Staff

Jose Ramirez
Executive Director
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Jose Ramirez

Executive Director Jose Ramirez, is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined St. Francis Center’s team in 2010 and as chief operating officer and his leadership has been instrumental in getting many homeless and extremely low-income individuals on a healthier and more stable path. In 2012, he graduated from the Nonprofit Leadership Development Program through the Center for Nonprofit Management and completed a program through the Executive Director Leadership Institute with Executive Service Corps in 2015. He currently serves as a member of the LA Food Policy Council combating food injustice and addressing gaps in food policy and planning. November 2014 marks the beginning of Jose’s service as Executive Director of St. Francis Center and he has provided the leadership necessary to help the Center expand its services and continue serving more communities in need. In his free time he enjoys music, fitness and spending time with his family.

Marianne Kulikov
Development Director
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Marianne Kulikov

Marianne Kulikov, development manager, has been with the Center since January 2011. Marianne develops strategy for implementation of the development plan, executes special events, develops and submits grant proposals, and works with the executive director to maintain, grow and cultivate relationships with donors, volunteers, and others to nurture their connection to St. Francis Center. She has a degree in Journalism from Chapman University, completed the Project Grantsmanship program through The Grantsmanship Center, and enjoys the challenge of using her writing skills to further St. Francis Center’s advancement. She loves anything beach-related and some of her favorite extracurricular activities include running, biking and paddle boarding.

Lucia Garcia
Programs Manager
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Lucia Garcia

Lucia Garcia joined us as Program Coordinator in September 2014, organizing and facilitating many of our services. Lucia has an extensive background in the nonprofit sector and is very excited to be working hands on with our low income families and homeless community.

Recently Lucia was promoted to Programs Manager, taking on more responsibilities in the day to day running of all St. Francis Center programs.

Jasmine Bravo
Controller/Accounting Manager
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Jasmine Bravo
Jasmine just joined us at the end of March as our new Controller and Accounting Manager. She brings with her over 11 years of experience in all segments of the financial services field. Jasmine, who was born in Los Angeles, was actually raised in Medellin, Colombia. When she was eight years old she returned to Los Angeles at the urging of her father so she could learn more about her Mexican heritage and family in the U.S. Later she earned her Master of Business Administration from California Baptist University. She now resides in Riverside with her three boys, loving husband and family dog Kobe. She loves traveling and spending time with her family.
Like most of our team, Jasmine was already very familiar with SFC before she came on staff as she has brought her son Matthew to volunteer on numerous occasions in the past.  Her connection to the Center and our mission was the catalyst for coming on board at SFC.
Jasmine hopes to be a part of the growth at St. Francis Center and with her skills she will play an essential role in making even more great things happen here in the future!
Claudia Chow
Development Associate
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Claudia Chow

Claudia is originally from the Bay Area, and is a recent graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, where she majored in politics and minored in sociology. She brings with her experience working with various public and private law firms, as well as communications experience with nonprofit organizations.

Claudia’s interest in learning more about development, as well as her passion for social justice issues brought her to SFC.

Claudia hopes that SFC will continue to be seen as a safe community space, as well as receive more exposure and recognition in Los Angeles each year.

In her spare time, Claudia enjoys dancing, hiking, and exploring the city of Los Angeles.

Thalia Carreras
Resource Specialist
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Thalia Carreras

Thalia was born in Mexico City but moved to Long Beach when she was three years old. She earned her Associate’s degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Los Angeles Harbor College in spring of 2015, and then transferred to CSU Dominguez Hills, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology this past May. Before working at SFC, Thalia had been working at a barber shop that she and her spouse had opened up. They built the shop from scratch, starting with just the two of them working and now have a total of six barbers. Thalia is excited to work at SFC because she has always envisioned herself being part of an organization that works with disadvantaged communities. She is looking forward to using her extensive research background to not only find resources for guests, but also aid in the growth and development of the organization. In her spare time, Thalia enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Caitlin Powers
Resource Specialist
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Caitlin Powers

Caitlin Powers joins SFC as Resource Specialist through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. A recent graduate of College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, Caitlin knew she wanted to find a service position and became more interested in JVC when she discovered their four pillars: Community, Spirituality, Simple Living, and Social Justice. An active volunteer since high school, Caitlin found the best part of the work was getting to know the names and faces of those she was serving. As SFC’s Resource Specialist she is looking forward to interacting with guests on a personal basis and making connections.

