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RCC Staff

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

Administrative 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 Rainbow Community Center, 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.


 

Michael Lim
Director of Contracts and Grants

Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Rainbow staff in 2016, Michael spent over three years in several nonprofit settings working to empower underserved communities. He currently serves as Rainbow’s Director of Contracts and Grants.

In his free time Michael enjoys spending time with his partner, cooking, dining out, and food blogging (www.thebatchoydiaries.com).

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


Jonathan Cook
Director of Communications and Development

Jonathan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from Pacific Union College. His work at Rainbow involves communication, development, community engagement and advocacy. Jonathan is passionate about fundraising and expanding the services that Rainbow is able to offer our community. Prior to joining the staff at Rainbow in 2016, he co-founded a gay-straight alliance and advised an international LGBTQ faith-based non-profit. Outside of work Jonathan enjoys strong coffee, travel and quality time with friends.

You can reach Jonathan at 925.692.0090 ext 303 or at jonathan@rainbowcc.org

 


Marlette West
Office Manager

Marlette is a native Concordian. She was born and raised less than a mile from the current Rainbow Community Center. Her background is in the health field providing administrative assistance and data management for over 30 years. She considers working at RCC a dream job and feels encouraged by the Center’s involvement in and acceptance by the local communities in and around Contra Costa County and beyond.
You can reach Marlette at (925)692-0090 Ext 308 or at marlette@rainbowcc.org.

 

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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 Special Projects Manager and is Currently Serving as our Interim Contracts Manager.  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 ext 304 or at leslie@rainbowcc.org


 


Nancy Ostler

Bookkeeper

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


Youth Program Staff

 

Daphnee Valdez
Director of Youth Services & Collaborations Coordinator

Daphnee Valdez is a transformative leader, proud Bi/Queer Pinay (Filipina-American), and Concord local. She is a first-generation college graduate who received her Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, focusing on the intersectionality of family, Filipinx identity, and assimilation. She first began her journey with the Rainbow Community Center as a Youth Outreach Counselor and is currently the Director of Youth Services and Collaborations Coordinator. She has been engaged with youth empowerment for more than 10 years. She has experience within the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, working as the Careers in Education Academy Mentor, at Ygnacio Valley High School, for five years. She dedicates her life and career to creating empathetic, equitable, and fun experiences that EMPOWER INDIGENOUS, BLACK, BROWN, and LGBTQIA+, and ALLY YOUTH. She encourages growth and strength through shared story that allows us to RISE, love deeply, courageously, and bravely, so that we thrive, heal, be heard, and dismantle.

You can reach Daphnee at 925.692.0090 ext 336 or at daphnee@rainbowcc.org


Teresa Gaines
Youth Outreach Counselor

Teresa began as a youth of RCC’s youth program in 2013. The group not only allowed her a safe space to explore her identity, but ultimately made her the confident woman she is today. Through youth leadership roles and an internship, she became one of the youth mentor/outreach counselors she once looked up to. She is so grateful to have a second home and loves welcoming new youth to youth group!

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


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Behavioral Health Staff

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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


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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 counselor in Brazil and in the United States. Since 2003 works as an advocate, counselor and mental health therapist with the LGBTQ community offering services in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

He is an Associate Clinical Social Worker and functions as the Case Management Program Director at the Rainbow Community Center where community members are supported with matters of housing, health insurance, unemployment, food, emotional support, education, among other needs. Masters of Social Work students from five different universities join the program as interns every year to enhance their understanding and cultural competence on LGBTI issues.

He also leads Church 1.0, a non-denominational welcoming, accepting and affirming community in San Francisco, fostering dialogue on spirituality and creating sanctuary for those marginalized from traditional religions.

Marcos’ strengths are connectedness, communication, individualization, empathy and harmony. He is a proud father of two gorgeous human beings and lives with his husband in the East Bay.

