Our Board and Staff strive to provide the SGV community with the support and resources they need to thrive.
We are composed of determined and compassionate individuals working effortlessly to improve the livelihoods of the people around us.
Jesse serves as the Executive Director for Catalyst SGV. He grew up on the East Coast and got an art degree in college, then moved to attend Fuller Seminary and after serving in a local church moved to the non-profit world. Jesse loves to create new things, whether it be designing a garden or putting together a new program to better serve our schools and families. His wonderful spouse and kids tolerate their vacation forays into the rich diversity of our natural heritage in California.
Tina is the Outreach Coordinator for Catalyst SGV. She works with local churches and community organizations to link them to opportunities to serve those in need. She was born and raised in Monterey Park. Tina is a social worker and during her free time, enjoys running, hiking, baking, traveling and playing games with her family.
Delmy is the Catalyst Lead HOPE Manager. She works with families that are referred to Catalyst through AUSD, MUSD, GUSD, Monterey Park Police Dept., and other agencies or community referrals. She connects them to community resources and referrals for things such as food insecurity, housing insecurity, childcare, and government agencies. Delmy has over 20 years of social work experience, mostly working with families and children. She has had the honor and privilege of serving the marginalized and has found it to be an amazing blessing. Working with Catalyst has allowed her to meet such extraordinary people in the community she serves and hopes to continue learning from their experience.
Guillermo, or more commonly known as Mr. G by the kids, is a health educator/youth coach. He facilitates and delivers research based curriculums on healthy/smart relationships to teenagers. He also coordinates and creates teen groups by working with community partners, schools, churches and parents. Guillermo also gets to run support groups for some of our local schools where they focus on motiving more positive male role models and leadership. He is a proud father and husband who enjoys spending time with his family doing outdoor activities. Guillermo was born and raised in East Los Angeles and he is proud to say that he was fortunate enough to graduate from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors in Social Work. He loves helping others but his main passion is talking to teenagers about healthy/smart relationships through Catalyst's teen relationship program.
Rosi is a Case Manager for the HOPE Program as well as a Youth Coach for the Project Rise Healthy Relationship Program. She works directly with families across the San Gabriel Valley to help them overcome challenging moments. Rosi also works directly with youth and parents by facilitating an evidence-based curriculum to adolescents across Los Angeles and neighboring communities. She has obtained her Bachelor's in Social Work from Cal State Los Angeles and is pursuing her Master's Degree. Rosi was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and has a passion for social work and giving back to communities like her own.
Amy is the Content Coordinator for Catalyst SGV. Passionate about digital story-telling, she is responsible for creating and curating social media content for the Catalyst Facebook and Instagram page, as well as optimizing the website design to better tell our story. Originally from Chicago, Amy is currently studying Economics and International Relations with a minor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California, where she enjoys exploring Los Angeles.
Wenonie joins the Catalyst SGV team as Administrator. She is an organizational creative who has served in support roles for various nonprofits and faith-based organizations. With a Bachelors in Theater from UC Irvine, and a Masters in Worship, Theology, and the Arts from Fuller Seminary, Wenonie utilizes her skills to streamline productivity and efficiency of organizational processes and procedures. A fan of Disney experiences, she has lived in Southern California, Hong Kong, and Hawaii, and enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures through their food, clothing, visual and performing arts.
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Debbie has served as Board Chair at Catalyst since 2009, and enjoys the opportunity to be a "catalyst" between the church and the community they serve. It's been a pleasure to see how Catalyst has been at the forefront intersecting the faith community with school gardens, helping families in need and building healthy relationships. Debbie grew up in Southern California and attended USC, where she graduated with a Business Degree. She has worked as a Marketing Analyst for many years before pivoting to the nonprofit sector, where she worked at Alhambra True Light Presbyterian Church and more recently at Asian Pacific Community Fund.
Carolyn currently serves as the CSGV Secretary, recording the minutes of our Board meetings. She also serves as the Bookkeeper for CSGV and provides financial guidance for the organization. Carolyn Yep joined the Board of Catalyst at its inception in 2017 after retiring as a Finance Manager from the aerospace industry with Raytheon Technologies. Carolyn holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking and staying active by playing volleyball.
John is responsible for leading Urban Strategies’ collaborative efforts focused on serving youth and families on the West Coast since 2009. These collaborations have allowed Urban Strategies to design and manage twelve county, state, and federal projects that have impacted over 50,000 youth and their families throughout Southern California. John oversees and support the implementation of four federal grants that provide healthy relationship skills to over 2,000 youth annually. Additionally, John has led the development of Project With, a new innovative approach to teen pregnancy prevention with justice-involved youth that is being rigorously evaluated in Southern California. Before joining Urban Strategies, John gained over 14 years of experience in urban youth outreach and development. As one of the original designers of the Urban Youth Workers Institute, John was critical in implementing training and support activities for urban youth workers nationwide. Along with his work on an annual national conference that attracted more than 1,800 attendees, John organized and helped develop regional conferences that trained over 3,000 youth workers in 23 urban cities annually. John earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Biola University and a master's in Christian education from Talbot Theological Seminary.
Bill Mao is the recently retired Chief Information Officer at the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). He started his career there as its Manager of Financial Planning and Budgeting (FP&B). He later became head of the agency’s information technology department. There, he restructured the department into a customer oriented, technology-embracing organization whose goal is to bring relevant value-added technology to OCTA’s diverse business units. His corporate career includes key management positions in finance and information technology with the Walt Disney Company, Digital Equipment Corporation and Xerox. Mr. Mao received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He is tri-lingual, being fluent in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English.