Marguerite Bachand, Executive Director: email@example.com
Marguerite is a non-profit executive with over 20 years of experience creating new programs and leading organizations through periods of change and growth. She developed a program for economically disadvantaged students at the University of California Office of the President that she implemented at multiple campuses, and has more recently worked in global development for an organization that removes land mines and works with farmers on sustainable farming practices in Afghanistan and Vietnam. She has dedicated her career to promoting equity and empowerment by working to broaden access to education, healthy environments, and economic opportunity for all individuals. Marguerite joined Operation Dignity in January 2017.
Tomika Perkins, Mobile Outreach and Operations Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomika has more than 23 years of experience (including 13 years at Operation Dignity) working directly to help individuals who are homeless secure housing through outreach, housing, and supportive services programs. At Operation Dignity, she successfully manages outreach programs serving between 60 and 125 individuals each day, as well as overseeing assessment and intake for more than 100 units of shelter and housing for veterans experiencing homelessness.
Barbara Edmondson, Program Supervisor: bedmondson@operationdignity.
Barbara has been with Operation Dignity since 1998 and currently oversees the operations at House of Dignity and Ashby House. Barbara has worked as an advocate for the voiceless for over 20 years. She is committed to ensuring each veteran feels a sense of self-worth and dignity, gains stable housing, and arrives at their full potential. Barbara graduated from Merritt College with a degree in Human Community Social Services. When not serving the community, Barbara loves to go walking and watch nature unfold, spend time with close friends and family, and indulge in good books, suspense movies, and seafood.
Katie Derrig, Development Manager: email@example.com
Katie works to build Operation Dignity’s financial strength and sustainability through fundraising, grantwriting, and fostering community relationships. She has worked in marketing and communications for almost 10 years, and is committed to helping our community end homelessness. Katie is originally from Chicago and holds an M.A. in Classics from the University of California Berkeley.
Judy Hui Pasquini, President
Judy is a graduate of Mills College with over twelve years of experience with direct services and management in the homeless programs sector. Most recently, Judy worked as a consultant in Alameda County, assisting a variety of non-profits to assess, prioritize, and maximize their homeless programs. While coordinating a homeless veterans program, she developed a passion for helping veterans obtain permanent housing. At Operation Dignity, she has continued her work in serving veterans by making an impact on their lives. She is also committed to serving the community by volunteering her time on several Bay Area Boards. When she is not busy working, she enjoys cooking, baking, creative arts, and traveling.
Rosa Maria Zanolli, Interim CFO
Rosa Maria became the organization’s CPA in 2002, and in 2009 she accepted the Board of Directors’ invitation to serve on the Board and to act as the CFO of the organization. Rosa Maria graduated with a degree in Business and Administration at the University of Rome, Italy, eventually moving to San Francisco for a job as an audit manager. She soon became a CPA and has had a private practice, providing consulting, accounting, auditing, and tax services, for many years. During the 5 years she took off to raise her children, she volunteered in various school activities and was PTA treasurer. When not working, she enjoys traveling to foreign countries, hiking, and scuba diving.
Alicia Anderson, Vice President
Alicia joined Operation Dignity’s Board in early 2016. She currently works for Santa Clara County’s Behavioral Health Department as a manager of substance abuse treatment programs. Prior to that, Alicia worked for ten years with homeless and at-risk individuals in Alameda County, both on the ground and as an administrator of street outreach and housing programs. She believes that everyone deserves compassion, grace, and affordable housing and works tirelessly towards these ideals. Alicia has her Master’s in Social Work from San Jose State University, and earned her BA in Global Studies from Azusa Pacific University, during which she lived abroad in Russia, working with homeless youth.
James De los Reyes, Secretary
James is an attorney at Boornazian, Jensen & Gerthe and concentrates in construction defect and general civil litigation. While not a veteran himself, he is indebted to the men and women who have served our country, including the many members of his family who helped raise and inspire him, and is passionate about serving his local community and the larger veteran community. He is a Legal Clinics Co-Director for the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) and recently served as pro bono counsel for Bay Area Legal Aid’s family law clinic. James received his J.D. from UC Hastings and his B.A. from Stanford University. He enjoys time with family and friends, and occasionally going lindy-hopping in San Francisco.
Morgan joined Operation Dignity’s board in July of 2016. After graduating high school, Morgan joined the Air Force as a member of the USAF Security Forces, where he worked in law enforcement, force protection, and corrections. He was stationed for four years in New Mexico, and served one tour in Mosul, Iraq, after which he transitioned to the Air Force Reserves and served five more years at Travis AFB in Fairfield, until 2013. While in the reserves, Morgan completed a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy at Sonoma State University. In 2017, he completed a graduate degree in Public Management and Policy Analysis at California State University, East Bay, working with one of his professors to do research on behalf of a local police department. He enjoys traveling with his wife, reading, and visiting the Bay Area’s museums and craft breweries. Morgan believes strongly in public service, in a civic duty to facilitate the reintegration of veterans, and in protecting the inherent dignity of all – regardless of their present circumstances.
Bob grew up in Berkeley and now lives in Oakland. He spent the first part of his career in academia and psychology, focusing on helping people, companies, and jobs all fit with each other better, and the rest of his career doing the same thing within Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. He is now a university administrator. He has published studies and essays on these topics, and has recently begun working with Operation Dignity with a focus on internal communication, human resources, and Board effectiveness. He earned his doctoral degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology at Colorado State University and completed his undergraduate studies in political science and economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
Daniel B. Lopez has over 35 years of experience in the affordable housing field. Since 1994, he has had his own consulting practice specializing in affordable housing finance, program development, and general problem solving. His clients have included the U.S. Circuit of Appeals, Ninth District; public agencies (cities, counties, and the U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund); for-profit developers, government sponsored entities (Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae); tax credit equity investors; and nonprofit organizations. He has served on a variety of nonprofit and public agency boards, committees, and commissions, serving as board chair for many of these efforts. He has a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from UCLA and a M.A. in City Planning from San Jose State University where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow. He has received numerous national, regional, and community awards for his expertise and dedication to the affordable housing and community development field.
John is a professional with over 25 years of Human Resources Management and Talent Acquisition experience. He joined the Navy after high school and was stationed at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, where he served in the Personnel Support Detachment. After almost 5 years of service, John left the Navy and attended California State University, East Bay where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. After graduation, his first job was with the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Francisco. He worked for service industries, IT and non-profit companies before joining Kaiser Permanente 12 years ago. John is also the Chairman of the Kaiser Permanente Veterans Association San Francisco Chapter.