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Our Staff

Christine Essel

President and Chief Executive Officer

Yessica Avila

Coordinator, Knowledge & Communications

Monica Banks

Senior Associate, Professional Learning/Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation – Los Angeles (TRHT-LA)

Morgan Bennett

Director, Member Engagement & Communities Strategy

Amanda “Andie” Byrd

Senior Vice President, Membership & Sustainability

David Carroll

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Relations

Jacqueline Carrillo

Coordinator, Programs and Conferences

Barbara Dibs

Manager, Membership

Rachel Doria

Senior Manager, Grants and Membership

Brenda Estrada

Manager, Finance and Operations

Karen Freeman

Chief Operating Officer, SCG / Chief Administrative Officer, Philanthropy California

Cristina Garcia

Director, Veterans Peer Access Network

Yolanda Gipson

Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Eddy Gonzalez

Senior Manager, Knowledge & Communications

Kameron Green

Vice President, Professional Learning & Family Philanthropy

Crystal Hand

Coordinator, Knowledge and Communications

Jan Kern

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Adele Lee

Director, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA)

Jessica LeTarte

Coordinator, Peer Communities

Tuly Martinez

Senior Vice President, Programs & Conferences

Karla Mercado

Director, Philanthropy California & Public Policy

Bethanie Milteer

Coordinator, Programs and Conferences

Samantha Ortiz

Associate, Finance & Operations

Katy Pelissier

Director, Programs & Conferences

Phuong Pham

Vice President, Knowledge & Communications

Aimee Pila-Bravo

Director, Los Angeles Veterans Collaborative

Erica Rey

Manager, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA)

Alexis Smart

Associate, Membership and Grants

Sequoia Thompson

Coordinator, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation - Los Angeles (TRHT-LA)

Noann Villalobos-Sanchez

Intern, Public Policy & Government Relations


Nathan Graeser, MDiv, LCSW, DSW

Veterans Issues Consultant

Ron Milam

Environmental Consultant

Lisa Cleri Reale

Corporate Consultant