February 8, 2015

Staff

SusunKimSusun Kim, Executive Director
Susun, a 1991 graduate of New York University School of Law, is an experienced family law attorney with 15 years of legal aid experience.  She enjoys creating new projects and participating in collaborative initiatives, i.e., collective impact work.  She has helped put together county wide housing service collaboratives, developed the court-based housing law clinics, and convened a reentry initiative to assist the formerly incarcerated.  She has been actively involved in the United Way’s SparkPoint initiative focused on self-sufficiency.  She serves on the steering committee for the Contra Costa County’s Alliance to End Abuse Initiative and the Community Advisory Board of the Contra Costa County Community Corrections Partnership.  Susun has extensive training and facilitation experience and previously served as faculty for national training institutes hosted by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.

 

TaminaTamina Alon, Director of Operations
Tamina, a 2008 graduate of UC Hastings College of the Law, was raised on Guam. She joined the Family Justice Center from Bay Area Legal Aid’s housing unit where she represented clients and managed Contra Costa’s court-based Housing Law Clinics in Richmond, Martinez, Concord, and Pittsburg.  Prior to Legal Aid, Tamina did extensive data and evaluation work with Q2 Data & Research, The Redistricting Group, and the Statewide Database.  Tamina was a teacher for over 10 years at various colleges, and advocated for the student-parent and student-families population.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts and the Advisory Council for RotaCare Richmond.

 

AnnabelleAnnabelle Berrios, Advocacy and Training Manager
Annabelle was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is a native Spanish speaker.  She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School and a Master of Arts from the California Institute of Integral Studies.   She practiced mostly criminal law during her 13 years of law practice.  She worked for a Justice of the Supreme Court of New York, where she also launched a yoga program for lawyers.  Annabelle currently teaches an annual course at the New York Open Center on psychology of place as part of a larger curriculum in Holistic Psychology. She has also taught classes in Motion Theater® and leadership development within a systemic change framework.  Annabelle enjoys exploring with work teams the benefits of cultivating spontaneity and playfulness through applied improvisation.  She also blogs for the Metta Center for Nonviolence and has authored two articles for American Bar Association publications.

 

Bella PicIsabella Valladares, Project Assistant
Isabella was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Richmond, California. She is a native Spanish speaker and has ten years of working with diverse cultures and populations in the fields of adult behavioral health, sales, and customer service. For five years, she worked closely with the mental health population as an instructor. Being an instructor allowed her to help many adults with disabilities create and achieve goals towards independence. These goals varied from personal hygiene care to anger management. Though this experience was very rewarding, she chose to move on to a different field. Most recently, she was an insurance broker with a license in personal liens and assisted clients who are considered high risk drivers. Isabella brings to the Family Justice Center her varied experiences and skills and her willingness to learn to become a great asset to her community.

 

IMG_6794 cropMarta Martinez, Office Manager
Marta was born and raised in Mexico and is a native Spanish speaker. She brings to the Family Justice Center many years of experience working in the healthcare administrative field as well as working with the community. Marta worked at John Muir Medical Center as Patient Account Representative for many years, providing direct services to clients. More recently she worked with Health and Human Services Agency Napa County delivering direct services to the agency staff and the community.

 

Marisol_MartinezMarisol Martinez, Navigation Support/Project Assistant

Marisol began her work with the Family Justice Center as a Community Fellow in Concord, California. She has worked with the Latina community for 7 years and makes it her priority to understand the needs and challenges that the Latina community encounters on a day-to-day basis. Marisol currently co-facilitates Project Connect and WINGS En Español. Her mission is to be a voice for immigrant Latina women. She supports them in having a space where Latina women can find understanding, confidentiality, respect, safety, and where they can expect to be heard supported. Marisol is a native Spanish speaker.

 

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Natalie Oleas, Navigator

Natalie, a California native, has worked as a survivor advocate for over a decade. She graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 2011, where her studies centered around victim advocacy, criminal procedure, and civil rights. While living in Massachusetts, she worked as a Legal Consultant for a local Rape Crisis Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara, where she double majored in English and Sociology and worked as a Speaker for the Rape Prevention Education Program. She is a Certified Rape Crisis Counselor in California and Massachusetts. She is proud to be the coordinator for the Family Justice Center WINGS Program and the Domestic Violence Multidisciplinary Team (DV MDT). She believes strongly in a holistic approach to justice and healing.

 

OravanOravanhh Thammasen, Navigator II
Oravanh was born in Thailand and raised in the Bay Area. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (’05-’07), where she led community projects in health education, sanitation, and nutrition in the Dominican Republic. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Syracuse University and has worked with NGOs abroad and local nonprofit organizations in Contra Costa County. Oravanh has extensive experience working with diverse communities, transition aged youth, and fair housing initiatives. Oravanh is a native speaker of Lao and Thai and is fluent in Spanish.

 

Saskia Ledezma, Navigator