Our Team: Administration
Matthew Omelagah is the Co-Founder and CEO of Omelagah, Inc. In this role, Mr. Omelagah is responsible for overall company performance including; operations management, business development and company strategy. Mr. Omelagah is responsible for 150+ employees providing support services in partnership with six Regional Centers throughout Northern California.
Mr. Omelagah started his social work career working at Excell Center, a residential treatment program for at-risk youth in Turlock, CA. Excell Center is part of the Aspiranet, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) social services agency providing foster care and adoption services throughout the state of California. As Director of Recreational Activities, Mr. Omelagah was responsible for the overall design and implementation of all recreational programing at the center.
After graduating from Columbia University School of Social Work, Mr. Omelagah joined Golden Gate Regional Center in San Francisco California where we worked on the closure of Agnews Developmental Center. Mr. Omelagah worked on the Community Resource Development Unit. The unit’s efforts resulted in the development of 13 new single-family homes in San Mateo County, providing community-based, service-enriched housing for people with developmental disabilities. These homes and other community resources enabled the successful transition of 50 people out of an institutional setting into loving caring community environments.
In 2008, Mr. Omelagah joined Brilliant Corners (formerly West Bay Housing Corporation). The mission at Brilliant Corners is to create affordable, community-based supportive housing for underprivileged populations. As COO, Matt managed overall company operations and business development strategy. Matt initiated program design and implementation of Brilliant Corners’ innovative scattered-site supportive housing programs for various populations, including individuals and families transitioning from homelessness or long-term care. Matt managed scattered-site supportive housing programs with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (Housing and Urban Health), the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs (HUD-VASH), and Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (Housing for Health). These programs provide supportive housing to over 500 people today and will serve over 4,000 by 2018.
Mr. Omelagah received his Masters in Social Work with a specialization in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University, School of Social Work and a B.A. in Organizational Communications from California State University, Stanislaus. Mr. Omelagah also served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at Columbia University, School of Social Work.
Ebony Omelagah is the Co-Founder and Director of Administration at Omelagah, Inc. Ebony has 14 years of experience working in the developmental services field. Prior to establishing Omelagah, Inc., Ebony worked as the Forensic Social Worker at Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC). In her role at GGRC, Ebony provided services to nearly 500 judicially involved consumers; helping them navigate the legal system and serving as a support and advocate for people with developmental disabilities who have interfaced with the court system. Prior to working with GGRC, Ebony served as a Client Service Coordinator for the Association for the Help of Retarded Children’s (AHRC) in New York City. Her work in the Supported Employment Program, helped her develop an appreciation for the importance of community integration, and quality vocational and educational training for people with learning and developmental disabilities. Ebony started her career in developmental services working with children who had forensic involvement in Level 4 Residential Facilities in Turlock, California.
Mrs. Omelagah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Stanislaus. Ebony is also a certified Adult Residential Facility Administrator.
As Manager of Administrative Operations, Richard Ng brings 20 years of experience in non-profit management focused on developmental disabilities and youth. He has found a keen interest and experience in leadership, organizational strategy/ development, and business systems. His work has focused on leading teams to support growing organizations going to scale.
At Omelagah Inc., Rich is responsible for leading the HR, administrative, and technology functions. He is focused on working with the leadership team to support growth and evaluate efficient business processes and workflows. Rich is passionate about the mission of Omelagah Inc. to support those with developmental disabilities with a forensics background to provide them an opportunity to fully be part of their community. Rich is a Bay Area native and a graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.
Robin brings to Omelagah, Inc. over 20 years of experience as a Human Resources Professional. Prior to joining Omelagah, Inc., Robin worked as a Senior Team Leader/Expatriate Administrator for Chevron Corporation, one of the world’s leading integrated energy and technology companies. Robin spent most of her career supporting employees and international operations in the Oil and Gas Industry. Areas of emphasis have been global assignee policy, mobility, compensation, immigration, repatriation, salary administration and project management. Mentoring of both U.S. and international staff. Worked as a team-leader displaying abilities to work with a diverse range of management styles and personalities in varying organizational environments. Developed and conducted numerous training programs with the ability to implement change in policies and organizations. Keen understanding of the impact of culture in the business world and demonstrated ability to work effectively in multinational environments, including 9 years of experience in Nigeria working in diplomatic missions, manufacturing and oil Service Company positions. Robin also brings to the team additional expertise around California Labor Law and its impact on California companies and employees.
