Daniel Griffee is a local attorney who has worked in Salinas and Monterey County since 1995. In the recent past, Dan observed observed a marked increase in the number of homelessness in and around Salinas. Dan was moved to assist Dorothy’s Place not only by its goal to provide for the immediate needs of homeless individuals but also addressing homeless individuals’ long-term needs to help elevate these individual up from homelessness and returning them to a sustainable permanent housing situation.
Ms. Borges is a family law attorney and works at the Monterey College of Law, where she is a professor to the students there. She has experience with legal issues that commonly challenge people of low income. She enjoys helping people and coaching them toward a better life.
Mr. Little is the Comptroller and Director of Finance for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. His financial expertise and continual oversight keeps Dorothy’s Place accountable for every dollar spent. His passion as our treasurer, like many on our board, is driven by his commitment to do good works and his faith.
Steve Nejasmich is a retired educator who most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Schools at the Monterey County of Education. He also served as the principal of three high schools and worked for many years in the inner cities of Watts, Hunter’s Point and North St. Louis. During those years, Steve worked closely with the poor and homeless and desires to continue this in his retirement.
I am a former Federal attorney, having worked for the United States Department of the Interior and the Food and Drug Administration. Currently, I am a registered marriage and family therapist intern with the state of California.
I chose to serve on the Board as I believe in what the Franciscan Workers are working to accomplish in providing a compassionate and loving presence, alongside practical resources, for those who have the greatest needs and the least support in our society. For many years I've been part of a team providing dinner for the Women Alive program. Service on the board is a natural extension of those efforts.
Mr. Moncrief retired from a forty-one-year career in nonprofit housing development and finance. During most of those years, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities included assisting his Boards of Directors in strategic planning, fundraising, program development, administrative oversight, and public relations. His career focused on the shelter needs of low-income - primarily minority families and working - families. Mr. Moncrief has embarked on a second career as an author.
I'm Ronnie Thompson and I've lived, as well as worked, in Salinas for over 30 years.
I serve on the Board because I care about the homeless and people who are down on their luck. I believe that what Dorothy's stands for and the good work done through the organization is something that needs to endure in our community for a long time to come.
I am proud to see the tremendous growth in all of our programs from those early days when the original Franciscan Workers made and passed out sandwiches. We have changed quite a bit since then! I believe it is important to help people survive but more importantly, give them a chance to thrive. That is why I so avidly support our transition programs. Our success has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of our staff. We can’t thank them enough. It is an honor to serve on the board of Dorothy’s Place.
Facilities / Finance
Mr. Vonnegut is our longest serving board member at Dorothy’s Place. He’s been with our organization since its incorporation. We rely upon his expertise in finance, facilities maintenance, and his desire to serve the weakest among us with compassion, as well as common sense. Retired now, Mr. Vonnegut’s career was in manufacturing.
Jill Allen, Executive Director
Subbha Padmanabhan, Finance and Administrative Director
Tawni Gott, Assistant Bookkeeper
Carmen Lombardino, Bookkeeper
Reyna Urias, Office Manager
Javier Rodriguez, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
Javier Moreno, Facilities Maintenance
Dorothy’s Drop-In Center
Tony Colin, Program Director
Jena Barrera, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Paola Chavez, Community Health Worker I
Lidia Escalera, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Joel Fernandez Jr., Community Health Worker I
David Fernando, Drop-In Center Coordinator I
Lupita Gamboa, Community Health Worker Lead II
Jaqueline Gacayan, Community Health Worker I
Veronica Pascual-Arroyo, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Shantel Reynolds, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Denise Silva, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Teresa Woodward, Community Health Worker I
Eva Zambrano, Community Health Worker Lead I
House of Peace Transitional Living Residence
Dollie Pope, Interim Program Director
Patricia Fuentez, Social Worker II, Housing Navigator
Joseph Price, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Danika Robison, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Nic Bianchi, Program Director
John Newkirk, Program Manager
Julieta Borges, Front-of-House Coordinator
Aaron Melendez, Donation Logistics Coordinator
Juan Ortiz, Kitchen Maintenance Specialist
Chinatown Health Services Center
Martin Alvarez, Jr., Program Director
Belen Acevas, Community Health Worker Lead I
Michelle Bautista, Community Health Worker I
Edwardo Banda, Jr., Community Health Worker I
Ruben Bravo, Community Health Worker Lead I
Stacey Colantro, Community Health Worker I
Tiffany Digama, Community Health Worker I
Alejandro Jara, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Eduardo Leon, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Sonia Moreno, Community Health Worker I
Anna Rivas, Community Health Worker I
Dale Rogers, Community Health Worker I
Christopher Warner, Community Health Worker I
Ronald Wilkerson, Community Health Worker I
Regina Williams, Social Worker II, Housing Navigator