Who We Are

Staff

Frederick J. Ferrer

CEO

Frederick J. Ferrer

CEO
Frederick J. Ferrer has over three decades of nonprofit leadership in Silicon Valley, having led numerous groundbreaking program, public policy and systems reform initiatives. As CEO of Child Advocates, Ferrer leads the organization’s efforts to support foster children, primarily though the operation of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program in Santa Clara County. Ferrer currently chairs the Santa Clara University’s College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Advisory Board where he’s also a Dean’s Executive Professor of Public Health. He previously chaired: The University’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Diversity and Inclusion; the Rocketship Public Schools Board; and the FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Commission. He is also a member of the Children’s Discovery Museum LGBTQ Advisory Board. Previously, Ferrer served as CEO of the Health Trust, a $100 million public charity foundation. Ferrer also had a consulting practice, Manzanita Solutions, where he helped design the Universal Access to Preschool initiative with Alum Rock and Franklin McKinley School districts. He is also the former Executive Director of Estrella Family Services. Among numerous awards, Ferrer has received: The John Gardner Leadership Award from ALF-SV; the Human Relations Award from the Santa Clara County Commission on Human Relations; and PACT’s Community Builder Award. Ferrer has been on the adjunct child development faculty at De Anza College and an instructor in the Special Education credential EPIC program at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. He has completed two distinguished programs at Harvard University, the Performance Measurement for Effective Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He also completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ferrer holds a B.S. degree from Santa Clara University, an M.S. degree from San Jose State University, and an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Santa Clara University.

Finance & Operations

Brittany Lujan

Executive Assistant to CEO

Brittany Lujan

Executive Assistant to CEO

Brenda Navarrete

Senior Accountant and Administrator

Brenda Navarrete

Senior Accountant and Administrator

Advocate Programs

Nick Aguilar

CASA Specialist

Nick Aguilar

CASA Specialist

Jessica Alvarez

CASA Specialist

Jessica Alvarez

CASA Specialist

Stacy Castle

Director of Programs

Stacy Castle

Director of Programs

Bryant Chao

CASA Specialist

Bryant Chao

CASA Specialist

Apolonia Cortez

CASA Specialist

Apolonia Cortez

CASA Specialist

Sarah Gentle

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Sarah Gentle

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Vivian Lambert

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Supervisor

Vivian Lambert

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Supervisor

Sabrina Martire

CASA Program Specialist

Sabrina Martire

CASA Program Specialist

Amber Noutoua

CASA Specialist

Amber Noutoua

CASA Specialist

Stephany Perez

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Stephany Perez

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Rama Rajan

Program Associate

Rama Rajan

Program Associate

Claudia Ramos

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Claudia Ramos

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Christina Ramirez

CASA Specialist

Christina Ramirez

CASA Specialist

Dorothy Ross

CASA Specialist

Dorothy Ross

CASA Specialist

Lauren Rueth

CASA Specialist Lead

Lauren Rueth

CASA Specialist Lead

Vincent Salazar

CASA Specialist

Vincent Salazar

CASA Specialist

Bethany Wallace

CASA Specialist Lead

Bethany Wallace

CASA Specialist Lead

Jennifer Zamora

CASA Specialist

Jennifer Zamora

CASA Specialist

Lucy Zhang

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Lucy Zhang

Case Assessment Program (CAP) Associate

Learning

Jasmine Scott

Learning Coordinator

Jasmine Scott

Learning Coordinator

Daisy Manapsal

Director of Learning

Daisy Manapsal

Director of Learning

Development

Michelle Leporini

Director of Development

Michelle Leporini

Director of Development

Lauren Salciccia

Development Associate

Lauren Salciccia

Development Associate

Marketing & Communications

Gustavo Caraveo

Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications

Gustavo Caraveo

Director of Strategic Marketing & Communications

Laura Posadas

Marketing Specialist

Laura Posadas

Marketing Specialist