After working with many underserved populations including homeless adults and families, adults with severe mental health issues/substance abuse, and previously incarcerated women with their children, Cait came to OFI in March of 2016 to complete her hours needed to pursue her license in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Initially Cait worked directly with OFI participants using her skills in expressive arts and found that they responded positively and a bond between them was created. Subsequently, Cait became an SLS Manager supervising support staff working one on one with OFI participants. In November of 2017 Cait took on the role of Interim Executive Director and in February of 2018 was promoted to Executive Director.
Cait has a Fine Arts degree from Gonzaga University, and after many years working in Arts Administration / Fundraising, and then living abroad in Japan, in 2013 she received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
Cait enjoys the day to day challenges of running a small non-profit, whether it's organizational and program development, managing staff, finances, or events and fundraising. But above all she is gratified by seeing the participants striving for and achieving their personal goals by overcoming their limitations, becoming happier and healthier, all due to the great work of the exceptional OFI staff.
Jeremy Hogan has spent the last seven years dedicated to uplifting and encouraging adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is inspired by the courage of the individuals with whom he works. Beginning as a direct support staff at OFI, he later coordinated individualized day programs as well as supported living services throughout Marin County. He is currently serving as the Program Director, overseeing both the STEP Day Program and SLS Program.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Cultural Studies from Dominican University of California and has a passion for promoting mission-driven work for the common good. Before working in social services, Jeremy started and ran a small non-profit theatre company in Los Angeles. He lives in Novato with his lovely wife Keeley and adorable kids Henry and Mary Lou.
Shanna Katzenberger is part of the Supported Living management team for Opportunity for Independence. She began working for OFI in the summer of 2010. She started out as a skills trainer with no experience in the field, but found that she loved the work, and it turned out to be the perfect job for her. She enjoys helping people and teaching them new skills that are beneficial to their lives.
Shanna became a part of the SLS management team in June of 2015 starting out with the scattered sites stretching from Novato to Greenbrae. She took over managing LAAP in August of 2016. Shanna has completed the Residential Services Specialist Training at the City College of San Francisco. The skills and knowledge she has gained over the years has given her the opportunity to share her adeptness with new skills trainers that come to OFI.
Kristy Coleman is part of the Supported Living Services management team at Opportunity for Independence. The most consistent aspect of her diverse career path is a proclivity to advocate for the less advantaged and a desire to create heart-based connections. This inspired her to change careers and become a Social Worker.
Kristy graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento in May 2018. She is enthusiastic about her position with OFI. It provides her with an opportunity to serve the organization through both direct engagement with the individual participants and to support the instructors who work to increase those individuals’ independence.
Bonnie Christensen has dedicated her time to working with individuals with intellectual disabilities since 2001. She has developed a passion for facilitating personal growth and independence in every individual she has worked with. Having worked at Sonoma County Office of Education within the adult transitional and community based instructional program for 13 years, Bonnie came to Opportunity for Independence with a strong background in education.
She began working at OFI in 2015 as a Job Coach, and transitioned into the position of Job Readiness Coordinator in 2016. In her current position, her main focus is teaching clients independent life skills and working with job coaches to implement community based instruction. Bonnie has had success in using SNAP (Specific Natural Activities Program) curriculum to help guide programming. During her free time, Bonnie enjoys cooking and creating in many capacities. Currently, she resides in Petaluma with her husband, two pugs, and her rescue pup, Chloe.
Jordan Ash joined the dynamic team at OFI in June of 2018. Having long held a passion for advocating for people with developmental disabilities, she enthusiastically dove into the role of helping the individuals she serves to find meaningful work for themselves as well. Jordan hopes to use her extensive experience in marketing to raise awareness in, and support of, the community to successfully integrate our clients into local businesses. Ensuring both the employees’ and the employers’ satisfaction with a job well done is a top priority for her.
Cèsar came to OFI with more than 20 years of experience in office administration and management, as well as IT management both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Cèsar has worked with many underserved populations in Northern California. Cèsar holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing.
He enjoys the pace of Marin County and interacting with the OFI participants on a daily basis, while handling the constant needs of a busy and diverse office and the OFI staff. Cèsar is bilingual in English and Spanish and fluent in Italian. Cèsar enjoys working for OFI and feels gratified by seeing how OFI’s staff help the individuals to acquire the tools they need to thrive and to witness their success.