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Board & Staff


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

Morgen Houlis, Vice President
CPA, Principal, Glenn Burdette

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

Marilyn Curry, Treasurer
Partner, Kinman & Curry, Attorneys at Law

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

Cynthia Dixon
Community Member, Stay-at-Home Parent

Michael Gayaldo
Business Owner

Dave Juhnke
Partner, Sinsheimer Juhnke McIvor & Stroh LLP

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
Bryan Custer, IT Director
Heidi Spencer, Finance & HR Director
Amanda DeMattos, Administrative Coordinator

Client Services

Angie Gonzalez, Bilingual SART Advocate
Esther Salzman, Bilingual Client Advocate
Jennifer MacMartin, Volunteer Manager
Jenny Baltes, Client Advocate
Legal Advocate, Legal Services Department
Nate Sweasey, Bilingual Legal Advocate
Susan Lamont, Client Services Director

Shelter Services

Carol Henderson, Shelter Coordinator
Claudia Guzman, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Martin Gonzalez, Bilingual Shelter Advocate
Rebecca Van Brasch, Shelter Manager


Brandon Covarrubias, Education Program Coordinator


Amber Hollarman, LMFT
Jessica Ramos, Bilingual MFT Trainee
Leticia Palafox, MFT Trainee
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.