Rajeshwari Prasad is the Vice-President and Assistant Director. She received her MSW from University of Southern California. Since 2011, she has been actively working with underserved communities—first, as a victim advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault at Empower Yolo, and then, in varying roles with hospice patients at Kaiser and Mercy Hospice and homeless people who have mental health challenges at TLCS, Inc. At USC, she shifted her focus to social policy and program development, which resulted in an eight month-long internship at the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter. There, she assisted Rebecca Gonzales, Director of Government Relations, in tracking, analyzing, and advocating for legislation that is supported and shaped by social work values. In her free time, she loves reading and rereading books by Khalid Hosseini and tending to her rose garden. She currently resides in Sacramento, California, with her five chirpy cockatiels and three goldfishes.
Angel Tan Li is the Secretary and Communications Specialist. She has experience in various settings including social work, administration, paralegal, customer service, recruitment and the medical field. Angel is bilingual in Chinese (Cantonese) and English. In addition, she studied Spanish for several years. Angel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a minor in psychology. Angel acted as the secretary of Phi Alpha, Delta Omicron Chapter of the National Honor Society for Social Work. While enrolled in the social work program, she represented the Universities at Shady Grove as a Student Ambassador from 2010-2011 and attended numerous recruiting events. Prior to her social work program, she worked at a local community-based shelter for women. This experience was extremely eye-opening to her and helped her understand the struggles of clients. She hopes to make a significant accomplishment while working with children, youth and community.
Djethina (DJ) Constane is the Treasurer. She has experience in research, manufacturing, customer service, event planning and the biopharmaceutical field. Djethina is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole. Djethina graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of the District of Columbia. She was a member of the Biology Club and held the title of Fundraiser/Event Chair. She was also a member of the Honors program and an inductee of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. As a member of both Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society (BKS) and National Institute of Science (NIS), she attended annual joint meetings and presented her research. Djethina is 2 semesters away from earning her Masters in Biotechnology with a focus on Biodefense and Biosecurity at the University of Maryland University College. Djethina is dedicated to helping the youth succeed. As a mother to a child with autism, she knows hard work, patience and dedication is key. She knows the greatest joy is to see your child succeed, attend his/her milestones and be the best that he/she can be. She is willing to employ that same mentality to help drive success, provide inspiration, and motivation to our youths. Their successes are her motivation.
President and Executive Director, Gimie Doherty, founded the organization in 2015. She came together with a team to form this organization because of some of the emerging and important issues in her community that needed to be addressed. She has worked in the social work field for more than 5 years with extensive experience in clinical hospital settings, administration, customer service, mentoring, team leadership, recruitment, and speech and behavior therapy. She has also worked in the nonprofit management field. She received her master’s degree from the University of Southern California in social work with a concentration in community, organization, planning, and administration and also with a sub concentration in working with veterans. She hopes to respond to a growing number of youth who are dropping out of high school and also hopes to make a significant impact in their lives.