Chief Service Officer and Staff

CaliforniaVolunteers is led by the state's Chief Service Officer, Karen Baker. The office is comprised of four departments: AmeriCorps, Disaster Volunteering and Preparedness, External Affairs and Finance & Administration.

Chief Service Officer

Karen Baker
Chief Service Officer
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    Karen Baker was appointed by Former Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as the first-in-the-nation state cabinet Secretary of Service and Volunteering on February 26, 2008. Prior to this appointment, she served the Schwarzenegger Administration as the executive director of CaliforniaVolunteers. Karen brings to the organization 20 years of innovative leadership in all facets of the service and volunteering sector, including local and national non-profits and federal agencies.

    Previously, Karen served as the managing partner for Valley Vision, a Sacramento-based “action tank” that addresses regional economic, environmental and social issues. She also served as the director of innovation at Share Our Strength, a national anti-hunger non-profit located in Washington, D.C. Karen served as director for program coordination and special projects for the Corporation for National Service, and was appointed by President Clinton as the deputy director for AmeriCorps*VISTA.

    Before serving in Washington D.C., Karen was the executive director of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.

    Karen now serves as Chief Service Officer for CaliforniaVolunteers.

    Karen holds her bachelor of arts in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles. After graduating from college, she served one year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps where she worked with at-risk youth in Seattle.

External Affairs

Monica Hassan
Director of External Affairs
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    Monica Hassan joined CaliforniaVolunteers as Director of External Affairs in July 2014. Prior to joining CaliforniaVolunteers, Monica served as a Public Information Officer for the Department of General Services. Previously, Monica worked in various capacities throughout the state, including working as a Legislative Coordinator and Training Program Officer within the Department of Justice, and a Research Analyst and Facilities Representative within the Employment Development Department. Monica earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from CSU Sacramento.

Ashley Jones
Community Partnerships Associate
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    Prior to joining CaliforniaVolunteers, Ashley Jones served as an Executive Associate for First Lady Maria Shriver during the Schwarzenegger Administration. Previous to that, she started her career in the public sector working as a Constituent Affairs Representative, again, under Governor Schwarzenegger. Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis.

Finance & Administration

Anthony Chavez
Director of Finance
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    Anthony Chavez joined the CaliforniaVolunteers team as the Director of Finance and Administration effective November 2011. Anthony assists the Chief Service Officer in implementing the goals and priorities of CaliforniaVolunteers. In addition, Anthony oversees the internal operations of CaliforniaVolunteers and manages the development of internal processes and protocols to ensure the timely and effective implementation of the organization’s work. Previously Anthony has served the California Employment Development Department within the Fiscal Programs Division where he led budget staff in the development of budget policy, expenditure monitoring/control and interfaced with Control Agencies and Legislative contacts. As the grant coordinator for the Department, Anthony’s efforts resulted in the approval of seven competitive grant awards. Anthony has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University.

Amelyn Tadeo
Fiscal Monitoring Associate
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    Amelyn Tadeo, “Ame” has proudly served the State since 2003. She accepted her appointment to CaliforniaVolunteers in October 2013. Before coming to CaliforniaVolunteers, Ame was recently with the Department of Education where she advanced in the accounting specialty. Ame is applying her accounting experience and providing CV with Fiscal and Administrative support. She holds an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies, specializing in Business Corporations from Mt. San Antonio College.

Ka Xiong
Budget Analyst
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    Ka Xiong joined CaliforniaVolunteers under the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, as the Budget Officer in August 2014. Prior to joining CaliforniaVolunteers, Ka served as a Budget Analyst for the Division of Law Enforcement at the California Department of Justice, and previously as a Human Resources Analyst at the Department of Finance.

Gaylord Daluz
Grants Management Associate
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    Gaylord Daluz joined CaliforniaVolunteers in August 2014 as the AmeriCorps Grants Management Associate. He is responsible for monitoring AmeriCorps programs budget throughout California and assisting in the grantmaking process for CaliforniaVolunteers. Prior to his appointment at CaliforniaVolunteers, Gaylord has served the California Department Education within the Fiscal Administration Services and Nutrition Services Divisions for 13 years where he interfaced with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and California School Districts. He led staff in compiling statistical data, prepared and analyzed various reports, and made certain that school districts utilized their entitlement dollars appropriately for the National School Lunch Program.

    Before serving the State of California, Gaylord served in the U.S. Army where he traveled the United States, Europe and a Southwest Asia deployment.

Angela Khani
Business Services Associate
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    Angela Khani joined CaliforniaVolunteers in June 2011. Angela now serves as the Business Services Associate/Office Manager at CV. Prior to joining CV Angela worked at Wells Fargo Financial as an Account Officer. Her bi-cultural background and focus on community collaboration has led her to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles in the San Juan, Rio Linda, and Natomas school districts, as well as with the California foster care system. Angela is of West African descendant from Liberia and has lived in Sacramento, California since 2000. Angela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Liberia and has been accepted for the 2016/2017 school year to pursue her Master’s Degree in Business Administration at California State University of Sacramento.

