"BOARD OF DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHIES Louis Cobarruviaz Chief Cobarruviaz of Redwood City Police Department brings much experience and ex"
BOARD OF DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHIES Louis Cobarruviaz Chief Cobarruviaz of Redwood City Police Department brings much experience and expertise in law enforcement matters to CORA. Cobarruviaz served as Chief of Police of San Jose, California, the tenth largest city in the U.S., for seven years (1991-1998).He then spent six years ((1998-2004) in El Salvador working at the U.S. Embassy as Program Manager, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, ICITAP, Police Training and Assistance to the National Civilian Police of El Salvador Chief Cobarruviaz also spent one year in Iraq (2005-2006) as the U.S. Department of State CIVPOL/INL- Iraq Program Manager, Contingent Commander, Civilian Police Advisory Training Team (CPATT), Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I) .While in Iraq he commanded the International Police Liaison Officers who provide training to Iraqi police. Dorothy Colantuono Dorothy Colantuono has been working with technology industry leaders and internet start-ups for over 15 years, leading key international and strategic initiatives. Most recently Dorothy was the Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO of VeriSign Inc. Prior to her technology career, Dorothy held various management and consulting positions in the education field. Early in 2009, Dorothy began a sabbatical to reconnect with her community and advocate for the needs of orphaned and abandoned children in Central America. Dorothy has earned a Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of Public Administration Degrees from the University of Nebraska. David Collantes David Collantes is a commercial real estate advisor who entered the commercial real estate arena in 2002 and has participated in real estate transactions in excess of $15 million. Properties sold or leased include industrial warehouses, office and retail buildings (NNN offerings). Mr. Collantes is currently a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) candidate and named among San Francisco's 2005 CoStar Power Brokers for industrial leasing by CoStar Group, Inc. Eric Dentler Eric Dentler has been in high technology for nearly 25 years. He joined Cisco in March of 2006 as the lead in broadband wireless sales activities. Eric currently sits on the Green Task Force of the Wireless Communications Alliance in Washington D.C. and actively supports the San Jose Climate Clock initiative. Before Cisco he was vice president of sales at AirMagnet and later Aptilo Networks. Prior to that, Eric spent 10 years at Sun Microsystems working in the U.S. and Japan. Outside of work, Eric spent five years as chair of the Save San Juan Canyon (Open Space) committee, the Belmont Fields and Open Space task force, advisor to Joint Venture Silicon Valley and was a member of the board of directors of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce. He participates in numerous volunteer activities such as Second Harvest Food Bank and Rebuild Together in San Mateo. His other passion is the band he helped form and has managed for ten years. The JackAces band plays private and public events and is proud to participate in numerous fund raising events for charities, schools and various social causes. Patricia Erwin -Vice Chair Trish Erwin, PhD, is a Community Program Specialist with San Mateo County Family Health Services, where she focuses on child abuse prevention efforts. Trish has worked in the anti-domestic violence field as an advocate and policy maker for more than 15 years. She served as the co-chair of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, Bay Area Public Policy & Research Committee. She has extensive experience in developing and providing trainings to a wide variety of audiences, including victim advocates, law enforcement, and the military. Her policy and advocacy worked has centered on advocacy services for victims and legal interventions into domestic violence Giovannie Espiritu Working actress, Giovannie Espiritu, earned her Hollywood merits via her role as medical student Ludlow in NBC's long-running hospital drama "E.R." She has appeared in four "ER" episodes. She has also appeared as Rose Alipio on Fox's Bones and "Karen" in the Gilmore Girls. She first became involved with CORA three years ago by directing and performing in several benefit theater productions at the Herbst Theater for the Filipina Women’s Network. She is survivor herself and lives in San Mateo County with her son, mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Elizabeth Hill Elizabeth Hill is a Deputy District Attorney for the County of San Mateo. For two years, she prosecuted cases for the misdemeanor domestic violence unit in San Mateo County. Before that, she worked as a law clerk for the Family Advocacy and Support Program at the East Palo Alto Community Law Project, where she assisted victims of domestic violence. Elizabeth currently serves on the Board of Governors for California Women Lawyers, where she previously served as a Board of Director. Linda Hsiao Linda received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and went on to continue her education at State University of New York, Stony Brook for her Masters in Social Welfare. She is working for the County of Santa Clara in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (aka Child Protective Services). She is the Coordinator for a program called Differential Response, a program that provides prevention and early intervention supportive services to keep families out of foster care system. She enjoys reading, hiking, running and being outdoors. Tom Marriscolo -Treasurer Tom Marriscolo resigned as the Chief Deputy Coroner for San Mateo County in 2007. He previously served Burlingame’s Police Department for 30 years as a Commander. His law enforcement experience provided him a sound knowledge of domestic violence and its effects on victims. He is the Vice President of the California Council on Problem Gambling and President and Board Member of the Peninsula Police Officers Association. Tom also serves as a Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America. Wendy Miller Wendy Miller is Principal Consultant in Organizational Development for Genentech. