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​Staff​

Carilee Pang Chen
Associate Director

Cari joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) in August 2008, currently serving as the Associate Director. Cari has worked for a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations since 1993, including the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, The San Francisco Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy of Hawai`i. Building relationships and leveraging resources to improve the quality of life in local communities has been a constant theme in her career, which led her to become the first Executive Director of Thrive - the Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County - and subsequently drew her to the mission and work of RTP.  Cari is an active community volunteer, currently serving on an oversight committee for The San Francisco Foundation's Koshland Civic Unity Program, as well as the Vestry and Social Ministry Committee of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Redwood City.  Cari has a BA in Urban Studies/Community Organizations and a MA in Education/Policy Analysis & Evaluation from Stanford University. A Peninsula resident, Cari lives in Belmont with her husband and two children.

(650) 366-6597 ext. 224
Cari@RTpeninsula.org

Annel Aguayo
Development Director

Annel joined the staff in July 2008. Her career in the nonprofit sector started at the age of 13 as a first-grade catechism teacher at All Souls Parish. Annel held several positions at the parish through her 11-year career there, which included being the High School Youth Coordinator. She attended Skyline Community College, receiving an A.A. in English, and then transferred to San Jose State University to pursue a Bachelor’s in Journalism. In 2004, Annel began her career working for Project STAR in Burlingame. There, she helped edit and format training materials for Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, Learn & Serve, and AmeriCorps VISTA programs, as well as for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). She moved on to the City of Redwood City working for the Public Works Department, and then to the City of Belmont working in the Permit Center. After five years in the government sector, Annel made the decision to go back to where her heart is—the non-profit sector. Her dream job has always been one where she could do outreach and help others. At RTP, Annel feels that she is a part of a dream team that truly believes in helping those in need, and she is looking forward to helping in the organization’s cause.

(650) 366-6597 ext. 230
Annel@RTpeninsula.org

Lauren Ruffin
Development Coordinator

Lauren Ruffin joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) in May 2017. A Bay Area native, she has seen the Bay grow and develop over the years and is committed to ensuring that all homeowners can thrive in their homes as the area continues to change. She admires RTP’s extensive history building relationships with the Peninsula community and is excited to join the team and contribute to it’s legacy. Prior to joining RTP, Lauren supported the work of various student services offices and labor rights groups at her alma mater, UC Berkeley. She is fascinated by the unique story every individual develops through their lives and is dedicated to supporting and advocating for those that are marginalized and silenced in our society. Lauren completed a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and a B.A. in Legal Studies with a concentration in Laws, Rights, and Social Change at UC Berkeley in 2016 and is excited to continue her budding career addressing social inequality with her first formal role in a non-profit.

(650) 366.6597 ext. 225
Lauren@RTpeninsula.org

Mary Veliz
Program Coordinator

Mary joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula as a temporary employee in August of 2016. Within a couple of months, Mary was offered the Program Coordinator position. Mary has over 20 years of experience in property management, performing both management and maintenance tasks, most recently serving as a regional property manager. She gained extensive knowledge of construction planning and plumbing through work with her family's plumbing company. This experience coupled with her years in property management brings a unique combination of skills to the organization. She is passionate about helping others and truly believes in helping ensure the warmth, safety, and independence of others.

(650)-366-6597 Ext.221
​Mary@RTPeninsula.org​

Billy Hoover
Operations & Impact Manager

Billy is the son of a contractor and is originally from the Seattle area. He has worked over a decade in nonprofit organizations and is inspired by the power of individuals to affect positive change in their communities. Prior to joining RTP, Billy worked for eight years both as a program manager and advocate primarily in organizations serving people with disabilities. With PROVAIL and with Community Gatepath he worked directly with clients and businesses to grow opportunity in the workplace for people facing low income and developmental challenges. In 2010, he was awarded the PROVAIL All-Agency Staff Excellence Award for his work with students with Autism in Washington State. Billy moved to the Bay Area in 2014 with his wife and lives on the Peninsula enjoying the easy access of the coast. He holds a dual degree from the University of Washington in Psychology and Philosophy and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. Outside of work, he is a musician, traveler, and enjoys biking around the bay area. He enjoys playing a part in the ambitious and life-changing projects that RTP and its volunteers take on.

