Leadership Team

The Leadership Team represents a cross-section of the SVCN membership and serves as an advisory group to the Executive Director. With support from a Board Liaison, they provide guidance, direction, and develop strategies to work on emerging issues for local Health and Human Service agencies. Leadership Group members are committed to advocacy and to moving forward a broad nonprofit agenda.

Razelle Buenavista

Managing Director

Asian American Recovery Services

 

Razelle Buenavista is the Managing Director for Asian American Recovery Services, a program of HealthRIGHT 360, where she oversees the overall operations for Santa Clara County.  Razelle attended San Jose State University and College of San Mateo in which she studied Social Work and Addiction Studies. For two decades, Razelle has served Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino communities as a social worker and youth advocate. Most notably, she has been an advocate for gender responsive services, and has taken the lead in developing the SISTER-to-SISTER: Celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Women of Tomorrow Leadership Conference.  Razelle has received numerous awards and recognition for her community work, including National Leaders Council’s Trailblazer Award for Public Health Innovation, and Silicon Valley APADC’s Warrior of the Year Award.  Razelle is often invited to speak on various topics, including employee morale and retention, mentoring of emerging leaders, effective outreach strategies, girls and gangs, and substance use among youth.  Her work has led to the development of the Teens Teaching Teens Handbook, and multiple culturally and ethnically specific programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Razelle is an active member of the City of San Jose’s Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force Technical Team, Behavioral Health Contractors Association of Santa Clara County, Innovative Partnerships, Silicon Valley Council for Non-Profits Leadership Team, LEAD Filipino’s Advisory Team, and has dedicated countless hours to volunteering at several Bay Area programs.

Dana Bunnett

Director

Kids in Common

 

Dana Bunnett has been director of Kids in Common since January 2001.  Kids in Common works to create a community where every child is safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life. For the past several years, Dana has focused on addressing the opportunity gap many Santa Clara County children and youth face at school.  Her work has shed light on school funding inequities. She has championed the idea that schools should be “resource hubs” for their students and families, and she has also encouraged schools to adopt practices that promote a positive school climate so children have a greater chance of being successful.  As a community volunteer, Dana coordinates a program where adult advocates work with justice-engaged youth to address education issues. Dana is married and has a teenage son. 

Tanis Crosby

Chief Executive Officer

YWCA Silicon Valley

Tanis Crosby became the CEO of the YWCA Silicon Valley on February 3, 2014. Formerly she served as the Executive Director of the YWCA Halifax since 2005. Before beginning work with the YWCA, she was the Director of Resource Development for the Arthritis Society. She has received much recognition and numerous honors. A native of British Columbia,
Tanis attended Queens University in Ontario and completed a Non Profit Management Program at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Susan Frazer

Regional Director for Community Living Services of Santa Clara County

Institute on Aging

 

Susan Fent is the Regional Director for Community Living Services of Santa Clara County for the Institute on Aging. She has nearly 30 years of experience working for nonprofit community-based organizations that serve senior and disabled populations. Her career has reached both San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties where she has concentrated on key service areas such as case management, senior centers, elder abuse and senior nutrition. Through her role with the Institute on Aging, Susan is able to see first-hand how successful partnerships with health plans can not only lead to positive client outcomes, but provide a sustainable means to create more measurable and effective services. Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who holds a B.A. in Social Work from San Francisco State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gregory Kepferle

Chief Executive Officer

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

 

Gregory Kepferle is CEO of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, a $34 million nonprofit social service and social change organization which works to end poverty by serving and advocating for people of all cultures and beliefs. Greg has worked in the Catholic Charities network for over twenty-five years. Starting his career as Director of the Social Justice Resource Center of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, he became Director of Parish Social Ministry and Assistant Director. Prior to his work in San Jose he was Executive Director of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Greg is Vice-chair of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA and past president of Catholic Charities of California. In 2007 he organized Step Up Silicon Valley: The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Santa Clara County as a community-based network to disrupt the cycle of poverty. From this he incubated the Franklin-McKinley Children’s Initiative, a neighborhood-based anti-poverty strategy, and 1000 Out of Poverty, an outcomes-based collaborative pilot. He is a member of the American Leadership Forum – Silicon Valley and a member of Rotary International.

