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STAFF & BOARD

CALICO is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

The staff at CALICO work hard and deal with horrific stories, but they still remain generous, warm, and welcoming people.

—Calvin C. James, Assistant County Counsel (retired)

Office of the County Counsel, Alameda County

CALICO CENTER & CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTERS OF CALIFORNIA STAFF 

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Erin Harper

Executive Director 
 

Erin is committed to helping every abused child in California receive justice and healing. She has worked in the children’s advocacy center field for over 14 years. Erin has held roles at CALICO including Forensic Interview Specialist, Outreach Coordinator and Multi-Disciplinary Team Director. She has also traveled to Zambia with the Global Alliance for Health, helping to conduct a training on child sexual abuse investigations for the Zambian National Police Force. Most recently, Erin was the State Director for Children’s Advocacy Centers of California, promoting the growth of children’s advocacy centers, providing assistance to centers throughout the state, and developing legislative policies promoting issues related to child abuse.  Since March 2017, she has served as CALICO’s and CACC’s Executive Director where she directs the overall agency operation, policies, and services.  

Prior to joining CALICO and CACC, Erin was an Associate Attorney at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.   She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in History, where she was active with the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project.  She later received her law degree from UC-Hastings College of the Law.  At Hastings, she participated on the Moot Court team and the Constitutional Law Quarterly journal.  She received the CALI/Witkin award for having the highest grade in her Corporations and Criminal Law classes as well as the Best Brief award in her Moot Court class.  She was a quarter finalist and winner of Best Brief at the national Evans Moot Court Constitutional Law Competition.

Favorite Childhood Book:  The Velveteen Rabbit

Favorite Childhood Activity:  Playing soccer or ice skating, depending on the season

Current Hobbies: Reading, playing with her daughters, creative writing

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Kristy Brodeur Dermody

Child Interview Specialist/State Training Coordinator

Kristy joined CALICO in 1997 and works as a Child Interview Specialist (CIS) and CALICO’s Training Coordinator. Since 2015, Kristy has also been the statewide training coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Center of California (CACC) program. Kristy has conducted trainings throughout California and the US. Before CALICO, she was part of a MDT that went to Zambia to train their national police force and Zambian prosecutors on child forensic interviewing.Kristy is a tenured faculty member at John F Kennedy University. In 2012, Kristy received the National Children’s Advocacy Center’s award for Outstanding Service Award.

 

Fun Fact: Kristy is an avid bike rider, but hates hills!

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Nadia Bueno

Child Interview Specialist/Victim Services Coordinator

Nadia Bueno has been at CALICO for 4 years.  She is a Child Interview Specialist and Victim Services Coordinator.  As a native Spanish speaker, she is able to conduct interviews in Spanish when needed.  Prior to joining CALICO, Nadia worked at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office as a Victim/Witness Advocate.  Nadia has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

Favorite Childhood Book: The Secret of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Favorite Childhood Game or Activity: Playing Operation

Current Hobbies: Landscape photography

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Audrey Leonard

Child Interview Specialist

Audrey joined CALICO in September 2021 as a Forensic Interviewer. Prior to CALICO, she was a Forensic Interviewer at a CAC in St. Louis, MO for four years. She has also held a number of roles within the Multidisciplinary team throughout her career. Audrey has both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Social Work. 

Favorite Childhood Book: Are You My Mother? 

Favorite Childhood Game or Activity: Playing T-ball

Current Hobbies: Hiking, reading, trying new active activities, hanging out with my big fluffy dog, Coconut 

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Bertha Nevárez

Child Interview Specialist/Program Manager

Bertha started working at CALICO in January 1999. Since her start Bertha has conducted almost 5,000 forensic interviews! Bertha works closely with all of our partner agencies, and answers all of CALICO’s after hours and weekend pages. In addition, Bertha facilitates Spanish peer reviews for Spanish-speaking forensic interviewers throughout the state. Before CALICO, Bertha worked for Alameda Alliance providing psycho-social case management to HIV+ clients. She also was the HIV Testing Coordinator for two hospitals and five clinics and an HIV Outreach Coordinator.

 

Fun Fact: Bertha has traveled around the world and her current favorite place is anywhere!

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Francisca Segura

Family Advocate

Francisca joined CALICO in September 2021. Before becoming Family Advocate, Francisca was a Senior Case Manager for a nonprofit, working with formerly homeless adults with mental health needs.

 

Favorite Childhood Book: Always Running - Luis. J. Rodriguez

Favorite Childhood Activity: Hide and Seek

Current Hobby: Crafting

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Alexis Taper

Family Advocate

Alexis joined CALICO in January 2022. Before becoming Family Advocate, Alexis was an ABA therapist in an autism program for NHUSD for 15 years and worked as a Registered Behavior Technician for Kadiant LLC for 7 years.  She has a B.S. in Psychology.

