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Jim Becker

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Becker joined the Richmond Community Foundation in 2005, becoming its President and CEO in 2014.  Mr. Becker served on the Berkeley Global Campus Community Working Group and currently co-chairs the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa County.

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Tiffany Berry

SparkPoint Contra Costa Site Manager, Bay Point

Tiffany started her journey with us as a client of SparkPoint in 2012 and has grown and flourished into a top-notch apparel designer who has served on many boards of local and national organizations. In her interview with RCF Connects, she expressed: “I have first-hand knowledge (and success) of what SparkPoint can do with its resources and support.  My ultimate goal is to be part of (and contribute) new ideas to an organization that actually serves the people by pushing equity, education, and aiding families in accumulating generational wealth.”  We are so grateful that Tiffany is sharing her talent, passion, and ingenuity with us.

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Meghan Cadmus

SparkPoint Site Manager, Contra Costa College

Before joining to Spark Point in October 2018, Meghan was previously a Business Partnership Specialist at United Way Bay Area. She graduated from Roane State Community College in Tennessee. Meghan brings to RCF and Spark Point valuable expertise in Salesforce. Her enthusiasm with partnerships and her ability to synthesize information to come up with effective strategies has already helped Spark Point improve its services.

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Betty Geishirt Cantrell

SparkPoint Contra Costa Senior Director

Betty Geishirt Cantrell, MSSW, MBA has been SparkPoint Contra Costa Director since its opening in June 2011. With an original goal to serve 185 people in the first year, the center already served well over 700 people in providing integrated services to promote financial stability.

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Kacey Carterelliott

Mobility LABs Community Engagement Manager

Kacey Carterelliot has a passion for working in diverse communities, and first-hand experience invoking change in the workplace. In the 1970’s she was one of the first women/minorities allowed to become technicians and the first woman/minority to become a manager of the largest central office in Northern California at Pacific Bell.  She has close and personal knowledge of the equity process. This knowledge shows up in one of her biggest assets; the ability to build relationships, forming diverse teams using interpersonal skills, and other resources.

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Leticia Diaz

Assistant Receptionist

Leticia “Letty” Diaz, currently works at the Sparkpoint Vita Career Center as the Assistant Receptionist. She enjoys working with the local population and providing tax preparation and ITIN issuance to clients who speak Spanish. Letty has a great personality and we are happy to have her on the team!

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Melissa Ferrer

Development Manager

Melissa is an East Bay native who is most passionate about how the intersections of education, equitable access, and philanthropy can build community empowerment. Her undergraduate studies at the University of San Francisco were centered around Sociology and Race and Ethnicity, while her graduate studies at Holy Names University focused on Urban Education. Before coming to RCF, she spent several years in the Development Department at San Francisco Symphony, which later lead to a role supporting a team of corporate fundraisers at an international fundraising consultant firm.

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Johanna Garcia

SparkPoint Contra Costa Site Manager, Richmond

Johanna comes to us from Catholic Charities of the East Bay where she spent half a decade honing her professional career. An alumnae of UC Berkeley, Joanna has experience as an advocate in West County for over a decade. We are so grateful she decided to bring her talents to SparkPoint’s Richmond office. “My heart is in assisting immigrant communities,” she told us, “the goal is to empower people to become self-sufficient and thrive in their new community, the community I call home.”

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Roxanne Carrillo Garza

Senior Director of Healthy Richmond

Roxanne currently works with resident leaders, community-based organizations, base builders, and systems leaders to develop collective policy advocacy strategies to improve health, safety, school and neighborhood environments, and economic development opportunities.  Prior to joining Healthy Richmond in 2013, Roxanne was a Public Health Program Manager for Contra Costa Health Services where she worked on environmental justice, alcohol policy, neighborhood improvements and violence prevention efforts across Contra Costa County.

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Regina Keels

Administrative Assistant
SparkPoint Contra Costa, West

Regina Keels is the first person you will likely meet when you visit the SparkPoint Richmond office.  She is the first helpful voice you will hear when you call.  A key and vital part of the SparkPoint team and the general West County community, Regina is the person who will direct you through the many resources SparkPoint has to offer and you couldn’t be in better hands!

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Jewel Khu

Senior Accountant

Dedicated and detailed-oriented, Jewell is a capable and proactive accountant with over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector.  She holds a double major in Business Administration and Accounting from Judson University of Elgin IL.

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Amber King

Administrative Assistant, SparkPoint Contra Costa East

Originally a licensed Beauty Specialist, Amber found a passion for serving and becoming a vital part of the East Bay community. And as a young mother of bright and active children, she understands the barriers, challenges and hurdles many of us face in today’s society. Having over 8 years in customer service experience guarantees that Amber will treat every client (whether over the phone or in person) with the highest respect and efficiently assist them with all the services that SparkPoint provides. We are so grateful that Amber decided to join SparkPoint and the RCF Team this July.

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Theresa Kula

Career Center Coordinator/VITA Site Coordinator

Theresa Kula was raised in Vallejo and moved to Pittsburg in 2000 with her husband after giving birth to her daughter. Theresa successfully completed the Opportunity Junction Computer Training Program in 2004.  For several years Theresa was a private caregiver and enjoyed taking care of her clients.

