined to be a part of the solution by preparing the workforce with the capacity and skills to provide quality care to the vulnerable population.  

Management

Adriana Morieko
Adriana Morieko
Lead Instructor
Adriana Morieko
Adriana Morieko
Lead Instructor

Adriana Morieko advocates for health and wellness for the community and constantly focuses on the areas of Diversity and Inclusion, addressing social determinants of health issues and using research to inform the development of effective health promotion strategies. Adriana has over two decades of experience in community education, program administration, management, training, mentorship, coaching, advocacy, and research. Among her most recent experiences were helping coordinate a broad scope of communicable disease prevention and control, investigation, surveillance, intervention, and educational activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through a public Health Department. She holds a master’s degree in business, earned a certification in the Stanford Clinical Research Operations program, and recently earned her certificate in E-Learning Instructional Design. She enjoys team development, relationship building, program management, design, and delivery of adult education programs.

Afolabi Onanuga, Systems Administrator
Afolabi Onanuga
Salesforce Administrator
Afolabi Onanuga, Systems Administrator
Afolabi Onanuga
Salesforce Administrator

Afolabi brings an extensive amount of experience to his new role as Salesforce Administrator. He is an expert when it comes to Salesforce, NetSuite, Boomi, and various other business systems.


Prior to joining CCA, Afolabi worked at Curative as a Salesforce Manager where he primarily defined, documented, and improved business processes and procedures within an organization of over 900 users. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance, as well as his Master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Andrea Garcia
Program Manager
Andrea Garcia
Program Manager

Andrea Garcia is an experienced Program Manager with expertise in navigating complex operational landscapes including learning management systems, managing budgets, and overseeing diverse initiatives to ensure their success. A dedicated team member, she originally joined CCA in 2018 as a Program Assistant then took on the role of Program Coordinator prior to becoming a Program Manager for the Home Care team in 2021. Andrea is skilled in providing mentorship, training, and supervision to program managers and other staff. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has a certification in Project Management from the Project Management Institute. Andrea is also bilingual with full fluency in English and Spanish.

Andres Solano
Andres Solano
LMS Administrator
Andres Solano
Andres Solano
LMS Administrator

Andres Solano has 12 years experience working in the LMS field for different industries, with a large portion of that experience in healthcare. He has  worked for nonprofits, small businesses, and large international companies. Andres has helped organizations launch new LMS platforms, upgrade to new systems, define their processes, and consult on how the LMS can be leveraged for efficiency. Originally from New Jersey, he moved to Southern California four years ago. He absolutely loves it here.

Antonio Borras
Antonio Borras
Lead Instructor
Antonio Borras
Antonio Borras
Lead 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 CCA, 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.”

Blanca Lopez
Program Manager
Blanca Lopez
Program Manager

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 Coordinator. 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.

Indira Wright
Indira Wright
Lead Learning Specialist
Indira Wright
Indira Wright
Lead Learning Specialist

Bio coming soon.

Juliana Mata Pacheco
Juliana Mata-Pacheco
Manager of Learning & Instruction
Juliana Mata Pacheco
Juliana Mata-Pacheco
Manager of Learning & Instruction

Bio coming soon!

Juvenal Mauricio
Enrollment Manager
Juvenal Mauricio
Enrollment Manager

As a Manager of Enrollment for CCA, 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 CCA’s educational programs. Juvenal’s experience in recruitment management informs his work as a Field Coordinator. Before joining CCA, 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.

Kia Watley
Kia Watley
Lead Instructor
Kia Watley
Kia Watley
Lead Instructor

Kia Watley is a new Lead Instructor on CCA’s Home Care team! Kia is a Certified Medical Assistant and Licensed Vocational Nurse who is highly-skilled and passionate about home care and nursing. She has substantial experience in the caregiving field as she previously filled two managerial roles at residential home care facilities, and has worked as a lead caregiver and an LVN Charge Nurse. Additionally, Kia holds numerous medical certifications and licenses. She is excited to bring her experience and knowledge to the CCA team!

