Staff

Staff

Administration

Christine Castillo, Executive Director

Chris earned her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Sonoma State University, with external work for her Master’s Degree in psychology. Chris has over 35 years of experience with nonprofit organizations in Sonoma County, working with diverse populations and cultures, most recently working with the Youth Business Week of California (YBW). She is committed to eliminating myths and stereotypes surrounding sexual assault and bringing our community together to become better informed, educated and able to speak out against sexual abuse. Chris will continue to pursue her passion for community collaboration.

You can email Chris at ED@ourverity.org

Amanda Silva, Director of Operations

Amanda earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University. Her professional experience includes administration, human resources, training development and ver_amanda_web_90x112Amanda earned a BA in Psychology from Sonoma State University and is
currently working on a Masters in Social Work at CSU Long Beach. Her
professional experience includes administration, human resources,
training development and delivery at both start-up and Fortune 500
technology firms. She is a California State Certified Rape Crisis
Counselor and a trained Girls Circle facilitator. Her volunteer work
includes two years as a volunteer for the Family Connections, a
program dedicated to supporting families transitioning out of
homelessness. Her commitment to the mission of Verity began with a
year and a half as a California State certified rape crisis counselor
volunteer and serving on the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task
Force.

You can email Amanda at operations@ourverity.org

Caitlin Quinn, Communications Coordinator

Caitlin was raised in Sonoma County and graduated from the University of California,Caitlin Quinn Berkeley, in 2015, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a minor in public policy. While studying at Cal, she was involved with the student organizing, government affairs, and nonprofit work for a variety of progressive causes in the Bay Area and Washington, D.C. After a year of getting reacquainted with what Sonoma County has to offer, Caitlin decided she wanted to do meaningful work in the community where she grew up, and joined the Verity team in July 2016. She enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring Sonoma County with her dog.

You can email Caitlin at communications@ourverity.org

Intervention Team

Carol Callens, Crisis and Intervention Manager

Carol earned her Bachelor’s degrees in multicultural studies and English from Chico State University. Her training in sexual assault, relationship violence, and exploitation includes two years as a certified domestic violence counselor, working with focus on family, building healthy relationships with the victims and their children. She spent time working with victims of trafficking abroad in South America and more recently worked in San Mateo County, where she helped with small group facilitation and management, as well as helping individuals with mental illness gain independence.

You can email Carol at intervention@ourverity.org

Georgina Tello Bugarin, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, Verity & Petaluma Police Department

Georgina earned her Associate’s degree in social and behavioral science and paralegal studies from the Santa Rosa Junior College. Her experience includesGeorgina bw many years working in a managerial position, as well as volunteering for different organizations in our community. Her commitment to Verity began as a volunteer in the fall of 2013. She was hired as the Crisis Line Coordinator in June 2014 and became a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate in 2015. Georgina is excited to apply her bilingual skills to help others.

You can email Georgina at PPDadvocate@ourverity.org

Camille Rodrigues, Senior Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, FJCSC

Camille earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology and a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. She began working in social services as a volunteer then coordinator for a character development program at Juvenile Hall which inspired her passion for working with youth. Camille also helped to develop youth service-learning programs as an intern at different nonprofits. After graduation, she went on to work in a crisis intervention group home before becoming a case manager for youth transitioning out of foster care. Camille then earned her domestic violence counselor certificate and worked as an advocate for families living in transition. Her most recent position was as an advocacy supervisor of court appointed special advocates who represent youth in the reunification process. Camille left San Diego in 2016 to pursue her Master’s degree in Human Rights Education at the University of San Francisco.

You can email Camille at FJC@ourverity.org

 

Stephanie Manieri, Bilingual Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, FJCSC

Stephanie recently earned her Bachelor’s degrees in biology and public health from Dominican University. She has been an active member of her community, volunteering in local clinics and supporting local movements. She also volunteered to work abroad in clinics in Tijuana, Mexico. Stephanie’s desire to work with Verity stems from a strong passion for advocacy on women- and child-related health problems. She started as the agency’s Crisis Line Coordinator before becoming an Advocate. Stephanie plans to work toward a Master’s degree in public health, public affairs, or social justice, in an effort to create systemic change in her community.

You can email Stephanie at FJC@ourverity.org

Leni Ortega, Bilingual Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, FJCSC

Jessica Stillman, Bilingual Human Trafficking Caseworker

Jessica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the University of San Diego before earning her Master’s Degree in Public Health. Her experience includes many years working to support family health in many ways, through direct and consistent relationship engagement, by connecting children and their families to community social and health service. She served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for 2 years as Health Specialist. Jessica enjoys traveling and reading the Harry Potter books.