“Everyone has a story and I hope as time goes on and people get to know me, they feel comfortable in sharing theirs.”
When she’s not Serving Hope at SFC, you will find Caitlin traveling, exploring new places and belting out Broadway tunes!
Mary Yuengert
Volunteer Coordinator
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Mary Yuengert
Mary Yuengert joins SFC as Volunteer Coordinator through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Mary is originally from Pennsylvania and a graduate of Boston College. Driven by the phrase “Be like those who inspire you,” Mary decided to become a JV because the most compassionate and inspiring people she knows have dedicated themselves to a life of service to the poor and marginalized.
“I was exposed to the realities of injustice and poverty during my years at Boston College, and fell in love with the people I met through various immersion experiences to El Salvador,  U.S./Mexico border, and in Boston. I want to use my education to fully immerse myself in order to help build peace, community, and love. I think that’s what I’m made for.”
Mary is looking forward to encouraging volunteers to reflect on their service work at SFC and how it impacts the community. She is also excited about building relationships with our guests, and empowering them to believe in themselves.
A state-level high school volleyball player, Mary still enjoys playing sports as well as singing and writing poetry in her spare time.
Ana Payes
Programs Assistant
Ana Payes

Ana, our Programs Assistant, has been working at SFC since April 2016, providing support with our various programs at the center and helped with our Top Tamale fundraiser last year. She has been involved with the center for many years now, as she started off as a volunteer and her children are former SFC campers. To Ana, SFC is a family, because the staff not only cares about the guests they serve, but also those we work with to make the center possible. Her favorite part about working at SFC is seeing the faces of the guests every day. “To be able to help those in need and see their faces every day with such hope is an amazing experience.” Originally from Guatemala, Ana has four children, two of whom are attending college, one in high school, and one in kindergarten. She enjoys going on walks, going to the movies, and spending time with her family.

Xochitl Larios
Cook
Xochitl Larios

Xochitl Larios has been cooking up delicious soups at the Center since July 2005. Most of our guests have come to know her by name as she diligently serves the homeless every day with a humble smile. Several of our guests describe their meal experience as being in “Food Heaven.”  Xochitl is from Jalisco, Mexico and is a mother of three boys. She first started coming to the Center over 15 years ago, receiving groceries for her family through our Pantry Service. She also served as a volunteer for a decade, because like many other guests she felt compelled to give something back.

Fernando Sanchez
Driver
Fernando Sanchez

Fernando Sanchez, one of our drivers since 2013, helps pick up and deliver in-kind donations of food and goods. Also, his family has participated as guests and volunteers in our Pantry Service and youth programming for several years.

Alicia Moreno
Custodian
Alicia Moreno
Alicia, mother of four, and her family live in the low-income neighborhoods surrounding  St. Francis Center. Her family emigrated from El Salvador to escape the violence and corruption in her native country during the 12-year civil war.
 
One day three years ago, she and her husband saw our guests in line for services and reached out for help. She registered with our pantry services and then during the holidays, Alicia and her family also received extra support through St. Julie’s special holiday basket distribution on site at
St. Francis Center. Since then she also has competed in our
TOP TAMALE competition and given back by volunteering.
 
“My family and I have experienced hunger firsthand. I’m proud to now represent the organization that supported us during the most difficult part of my life when we needed it most and now I want to do the same for others in our community,” said Alicia.
 
Alicia’s favorite pastimes are cooking and spending time with her family. SFC is excited to now welcome Alicia as one of the newest members of the SFC staff as custodian.
Jose Orozco
Driver
Jose Orozco

St. Francis Center custodian Jose Orozco has been with the center since August 2014. A native of Los Angeles, he is a graduate of Abram Friedman Occupational school. Jose is a father of three boys and loves watching Netflix.

Farit Alvarez
Security
Farit Alvarez

Farit Alvarez joined SFC in 2016 as head security guard. Farit is from Lima, Peru and has 25 years of experience in security.

Farit enjoys sports, going to the gym, and practicing Jiu Jitsu. He says, “I feel that these hobbies not only keep me in shape but help me in my job.”