Sarita Kohli

President & Chief Executive Officer

Asian Americans for Community Involvement

 

Sarita Kohli is the President & CEO of AACI, Asian Americans for Community Involvement. AACI is a community-based organization focused on providing culturally sensitive high-quality health and wellness services to underserved populations in Santa Clara County. Sarita is passionate about empowering marginalized individuals and communities, through increasing access to health and wellness services. Her work encompasses many such communities, including victims of domestic violence, individuals with mental illness, survivors of trauma, refugees and low-income immigrant populations. Prior to her current position, Sarita has led AACI’s behavioral health and wellness programs, using her business acumen and compassion to expand access to culturally sensitive  services for the neediest in our communities. Sarita holds an MBA and is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In 2011, Sarita was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the State Board of Behavioral Sciences, where she is serving her second term. In 2015, Sarita was awarded the Woman of Influence award the Silicon Valley Business Journal. In May 2017, Sarita received a commendation from Congressman Ro Khanna for her work in serving the APA community.

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla

Executive Director

SOMOS Mayfair

 

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla has led SOMOS Mayfair as the Executive Director for five years. She first joined the organization in 2010 and co-led the re-visioning of SOMOS Mayfair into an organization that is anchored in its grassroots leadership development model, and known for direct community impact and systems change. Camille is a skillful bridge-builder, maintaining and expanding relationships with key stakeholders, and securing over 10 million dollars for SOMOS and the Mayfair community throughout her tenure. Camille serves on the Board of The Health Trust and co-chairs the East San Jose PEACE Partnership. Camille has 12 years of experience in nonprofit management and has extensive executive training from Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program, On the Verge, Compass Point and the Rockwood Institute. Camille earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She has awards from the City of San Jose, the Asian American Pacific Islander Leadership Institute, the African American Community Services Agency, and the East Side Union High School District Education Foundation. She continues to live in East San Jose with her husband and young son, and takes on many opportunities to work alongside community members in addressing our most pressing social justice issues.

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto

Director of Housing

YWCA Silicon Valley

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW is currently the Director of Housing at the YWCA Silicon Valley. She previously was the Assistant Director of Social Sector Ethics at the Santa Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and served as Executive Director for West Valley Community Services and CHAC, as well as Associate Director of Asian American Recovery Services. Naomi has worked as a social worker for over 37 years in various capacities, 25 of which have focused on executive management in the local nonprofit community. She has been an active volunteer and/or board member of several community organizations, including as Board Chair and Vice Chair for SVCN and on the SVCN Leadership Team. She also served on the United Way Silicon Valley Board of Directors. She is an appointed Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and previously served on the Santa Clara County Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee and the City of Sunnyvale, Cultural Diversity Advisory Committee. Naomi is a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum (ALF – Class XXIV). 

Jenny Niklaus

Chief Impact Officer

American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley

 

Jenny is currently the Chief Impact Officer at the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley, where she previously served as their Vice President of Innovation Networks. Before working at the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley she served as the CEO of HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County. An organization that provides services, shelter, and housing opportunities to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Santa Clara County. She has dedicated her life to the nonprofit sector and has worked tirelessly to serve the community. 

Erin O'Brien

President & Chief Executive Officer

Community Solutions

 

Erin O’Brien has been the President & CEO of Community Solutions since 2003. She has devoted her career to meeting the growing and changing needs of South Santa Clara County and the surrounding communities. She is fiercely dedicated to ensuring that children, families, and individuals have the support and services they need to create positive changes in their lives. Erin is active in various county efforts that impact vulnerable and underserved populations. She is the current President of the Behavioral Health Contractors Association of Santa Clara County and sits on the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Community Collaborative, the Santa Clara County Mental Health Services Act Leadership Committee, and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits Leadership Group. Erin has also participated in numerous planning processes, most recently the South County PEI Planning Team and the Santa Clara County Suicide Prevention Strategic Planning Team. Earlier positions included President of the Association of Mental Health Contract Agencies for the County of Santa Clara, Chair of the Juvenile Detention Reform Post-Disposition Group, and member of the Social Services Advisory Council. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Erin holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Bachelor's degree in Humanities from San Jose State University.

