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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Pastor Debbie

Juliana Padilla-Yslas

Pastor Debbie

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Sofia Gaeta

Juliana Padilla-Yslas

Pastor Debbie

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Celia Hoeft

Celia Hoeft

Celia Hoeft

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FOCUS Case Manager

 safeparkfocus@gmail.com 

Dale Cooper

Celia Hoeft

Celia Hoeft

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Executive Director


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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Bio coming....

Pastor Debbie Rivera

Pastor Debbie Rivera

Pastor Debbie Rivera

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Bio coming.... 

David Fissell

Pastor Debbie Rivera

David Fissell

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Bio coming....

Steve Tate

Pastor Debbie Rivera

David Fissell

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


In my second career, I 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. I retired at the end of my sixth two-year term in December 2018.  


I never set out to be a political leader, my love of Morgan Hill and passion for balanced growth inspired my civic involvement as I got involved in this wonderful community. I played a key role in extending our Redevelopment Agency and implementing projects that will benefit Morgan Hill for years to come. Over many years of tight budgeting, we kept Morgan Hill solvent and financially sound. In spite of ongoing growth, we have kept a small-town feel with friendly residents and many local gala events and gatherings.


I am committed to young people. I advise two of our Rotary Interact Clubs at local high schools, support Morgan Hill’s Youth Action Council and the El Toro Boys and Girls Club, The YMCA recognized my service with the Project Cornerstone Lifetime Asset Champion Award in 2017. 


I am a member of Rotary Club of Morgan Hill and a past Board President; a Board member of Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and I served as Board President of Leadership Morgan Hill in 2004-05. I am now back on the Leadership Board for a second round after receiving their Leadership Excellence Award in 2019. I am 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. The Morgan Hill Community Foundation honored me as an Outstanding Philanthropist and Volunteer in 2018. The Morgan Hill Police Officers gave me their Public Safety award in 2019. I am also on the Board of the Compassion Center providing services to the homeless at a center located in Gilroy but serving all South County.


Jennifer, my wife of 50+ years and I have two adult children and two grandchildren.  Daughter Stacy and her kids live in Gilroy while son Greg lives in San Francisco, so we are close and enjoy spending time together. Jennifer and I spend March in Arizona, enjoying Giants Spring Training games. We also enjoy traveling and try to make a trip to a new destination every year. We both read a lot, enjoy watching Giants baseball as well as 49ers and Cal football.