Executive Leadership

    Bill Bedrossian
    Chief Executive Officer

    Bill has served as the CEO of Covenant House California (CHC), since 2014. With just about 25 years of child welfare and homeless services experience, Bill’s passion for working with youth, came from his parents, who have been foster parents for 30+ years and adopted 8 of his 11 siblings through the child welfare system. Bill began his career in social work doing street outreach, residential care and behavioral modification therapy in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-1990s. He subsequently spent 13 years with the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services, leaving in 2008, as the agency’s South County Regional Director.  In 2010, Bill became the Executive Director at Olive Crest, Los Angeles, and was subsequently appointed as ED of Olive Crest’s Southern California operations in 2012.  Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from Taylor University, a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University, and has served as an adjunct professor in USC’s Graduate School of Social Work since 2012.  When he’s not leading the movement to end youth homelessness in CA, you’ll find Bill spending time with his lovely wife, chasing after his two young sons, and rooting for any sports team from his hometown of Philadelphia.  Go Eagles!

    Marissa Espinoza
    Senior Vice President, Southern California

    Marissa started her career as a Resident Counselor at Aviva Children & Family Services, where she was gradually promoted up to the position of Director of Residential Treatment.  In 2003, she transitioned to Masonic Homes of California in Covina as the Director of Children and Family Services.  In 2008, Marissa’s career took her to Ventura County as the Program Manager of Casa Pacifica’s Wraparound Program, where she soon became Director of Campus Programs. Marissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of La Verne, her Masters in Sociology at CSU-Northridge, and her Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Michigan. Marissa is a trainer with UC Davis Extension Program, providing support and training in Family Focused Practices.  With over 20 years of experience, Marissa is passionate about providing services and advocacy for vulnerable youth and their families.  At CHC, she leads our Southern California program operations.  If you ever visit her office, you’ll be overwhelmed with beautiful pictures of her family, especially her son, Max!

    Paida Ndemera
    Senior Vice President, Northern California

    Having started off her career as a Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner 20 years ago, Paida`s career trajectory shifted into healthcare administration where she has an impressive record of setting up and establishing health care facilities in London, Melbourne and the Bay Area. Over the last few years her focus has been working with marginalized communities and being an active advocate for the communities she serves. Paida is passionate about the concept of whole person care which is premised on the recognition that the best way to care for individuals with multifaceted needs is to consider their full spectrum of needs and Paida believes housing tops this list of needs .

    Paida is a biological mother of 2 and also supports 18  children at an orphanage founded by her and husband, Simba.

    Ami Rowland
    Chief Program Officer

    Ami’s lives her life, and leads her team with the conviction that “there is no such thing as someone else’s child.”  With more than 20 years of experience working in residential treatment programs for at-risk children and youth, Ami oversees all programmatic operations for CHC.  Ami and her family recently relocated to the Bay Area to provide increasing leadership and support for our expansion in Northern California.  Prior to joining the team at CHC, she was the Southern California Regional Director of Residential services for children and transitional-age youth at Olive Crest. It was there that she handled all program guidelines, development, strategic planning, budgeting, supervision of management employees, and was an advocate for transitional housing programs and the extension of ‘Foster Care Until 21’ across the state.  Ami is a passionate voice for all youth experiencing homelessness, and currently serves as a member of the board of directors for California Coalition for Youth. When she’s not providing love, hugs and encouragement to our youth and staff at the Cov, you’ll find her soaking up time with her hubby, two sons and super cute puppy!

    Amanda Sattler
    Chief Development & Communications Officer

    Amanda is passionate about serving causes that support life changing programs for young people. With nearly 20 years of increasing experience in non-profit leadership, Amanda oversees all fund-development and external communications for CHC.  Before transitioning to CHC in 2015, she led all fundraising activities at Junior Achievement of Southern California, where she honed her skills in major gift cultivation, board development, strategic planning, communications, staff recruitment and management. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy & Management, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and an Executive Master of Leadership degree from the University of Southern California.   When she’s not actively raising funds to end youth homelessness, Amanda loves to travel, read, and spend time with loved ones … including a 19-year-old teenage mother she is a CASA for.  Amanda serves on the boards of RealityLA and USC’s Executive Master of Leadership Alumni program.

    David Weaver
    Chief Financial Officer

    Prior to joining CHC as our Chief Financial Officer, Dave held various executive management positions within the financial services industry (including Wedbush Securities, Deutsche Bank & several others), working closely with senior management teams to develop & implement strategies to drive considerable growth and improve overall operations. Dave’s vast private sector experience and leadership skills have already streamlined financial reporting, transparency and operations at CHC. Dave is a licensed CPA, and maintains his PMP certification. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from St. Peter’s University, and hold registrations with the NASD (Series 27 license).  When Dave isn’t dreaming up innovative processes or expansion opportunities for CHC to benefit youth experiencing homelessness, you’ll find him travelling, golfing and spending time with his loved ones, including his girlfriend, daughter & son.

    Covenant House California Directors

    Steven Baker
    Director of Strategic Growth
    Southern California

    Daniel Ballin
    LCSW, Director of Clinical Services
    Los Angeles

    Brian Bob
    Director of Community Involvement

    Shelby Booker
    Program Director
    Santa Clara

    Ashley Burns
    Director of YEAH! Program
    Northern California

    Stacey Christenson
    Director of Operations

    Anthony Conley
    Director of Support Services

    Los Angeles

    Amba Johnson
    Director of DreamCatcher Program

    Heather Flynn
    Director of Development Operations

    Beverly Meza
    Director of Transitional Living Programs
    Los Angeles

    Andrew Ramaglia
    Director of Grant Management and Compliance

    Jeffrey Richardson
    Director of Residential Programs

    Los Angeles

    Nan Brown
    Director of Human Resources

    Jesus Siordia<jsiordia@covca.org>
    Director of Residential Services