Melissa is a well known and respected nonprofit leader with over 20 years of experience supporting traditionally under-served communities. Most recently, Melissa served for nearly 15 years as the Executive Director of San Mateo County's only domestic violence services agency, CORA. Prior to that, she provided training and consulting on governance-related issues to local nonprofit boards. Melissa knows San Mateo County well, has a track record for building strong relationships with local and regional funders and creating strong partnerships with a wide variety of community leaders.
Melissa's appreciation for the extraordinary impact of Rebuilding Together Peninsula is based on first-hand experience of several emergency shelter renovations at CORA and from having been a volunteer with National Rebuilding Day just this year. She and her daughter, their dog and four chickens are residents of Belmont.
(650) 366.6597 ext. 222
Carilee Pang Chen
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
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
National Rebuilding Day & Team Build Program Manager
Karen joined the nonprofit world about seven years ago. Karen began her nonprofit career working for a shelter called First Step for Families run by Life Moves in San Mateo. While Karen was at Life Moves, she worked her way up to becoming facility manager serving the homeless where she helped build surroundings to better serve their clients. As she continued her journey in the nonprofit world, she went on to help Domestic Violence Survivors as part of the staff for CORA in San Mateo. At CORA, Karen provided support to clients and children while providing facility management for all of CORA's safe houses. Karen brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to nonprofit organizations and has a strong appreciation for helping clients achieve success. Karen joined the RTP team in August and we are delighted to have her on board.
(650) 366.6597 ext. 226
Manager, Operations & Impact
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
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.
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
Roger joined RTP in May 2018 after ten years experience in service, retail, and technical fields. He has held positions as a carpenter's assistant, electrician's assistant, and as a service technician servicing ATM machines and Dell servers. In addition, he has 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.
(650) 366-6597 Ext. 228
Safe at Home Client Services Coordinator
Chris joined RTP in August 2018 as our Safe at Home (SAH) Client Services Coordinator. Though born in Yonkers, New York, Chris grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked with the airport assisting with fueling procedures for Regional crafts and gained four years of customer service experience in previous roles. He brings to RTP his ability to learn quickly and communicate and connect well with others. This is Chris's first time on the West Coast and he's eager to explore and learn about the Bay Area as well as gaining new experiences and knowledge. RTP is ecstatic to welcome Chris to the team and support him on his West Coast adventure.
(650) 366.6597 ext. 232
National Rebuilding Day Client Services Coordinator
Josh Woodruff joined Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) on August 10th, 2018. He is originally from Dayton, Ohio but spent quite some time in Atlanta, Georgia as well before moving to California for his AmeriCorps service. For about four years now, Josh has owned and run his own small urban clothing line called "Rebirth of Royalty". Prior to RTP, Josh worked at a small credit union corporate office in Dayton called Wright-Patt Credit Union. He also competed once in a Men's Physique Competition in Cincinnati and placed 3rd in his show! Josh has always had a passion for lending a helping hand and finds Rebuilding Together Peninsula a great way to continue to pursue his passion. RTP feels incredibly lucky to welcome such a warm-hearted and hard-working entrepreneur to the team!
(650) 366.6597 ext. 231