(650) 366.6597 ext. 221
Billy@RTpeninsula.org

Jo Phillips
Program Manager, National Rebuilding Day & Team Build

Jo joined RTP in January 2017. Jo entered the nonprofit world with a year of service in 2015, serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas, as a Logistics Coordinator. Upon completion of that year, Jo moved into a full time position with the Dallas affiliate as a Project Manager. Determined to stay in the Rebuilding Together Family, she has come out to the bay area to serve the Peninsula. She is impressed by the scale of the impact RTP contributes to the bay community and is excited to be apart of it. Originally from Connecticut, Jo is happy to now be on the west coast surrounded by Ocean and Mountains once again! With a BA degree in Liberal Arts and a concentration in Philosophy, Jo is an idea person who believes a good idea is the first step to a good change.   ​

(650)-366-6597 Ext.226
Jo@RTPeninsula.org

Greg Bernard
Construction Program Director & Safe at Home Program Manager

​Greg came to the non-profit world after a mid-life career change.  He spent the first twenty years in software working as a back end and systems engineer.  After the dot com crash of the early 2000s, he traded in fluorescent lights for fencing, pipe dreams for plumbing, and computers for caring.  

After spending a few years working for a commercial contractor, he ventured out on his own and ran his own home repair business for nearly a decade.  After being persuaded to join Habitat for Humanity as a Site Supervisor in early 2014, he joined Rebuilding Together in 2017 after a reduction in force at Habitat.  He now assists home owners with their projects as well as working with the technicians in his new capacity.

He is also an avid ice hockey fan (Detroit Red Wings) as well as an old punk music fan (though his days in the mosh pit are long behind him…).

(650) 366.6597 ext. 228
Greg@RTpeninsula.org

Frank Tijerina
Senior Repair Technician

Frank Tijerina comes to RTP with over 20 years of experience in construction. He loves helping neighbors to stay safe and healthy in their homes and finds his work with RTP very rewarding.

(650) 366-6597 Ext. 228
FT@RTPeninsula.org

Roger Yamamoto
Repair Technician

Roger joined RTP in May 2018 after gaining ten years of experience working in the retail field. He has also held positions as a carpenter's assistant, electrician's assistance, and as a technician who helped service ATM machines and Dell servers. In addition, her has also worked in facility maintenance for a local law firm. He is excited to transition to a position where he can help and support his neighbors, not just in a retail store.

(650) 366-6597 Ext. 228
Roger@RTPeninsula.org

Rachael Pulwers
AmeriCorps, Project Coordinator

​Although born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Rachael recently graduated from the George Washington University in Washington DC with a BA in Peace Studies, after which she decided to spend a year of Americorps service with RTP. During her undergraduate career, Rachael spent a semester studying peace and conflict in the Balkans Region of Southeast Europe, where she traveled to many of the former Yugoslav countries and drank a lot of Turkish coffee. She has many passions, but decided to join Rebuilding Together because she believes housing and shelter are human rights which should be protected, and feels that we should all be able to receive help when needed. In her spare time, you can find her watching cat videos, visiting art museums, and taking advantage of free food. 

(650) 366-6597 Ext. 232
Rachael@RTPeninsula.org

Virginia Johnson
AmeriCorps, Safe at Home Client Services Coordinator

Virginia is a recent graduate of Maryville College, a small school in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Though she studied Psychology, Philosophy and Religion, she hopes to make a career in the non-profit and NGO fields, specifically working with refugee, immigrant, and housing rights. She decided to join RTP for a year of Americorps service to work in communities in which these issues intersect, and to be constantly challenged to tackle community problems in the most thoughtful and impactful ways possible. Virginia is excited to be new to the Bay Area and see all the area has to offer!

(650) 366-6597 Ext. 232
Virginia@RTPeninsula.org

Michael Pak
AmeriCorps, NRD & Team Build Client Services Coordinator

​Michael Pak joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) in August 2017 as a National Rebuilding Day & Team Build Client Services Coordinator. He was born in Columbus, OH, and moved to South Korea at six. At 18, he came back and joined the Army. At 19, he spent a year long tour in Iraq and participated in Operation New Dawn (OND) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Throughout his four years of service, he garnered multiple awards as a Team Leader/Logistics Specialist and served in Hawaii and Alaska. After his service, he went to the University of Southern California and completed a B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. He assisted health care professionals with their daily patient care services at St. Francis Medical Center, where he also served as a Recruitment and Training Coordinator for Clinical Health Scholar Program. In addition, he volunteered at Venice Family Clinic to assist medical staffs with their administrative duties. He joined the Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) to serve the community.

(650) 366-6597 Ext. 231
Michael@RTPeninsula.org