Araceli Gonzales, Chair
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Araceli joined the organization in 2018 to lead a team that could assist people who were impacted by the Coyote Creek Flood. She quickly built an efficient and effective multilingual, multicultural team that included Vietnamese- and Spanish-speaking staff to serve those who lived in the most severely impacted neighborhoods.
As an active member of CADRE’s leadership team, she served as its liaison to the county Office of Emergency Services during the shooting incident at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in July 2019 and during the county’s pandemic state-of-emergency declaration in March 2020. She organized CCSCC’s expansion of food distribution at parishes across the Diocese of San Jose, in coordination with the Advocacy and Community Engagement team and CORAL after-school program staff. She created a highly efficient drive-through food delivery system that was focused on the health and safety of volunteers, staff, and customers.
Trained in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and LISTOS (Spanish-speaking disaster preparedness) processes, Araceli is now a CERT trainer who also leads neighborhood sessions in disaster preparedness. Araceli is a San Jose native and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Natalie Baylosis, Vice-Chair
EHS Supervisor- Emergency Response at CBRE onsite at Google. I have my Master’s Degree in Emergency Management.
Virginia Ortiz, Mass Care Lead, Secretary/Treasurer
Virginia “Ginny” Ortiz, MPH, is the Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter in San Jose, CA. She came to the Bay Area from Washington, DC where she worked in federal government. Prior to her civil service, she served in the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer and volunteer leader. A brief volunteer experience with the Red Cross in 2017 inspired her to combine her passions for public health and community service with disaster preparedness and response.
Ginny has a Masters in Public Health and a certificate in Environmental & Occupational Health from the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Sheri Burns, Access and Functional Lead
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center
Sheri is the Executive Director of SVILC and a founding CADRE team member dating back to the 1990s with the network. Being part of CADRE, she acts as the Coordinating Agency for the Access and Functional Needs team created in 2017 and promotes ongoing efforts to ensure that the needs of the disability community are addressed when planning for and responding to disasters. SVILC is a non-profit organization which serves people with disabilities in Santa Clara County. SVILC’s hopes to create fully inclusive communities that value the dignity, equality, freedom and worth of every human being.
Cole Cameron, Veterans Lead, County CERT Leadership Liaison
Santa Clara County Veterans Commission and Team Rubicon
I am building a stronger and better connected community, as Chair of Cambrian Community Council, bringing safety and preparedness as a board member to Campbell CERT, an Instructor and member to the SCC CERT Council. I’ve made many trips to the Paradise area with support materials with partners like Seva, helped with other independent groups with large animal rescue. I am a Viet Era Army Veteran, 1st Lt, and the new Chair of SCC Veterans Commission with a focus of reducing suicide and increasing benefits and am a member of Team Rubicon that like CERT, serves others before, during and after a disaster. I’ve been a member of CadreSv board for a year, bringing, doing what I can to make all our varied resources recognized and used more fully, as we in our varied non-profits have a lot to offer in care and support of others.
Rong Yang, Member
Rong Yang brings over a decade of expertise in risk management, compliance, and regulation domains across consulting firms, mutual funds, and tech companies to our Board. Her commitment to disaster preparedness is deeply rooted in a personal experience that profoundly impacted her life – the 2011 Japan earthquake. The life-altering event illuminates the significance of community resilience, especially for immigrant families who often face additional challenges during times of crisis.
Dr Liz Dietz, Founding Member
Disability Integration Regional Lead
Disaster Health Services Manager
ESGR – Area 2 Chairperson
Professor Emeritus – San Jose State University
American Red Cross
Liz Dietz, EdD, RN, CS-NP, CSN, was a founding member of CADRE during the Loma Prieta Earthquake in Oct 19, 1989. Liz is a 40-year volunteer with Silicon Valley Red Cross serving on the Board of directors, Disaster Health Services Manager, Disability Integration Regional Lead, and Service to Armed Forces Regional Advisor. Liz is a Professor Emeritus from San Jose State University in the School of Nursing having taught there for 29 years. Liz and her husband Larry who is also a Public Affairs Red Cross Manager live in The Villages.