AmeriCorps Program

Ia Moua
Specialist, Grants & Field Outreach
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    Ia Moua joined CaliforniaVolunteers as a Program Associate in 2006. Since then, she has served the California Commission in various capacities, including providing TTA to grant applicants and new grantees, managing and overseeing the AmeriCorps grant making and contracting processes, facilitating policy review and development with the AmeriCorps Commission Program Committee and providing strategic support to the AmeriCorps Department Operations Unit. Prior to joining CaliforniaVolunteers, she worked for the Hmong Women's Heritage Association (HWHA) where she developed and implemented youth development and family strengthening programming for low-income immigrant and refugee families in Sacramento. Ia holds Bachelor's degrees in Spanish and Community Regional Development from the University of California at Davis.

Eddie Aguero
AmeriCorps Specialist
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    Eddie has served in a variety of AmeriCorps staff roles since California’s Commission on Service (CaliforniaVolunteers) inception in September 1994. He has served as the Assistant Director of Programs, the Training and Technical Assistance Director, the Disability Coordinator, and the Manager of Program Operations to name a few. As one of California’s Service “Trailblazers”, he continues to serve as the Commission’s AmeriCorps Specialist, providing support and guidance to programs and CV staff. Eddie earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from CSU Sacramento.

Carrie Lewis
Senior Program Officer
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    Carrie joined CV in July 2014 and now serves as the Senior Program Officer. In this role, Carrie oversees and guides program development and compliance for AmeriCorps grantees. She also mentors other program officers and provides program development guidance and training to grantees and staff. Carrie is CV’s liaison for America’s Service Commission.

    Carrie came to CV from the California Conservation Corps’ Watershed Stewards Program where she was the director for 10 years. In this capacity, she was responsible for program operations, including developing performance measures and analyzing data, leading an Advisory Committee of program partners, expanding programs state-wide, overseeing program events, writing grant proposals and securing/maintaining funding, along with ensuring fiscal and grant compliance to policies and procedures in accordance with grant requirements, regulations, statutes, and OMB Circulars. Carrie earned a Master of Social Science (Environment & Community) from Humboldt State University and a Bachelor of Liberal Studies from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.

Masis Hagobian
Program Officer
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    Masis Hagobian joined the CaliforniaVolunteers team as a Program Officer in August 2014. Masis is responsible for monitoring 12 AmeriCorps programs throughout California. Prior to his appointment at CaliforniaVolunteers, Masis attended Pepperdine University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Policy. Masis attended California State University, Northridge for his undergraduate studies where he was a student-athlete and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. While attending CSU Northridge, Masis worked as a tutor and mentor with the Office of Academic Services for Student Athletes at CSU Northridge.

Patrick Gianelli
AmeriCorps Grants Associate
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    Patrick Gianelli has served with CaliforniaVolunteers for nearly two years, first as a Student Assistant working on the Volunteer Generation Fund and currently as an AmeriCorps Grants Specialist. Prior to working with CV, Patrick served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Habitat for Humanity International in Atlanta, GA. He did his undergraduate work in Sociology at San Francisco State University and earned his Masters of Public Policy & Administration degree at CSU Sacramento.

Tara Baltzley
Program Officer
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    Tara is responsible for monitoring 12 AmeriCorps programs throughout California with over 500 AmeriCorps Members. She returned to the Sacramento area after nearly 12 years in international community development, including 9 years in Kyrgyzstan where she was involved in rural health and agriculture projects. Locally, Tara served in the nonprofit arena with programs offering health access, services for at-risk youth, and a residential recovery program for homeless women and their children. She has also worked in the education sector. Prior to joining the CV team last December, Tara worked as a consultant in grant writing and foundation relations. Tara’s favorite place to volunteer is with 916 INK, a growing Sacramento literacy non-profit. Tara holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from California State University at Sacramento.

Disaster Volunteering and Preparedness

Suu-Va Tai
Director of Disaster Volunteering and Preparedness
Sharron Leaon
Senior Emergency Officer
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    Sharron Leaon joined CaliforniaVolunteers in June 2006, was appointed as Director of DVP in March 2007, and since August 2014, has served as a Senior Emergency Officer (Retired Annuitant). Previously, she spent nine years with the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in the Preparedness Division, and was appointed as the Emergency Services Representative to the California Seismic Safety Commission from May 2007 – June 2011. Her planning background also includes work in waste management and resource conservation.

Cheyenne Garcia
Student Assistant
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    Cheyenne joined CaliforniaVolunteers as a student assistant in October 2014. She supports Disaster Volunteering and Preparedness department projects and has essential clerical responsibilities. Cheyenne is currently pursuing Associate’s Degrees in Psychology, Social Science, and General Science from American River College.

Volunteer Generation Fund

Leah Farkas
Grant Resource Associate
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    Leah Farkas joined CaliforniaVolunteers as a Grants Associate in March 2015. Prior to joining CaliforniaVolunteers, Leah was the Collection Supervisor at a private sector law firm assisting the injured and disabled. Leah has over 20 years of experience working in the legal field and has served on various volunteer committees, most notably as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Davis Music Fest. Leah graduated Cum Lade from Georgia State University with a B.A. degree in Sociology.

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