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

Ginger is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies at CSU Hayward, and Masters in Counseling from JFK University.  She has been providing clinical services at RCC since 2014, and is currently Lead Clinician and School-Based Services Coordinator.  She recognizes the privilege in which she is situated in many respects, and is a fierce activist and advocate for social justice and human rights.  Issues of diversity, intersectionality and social equity have always been of concern to Ginger, and she places emphasis on attending to the needs of underserved and at-risk groups. Being a community member herself, Ginger has focused her clinical experience within the LGBTQ+ community, and is an emerging Gender Specialist in the field.  She has spent many years working with and advocating for youth, beginning in her previous career in Special Education, and places particular emphasis on helping survivors of trauma and abuse.  Ginger approaches her work with a collaborative spirit, from a perspective of resilience, strength and growth, and with respect for the powerful role of attachment.

Ginger’s free time is spent with her beloved partner and friends, appreciating nature, music and the arts.

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


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Vance Drouillard
Lead Case Manager and Patient Care Coordinator

Vance is a retired Registered Nurse that is currently working in Case Management at the Rainbow Community Center.  He is also the HIV Health Educator and is responsible for running the HIV Testing Program and HIV Outreach.

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


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Carol Osmer, LCSW
Clinical Supervisor

 

You can reach Carol at 925.692.0090


 

Nathan Padilla
Case Manager

Nathan was born in Castro Valley and raised in San Leandro, Antioch and Concord. Nathan joined the Navy in 2008 and served aboard two submarines (USS Los Angeles and USS Santa Fe) until 2012, when he left active duty to join the Navy Reserve. After the Navy, Nathan went back to school and graduated in 2015 from Diablo Valley College with his Associates of Arts in Sociology. After graduating Diablo Valley College, he transferred to San Francisco State University where he majored in the Bachelor of social work program. During his time at SF State, he was brought on the RCC team as a case management intern. Nathan graduated from San Francisco State University in 2017 with his bachelor’s degree in social work. Nathan was then hired on as a case manager with the Rainbow Community Center where he serves currently. Nathan loves football, hiking, camping and anything that gets him outside!

You can contact Nathan at 925.692.0090 ext 326 or at nathan@rainbowcc.org

 


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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 Program Staff

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Kas Shields

Volunteer Coordinator

Kas works with Rainbow’s amazing team of dedicated volunteers and enjoys being involved with Rainbow’s expansive growth. He has worked at 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 302 or at kas@rainbowcc.org


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Mayela Zuniga
Training Director & Recruitment and Hiring Specialist

Mayela is a quirky Queer, Gender Expansive, Mexican-American Mujer that has committed their life to Social Justice work in the Bay Area, with a focus on LGBTQ+ liberation since the age of 15. 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, as well as LGBTQ+ Allies across the Bay Area and beyond. Mayela brings an Intersectional and Youth Empowerment approach to their work, loves to express themselves through color, uses both She and They Pronouns interchangeably, and believes we all have the power to be healers. Mayela 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 has been with The Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County (RCC) since July 2011. Having worn many hats throughout her years with the RCC including that of Youth Mentor, Director of Youth Services, and the agency’s Lead Trainer, Mayela is proud to take their experience with the agency and expertise to currently serve as the RCC’s Training Director & Recruitment and Hiring Specialist.

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

 

To know more about our training program, or book a training email us at training@rainbowcc.org

 

To inquire about employment opportunities with the RCC email us at rainbowccjobs@gmail.com 


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Robyn Kuslits
Director of Community Programs

Robyn is the Director of Community Programs. 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


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Christian Aguirre

HIV Prevention and Outreach

Christian earned his makeup artist certifications from NY Makeup Academy in San Jose. When he was a teenager he found the Rainbow Community Center and joined the youth program, where he gained the strength to be confident in his sexual orientation. Christian became very interested in promoting safe-sex education and assisting in the HIV Prevention Program. He has been involved in several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area, in which he has been involved in fundraising. He currently works at the Rainbow Community Center as an HIV Outreach and Prevention Specialist.

You can reach Christian at 925.692.0090 ext 339 or at christian@rainbowcc.org