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Board & Staff


Garret Olson, President
Retired Fire Chief, City of San Luis Obispo

Dave Juhnke, Vice President
Partner, Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh LLP

Jill LeMieux, Secretary
Membership Director, SLO Chamber of Commerce

Morgen Houlis, Treasurer
CPA, Principal, Glenn Burdette

Chelsea Dixon
Community Member, Stay-at-Home Parent

Michael Gayaldo
Business Owner

Greg Malik
Real Estate Broker, Greg Malik Real Estate Group

Debby Nicklas
VP of Philanthropy, French Hospital Medical Center Foundation

Nick Quincey
DDA, SLO County District Attorney’s Office

Kara Samaniego
Assistant Director of Wellbeing, Cal Poly

Shan Thomas
MD, FACOG, Dignity Health Care

Danielle Wheeler
DDA, SLO County District Attorney’s Office



Jane Pomeroy, Executive Director
Antonia Lliteras Espinosa, Outreach & Events Manager
Bryan Custer, IT Director
Heidi Spencer, Finance & HR Director
Ciara L. Andrews, Administrative Coordinator
Monique Tiller, Grants Coordinator

Client Services

Angie Gonzalez, Bilingual SART Manager
Ellie Martin, Accompaniment Advocate
Esther Salzman, Bilingual Client Advocate
Jenny Baltes, Client Advocate
Kristyna Gaytan, Bilingual Legal Advocate
Legal Advocate, Legal Services Department
Maggie Tillman, Accompaniment Advocate
Jose Guardiola, Volunteer Manager

Shelter Services

Claudia Guzman, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Mary Moore, Shelter Coordinator
Rebecca Van Brasch, Shelter Manager
Marisela Corona, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Cristina Guerrero, Bilingual Shelter Advocate


Janae Sargent, Education Program Manager
Kendall Christensen, Prevention Programs Coordinator


Allison Parker, Clinical Coordinator, AMFT
Amber Hollarman, MFT Supervisor
Leticia Palafox, Bilingual MFT Trainee
Rosemarie Aguilar, AMFT Community Therapist
Teryn Little, LCSW Community Therapist
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.