Advocacy

Audrey Wyatt
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Field Support and Contracts Manager
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Audrey currently serves as the Manager of Contract Administration for Catalyst Family Inc. Audrey graduated from the University of Alaska with a Human Services degree and soon moved to Nevada where she became a preschool teacher, and eventually worked up to a Site Supervisor. After relocating to California, Audrey obtained a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from National University in 2015. Audrey has been a part of Catalyst Family since 2012. Audrey is happily married and lives with her two teenagers, as well as a variety of pets.
Charles Crosby
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Director of Community Outreach and Development
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Charles has been a leader in public relations and marketing for over 25 years. He has led communications and marketing efforts for large nonprofits and educational institutions including Dalhousie University, a leading research university with over 19,000 students on Canada’s east coast, where he led communications for a State Visit from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, coordinated successful efforts to combat social media attacks around animal research, tackled combative strikes, and faced down a nationally broadcast hazing scandal. He has also been a college instructor on PR and advocacy. Most recently he served as Director of Communications and Community Outreach for the Evergreen School District in San Jose and is currently Director of Community Outreach and Development at Catalyst Family Inc. where he leads the marketing, communications, fund development, government relations, and public affairs functions.
Jennifer Escamilla
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Center Manager
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Jennifer is the Center Manager for the Port Hueneme sites (Fred Williams, Hueneme, and Haycox) and has over 13 years of leadership and supervisor experience. She has worked for the organization for 17+ years and has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a master’s degree in Education and currently holds a Program Director Permit. Jennifer is the Co-Chair of the Ventura County Local Planning Council, Camarillo and the current Chair of Public Policy of CAAEYC. Jennifer also supports Dual Language strategies for our agency by collaborating with California State University at Channel Islands University.
Keya Gupta
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Fund Development Coordinator
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Keya is a Fund Development Coordinator for Catalyst Family and graduated from UC Irvine in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Concordia University, Irvine in Healthcare Administration (MHA), set to graduate in 2022. Her plans are to matriculate straight into a doctoral program preferably specializing in Nonprofit and Philanthropic Leadership. At UC Irvine, Keya was involved with the Associated Students of the University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) and was president of one of the largest non-profit organizations on campus. She is currently a student advocacy representative on the Healthcare Executives of Southern California student council (HCE SoCal) and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Marcel Sheer
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Director of Field Support and Compliance
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Marcel has worked at Catalyst Family for over 8 years, starting off as a Contracts Manager. When Marcel started with the agency, there were no ongoing quality systems in place to ensure compliance. Marcel piloted and streamlined the ways in which Catalyst Family ensures compliance while supporting the field. Marcel is now the Director of Field Support and Compliance. Marcel holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills and Master of Business Administration Human Resource Management degree from the University of Phoenix. She has always known she wanted to help people in a social service capacity. At Catalyst Family Inc., Marcel is able to help families by ensuring that we comply with California Department of Education (CDE) and Community Care Licensing.