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Board & Staff


Susan Poteet, President
Community Member

Michael Gayaldo, Vice President
Retired, Business Owner

Amy Gilman, Secretary
Program Manager, SLO County Probation Department

Morgen Houlis, Treasurer
CPA, Principal, Glenn Burdette

Ken R. Craig
Owner/Financial Advisor, Craig Financial Group, Inc.

Marilyn Curry
Partner, Kinman & Curry, Attorneys at Law

Greg Malik
Real Estate Broker, Greg Malik Real Estate Group

Debby Nicklas
V.P. of Philanthropy, French Hospital Medical Center Foundation

Nick Quincey
D.D.A., SLO County District Attorney’s Office

Jeri Siegel
Retired, Cal-OES

Hertha Wolff-Arend
Business Coach & Consultant



Jennifer Adams, Executive Director
Jane Pomeroy, Associate Director
Bryan Custer, IT Systems Manager
Heidi Spencer, Finance & HR Director

Client Services

Janett Garcia, Bilingual Client Advocate
Jennie Nyström, Client Advocate
Matias Bernal, Client Services Director
Sara Madden, Legal Coordinator

Shelter Services

Amanda DeMattos, Shelter Coordinator
Claudia Guzman, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Martin Gonzalez, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Tony Vidaurii, Shelter Coordinator


Ashleigh Vereen, Education Program Manager
Brandon Covarrubias, Education Program Coordinator


Amber Hollarman, MFT Intern
Christina Azruei, MFT Intern
Cindy Monterrosa, Bilingual MSW Intern
Jackie Woods, MFT Trainee
Lisa Connely, Bilingual LMFT
Maia Kiley, MFT Trainee
Priscilla Kiessig, ASW, Clinical Coordinator
Theresa Mortilla, LMFT, Clinical Director
RISE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides crisis intervention and treatment services to survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence and their loved ones. All services are provided confidentially, at low or no cost, to anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ability. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English. All staff members are mandated reporters and have an obligation to report under the following circumstances: reports of abuse or neglect to minors, dependent adults, elders, as well as if a client is in danger of hurting themself or others.