You can email Jessica at HTcaseworker@ourverity.org

Genevieve Hightower, Human Trafficking Victim Advocate

Genevieve is originally from Sacramento, where she graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Social Work. She has experience working with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, as well as experience working with victims of elder abuse. She also has a history of working part-time at the Sonoma County Juvenile Hall, so she has gained considerable experience working with victims of sexual assault and human trafficking inside the facility. Outside from my work, she enjoys listening to music, cooking, eating what she cooks, and hiking. She loves to be active, and enjoys being outdoors in nature. She is very dedicated to helping all of Verity’s clients and looks forward to contributing to this agency.

You can email Genevieve at HTadvocate@ourverity.org

Gladys Amador-Cordoba, Sexual Assault Victim Outreach Advocate

Gladys was born and raised in Sonoma County. She is currently working towards the Community Health Worker Certificate at Santa Rosa Junior College. Her work experience is mainly in accounting, but she found her calling while working at Catholic Charities as the Resource Assistance Coordinator where she worked with families in connecting them with community resources to be self-sufficient. Her passion is to empower and support those most in need. In her free time she enjoys fishing and having dinner with friends.

You can email Gladys at outreach@ourverity.org

Metzli Perez-Flores, Crisis Line Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Metzli is currently working towards earning her Associate’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Santa Rosa Junior College.  She has been an active member in her community, volunteering at local events such as Levi’s Granfondo and helping community members around her. She loves lending a hand to those in need. Metzli is bilingual in Spanish and English, and enjoys applying this ability everywhere she can.  Verity has sparked her strong passion for advocacy for women, men, and children’s wellbeing and mental health.  After getting her Associate’s Degree, she plans to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Justice in order to create a change in her community.

You can email Metzli at crisis@ourverity.org

Verity Counseling Staff

Sharon Bergeron, MFT, Clinical Supervisor

Sharon has her Master’s degree in psychology and has been a marriage and family therapist in Santa Rosa for more than 30 years, providing clinical services to adults, adolescents, and children who suffered from aggression, abuse, neglect and traumatic loss. Her experience includes work with several treatment guidelines, including trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, humanistic, strength-based collaborative approaches and Jungian psychology. In addition to working in private practice, Sharon oversees and teaches graduate students in the MFT program at the University of San Francisco. She also has a Master’s degree in English/Creative Writing and trusts in creative power, the restorer of the human psyche.

You can email Sharon at clinicalsupervisor@ourverity.org

 

Amanda Abud, Bilingual Therapist and Human Trafficking Therapist

Amanda Abud, MA, LMFT is a licensed, bilingual Marriage and Family Therapist, who has focused her career on working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.  She spent several years as a program manager and case manager for domestic violence shelters in San Luis Obispo and Marin counties, before obtaining her Master’s in Counseling from Sonoma State University.  She worked as a Child Therapist and Clinical Manager at the Child Parent Institute from 2011-2017, focusing her work on treating survivors of child sexual abuse and helping children and families develop strategies to communicate about and overcome the impact of trauma on their lives.  She began providing counseling services at Verity in 2017 to serve the Spanish-speaking community and survivors of human trafficking. Amanda utilizes an integrative approach, applying evidenced based practices through a lens cultural awareness, and a client centered, Feminist framework to promote empowerment, understanding, and healing.

Counseling Interns and Trainees

Ann Clark

Ann began her work with Verity as a Trainee in 2012, and graduated from Sonoma State University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Counseling – Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern whose work focuses on recovery from trauma, including developmental traumas of childhood. Ann uses a variety of interventions, drawing primarily from CBT, Narrative, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness work. She also has experience counseling individuals in recovery from substance abuse and codependency. Recent studies and training in neuroscience inform Ann’s belief that our brains can be rewired to create more opportunities for joyful living. Ann also believes that life-changing events have deep wells of potential growth, and she feels privileged to serve as a guide and co-creator of new narratives for clients moving through them.

Katherine Nguyen

Katherine is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and Professional Clinical Counselor Intern with a Master of Arts in Psychology from Brandman University.  Prior to joining Verity, Katherine worked as a therapist at Catholic Charities with individuals, couples, and families to address a myriad of challenges, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and mental and physical abuse.  She also facilitated a women’s group on domestic violence and has experience teaching anger management skills.  Drawing upon techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Katherine believes in a collaborative approach where individuals build upon their existing strengths and play an active role to craft a life worth living. Katherine is fluent in Vietnamese.

Sarah Caldwell

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History of Art at Sonoma State University in 2009, and decided to go back to school in 2011 to study Psychology. She was hired at Sweetwater Spectrum in 2012 to work with adults with autism.  She began to explore her passions by volunteering with different agencies around the Sonoma County. At her favorite, the YWCA, she answered the hotline and facilitated a support group for a year. Sarah has also worked for agencies such as Anova and Emerald, where she was an aide to children at different places on the social and learning spectrums.  Sarah is attending Dominican University to earn her Master’s Degree in marriage and family therapy is very excited to be part of the team of Verity.

