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.

 

 

Andrea Rios, Navigator

Andrea has lived in the Monument Community in Concord since the age of 2 after her family migrated to the U.S. from Michoacán, Mexico. At a young age, she became very involved in her community. She, along with a group of youth from the Oak Grove Action team, led various projects and advocated for more resources for youth in the Monument Community. Through that experience she knew she wanted to continue working towards making change in her community. She worked with Monument Impact for 5 years in various programs, but focused mainly in the youth programs and communications. She motivates youth to continue their education and supported/trained parents to advocate for their children’s education. In all of her experience, she got to know first-hand the needs and struggles of the community. She strongly believes we are stronger together. Andrea is a Navigator for the Family Justice Center as well as the Co-Coordinator for the Community Fellows Program.

 

Chelsea Miller, Navigator

Before coming to the Family Justice center, Chelsea Miller worked with MapLight to create an online voter-guide for California, New York and Illinois. This was the most tech-y job she’s ever had and was proud to gain new skills in that area, but her heart is in organizing and working with people. She comes to the bay area from Rhode Island, where she did years of community organizing with tenants and homeowners who faced eviction and foreclosure. Chelsea is also a certified sexual assault crisis counselor, and a survivor herself.  She has spent the better part of her life considering questions of justice and healing and is thrilled to be coordinating a restorative justice program for the FJC — #dreamjob. She loves cats, fitness, and cooking!

 

Christina Tejada, Navigator

Christina, a Richmond native, has been working with the Latino population for over four years. As a 2013 UC Davis graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Chicano/a Studies, Christina studied abroad in Oaxaca for three months as pre-public health student teaching classes on tropical and sexually transmitted disease. Upon her return, she began working closely with underserved population in her home town. She has worked with the elder community through Life Long and was Clinical Operations Manager for RotaCare Richmond. She now oversees the Jubilee Immigration Clinic in Family Justice Center West. She is passionate about connecting underserved communities with available resources and empowering them to become their own advocates.

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 II

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 Domestic Violence Multidisciplinary Team (DV MDT) and manages the Lawyers for Family Justice. 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.

 

 

Stephen Gaston, Support Staff