 

Favorite Childhood Book: Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters - John Steptoe

Favorite Childhood Activity: Reading and playing

Current Hobby: Reading and cooking

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Holly Fleming
CACC Program Director

Holly Fleming is the Program Director for CALICO’s Children’s Advocacy Centers of California (CACC) program. She joined CALICO in 2014 as a Forensic Interviewer. Before that, Holly worked in a community clinic as an MFT trainee providing counseling to adults, children, and families. Holly holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Some of her recent accomplishments include completing a Trauma Justice Fellowship with the Women’s Policy Institute and sitting on the Equity Advisory Group for the All Children Thrive – California Initiative.

Favorite Childhood Book: Stellaluna - Janell Cannon

Favorite Childhood Activity: Playing with Barbies

Current Hobbies: Cooking, reading, pub trivia, and live music

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Cory Blasi

Office Manager

Cory has been a member of CALICO’s staff since 2008.  Her role at CALICO is to coordinate and oversee administrative duties in an office, and ensure that the office operates efficiently and smoothly creating a welcoming environment for our clients, partners and staff. Prior to CALICO, she worked in marketing for several major financial institutions.

 

Favorite Childhood Book: Charlotte's Web - E. B. White

Favorite Childhood Activity: Playing board games

Current Hobbies: Reading, gardening and volunteering at the Oakland Zoo

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Allison Crapo, Director, Skytown Preschool

President

I grew up in Idaho on a potato farm, one of five children with a free-range approach to childhood and play. After leaving home for college and then law school, I worked as a civil advocate in the Bay Area for youth in the juvenile justice system at the National Center for Youth Law. As part of Juvenile Mental Health Courts, I provided services and support to youth who had unmet mental health needs. Since then, I’ve become a mother, fallen in love with early childhood education, and become a preschool teacher. I am currently working as Director at Skytown Preschool in Richmond, CA, a parent co-operative that immerses caregivers in our preschool and embraces play-based, emergent, and Reggio-inspired pedagogies. 

 

I was introduced to CALICO by my law-enforcement spouse, and I was thrilled to find a new avenue for my passion for child advocacy. I was elected to the board in 2021, and am currently serving as President of the Board.

 

In my free time, I find myself putting off laundry, reading, baking, playing cards, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

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Jamshed Rahman, Lead Software Engineer, Apple Cloud Servies, Apple Inc

Treasurer

Jamshed is passionate about helping children live amazing lives that are full of potential. He joined CALICO in 2019, inspired by its mission to bring justice and healing to the children of Alameda county. As a father himself, Jamshed understands the need for every child to grow up in a safe and just community. And that is why he has made it his mission to support CALICO’s awesome staff to excel at their roles, and foster a supportive environment for our communities’ children. He works in fundraising, event organization, financials, marketing, and technical sections of the CALICO board. When he’s not volunteering at CALICO, Jamshed works as a Software Lead at Apple, and enjoys the beautiful outdoors of the San Francisco Bay Area with his children.

 

Favorite Childhood Book: The Secret of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien

Favorite Childhood Game or Activity: Playing Operation

Current Hobbies: Landscape photography

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Kelsi Perttula, Adjunct Professor at California State University East Bay

Kelsi Perttula grew up in Sacramento, came to Berkeley for college, and has lived in the Bay Area ever since.  Kelsi worked for ten years as a forensic scientist, primarily for San Mateo County Sheriff's Office. In 2012, she left that career and went to earn her doctorate at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health. Recently she began work as an assistant professor at nearby CSU East Bay in the Department of Public Health. With her spouse Drew, they have four young children. She loves supporting CALICO and believes its mission is critical to getting children through some of the most difficult times in their young lives.

 

Favorite Childhood Book: Can't pick one. The Babysitter's Club series and Harriet the Spy.

Favorite Childhood Game or Activity: Playing Super Mario Brothers and Legend of Zelda 

Current Hobbies: Yoga and tricking my kids into eating vegetables

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Rachel Holloway, Partner, Pennington LLP

Rachel Holloway’s transactional practice focuses on a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, development and finance.  Ms. Holloway represents banks, institutional lenders, life insurance companies and commercial borrowers in connection with the origination and restructuring of construction, bridge and permanent financings, tax-credit driven loans (including bond financings) and multi-jurisdictional property portfolios.  She also regularly represents national and international owners and developers in the acquisition, disposition and financing of all types of commercial real property, including office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, mixed-used projects and multi-family properties.

Prior to joining Pennington LLP, Ms. Holloway was a senior associate in the premier real estate group of DLA Piper LLP in San Francisco, where her work focused on a variety of complex real estate transactions.  While at DLA Piper, Ms. Holloway served as chair of the Firm Wide National Associates Committee and member of the San Francisco Pro Bono Committee.  In recognition of her pro bono representation of survivors of domestic violence, she received the DLA Piper National Pro Bono Award and Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California.  Ms. Holloway currently serves as the Vice President of the non-profit organization CALICO, which works to achieve justice and healing for abused children.

Favorite Childhood Book: The Giving Tree

Favorite Childhood Game or Activity: Hopscotch and jump rope

Current Hobbies: Having 4 kids (LOL!), but going to their soccer and baseball games, volunteering at the elementary school for writer's workshop, cycling (on a Peloton bike, does that count?), and arts and crafts with the kids.