Prevention Team

Hayly Peacock, Prevention Education Manager

Hayly was born in Southern California and raised here in Sonoma County. She obtained her BS in Human Foods and Nutrition for Dietetics with an emphasis in Community Development from the California Polytechnic University of Pomona. Her previous work experience includes working on a community development team as a health and wellness adviser, and acting as a youth mentor. She also worked as the logistics coordinator for Sonoma County and the Child Parent Institute’s collaborative Mandated Reporting and Community Outreach Program for Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention. In the scope of all these projects, sexual assault and violence prevention has been a topic of discussion, education and care. Hayly is excited to use her experience with these topics, as well as her background in community development and outreach, to promote the prevention of violence in our community.

You can email Hayly at prevention@ourverity.org

Joyce Galindo, Bilingual Prevention Educator

Joyce was born and raised in New Jersey, but moved to Petaluma, California as a teenager. She obtained two Associates Degrees in Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences from the Santa Rosa Junior College before graduating from Sacramento State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology. Her previous work experience includes working with migrant students to help them achieve academic success in high school and earn a higher education. She also has experience working with autistic children as a Behavioral Interventionist. During her free time, she loves spending time with her two young sisters and traveling. She also enjoys visiting Golden Living Center in Petaluma to spend a few hours doing activities with senior citizens. In the future, she would like to go back to graduate school to obtain her Master’s Degree in either School Counseling or Marriage & Family Therapy.

You can email Joyce at bilingualeducator@ourverity.org

Zach Neeley, Prevention Education Specialist

Zach earned his J.D. from Fordham Law and was admitted to both the California and New York Bars. Zach previously worked for legal aid in New York, advocating for children in abuse, neglect, and delinquency cases through direct litigation in court and helping them to receive appropriate educational, medical health, mental and housing services. In California, Zach represented clients seeking restraining orders for domestic violence and co-facilitated a class about law and life skills for youth of San Mateo. Before joining Verity as an employee, Zach volunteered with Verity’s Prevention Department.

You can email Zach at preventionspecialist@ourverity.org

Military Veterans Team

Katherine Nguyen, Lead Clinician for the Forgotten Warriors Project

See entry above.

You can email Katherine at forgottenwarriors@ourverity.org

Jessica Dorr, Veterans Case Coordinator

Jessica was born in Florida and raised in several time zones.  In 2013, she graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in political science and a minor in ESL. She began working with displaced populations in Minneapolis before going abroad for a year and relocating to Sonoma County. Jessica has over five years experience filling niche needs within many communities in a variety of positions. Her passion for social change and complicated puzzles led her to Verity, where she hopes to bridge the divide between existing resources and accessibility. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys music, travel, Kung-Fu movies, and re-imagining social advocacy in the 21st century.

You can email Jessica at vets@ourverity.org

 

Group Facilitators

 

Chris Cory, “Healthy Relationships” Group Facilitator

Jastej Dhillon, Women’s Support Group Facilitator

Jastej has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and graduate/master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chico State University. She started my journey in counseling 10 years ago as a practicum student and is now heading towards licensure, maintaining her belief in the unquestionable importance of this work. Over the course of her time as an individual and family therapist, group facilitator and life coach, Jastej has experienced the difference a therapeutic encounter can make in our lives through just a sincere dedication to find connection with another. Her work is my vocation and she lives to understand, provide a safe space and a sense of importance and belonging to individuals struggling with varying life difficulties. In the past, Jastej has also worked as a rape crisis advocate, and agency and school-based clinician. She has worked at a continuation school in Shasta County with teens on probation to handle crisis on campus, and in a guided studies program in San Mateo County facilitating psycho-educational groups. She is currently a high-school based clinician in Marin County and came on board with Verity in August 2017 as a women’s group facilitator. She looks forward to this next step and is happy to be part of an inspiring team.

Joyce Galindo, “Girls Circle” Facilitator

See entry above.

Barbara Lapidus, “MyStrength” and “Healthy Relationships” Group Facilitator

Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from San Francisco State University, and will receive her Associates of Arts degree in Human Services: Advocacy from Santa Rosa Junior College in 2017. Barbara has a background in human resources, school administration, and advocacy, and wishes to apply her human services skills within the community here in Sonoma County. She is currently working with incarcerated youths as part of the My Strength and Healthy Relationships programs, supporting teens in creating a healthier future for themselves from the inside out. Barbara is committed to supporting survivors and working to change the cultural paradigm that fosters sexual violence in our society.

Tania Lopez, “Healthy Relationships” Group Facilitator

Caitlin Quinn, “Girls Circle” Facilitator

See entry above.

Amanda Silva, “Girls Circle” Facilitator

See entry above.

Jessica Stillman, “Girls Circle” Facilitator

See entry above.

Don’t know who to contact? Email info@ourverity.org for help!

You can get in touch with any of these fine folks by calling our main line at (707) 545-7270.

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