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Board & Staff


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

Garret Olson, Vice President
Executive Director, SLO Food Bank

Jill LeMieux, Secretary
Director of Business Strategy at Economic Vitality Corporation

Chelsea Dixon, Treasurer
Community Member, Stay-at-Home Parent

Debby Nicklas
VP of Philanthropy, French Hospital Medical Center Foundation

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
Susan Lamont, Associate Director
Bryan Custer, IT Director
Ciara L. Andrews, Administrative Coordinator
Sam Gottlieb, Finance & HR Director

Client Services

Angie Gonzalez, Bilingual SART Manager
Christi Molina, Bilingual Client Advocate
Jenny Baltes, Client Advocate
Kristyna Gaytan, Bilingual Legal Advocate
Legal Advocate, Legal Services Department

Shelter Services

Marisela Corona, Bilingual Shelter Advocate


Arti Kothari, Prevention Coordinator
Hollie West, Prevention Coordinator
Janae Sargent, Prevention Manager


Amber Hollarman, MFT Supervisor
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, ability or citizenship status. All crisis services are available in Spanish and English.