Leslie Gleason, Executive Director
Trinity Center welcomes a new Executive Director! Leslie comes to us with 30 years of leadership experience in which she has demonstrated a record of success delivering consistent homeless service programs, building community collaboration, and developing strong teams in community-based organizations and government agencies in Massachusetts and California including SHELTER, Inc., and prior to that was Director of Housing Programs with the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda and the Massachusetts State Department of Housing and Community Development Leslie graduated from Yale University, holds a Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School and completed graduate-level coursework in public policy at the University of Massachusetts/Boston. She enjoys traveling, movies, and college women’s basketball. Leslie is grateful to be part of this community that is committed to helping people “meet their basic needs and reach for their dreams.”
Donna Colombo, Past Executive Director
Long-time Executive Director and Trinity Center founder, Donna Colombo welcome’s a new Executive Director, Leslie Gleason. Under Donna’s leadership, Trinity Center grew from a small community service provider to a robust and trusted program that provides over 15,000 services a year! Donna is retiring after seven years of dedicated service and we are so grateful for her leadership, dedication and community advocacy. Donna will remain in her current role during the transition.
Jenny Quijada, Donor and Support Relations Manager
Jenny joined the Trinity Center in September 2017. She was born and raised in San Diego, California and has her Bachelors Degree’s in Criminology & Justice and Sociology. Jenny comes with experience in the non-profit sector with volunteer work for organizations that help children who have been neglected and/or abused, as well as individuals living with HIV/AIDS. She is passionate about helping others who may need a lending hand and is grateful to be a part of the Trinity Center family. Jenny would love for you to stop by and say hello the next time you visit the center.
Pam Arend McGrath, Administrative Services Manager
Pam Arend McGrath originally joined Trinity Center as the coordinator for the Evening Program. Today, she is responsible for all administrative and operational services at Trinity Center. Pam is a mid-westerner who left the family farm to study and travel abroad and all over the U.S. before landing in the Bay Area. She has appreciated experiencing many flavors of life. She is proudly passionate about advocating for vulnerable people and helping create pathways for equity and dignity. Pam has done this through her work in corporate and non-profit finance and management. Whether working on processes, policy or boots on the ground advocacy, she is bolstered by her firm belief that every person is worthy of support and capable of taking their own next step toward success.
Marjolein Daas, Associate Director
Marjolein started as a volunteer at Trinity Center and after a full year she became part of the Trinity Staff in September 2018.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and after graduation she worked mostly in Forensic Rehab facilities, focusing on substance use prevention and crime prevention. Later on in her role as a Senior Social Worker, she started becoming familiar with coaching and giving guidance to the corporate culture.
Marjolein is enthusiastic about her role as Member Services Manager and is hoping to continue the good work Trinity Center provides. She is excited for new challenges and contacts. Stop by her office the next time you visit Trinity Center!
Victoria Briskin, Development Director
Victoria first became involved with Trinity Center as a volunteer and board member. Victoria is motivated by Trinity Center’s vision to be a community that cares for people with compassion and provides a place of safety, friendship and dignity. Throughout her career in Hospitality and Hotel Management, Victoria remained an active volunteer in her community, including serving as a Director of Community Outreach. Her diverse experience in sales & marketing, business development and facilities management brings a unique perspective to the Trinity Center team. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and values a commitment to lifelong learning.
Victoria enjoys spending time with her family and loves to travel. Please reach out to her to learn more about Trinity Center and how you can help make a difference for someone in need.
Scott Garvey, Member Advocate & Substance Use Disorder Counselor
Scott became a part of the Trinity Center team in November of 2016 when he was hired part-time for the evening program winter shelter. He then accepted a full time position with Trinity as a Member Advocate in February of 2017.
Scott has a degree in both Addiction Counseling and Sociology. Since his employment at Trinity Center, he has attained his license in Substance Use Disorder Treatment in the state of California.
Scott has tremendous compassion and believes everyone deserves to be treated with respect. He is an advocate for giving second chances, and is eager to assist with the Trinity Center mission of being a doorway to opportunity for all those in need. Please feel welcome to introduce yourself to Scott the next time you visit the Trinity Center!
