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Board & Staff


Debby Nicklas, President
VP of Philanthropy, French Hospital Medical Center Foundation

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

Nick Quincey, Secretary
DDA, SLO County District Attorney’s Office

Morgen Houlis, Treasurer
CPA, Principal, Glenn Burdette

Chelsea Dixon
Community Member, Stay-at-Home Parent

Michael Gayaldo
Business Owner

Jill LeMieux
Membership Director, SLO Chamber of Commerce

Greg Malik
Real Estate Broker, Greg Malik Real Estate Group

Garret Olson
Fire Chief, City of San Luis Obispo

Shan Thomas
MD, FACOG, Dignity Health Care

Danielle Wheeler
DDA, SLO County District Attorney’s Office



Antonia Lliteras Espinosa, Outreach & Events Manager
Bryan Custer, IT Systems Manager
Heidi Spencer, Finance & HR Director

Client Services

Angie Gonzalez, Bilingual SART Advocate
Brandon Covarrubias, Detention Facilities Educator
Ellie Martin, Accompaniment Advocate
Esther Salzman, Bilingual Client Advocate
Jennifer MacMartin, Volunteer Manager
Jenny Baltes, Client Advocate
Kristyna Gaytan, Bilingual Legal Advocate
Legal Advocate, Legal Services Department
Madison Klein, Accompaniment Advocate
Maggie Tillman, Accompaniment Advocate

Shelter Services

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


Janae Sargent, Education Program Manager


Allison Parker, Clinical Coordinator, AMFT
Amber Hollarman, LMFT
Gerardo Garcia, APCC
Jackie Woods, MFT Trainee
Jessica Ramos, Bilingual MFT Trainee
Kimberly Meyer, AMFT
Leticia Palafox, MFT Trainee
Rosemarie Aguilar, AMFT
Teryn Little, LCSW
Theresa Mortilla, LMFT, Clinical Director
Emilie Crist, MFT Trainee
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.