RCC Staff

Featuring the best in Contra Costa, Alameda and San Francisco Queerdom

Administration Staff

Ben-David Barr, MSW, Ph.D
Executive Director

Ben has worked as a nonprofit manager and community organizer for more than thirty years. He received his Ph.D in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and his MSW from the University of Washington. Prior to his work with the RCC, Ben worked in Utah as Salt Lake Valley Health Department’s HIV/AIDS manager and before that he served as Executive Director at AIDS Project Utah and then the Utah AIDS Foundation. He also served as a founding board member of the Utah Harm Reduction Coalition and a Community Organizer for the Seattle-Based Gay City Health Project. Ben recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Utah Pride Center for his contributions to the development of health and service programs for Utah’s LGBTQ community. He is also adjunct faculty in the CSUEB School of Social Work and teaches courses in Social Policy, Research and Program Evaluation.

You can reach Ben at 925.692.0090 ext 301 or at ben@rainbowcc.org.


Becca Schlichtig, MSW
Director of Contracts, Grants, and Outcomes

Becca received her Masters in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley, where she focused on Management and Planning. As part of her graduate program she interned at Rainbow Community Center. She hasn’t been able to keep away since and post-graduation became a full time staff member. While other staff wave the rainbow flag and work directly with community members, Becca makes sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. On any given day she can be found writing reports, working on new grant proposals, overseeing agency finance, or running around making sure the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed. Becca’s professional interests include evaluation and data, non-profit administration, prevention work, women’s issues, and (of course) LGBTQ issues.

You can reach Becca at 925.692.0090 ext 307 or at becca_s@rainbowcc.org

Alexis Fisher
Operations Manager

Bio Soon

You can reach Alexis at 925.692.0090 ext 314 or at alexis@rainbowcc.org


Kas Shields
Volunteer Coordinator

Kas works with RCC’s amazing team of dedicated volunteers and enjoys being involved with RCC’s expansive growth. He has worked at the RCC for over four years and he continues to bring his talent, dedication and enthusiasm to the center every day.

You can reach Kas at 925.692.0090 ext 300 or at kas@rainbowcc.org


Leslie Stewart
Administrative Assistant

Leslie has spent over 20 years in nonprofit administrative positions, including 11 years as a Project Manager for the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area. She served for seven years on the Rainbow Community Center’s Board of Directors prior to joining the staff in August 2008. After retiring in 2012, she rejoined the Board. Most recently, Leslie has rejoined the staff as Administrative Assistant.  Leslie served as a county chapter leader for Marriage Equality USA  from 2003-2013 and was on the board of the local ACLU chapter for four years. She is currently serving as President of the League of Women Voters of Diablo Valley.

You can reach Leslie at 925.692.0090 or at leslie@rainbowcc.org

Nancy Ostler

Bio coming soon.

You can reach Nancy at 925.692.0090 ext 307 or at accounting@rainbowcc.org


Ryan Beaver
Data Systems Administrator

Ryan Beaver supports the the RCC with sundry office administrative and technological tasks, including donor recognition, basic IT, oodles of data entry, and other duties as assigned. Ryan is passionate about fostering acceptance for queer youth and trans* community members in Contra Costa County. Ryan received a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and plans to pursue a Masters Degree in the future.

You can reach Ryan at ryan@rainbowcc.org

Youth Program Staff


Daphnee Valdez
Director of Youth Services & Collaborations Coordinator

Bio coming soon.

You can reach Daphnee at 925.692.0090 ext 309 or at daphnee@rainbowcc.org

Teresa Gaines
Youth Outreach Counselor

Bio Soon

You can reach Teresa at 925.692.0090 ext 309 or at teresa@rainbowcc.org

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Behavioral Health Staff


Jennifer O’Neal-Khaw, MPA, LMFT
Clinical Director 

Jennifer earned her master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary’s College of California and a master’s in Public Administration from CSU East Bay. Her job allows Jennifer to do many things that she loves every day, including working directly with community members, collaborating with fellow RCC staff, and advocating for others. Jennifer utilizes a strengths-based approach in her work, and feels excited and grateful to be a part of the RCC community. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and volunteering.

You can reach Jennifer at 925.692.0090 ext 330 or at jennifer@rainbowcc.org


Marcos Apolonio, ACSW, OrdM
Case Management Program Director

Marcos received his Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Mental Health from CSU East Bay, and a Bachelor of Theology with an emphasis in Education and Pastoral Care from Universidade Adventista São Paulo in Brazil. He has a rich experience as a community leader and spiritual counselor in Brazil and in the United States. Since 2003 he has worked as an advocate and counselor for the LGBTQ community offering services in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Presently he is working as an Associate Clinical Social Worker at the Rainbow Community Center and leads Church 1.0, a non-denominational welcoming, accepting and affirming community in San Francisco. For him free time + nature + family and friends = perfect combination!