Robin holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from San Jose State University, and a TESOL Certification for Teaching English as a Second Language from UC Berkeley Extension.
Aubree Haggans is the Payroll Specialist/Administrative Assistant for Omelagah, Inc. As the Payroll Specialist/Administrative Assistant, Aubree manages payroll and provides administrative support for the company. Aubree began working in this field of developmental services as a Direct Support Professional in 2007. Aubree has established a strong sense of commitment to the agency as she has been with the organization from the early stages of development. Aubree coordinates with the program staff to provide support in areas of; payroll, money management, housing, and human resources. Aubree has contributed to creating successful community placements for over 50 clients during her time with the agency.
Our Team: Program Leadership
Mr. Pennix joins the Omelagah,Inc. team after 33 years of dedicated service with the Alameda County Probation Department. After graduating from California State University-Hayward with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, he began his career with the department’s Juvenile Services Unit as a Deputy Probation Officer, working with youth sentenced to camp by juvenile courts. He worked intensely with youth preparing them to transition back into the community, co- facilitated groups focusing on life skills and job preparation and assisted youth in re-enrolling in community schools and job training programs. Mr.Pennix also worked in the Placement Unit where he was responsible for finding safe and suitable group homes for youth throughout the state of California. After being promoted, Mr. Pennix was assigned to Adult Services. As a seasoned deputy, he was assigned some of the most complicated cases, including individuals sentenced for assaultive behavior, domestic violence and sex offenses as well as supervising individuals with mental health issues. After promoting to management, Mr. Pennix was assigned as the Unit Supervisor of the domestic violence unit, supervising a team of 10 deputies and overseeing the day-to-day operations within the unit. He was chairman of the committee that produced the department’s Domestic Violence Protocol, outlining the rules and regulations pertaining to domestic violence programs in Alameda County. As a Supervisor, he played a major role in mentoring and training new deputies, preparing them for promotions within the department. His passion for working with individuals with troubled backgrounds, his proven leadership skills and his excellent people skills, makes Mr. Pennix a valuable addition to the Omelagah, Inc. team.
Regional Manager, SLS
Eldwin is the Regional Manager of Supported Living Services (SLS) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eldwin Chappell began his career working with people with developmental disabilities in 2003 working at Excell Center, a residential program for boy’s ages 10 through 18. Eldwin worked his way up to night shift supervisor where he oversaw seven group homes that collectively housed 50 youth. Eldwin was highly involved in teaching/implementing day-to-day living skills and planning recreational activities At Excel. In 2009, Eldwin relocated to the San Francisco Bay area where he accepted the position as program supervisor at Partners for Independence (PFI) Day Treatment Program. At PFI, Eldwin provided behavioral management and vocational skills training for adults with diverse disabilities including developmental and mental health issues. Eldwin’s main focus was to promote independent living skills along with job and community based training.
Eldwin earned his Bachelor degree in Psychology at California State University, Stanislaus. Eldwin is also a certified Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainer (CPI).
Sheri Lott, MS, BCBA
Administrator / Clinical Supervisor
Sheri comes to Omelagah Inc. from the STA Nor Cal where she served as Clinical Director since 2012. The most rewarding aspect of working with individuals with significant behavioral challenges for Sheri, is being able to see the progress people make while at Waldo House and knowing that the skills developed here will be life changing.
Sheri has worked in both the developmental disability and mental health service systems in North Carolina, Oregon and California. She has worked in a variety of positions including Direct Support Professional, Case Manager, Outpatient Therapist, Mobile Crisis Counselor and Clinical Director of a crisis facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Sheri brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Omelagah Inc. leadership team.
She received her BS in Special Education from Western Carolina University and earned her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Portland State University. Sheri is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Paula Siflet, MPA
Program Director, North Bay SLS
Paula Sifflet is a welcomed addition to the Omelagah, Inc. management team. Paula brings with her over 25 years of experience is developmental disabilities services delivery system. Paula currently serves as the Program Director of Omelagah, Inc.’s Supported Living Services (SLS) program in the North Bay Region. Paula is responsible for the day-to-day program oversight and implementation of client programming through the mechanisms of personnel, clinical and administrative management. Prior to joining the Omelagah Inc., Paula spent twelve years working at STA/Norcal and Norcal Vocational providing management and oversight of a crisis facility, day programs, adaptive skills training, mobile crisis and supported living. During her long stint with STA/Norcal and Norcal Vocational, she operated in the capacities of Program Director, Administrative Director and Regional Manager. The culmination of these experiences has given her a unique systemic picture of the developmental disabilities service delivery system.