Asa McKee, Member
Asa is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at the American Public University Systems. She has a strong background in health education and health promotion, having obtained her degree from Radford University. In addition, Asa brings to CADRE over 5 years of disaster response and relief experience from her current role as a Health Care Specialist in the Army National Guard.
Rich Saito, Neighborhood/CERT Representative
Rich Saito retired from the San Jose Police department in 2006. After the Fukushima earthquake/tsunami, he was asked to start a disaster preparedness program for Japantown in North San Jose. Along with other community volunteers, they formed a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) called Japantown Prepared. He is also a volunteer the San Jose Office of Emergency Management, San Jose Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Service (RACES) and the Japanese American Museum of San Jose.
Marcel Pajuelo-Schwartz, Membership Chair
Civil Air Patrol and Team Rubicon
Maya Murthy, MPH
Vice President of Programs | Health Equity | Population Health Second Harvest Silicon Valley.
Tatianna McElroy, Member
Tatianna has over 10 years of experience in Financial Service and Wealth Management. Tatianna has served on the Emergency Response Team for several companies and her passion for disaster preparedness comes from her personal commitments to courage, community, and continuity.
Tatianna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State Stanislaus and developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector via her volunteer activities throughout her professional career. These volunteer experiences gave Tatianna a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our communities, one program at a time.
In her spare time, Tatianna loves to spend time adventuring with her husband, two children and furry family; toy poodles Bella and Brody.
Wynne Yeung, Member
With a diverse background in fostering collaborative cultures and driving organizational success, Wynne brings over two decades of experience spanning industries like Software, Gaming & Entertainment, Fintech, Electric Vehicles, IoT, and Manufacturing.
As a dedicated professional with a background in HR, talent management, and organizational development, Wynne is gravitated by CADRE’s mission to build a resilient community, engage more organizations, and foster a culture of mutual support and readiness.
Growing up in a household surrounded by non-English speaking parents and family members, Wynne witnessed the challenges they faced in accessing critical resources during difficult times. This experience ignited her passion for supporting marginalized communities and ensuring equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their language or background.
Outside of her professional achievements, Wynne’s interests are as diverse as her expertise. She finds joy in practicing yoga in heated rooms of 110 degrees, spending quality time with her daughter, indulging in painting, exploring the outdoors through hiking, embarking on travel adventures, savoring diverse cuisines, and giving back by volunteering as a mentor serving underrepresented groups.
Wynne holds a Strategic Human Resources Leadership Certificate from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management.
Marsha Hovey, Executive Director
Marsha Hovey, C.E.M. has over forty years of emergency management experience in Santa Clara County as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, Emergency Services Coordinator for Santa Clara County OES, City of Cupertino Emergency Manager and West Valley-Mission Community College District. She retired in 2010 so she could become more involved with other organizations, like CADRE, and continue to make a difference. She is the 2017 Santa Clara County Emergency Manager’s Association Emergency Manager of the Year.
Cindy Stewart, Operations Manager
Franci Collins, Community Relations
CADRE Founding Member, Franci Collins has been a Disaster Volunteer with the American Red Cross for over 30 years and was a founding member of CADRE after the Loma Prieta Earthquake As a Community Partner Services Liaison, she collaborates with service providers to identify vulnerable populations and address special needs. She is the creator and administrator of www.ImmigrantInfo.org, which provides information and links to resources for immigrants. She is also a writer, professional Hypnotherapist, and consultant for non-profit organizations.
Savannah Gwynn, Accounting
Thomas Stimson, Administrative Support
Thomas Stimson is a graduate of Washington State University where he studied history and political science. As an Eagle Scout, he has experience with community organizations, volunteer associations, and emergency preparedness. Thomas brings to CADRE a familiarity with faith-based organizations and state legislature, having previously worked in both fields. In the future, Thomas plans to attend law school to study civil rights and sexual violence prevention advocacy.