Kyunghee (Stella) Yoo
Program Manager
Kyunghee (Stella) Yoo
Program Manager

Since starting as a part-time instructor five years ago, Stella Yoo has grown and expanded into a full-time employee with experience in various roles, as a Field Coordinator, Lead Instructor, and currently as Program manager. Stella supports program administration, data management, and project planning in the Home Care team.
Prior to joining CCA, Stella worked as a math teacher and integrated teacher for Volunteer of America and Glendale Unified School District. Also, Stella led administrative management as general manager in the Los Angeles Korean Festival Foundation and Global Korean Research Center. Stella earned her M.A. in Linguistic and Teaching English to Speaker of Other Language from California State University, Los Angeles, 2010.

Miya McCampbell
NATP Administrator
Miya McCampbell
NATP Administrator

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 CCA, 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 CCA.

Oscar Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez
Lead Instructor
Oscar Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez
Lead Instructor

As a Central Coast native, Oscar attended college in his hometown of Watsonville before moving on to UC Santa Cruz and the Bay Area to study alternative medicine. He has worked with various nonprofits in project and program management capacities and enjoys working with the public. He is a passionate advocate for farm workers as he comes from a family of farm workers.

Phoenix Lockett
Program Director
Phoenix Lockett
Program Director

Phoenix Lockett is excited to join the CCA Ed Fund team as a new program director! She brings with her over 18 years of expertise in Workforce and Program Development and Project and Performance Management. Phoenix has served many managerial positions throughout her career. Prior to joining us at CCA, she worked for SEIU-UHW & Joint Employer Education Fund serving the role of Senior Director of Programs. Her extensive educational background consists of a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and ten different certifications including Coaching Power Leadership, Foundational Coach Methodology, and Organizational Health in Business.

Travis Freed
Travis Freed
Program Manager
Travis Freed
Travis Freed
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.

Wendy Ramirez
Wendy Ramirez
Director of Human Resources
Wendy Ramirez
Wendy Ramirez
Director of Human Resources

Wendy Ramirez is CCA’s new Human Resources Director! She brings with her over 16 years of industry experience previously serving as the HR Director for DSD Companies, Morphe Brushes and Cosmetics, and GZ6G Technologies, among others. One of the most rewarding aspects of her career is providing employees with the knowledge and skills to complete their goals and success. Her professional legacy is having the honor of working with people who commit themselves to making their business and personal lives a success. In her free time, Wendy likes to do yoga and spend time with her two children- they especially love to hike together!

Zach Paul, Senior Accountant
Zach Paul
Accounting Manager
Zach Paul, Senior Accountant
Zach Paul
Accounting Manager

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.”

Zachary Galilei
Recruitment and Enrollment Manager
Zachary Galilei
Recruitment and Enrollment Manager

Zachary Galilei received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University where he spent four years as a member of TBDBITL (The Ohio State Marching Band). After graduating, he became certified to teach grades 6-12 and has worked in higher education for the past 12 years in admissions and administration, focusing on growth in trades and allied health programs. Zachary’s passion for education and for helping others led him to CCA where he gets to align his expertise with the Education Fund.

Zachary has been married to his wife for 20 years and together they have four kids and a little Yorkie. He enjoys spending time together with his family, going to Disney, listening to music and podcasts, going to farmer’s markets, and trying new coffee shops and restaurants.

Staff

Board of Directors

Carmen Roberts, Executive Vice President SEIU Local 2015
Carmen Roberts
Executive Vice President SEIU Local 2015
Carmen Roberts, Executive Vice President SEIU Local 2015
Carmen Roberts
Executive Vice President SEIU Local 2015

Carmen Roberts is the first from-the-ranks SEIU 2015 member to be elevated to the
position of Executive Vice President of the statewide union representing California’s
long-term care workers. A longtime member of the union’s Bargaining Committee for Los
Angeles County IHSS providers, Carmen has served on the union’s Executive Board for
nearly a decade, and became a Regional Vice President for L.A. County in 2017, and
most recently became the union’s very first statewide member leader for home care:
First Vice President, Home Care Industry.