Paula graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University
Victor comes to the Omelagah Inc. team with 10 years of experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Victor began his career in the field of developmental services in 2006 as a Direct Service Professional for Person Services Center in Stockton, CA.
Victor joined the Omelagah, Inc. team in 2011 as a Direct Support Professional (DSP). Victor quickly demonstrated his compassion and ability to work very well with individuals with developmental disabilities. As a result, Victor promoted to Lead Direct Support Professional and then House Manager of Bridges Home. Today Victor serves as Home Administrator of Steps Home in Turlock, CA. Victor is very dedicated to providing quality services to clients at Omelagah, Inc. and brings a positive team attitude to work every day. Victor is the embodiment of Omelagah, Inc.s commitment to develop our staff and promote talent from within the organization.
House Manager, The Avenue Home
Raquel Magdaleno is responsible for the supervision, health and safety of all residents at The Avenue Home. Prior to becoming a House Manager at Omelagah Inc., Raquel worked as a Direct Support Professional. Raquel has demonstrated her passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities, with her true-hearted, creative and energetic personality. Raquel currently holds a B.S. in Psychology and Social Action from Palo Alto University. Throughout Raquel’s academia she has successfully completed coursework in areas including; criminal justice, philosophy and psychology. Raquel has illustrated both theoretical knowledge about the science of human behavior and practical skills to both understand behavior and to bring about change with the individuals she works with, as well as our organization.
House Manager, Waldo House
Willie Riviore is a Bay Area native. He became interested in working with people with developmental disabilities from family members that worked in the field. Willie started working part time for STA Norcal as a DSP at the Crisis Facility in 2012. He worked his way up to Assistant Director for the Crisis Facility and is currently the House Manager for Waldo House. What Willie loves most is working with the clients and helping them develop skills necessary to live successfully in a community based setting changing crisis situations into independent living situations.
House Manager, Bridges Home
Kolu Sokodolo is the House Manager at Bridges Home located in Hayward, CA. Kolu brings to Omelagah, Inc. 12 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities with challenging service needs. Kolu also has 12 years of experience as a a Nursing Assistant.
In addition to working at Omelagah Inc, Kolu has a passion for working with children with special needs. Kolu has been a foster parent for 8 years and supports autistic children. A native of in Liberia, while in Africa, Kolu cared for children with difficult behaviors and supporting orphan children who lost one or both parents to rebel war /HIV /AIDS /Ebola.
Kolu has dedicated her life to working with people in need. She enjoys her work and brings her outgoing and positive energy to work everyday.
Program Supervisor, SLS
Katie serves as the Supported Living Services (SLS) Program Supervisor for SLS services in contract with Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC) in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.
Katie comes to Omelagah, Inc. from A is for Apple in San Jose, CA where she was a Behavioral Therapist. Katie has many years of experience working in several roles with different human services agencies in The Bay Area. Katie has experience supervising a level 12 group home while working with youth who were working to overcome a drug and alcohol lifestyle. She is motivated, results driven and task oriented. Her enthusiasm and commitment to excellence has served her well over the years. Katie has extensive experience in problem solving and working with a diverse of populations.
Katie has a BA in Criminal Justice from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Tanya Barreto is the Home Administrator for Wilton Stables, a Forensic Residential Home located in Wilton California. Tanya is responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the residents at Wilton Stables.
Tanya comes to Omelagah Inc with 20 years of experience working with people with Developmental Disabilities in a variety of settings. She began her career transitioning individuals out of secure forensic facilities for the West Contra County Youth Services Bureau, Mental Health Specialist with Thunder Road Drug Treatment Facility for adolescents and as a Regional Center Service Coordinator with North Bay Regional Center. Tanya has also worked with Foster Youth in a Group Home setting for the last 12 years and holds a Group Home Administrator License and is transitioning to a Short Term Residential Program Home.
Tanya holds a BS in Sociology from San Francisco State with a minor in Criminal Justice.
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