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Board & Staff


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

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

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

Morgen Houlis, Treasurer
CPA, Principal, Glenn Burdette

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

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

Danielle Wheeler
D.D.A., SLO County District Attorney’s Office



Jennifer Adams, Executive Director
Jane Pomeroy, Associate Director
Antonia Lliteras Espinosa, Outreach & Events Manager
Bryan Custer, IT Systems Manager
Heidi Spencer, Finance & HR Director
Amanda DeMattos, Administrative Coordinator

Client Services

Angie Gonzalez, Bilingual SART Advocate
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
Susan Lamont, Client Services Director

Shelter Services

Claudia Guzman, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Martin Gonzalez, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Mary Moore, Shelter Coordinator
Rebecca Van Brasch, Shelter Manager


Brandon Covarrubias, Education Program Coordinator


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
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.