Daniel Griffee is a local attorney who has worked in Salinas and Monterey County since 1995. In the recent past, Dan 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 a retired 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.
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.
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
Lee Hulquist, Senior Executive Assistant
Leslie Mendez, Office Manager
Javier Moreno, Facilities Maintenance
Dorothy's Drop-In Center
Jacqueline Gacayan, Program Director
Carina Aguilera, Program Manager
Itzel Aguilar, Community Health Worker I
Courtney Clark, Community Health Worker I
David Fernando, Community Health Worker I
Lupita Gamboa, Community Health Worker I
Lizbeth Hernandez, Community Health Worker I
Esmeralda Lopez, Community Health Worker I
Andrew Palacios, Community Health Worker I
Esperanza Rangel, Community Health Worker I
Nic Bianchi, Program Director
Julieta Borges, Program Manager
Aaron Melendez, Donation Logistics Coordinator
Annette Culcasi-Ivers, Kitchen Assistant
Juan Ortiz, Kitchen Maintenance Specialist
Norberto Silva, Cook
Streets to Homes
Martin Alvarez, Jr., Program Director
Jena Barrera, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Lidia Escalera, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Veronica Lara, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Sonia Moreno, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
Dale Rogers, Facility Assistant
Venessa Villa-Martin, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
LeiLani White, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator
House of Peace Transitional Residence
Roman Perez, Program Director
Jennifer Islas, Social Worker I, Housing Navigator