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Global Human Resources for Agilent Technologies where she was instrumental in crafting workforce planning for their global network, and created strategies for acquiring and retaining the best talent. She also worked for Hewlett-Packard for over 15 years, where she became a member of their Senior Human Resources staff. Wendy is a passionate advocate for putting the issues related to domestic violence in the public eye. She would like to see corporations educate and address their employees on it, in hopes of seeing changes in the stigma associated with it. She is also a proud mother of three teenagers. Daniel Rave Daniel Rave is a Premier Banking Manager for Wells Fargo. Prior to his career in finance and banking, he worked as a Crisis Line Counselor for Tahoe Women’s Services, where he designed and presented domestic violence curriculum for elementary and high school students. He participates in the Bay Area’s Junior Achievement program, teaching business curriculum to 5th graders. With his diverse educational and career experience, Daniel is proud to contribute to organizations that strive to eliminate societal injustice and inequality. He is past Treasurer, and has been a member of CORA’s board since 2003. Kelly Shindell -Secretary Kelly Shindell is a Family Law attorney in San Mateo. Kelly also acts as a pro bono attorney with the Domestic Violence Collaborative Project where she assists domestic violence survivors with obtaining restraining orders. During law school, Kelly worked as a law clerk for the Family Violence Law Center and Bay Area Legal Aid, where she assisted victims of domestic violence through the restraining order and dissolution process. Before going to law school, Kelly worked as a domestic violence advocate in Ohio. Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors for the San Mateo County Women Lawyer’s Education Fund. Srilekha Srinivasan Lekha brings 16+ years high-tech management experience in Fortune 500 corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Symantec and NVIDIA, where she led several technology and business functions. Her most recent corporate role was as Senior Director, IT. Two and half years ago, she decided to take a leap of faith into on-line entrepreneurship and launched a successful internet retail business. Her non-profit experience most recently includes serving as a pro-bono Account Director for Taproot foundation, helping non- profits with web and information technology strategy and implementation. She has two children 1 and 12 years old. Lisa WolfKlain –Board Chair Lisa has been involved with Domestic Violence since 1977. Lisa was Volunteer Coordinator back when the agency first began and that she had served on the board for 13 years. In addition, for 5 years, hotline calls were transferred to her home. And, in 1993, the agency’s first office opened in a warehouse that her family owned. Around the same time, the agency’s first transitional housing building was named “Lisa’s House” – and with good reason. That building is still used by CORA today, but now it serves as meeting and office space. Lisa has since donated hundreds of hours to help us do everything from move our office space to facilitate staff retreats. She has consulted on issues from human resources to strategic planning and has been an invaluable resource to the agency in many ways. Marina Yu Marina Yu has been with the CORA board for almost a year and brings her housing finance and development knowledge and skills from having worked in public sector housing finance and nonprofit housing development for several years. Her previous nonprofit board work includes seven years with Habitat for Humanity San Francisco, which has recent merged with Peninsula Habitat for Humanity. She is currently employed with the County of San Mateo Housing Department. Homer Wong During the 28 years that he was at HP, Homer’s career included a number of different roles that enabled him to an effective manager and executive. Initially joining HP as a Systems Engineer in the field in 1979, Homer went on to take a number of field management roles. His executive experience includes being the General Manager for the North America Direct Marketing Organization, Director of HR Operations for the Americas, and Director of Strategic Alliances. Some of Homer’s career highlights include starting HP’s first Pre-Sales Call Center, leading the HR transformation, the spin-off of Agilent Technologies and the merger with Compaq. Homer retired from HP in 2007. In 2008 Homer joined the staff of Addison Avenue Federal Credit Union. Homer served on the Board of Directors for Addison Avenue for eight years before becoming part of the staff. At Addison Avenue, Homer is the VP of Business Development. In that role he is responsible for finding new sponsor companies as well as membership growth. Homer’s other activities include being on the Board of Directors for two non-profit organizations. The Bay Area HP Retired Employees Club, which is a social club for Bay Area HP and Agilent retirees and Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA), which is San Mateo’s only multiservice domestic violence service agency