As Executive Vice President, Carmen draws on all her personal experience as a
caregiver to this role. Carmen continues her commitment to building power and bringing
structural change to the long-term care industry.

Carmen is looking forward to bringing that dedication to CCA as a board member. “Too
many care providers haven’t enough access to the quality, affordable training necessary
to provide the best possible care. As a former care provider, I’ll work with CCA to provide
increased availability of training. That’s key to ensuring long-term care is recognized as a
real career…where young people will say ‘I want to go into long-term care work’ like
others choose engineering, medicine, and law,” she says.

Jeffrey Phillip Forrest, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Jeffrey Phillip Forrest
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Jeffrey Phillip Forrest, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Jeffrey Phillip Forrest
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Jeffrey Forrest serves as Director of Older Youth Initiatives for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.  In this role he oversees the Opportunity Youth and Foster Youth Programs which address the needs of young adults (ages 15-24).  In his previous role, Jeffrey served 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 oversaw a number of business units dedicated to providing companies with training resources for growing their business. 

In this role, Jeffrey 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. Jeffrey has testified Capitol Hill on the benefits of apprenticeship to small business.  Jeffrey is also is the Chair of Finally Family Homes, a non-profit that works with homeless transition-aged youth in North Los Angeles County.

Jeffrey believes that providing access to a quality education and career pathways 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, an MBA from Lindenwood University, and an MDiv from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jennifer Schlesinger, Vice President Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles
Jennifer Schlesinger
Vice President Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles
Jennifer Schlesinger, Vice President Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles
Jennifer Schlesinger
Vice President Alzheimer's Greater Los Angeles
Jim Mangia, St. John's Well Child and Family Center
Jim Mangia
St. John's Well Child and Family Center
Jim Mangia, St. John's Well Child and Family Center
Jim Mangia
St. John's Well Child and Family Center

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.

Kim Evon, Executive Vice President, SEIU Local 2015
Kim Evon
Executive Vice President, SEIU Local 2015
Kim Evon, Executive Vice President, SEIU Local 2015
Kim Evon
Executive Vice President, SEIU Local 2015

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.

Padmini Parthasarathy, Principal & Founder Samya Strategies
Padmini Parthasarathy
Principal & Founder Samya Strategies
Padmini Parthasarathy, Principal & Founder Samya Strategies
Padmini Parthasarathy
Principal & Founder Samya Strategies

Bio coming soon.

Silvia Yee, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Silvia Yee
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Silvia Yee, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Silvia Yee
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund

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 CCA’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.”

Zima Creason, Executive Director, California Edge Coalition
Zima Creason
Executive Director, California Edge Coalition
Zima Creason, Executive Director, California Edge Coalition
Zima Creason
Executive Director, California Edge Coalition

Bio coming soon.

Board of Trustees

Arnulfo De La Cruz, President, SEIU Local 2015
Arnulfo De La Cruz
President, SEIU Local 2015
Arnulfo De La Cruz, President, SEIU Local 2015
Arnulfo De La Cruz
President, SEIU Local 2015

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 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, Medical Hill Healthcare Center
Chimere Randell
Medical Hill Healthcare Center
Chimere Randell, Medical Hill Healthcare Center
Chimere Randell
Medical Hill Healthcare Center

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.

David Werlin, SEIU Local 2015
David Werlin
SEIU Local 2015
David Werlin, SEIU Local 2015
David Werlin
SEIU Local 2015

Bio coming soon!

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John Bowen
Sun Mar Healthcare
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John Bowen
Sun Mar Healthcare

Bio coming soon!

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