You can reach Marcos at 925.692.0090 ext 332 or at marcos@rainbowcc.org


Ginger Jule-Frost, LMFT
Lead Clinician/School Based Services Coordinator

Bio Soon

You can reach Ginger at 925.692.0090 ext 331 or at ginger@rainbowcc.org


Vance Drouillard
Patient Care Coordinator

Bio Soon

You can reach Vance at 925.692.0090 ext 306 or at vance@rainbowcc.org

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Carol Osmer, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor

Bio Soon

You can reach Carol at 925.692.0090 ext __ or at

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Erica Bell
Clinical Supervisor

Bio Soon

You can reach Erica at 925.692.0090 ext ___ or at

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Tech Tran, ACSW, PPSC
Social Work Field Instructor & Consultant 

Tech identifies as a hetero-cisgender, Vietnamese Californian. As a social worker, Tech is a fierce advocate and strong ally against the oppression of minority and marginalized people. He earned his Master’s degree at California State University East Bay School of Social Work with an emphasis in Community Mental Health, and his undergraduate degree in Sociology. Along with his unwavering pursuit to provide culturally compassionate case management, Tech also counsels clients as an Associate Clinical Social Worker. Additionally, he instructs Master’s level social work students from local universities. Tech can often be heard in RCC’s hallways with his favorite cheer “Go Social Work!”

You can reach Tech at tech@rainbowcc.org

Community Services Staff


Bethany Lim, MA
Communications Coordinator

Bethany Lim has a BA in Psychology from New College of California and a Masters in Transformative Arts from John F Kennedy University. While she has spent most of her career in retail and customer service, she has a passion for building community for all LGBTQ+ people. Bethany was a volunteer at Rainbow for over a year before becoming Communications Coordinator, helping with Senior Lunch, Food Pantry, as well as the Women’s and Youth programs. Bethany manages group and event promotion, community programming, social media pages and other projects as assigned. When she isn’t at Rainbow, she is planning her next trip to Disneyland, cuddling her twins, or watching re-runs of “Castle” and “Friends” with her wife.

You can reach Bethany at 925.692.0090 ext 336 or at bethany@rainbowcc.org

Jonathan Cook
Communications Coordinator & Special Events

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from Pacific Union College. His work at Rainbow involves work in communication, development, community engagement and advocacy. Experiences prior to joining the staff at Rainbow include co-founding a GSA, advising an international LGBTQ faith-based non-profit, and serving on the board as a founding member of the Lambda Democrats of Contra Costa County. Outside of work Jonathan enjoys strong coffee, travel, quality time with friends, and philosophical pondering.

You can reach Jonathan at 925.692.0090 ext 339 or at jonathan@rainbowcc.org


Mayela Zuniga
Community Training Coordinator

Mayela identifies as a Queer, Gender Expansive, Mexican-American Mujer that has committed the last 10+ years of their life to Social Justice work in the Bay Area, with a focus on LGBTQ+ liberation. Mayela has had the privilege to be part of many dynamic teams working to advocate, and enhance the life experience of Queer and Trans folks, and LGBTQ+ Allies across the Bay Area and beyond. Mayela brings an intersectional approach to their work, and is excited to bring all of their experience, and gifts from various mentors, and the communities she has been of part of for years to her everyday work. Mayela uses both She and They Pronouns interchangeably, and has worked with organizations such as Planned Parenthood Shasta-Diablo (now Planned Parenthood Northern California), former Bay Area safe schools organization Ally Action (formerly known as GLSEN SF-EB and BANGLE), West Contra Costa Unified School District, and currently with The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County as the Community Training Coordinator

You can reach Mayela at 925.692.0090 ext 305  or at mayela@rainbowcc.org


Robyn Kuslits
Kind Hearts Food Pantry Manager

Robyn is the Food Pantry Manager for the Kind Hearts Food Pantry. Since moving to the East Bay in early 2015, she has fallen in love with the community and is a volunteer facilitator for RCC’s Gender Voice social group. Prior to joining the RCC staff, she traveled the world as an engineer and submariner for the US Navy. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Business Management with the University of Phoenix. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, philosophical discussions, and spending time with her adorable cat Duke.

You can reach Robyn at 925.692.0090 ext 315 or at robyn@rainbowcc.org


Vance Drouillard
Health Educator, HIV Specialist

Bio coming soon. In addition to being an RCC Case Manager, Vance also coordinates the agency’s weekly HIV testing clinics and facilitates the center’s long running support group for POZ Men.

You can reach Vance at 925.692.0090 ext 315 or at vance@rainbowcc.org


Michael Lim
Senior Program Manager

Michael earned his BA in American Studies with an emphasis in Food Studies from UC Berkeley. He brings his passion for food and nutrition and over 14 years of restaurant industry experience to RCC’s Senior Luncheons, where he produces nutritionally-dense, restaurant-quality meals to LGBT seniors twice a month.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his partner, cooking, dining out, and food blogging (www.thebatchoydiaries.com). He plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work in the near future

You can reach Michael at 925.692.0090 ext 337 or at michael@rainbowcc.org

Christian Aguirre

HIV Prevention and Outreach

More to Follow …..

You can reach Christian at christian@rainbowcc.org

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Chelise Stroud

Everything Under the Rainbow Managers

You can reach Chelise at chelise@rainbowcc.org.