Executive Leadership

    Bill Bedrossian
    Chief Executive Officer
    BBedrossian@covca.org

    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!

    Lailanie Jones
    Senior Vice President, Southern California
    ljones@covca.org

    Lailanie has dedicated her life to improving the education and well-being of children in need. From her summers as a young girl, serving in orphanages all over the world, to her previous role in working with children and families experiencing homelessness, Lailanie is passionate about helping and empowering others. She comes to Covenant House CA with over twenty years of experience in early childhood education, most notably serving for fourteen years as Executive Director of Precious Lamb Preschool in Long Beach, California.  The school served children of parents who were experiencing homelessness, and provided support for the families.  Through her visionary leadership, Lailanie brought about a dramatic expansion in all areas of the organization.  Most importantly to her, she created and nurtured a diverse and inclusive culture centered around compassion, integrity, and dignity, for both her staff and for the families she served. Lailanie has received numerous awards and recognition for her leadership in the community of Long Beach, CA and LA County.  When not at work, you can find Lailanie cooking for and hosting friends and family, and most of all enjoying time with her husband Scott and their two beautiful girls, Juliana and Evelyn. 

    Paida Ndemera
    Senior Vice President, Northern California
    pndemera@covca.org

    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.

    Neeta Patel
    Chief Operating Officer
    NPatel@covca.org

    For over 25 years, Neeta enjoyed a successful career as a leader in large Fortune 500 companies, most notably at Duke Energy (the largest utility in the nation) and later at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a major space propulsion company.  With a focus on clean energy technology development, Neeta has been at the forefront of innovation.  At Duke Energy, she led Strategic Planning and later championed a new focus on in-house clean energy technology development to help address the challenges of climate change.  She came to California in 2009 by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne where she led a team of rocket scientists to identify ways in which to repurpose space propulsion technologies for terrestrial clean energy applications.  In parallel to this career, Neeta and her husband have built a real estate business which has grown since 2010 to hold both residential and commercial assets across multiple states.  A firm believer in giving back, Neeta has held various non-profit board positions and was the Board Chair for Junior Achievement of Southern California (2014-2016).  She is the recipient of the Cincinnati Business Courier Top 40 under 40 Awards (2006) and the Women of Color in Technology Award (2002).  Of Indian descent, born and raised in Zimbabwe, educated in United Kingdom, and now more than 20 years in USA, she considers herself a true citizen of the World.

     

    Tyrone Potts
    Chief Financial Officer
    TPotts@covca.org

    Tyrone comes to us with a wealth of experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.  He has served as a CFO before, and has most recently served as the Controller for Charles Drew University, where among other things, he provided oversight of 200+ government grants.   Tyrone is also a published author of three personal finance books, and a seasoned speaker and trainer on financial literacy. Tyrone obtained his bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting major/theology minor) from Georgetown University.  He received his master’s in business administration from Louisiana State University (concentration in entrepreneurship). Tyrone, a native of Los Angeles , is a bowler, loves the Lakers and the New Orleans Saints (family from LA).  In his free time, he enjoys bowling, working out at Redondo Beach, and karaoke with his family.

    Ami Rowland
    Chief Program Officer
    ARowland@covca.org

    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
    ASattler@covca.org

    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.

    Covenant House California Directors

    Steven Baker
    Director of Strategic Growth
    STBaker
    @covca.org
    All CA Sites

    Daniel Ballin
    LCSW, Clinical Director
    DBallin@covca.org
    Los Angeles

    Erika Benitez
    Bay Area Operations Manager
    EBenitez@covca.org
    Oakland

    Stephanie Blair-Daniel
    Director of Human Resources
    sblair-daniel@covca.org
    All Sites

    Brian Bob
    Director of Support Services
    BBob@covca.org
    Oakland

    Shelby Booker
    Director of Santa Clara Programs
    SBooker@covca.org
    Santa Clara

    Ashley Burns
    Director of YEAH! Program
    ABurns@covca.org
    Northern California

    Stacey Christenson
    Director of Operations
    SChristenson@covca.org

    All CA Sites

    Anthony Conley
    Director of Support Services
    AConley@covca.org

    Los Angeles

    Heather Flynn
    Director of Development Operations
    HFlynn@covca.org

    All CA Sites

    Ellen Hurtado
    Director of Programs
    EHurtado@covca.org

    DreamCatcher

    Amba Johnson
    Director of Learning and Prevention
    AJohnson@covca.org
    Oakland

    Tia Magee
    Director of Safe Haven Programs
    TMagee@covca.org
    Los Angeles

    Beverly Meza
    Director of Transitional Living Programs
    BMeza@covca.org
    Los Angeles

    Anthony Nguyen
    Controller
    Anguyen@covca.org

    All CA Sites

    Andrew Ramaglia
    Director of Grant Management and Compliance
    ARamaglia@covca.org

    All CA Sites

    Dr. Bill Singleton
    Project Consultant
    BSingleton@covca.org

    All Sites

    Jesus Siordia
    Director of Residential Services
    JSiordia@covca.org

    Oakland

    Alana Weinroth
    Director of Development and Communications
    AWeinroth@covca.org

    Los Angeles

    Polly Williams
    Director of Orange County Programs
    PollyWilliams@covca.org

    Anaheim