Our Staff

Janessa Villarruel

Janessa Villarruel

Janessa Villarruel

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Grants and Programs Manager janessa@gilroycompassioncenter.org 

Francesca Paist

Janessa Villarruel

Janessa Villarruel

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Lisa Dimas-Jessen

Janessa Villarruel

Juliana Padilla-Yslas

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Juliana Padilla-Yslas

Juliana Padilla-Yslas

Juliana Padilla-Yslas

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Sofia Gaeta

Juliana Padilla-Yslas

Sofia Gaeta

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Celia Hoeft

Juliana Padilla-Yslas

Sofia Gaeta

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FOCUS Case Manager

 safeparkfocus@gmail.com 

Board of Directors

Michael R. Beasley, Chair

Rachel Sanchez-Parodi, Treasurer

Rachel Sanchez-Parodi, Treasurer

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Michael Beasley is the retired Chairman of the Board of Rocket Software. Before

that he was CEO of Icing Software, an independent business unit of IBM

Software.


Michael joined IBM in 1971 and his career has centered on software and

hardware engineering/business management.


Michael was also the former Chairman of the Board of MESA (Mathematics

Engineering Science Achievement). In 2000, he was named by Black Press

Online as the most prominent African American in High Technology. He earned

his Masters degree from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Rachel Sanchez-Parodi, Treasurer

Rachel Sanchez-Parodi, Treasurer

Rachel Sanchez-Parodi, Treasurer

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Rachel Sanchez-Parodi retired after working for over 23 years with Silicon Valley technical companies in Human Resources focusing in Talent Acquisition.  


She was a founding member of the Gilroy Compassion Center where she served as Secretary and Treasurer from 2010 to 2015. Rachel has also served as a Child Advocate for the County of Santa Clara and was member of the City of Gilroy Housing Advisory Committee. 


Rachel holds a B.A. degree in Business and Human Resources from San Jose State University. 

Dale Cooper

Rachel Sanchez-Parodi, Treasurer

Pastor Debbie Rivera

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  Dale Cooper is the founder and president of D & M Traffic Services, Inc. (1990) and Innovative Traffic Products, Inc. (2017), both of which are focused on product sales and rentals serving the transportation construction industry.


Over the years, Dale has had the opportunity to lead and teach staff, as well as learn from them. Dale has been privileged to work with people from many walks of life, and enjoys his involvement with Gilroy Compassion Center.


Dale has been a board member of the Gilroy Compassion Center since 2019, and has served as the Executive Director since October 2019.

Pastor Debbie Rivera

Pastor Debbie Rivera

Pastor Debbie Rivera

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Bio coming.... 

David Fissel

Pastor Debbie Rivera

David Fissel

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 David Fissel is a longtime resident of Gilroy and the Bay Area. A previous board member of the Compassion Center, David is grateful to be back involved and excited to help guide the center in helping increase and expand its services.


He is married with three grown children, and currently works as a real estate agent for Intero Real Estate Services.

Steve Tate

Pastor Debbie Rivera

David Fissel

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Steve Tate has had the good fortune of having two careers, both fun, rewarding and successful. In his 38-year career with IBM, he worked primarily in marketing roles after starting out in sales. IBM moved him to Morgan Hill in 1977 where he spent 25 years commuting to the San Jose plant site serving in marketing and management positions supporting storage and software products. 


In his second career, he spent 27 years with the City of Morgan Hill: seven years on the Planning Commission, eight years on the City Council, and twelve years as Mayor. He retired at the end of his sixth two-year term in December 2018.  


Steve is committed to young people, and advises two of Rotary Interact Clubs at local high schools, supports Morgan Hill’s Youth Action Council and the El Toro Boys and Girls Club. The YMCA recognized his service with the Project Cornerstone Lifetime Asset Champion Award in 2017. 


Steve is a member of the Rotary Club of Morgan Hill and a past Board President; a Board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and has served as Board President of Leadership Morgan Hill in 2004-05. He is back on the Leadership Board after receiving their Leadership Excellence Award in 2019. He is also a past Board President of the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, the Cities Association of Santa Clara County, and the Peninsula Division of the League of California Cities. 


Steve and his wife Jennifer of 50+ years and have two adult children and two grandchildren.  He and Jennifer spend March in Arizona, enjoying Giants Spring Training games. They also enjoy traveling, reading, and watching Giants baseball as well as 49er and Cal football.