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​Staff

David Cattivera
Executive Director

David joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) in April 2015. He is passionate about the power of human relationships and is impressed by RTP’s ability to harness volunteers and build community. Initially inspired by two years of AmeriCorps service, David has dedicated his entire career to the nonprofit sector and local community needs. Prior to his work with RTP, he held several positions of increasing responsibility with Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) for nearly nine years, most recently as Director of Community Partnerships. In this role he was responsible for business and grants development, government and community relations, and strategic partnerships and stakeholder management. As the Mentor Program Manager for FLY, he managed the largest team at the organization, expanded programming to new populations, and developed a comprehensive training series that reached hundreds of long-term volunteer mentors supporting youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Prior to his work with FLY, David worked with the San Jose Conservation Corps where he managed a service learning and job training program. A classically trained pianist, David has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Business from the University of the Pacific and lives in San Jose with his wife, daughter, and pug.

(650) 366.6597 ext. 222
David@RTpeninsula.org

Carilee Pang Chen
Associate Director

Cari joined RTP August 2008. Building relationships and leveraging resources to improve the quality of life in local communities has been a constant theme in her career, which drew her to the mission and work of RTP. Prior to joining the organization, Cari was the Executive Director of Thrive—The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County. Cari has worked for a variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations since 1993, including Team-Up for Youth, the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University, The San Francisco Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy of Hawai`i. She continues to be an active community volunteer, and was honored by California State Senator Jerry Hill in May 2014 with a "Community Champion" Award for the 13th Senate District. The award was given in recognition of her work with Rebuilding Together Peninsula, Friends of Mandarin Scholars in San Mateo Foster City School District, and the Sterling Downs Neighborhood Association. 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, dog, 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

Marissa Robbins
Development Coordinator

Marissa joined RTP in October 2015, continuing a budding nonprofit career. She is passionate about affordable housing and protecting our most vulnerable neighbors. Graduating college with a BA in History from Occidental College in Los Angeles, she began her nonprofit career as an intern for J Street in San Francisco in the Summer of 2013. She then spent a year living in New York, working as a phone canvasser for Working Families Party, an intern in the Development Department at Central Synagogue, and later as a Paralegal assisting low-income tenants at New York Legal Assistance Group. She came to RTP from InnVision Shelter Network, where she served as Community Giving Coordinator, overseeing annual fund development and in-kind donors. She's thrilled to be a part of the RTP team, bringing our mission out into the community, inspiring our sponsors, donors, and volunteers to support our work. Marissa is new to the Peninsula community as of last year, and currently resides in Belmont.

(650) 366-6597 ext. 225
Marissa@RTpeninsula.org

Chris Wahl
Construction Program Director

Chris first joined RTP as a general volunteer in 2000, and then spent the next 13 years as a volunteer Construction Captain. Born in San Francisco, and raised on the SF Peninsula, Chris has spent his entire life (other than a 4 year tour of duty in the military) living in the bay area. Chris was a contractor for 17 years and specialized in cabinets and millwork. He was hired by the City of San Mateo in 1999 to manage its Housing Rehabilitation Program, and later became responsible for monitoring and reporting to HUD for CDBG and HOME federal funding. When he retired from the City of San Mateo, Chris was pleased to join RTP on a full time basis in April 2015, enabling him to work with, and for, the folks he enjoyed serving as a volunteer. An avid photographer, Chris enjoys nature photography as well as creating unique portraits, and is seen here with his 4x5 view camera with a panoramic film back.

(650) 366-6597 Ext. 227
Chris@RTPeninsula.org

Mary Veliz
Program & Warehouse Associate

Mary joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula as a temporary employee in August of 2016. Within a couple of months, Mary was offered a the Program & Warehouse Associate 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 non profit organizations and is inspired by the power of individuals to affect positive change in their communities. Billy has worked the past 8 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 recently moved to the Bay Area 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 is currently working his way through an MPA distance program with 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

Frank Tijerina
Safe at Home 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​

Jim Ashley
Safe at Home Technician

Jim was born in Southern California, before moving to Hawaii for 18 years. He was a union carpenter for 20 year. Jim loves helping people in need and finds his work with RTP very fulfilling. His favorite part of his job is working with volunteers.

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

Uriel Razón
Special Projects Technician

Uriel comes to RTP with 15 years of experience with Pete Hooper Construction, and even more years of experience as an RTP volunteer! We are glad to have him on board.

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

Owen Howard
Americorps, Project Coordinator

​Owen joined RTP in May of 2016 through the Americorps. Prior to joining he graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 and had traveled from the Boston area to New Orleans and San DIego, ultimately joining us in the Bay Area. Having a background in landscaping, construction, working with seniors and volunteering for the American Heart Association, the Relay for Life and various community projects, he is very excited to be able to work with RTP. He hopes to learn the ropes of non profits as he starts a career in helping communities in need.


(650) 366-6597 ext. 231 
Owen@RTPeninsula.org

Bridget Bayer
AmeriCorps, Client Services Coordinator

Bridget is our SummerCorps AmeriCorps member from Upstate New York. She received an associate’s degree from Monroe Community College in Communications. She is looking to continue her studies at UC San Diego or UC Santa Barbara. Before joining the RTP team, she worked at the YMCA for 4 years as a lifeguard, youth sports coach, and health and wellness coach. She also contributed previous summers volunteering at Nazareth Farm, another free home repair service located in West Virginia. 

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

Amanda Nagler
AmeriCorps, Client Services Coordinator

​Amanda is one of our AmeriCorps members for 2016-2017. She is originally from Long Island, New York but spent the past four years in Boston while attending Northeastern University. While there, she volunteered with different community building agencies throughout Boston and worked at a Speech Pathology clinic. She graduated this past May with a B.S. in Linguistics. She plans to go to graduate school with the hopes of becoming a Speech Pathologist. 

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

Alex Polli
AmeriCorps, Team Build Project Coordinator

​Alex graduated from Penn State University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. Alex says her two passions in life are helping people and sailing. She originally started working in Non-profits when she was 17 working as a sailing instructor on Long Island for a community center who's mission was to give people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds access to the sport of sailing. Since then she has volunteered with multiple non-profits including two others in the Bay Area. Alex eventually hopes to go back to school to get her Master's in School Counseling but not before some more traveling and sailing around the world.

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