On December 2012, Theresa started working for Bay Point Works-SparkPoint through the Work Employment Contra Costa Program; her main role was to assist the Coordinator in the IRS-VITA filing taxes.

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Carlos Lemus

Communications Manager

Carlos previously served as Healthy Richmond’s Project Manager for Resident Leadership since 2019, where he supported recruiting, training and mobilizing residents in the Richmond community to lead campaigns for health access, education equity and economic justice to impact key systems in West Contra Costa. Prior to that, he held positions at Richmond-based organizations RYSE Youth Center and Urban Tilth, where he participated in activities to promote civic engagement with youth and adults.

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Emily Lo

Controller

Emily Lo comes to RCF Connects with an extensive background in non-profit finance including managing budgets, analyzing financial reports, leading a finance team through financial and contract audits, and strategic business planning. She has also worked at public accounting firms specializing in audits of nonprofit organizations where she earned her CPA license. She graduated from Cal State East Bay.

Emily enjoys working in diverse settings. She has volunteered many hours in local community organizations. In addition, she enjoys traveling with family and appreciating great food.

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Héctor Malvido

Policy, Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager

Since moving to the Bay Area in 2015, Héctor has worked in direct services supporting marginalized communities and founded and Chaired the San Francisco Service Provider’s Coalition, a collection of organizations mobilizing to support individuals experiencing homelessness. He has also served as a consultant providing best practices and know-your-rights training, community-outreach strategy, and capacity-building support to organizations serving immigrant communities and people experiencing homelessness. Most recently, Héctor is a core member and organizer of Latinxs Unidxs de Berkeley and serves on both the Latinx COVID-19 Taskforce and the City of Berkeley Fair & Impartial Police Taskforce. We are so glad that he decided to be part of Ensuring Opportunity’s team by taking on the Policy, Advocacy & Community Engagement Manager position.

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Gerardo Mendoza

Site Manager – SparkPoint Diablo Valley College

As a long-time resident of the Richmond community, Gerardo Mendoza returns to the community after serving as a Site Coordinator/Peer Counselor within the community of Pittsburg. For the past three years, Gerardo has worked for a non-profit known as People Who Care (PWC) Children Association serving at-risk youth with the aim of helping the youth become productive citizens throughout their respective communities.

As a Richmond High School graduate and a Saint Mary’s College of California alumni, Gerardo is pleased to return to his hometown and aspires to help with the growth of the community aiming to create an environment fit for all.

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Mariana Moore

Ensuring Opportunity Campaign Senior Director

Mariana Moore serves as Director of the Ensuring Opportunity Campaign to End Poverty in Contra Costa, a cross-sector initiative that engages local elected officials, social sector organizations, businesses, labor, local government, faith-based, academia, and the philanthropic sector in a collective effort to eliminate poverty in our community.

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AnDrea Neal

Mobility LABs Community Engagement Coordinator

AnDrea Neal was born and raised in Oakland, CA, and worked with Alameda County for 12 years. After overcoming many life-challenging obstacles, AnDrea realized her passion was to assist women and children who were less fortunate. She has volunteered at various Sober Loving homes as a Substance Abuse Counselor and Mentor.  In 2012, AnDrea relocated to Antioch and later became a Community Leader with the Safe Return Project in Richmond. 

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Estela Nuñez

Mobility LABs Bilingual Community Engagement Coordinator

Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Estela started her new life in the United States after getting married. She found her passion by volunteering in the community for almost 11 years after many changes in her life. Today, she enjoys being a mentor of a group of mothers of children with special needs and she continues her work to help the less fortunate in the community. We are so happy that she decided to utilize her skills in community outreach as a part of the Mobility LABs Team in Antioch, CA.

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Yvette Perez

Office Coordinator

Yvette is the first face you will see when you come to our offices.  She is always there to welcome our visitors with a great big smile.  We are so very fortunate to have her as part of the RCF Connects team where she has quickly become indispensable.

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Iris J Podschun

Senior Director of Coaching and Collaboration

Iris Podschun dedicated their career to supporting social change work through collective impact and community-led projects.  Iris grew up in Kansas and worked primarily in Washington, DC and Colorado before moving to California.

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Stacey Street

Chief Operations Officer

Stacey Street is delighted to serve the Richmond Community Foundation as Chief Operations Officer. Stacey has over 25 years of development, marketing and non-profit management experience. Most recently she was Director of Capital and Major Gifts for Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific, where she coordinated a significant capital campaign that raised $6.5 million.

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Vy (VI) Tuong Vo

Campaign Manager for Healthy Richmond Campaigns

Vy is of Southeast Asian refugee-immigrant background and began her social justice journey as a youth advocate and organizer in San Jose focusing on various intersectional public health policies and actions.  Before coming to Healthy Richmond, she worked at Seneca Family of Agencies where she supported various adolescent mental health/crisis services programs.  In her current position with Healthy Richmond, she hopes to bring her intersectional and interdisciplinary skill sets to continue serving priority populations and communities in the City of Richmond, West Contra Costa, and special populations within Contra Costa County.

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Rosalind Welch

Director of Marketing and Communications

Rosalind is passionate about working within and improving her community, and comes to RCF with 20+ years of non-profit and 15 years of communications experience.  She joined RCF in 2016 and quickly took over and expanded RCF’s digital presence and audience.
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