Patty Purvis-Thielman, Front Desk/Registrar
Patty joined Trinity Center in April 2019. Recently retired after 15 years with the Acalanes Union HSD, she was their Technology Help Desk and Webmaster. Working for over 40 years in technology support, she has fine-tuned customer support skills. Since her retirement from the school district she has worked as a receptionist for a local car dealership. She strongly believes in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and is excited to find a new “work home” here at Trinity Center.
Kevin Sugrue, Operations Assistant
Kevin manages the daily food program at Trinity Center. Most often you can find him in the kitchen, preparing meals, stocking supplies and helping members with breakfast and lunch.
Kevin is formerly homeless. He began volunteering for Trinity Center in Winter 2013. When a part-time position at the Trinity Center became available, Kevin applied for and secured the position. Subsequently, he was offered a full time role as Operations Assistant. His employment has empowered him to purchase a used car and to secure and sustain an apartment in the bay area. Kevin always appreciates food and other kitchen donations.
Tommy Edwards, Operations Assistant
Tommy began volunteering his time with the Trinity Center in 2015 and was hired as a staff member for Trinity’s first winter shelter. Tommy has previous experience working closely with adults whose lives have been burdened by substance abuse and other addictions. He is passionate about missionary outreach, having just returned from his second trip to Haiti where he helped construct an orphanage. Tommy loves serving the Trinity Center members and managing the generous donations from the community. Look for Tommy the next time you stop by with donations!
Lucy Boswell, Member Advocate
Lucy joined the staff at Trinity Center in December 2019 as coordinator of the Evening Program. She managed her physician husband’s stress management practice for forty years, where she learned the value of listening to people in need of an ear, and helping them solve their problems. Lucy is a bit of a learning junkie; she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1971 and taught art in Fort Collins, Colorado. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University where she studied organizational management, and recently satisfied a long-time interest in the law by earning a paralegal certificate from JFKU in Pleasant Hill. She and her husband have lived in Walnut Creek since 1983, and have two, incredibly cool grown sons.
Lucy can’t live without singing, sci-fi movies, her cat, Rory, swimming, and creating photo books. She has a long history of planning fund-raising events, the first of which was a neighborhood carnival in 1960, when she and her 3rd grade friends raised $12 for the American Red Cross. Other causes include American Heart Association, Native American Outreach Ministries, Wayside Cross Ministry, in Chicago, and Children of Faith in Vizag, India. Lucy loves meeting new people. Please stop by and introduce yourself.
John Waichira, Member Advocate
John joined the Trinity Center team as a Member Advocate in 2020. He has previously worked in capacity building programs for vulnerable communities with both non-profit and housing coops.
He is passionate about a profession in which he can help others. He believes that everyone has the potential and capability to change and improve their situation with the appropriate support, information and resources.
He is keen and committed to contributing to Trinity Center’s efforts to build a community that promotes safety, friendship, warmth, respect and caring for each other. John has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development Studies and an Associate in Social Work.
He is grateful to be part of this community and is eager to help people find opportunities that will assist them to move to the next level in their lives. He is enthusiastic to see members realize their dreams.
Please feel welcome to stop by and say hi to John, the next time you are at Trinity Center!
Jon Lawrence, Young Adult Coordinator
Jon joined the Trinity Center Team in mid 2020 to help create and implement the Transition Age Youth program. Jon earned his Bachelor’s Degree from UC Santa Cruz in Sociology and Psychology and has worked extensively with youth and young adults in Richmond and Oakland for the past decade. He most recently created a youth-martial arts program that successfully employed up to ten coaches, and contracted with many East Bay Public Middle and Elementary Schools. Jon believes that success begins with mental and physical wellness, and has always been driven to give back to our future generation of leaders. He lives with his wife in the East Bay and hopes to have children of his own someday.
In his spare time, Jon loves to train in the Thai martial art of Muay Thai Kickboxing. He likes to hike, bike, run, or do anything that involves fitness. He also enjoys traveling, painting, and working on the many projects in his backyard. He is also the proud father of a Brazilian Horned Frog named Ringo. Please feel free to say “hey” to Jon on your next visit to Trinity Center!