Susie M. Rivera

Managing Director of Santa Clara County

Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)

 

Susie currently serves as the Managing Director of Santa Clara County for Fresh Lifelines for Youth and has been with FLY since 2001. Over the years, Susie has worn many hats from overseeing programs, bridging programs and development, and working with partners in our community and systems. Throughout her tenure at FLY she has always remained grounded in the importance of youth voice, youth transformation,  and overseeing all youth voice initiatives internally and externally. Additionally, Susie is a Lecturer at San Jose State University in the College of Health and Human Sciences, teaching in the departments of Justice Studies and Health Science/Recreation for classes titled Drugs and Society,  Juvenile Justice,  Justice Management and Ethics, Media and Justice, Corrections and Society, Penal Policy, Race, Class, Gender, and the Law, and JS100W/HPRF writing workshop.  She has been teaching since 2007 and through her teaching she hopes to impact the next wave of individuals who will be working in the system to utilize a human rights approach while being positive change agents with our community members.  Susie is passionate about youth development, system change work, community building, and working closely with stakeholders and the community to come up with appropriate solutions to Juvenile Justice issues. Susie earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology from San Jose State University Also, received her Master in Justice Studies where her thesis focused on the effects of incarceration on Latino families and Women in the system.  In addition, Susie obtained her Juris Doctorate, her Certification as a Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC), Certification in Fundraising Management from Indiana University, and Certification as a Victim Offender Mediator. Susie was born and raised in East San Jose where she witnessed and experienced first-hand many of the issues confronting our youth. She has dedicated her career helping young people reach their best selves while simultaneously doing system change work  Rivera has received awards for her efforts in the community and to name a few she received an award for Diversity Enhancement Award, Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the NFL, and the Outstanding Lecturer Award at SJSU.  

 

 

Eva Terrazas

Senior Director of Public Policy and Government

Uplift Family Services

Eva Terrazas currently works at Uplift Family Services where she serves as the Senior Director of Public Policy and Government . Her focus is in the fields of State and City legislative, government administration, and public policy advising. With her extensive experience in public policy and consulting she has excellent analytical, policy development, strategic thinking, and program management skills. She is well known for being self-directed and able to respond thoughtfully and flexibly in a highly sensitive, fast-paced, and deadline-driven environment. Some of her passions include meaningful community involvement especially relating to sustainability, creating efficiency, ensuring quality programs, and maintaining rigorous administrative oversight. She has proven herself in several fields and positions and is dedicated in her service to the community. 
 

Sujatha Venkatraman

Associate Executive Director

West Valley Community Services

 

Sujatha Venkatraman is currently the Associate Executive Director for West Valley Community Services and oversees their Client Services, EAN, Housing and key services. She has been with WVCS since 2008. Previously she worked as the Senior Family Development Specialist for the Little City Foundation and before that she was a Behavioral Specialist for the United Cerebal Palsy of Georgia/South Carolina. In total she has 15 years of non-profit experience in program and policy development, strategic planning, grants and contract management, curriculum development and implementation, and community organization. She has a Masters in Psychology from University of West Georgia, graduate of Leadership San Jose, MSW from Dehli School of Social Work. Sujatha has worked with SVCN for many years as a key contact within our Emergency Assistance Network. Adding Sujatha enables us to have the EAN and North County areas represented within our leadership structure. Her breathe of knowledge and experience will be a great add to our SVCN Leadership Team.

Kevin Zwick

Executive Director

Housing Trust Silicon Valley

Kevin served as Executive Director of Housing Trust Silicon Valley since October 2008, and in May of 2013 became Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Kevin leads the overall direction, strategy, and impact of the Housing Trust and works to increase awareness of affordable housing issues in our region. He has been awarded the national distinction of a 2010 Young Leader, awarded by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. He is a member of the downtown San Jose Rotary Club, a Fellow for American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley’s Class XXV, and a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Silicon Valley. Kevin has worked in the field of affordable housing and community development since 1999. Prior to joining HTSV, Kevin was Director of Housing Development and Deputy Executive Director of Affordable Housing Associates. While there, Kevin oversaw the development of fifteen affordable housing communities throughout Alameda and Sonoma Counties totaling over 600 new units of housing for seniors, working families, people with special needs, artists, and emancipated foster youth. Kevin received a Master’s Degree in nonprofit administration (MNA) from the University of San Francisco, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. He lives in Willow Glen with his wife Helen and two kids, Noralee and Daniel.

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