Andrew Pojman, EdD, president, joined the board in February 2011. He has been a psychologist in private practice since 1979. He also provides forensic evaluations for the Contra Costa County Juvenile and Adult Court, as well as private attorneys. In addition, he trains mental health professionals employed by the Contra Costa County Mental Health Department, and is an adjunct professor of psychology in the John F. Kennedy University Graduate School of Professional Psychology and the Wright Institute. He’s a former president of the board of the Contra Costa County Psychologist Association, has presented multiple times at the conferences of the American Psychological Association, and has written numerous articles in trade publications on child and adolescent psychotherapy. Residence: Walnut Creek
Bonnie Glatzer, vice president, joined the board in 2014. Bonnie attended State University of New York at Binghamton and Boston University School of Law and earned her JD graduating cum laude. Bonnie has been recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by the publishers of the Northern California Super Lawyers magazine since 2006. Inclusion in Super Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey. She is a partner in the Labor & Employment group at Nixon Peabody in San Francisco. Residence: Moraga.
Linda Del Matto, treasurer, joined the board in 2014. She is a CPA, with previous positions including Associate at Palazzolo & Associates, Controller of Xtra International Ltd., and Audit Manager at KPMG. Linda began her work as a volunteer on our crisis lines in 2011 before joining the board. Residence: Alamo
Rob Park, secretary, joined the board in 2016. He is a psychologist who has worked at Kaiser Permanente since 2003. His experiences include working with children, adolescents, and families throughout Contra Costa County. He graduated with a BA from UC Davis, and earned his Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) from the California School of Professional Psychology. Residence: Walnut Creek
Guita Bahramipour was appointed to serve as a member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board. In this capacity, she acts as a liaison with the Contra Costa County’s Mental Health Commission and the Council on Homeless. She advises the County’s Board of Supervisors on policies, strategies, and activities for addressing wellness issues in the community. Before committing her time to public service, Guita worked as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where she became First Vice President. While focusing on the financial well-being of her clients, she quickly realized that their emotional and mental health was significantly more important. After over 20 years in the private sector, she made improving the health and safety of Contra Costa County residents and community members her top priority.
Mark Dossa joined the board in 2018. Mark is a Certified Financial Planner who runs his own independent advisory firm Fortitude Wealth Management. Mark began his career in the financial industry in 1989 while living in San Diego. Mark graduated with a BA from California State University, Long Beach and an MA from the University of Redlands. Residence: Alamo
Concepcion “Connie” Trevino James joined the board in October 2019. She is currently employed with One Day at a Time, a youth empowerment agency based in Brentwood. She assists this agency with strategic planning and implementation and with Special Project Management. She retired from Contra Costa County Health Services in October 2018 and held the title of Health Equity Manager with the Hospital and Health Center Division, for which she had a 22-year history managing programs that addressed health disparities and inequities. Prior to working with the County health department, she spent 13 years managing older adult services for the City of Oakland and City of Pinole. She is also involved in a regional initiative called the Bay Area Learning Initiative focused on housing affordability. She is an Antioch resident and a member of United Latino Voices of Contra Costa. She holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College/Moraga.
David Newhouse, MD, retired from Kaiser Permanente in November 2016 after 37 years as a practicing ob/gyn physician. He also served in leadership roles including chief of the ob/gyn department, Assistant Physician in Chief and Program Director for the Fremont IVF center. His roles as APIC included service, leadership development, diversity, performance improvement and marketing. His particular area of interest is in health care disparities and the impact of unconscious bias in health care. He developed an analytics program for improving service scores that reached over 7,000 physicians in TPMG. He received the Kaiser Permanente National Diversity Erickson award for this work and he has lectured nationally and internationally on this topic. He recently spent a year working in the Kaiser Hawaii region as a locum on the big island and Oahu. He recently graduated from St Mary’s College with his MBA. In 1972-1974 while in medical school, he worked at the crisis center in East Lansing Michigan, helping to set up a free medical clinic and answering the phone lines as a volunteer.
Robin Raff joined the board in 2018. Robin is a healthcare marketing executive with over 30 years of experience. She has held leadership positions over the past two decades both within advertising agencies and within healthcare organizations, including five years leading Medicare marketing at Kaiser Permanente. Robin has her MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, and her BA in Education and Business Administration from SUNY New Paltz.
Chris Shackelford, CSU East Bay MBA, joined the board in March 2020. His 20+ year career in customer success has been focused helping customers achieve what they invested in software to achieve… work which includes successful resourcing, expertise, planning, launch, support, and iteration. Chris also volunteers with his family at Tri-Valley Animal Rescue to help previously-owned dogs, cats, and rabbits get re-stabilized, exercised, socialized, and ready for their new home. Chris sought to volunteer the Crisis Center after the summer 2019 California wildfires, wind storms, and resultant power outages were sparking anxiety with Tri-Valley residents. Chris’ primary focuses in working with the Crisis Center are outreach (educating as many Contra Costa residents about the Crisis Center’s resources as possible), disaster readiness and response, and anxiety reduction especially for issues facing seniors.
Nadesdye Valdes joined the board in 2019. Nadesdye is a therapist working at Kaiser since 2011 with adolescents, adults, and families addressing issues of substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma, and family conflict. Prior to this, she worked with the non-profit organizations of New Connections, Fred Finch Youth Center, and New Bridge Foundation working in the school system through out Contra Costa and Alameda County counseling at risk teens. Nadesdye received her master’s degree in Counseling from California State University, Hayward in 1999.
Mike Rekasis re-joined the board in 2014. Mike served for many years on the Crisis Center board including 2 terms as its president. He has continuously served in a volunteer capacity from 1997 – current as both a volunteer on the crisis lines, a grief volunteer and as a long standing member on our Finance Committee wherein he was instrumental in establishing critical financial policies. In 2012, Mike was awarded the Crisis Center’s Rosemary Caldwell Award – for outstanding volunteer of the year. Residence: Walnut Creek