Trinity Center | Walnut Creek

Staff

Leslie Gleason, Executive Director
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Contact Leslie directly at: 925.457.3935
Main Office: 925.949-8712

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.


Donna Colombo,  Past Executive DirectorDonna Colombo

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,  Executive Program AssistantJenny Quijada
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Contact Jenny directly at: 925.457.4533

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
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Contact Pam directly: 925.457.4678

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 DassMarjolein Daas, Associate Executive Director
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Contact Marjolein Directly at: 925.457.7928

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
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Contact Victoria Directly at: 925.483.4928

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, CAODC
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Contact Scott directly at: 925.483.4929

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

Patty Purvis-Thielman, Front Desk/Registrar
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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

Kevin Sugrue, Operations Assistant
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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 Edwards
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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!


Sara O’Bryan, Member Advocate Assistant
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Sara O’Bryan officially joined Trinity Center as a full-time Member Advocate Assistant in June of 2019. She comes to us with extensive administrative experience. Sara has been helping Trinity Center and our members since 2013 by providing administrative support as well as helping make our first year of the Evening Program a success. She has three children; one daughter and two sons, and has a new beautiful grandbaby named Juliani Rain. We are so happy to have her on our team. Please stop by and say hi to Sara next time you are at Trinity Center!


Chelsea Leyva, Therapist Trainee Intern
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Chelsea is a therapist trainee, and a new addition to the Trinity Center Team.  She currently provides counseling services, which are strength-based and trauma informed to Trinity Center members. Chelsea is in her last year of graduate school at St. Mary’s College and is expected to earn her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy by June 2020. As a therapist trainee, Chelsea stresses the importance of social work to create systemic access for all people. Chelsea enjoys spending time in trinity’s care center, chatting, and laughing! Outside of Trinity Center, Chelsea can be found hiking, and exploring other cities in the bay area.



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1924 Trinity Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Temporary Address (pending construction of
St. Paul's Commons in early 2020):
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