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 services throughout Northern California.
Mr. Omelagah started his career in human services 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. 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). The Los Angeles County, Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP), has housed over 7,000 people since inception.
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 from 2012 to 2016.
Ebony Omelagah is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Omelagah, Inc. Ebony has 17 years of experience working in the human 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 AHRC 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 the developmental services filed 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. When she is not working at Omelagah, Inc., Ebony enjoys volunteering in the community.
As Human Resources Manager, Richard Ng brings 25 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 25 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 for Omelagah, Inc. As the Payroll Specialist, Aubree manages payroll and provides general administrative support for the company. Aubree began working in the field of developmental services as a Direct Support Professional in 2007. She has a passion for supporting adults with developmental disabilities reach their goals and achieve happiness.
In addition to payroll, Aubree provides support in the following areas; event planning, health and wellness activities, affordable housing searches, and design and setup of client homes. Aubree has contributed to creating successful community placements for over 50 clients during her time with the agency.
Rochelle has over 12 years of experience working in the field of Human Resources. Prior to joining our team at Omelagah, Inc., Rochelle worked for Anka Behavioral Health, Inc as their HR Partner/ Corporate Recruiter.
Rochelle has a passion for supporting people to get to their next plateau in life. She worked with at-risk youth 18-24 years old with forensics background giving them a second chance to be part of a community and reducing the chance of recidivism. A native of the Bay Area from San Francisco, Rochelle received a certificate from California State University East Bay with an advanced HR certification. Currently, she is working on studying for the PHR/ SPHR certification.
Rochelle enjoys spending time with her husband and family. She loves to enjoy the simple things in life ( beaches, art, long scenic drives, parks). She also loves to cook Filipino food. In honor of her mother she started a part-time catering business called, Lil’ Linda’s Filipino Goodies.
John Keene serves as a forensic training consultant for Omelagah Inc. His focus is preparing direct care staff to provide quality services to the clients under our care. He is also passionate about supervisor and management development which increases the organizational focus on its mission, vision and core values.
John began his partnership with Omelagah Inc. in 2012. He has over 32 year experience and expertise in the areas of Public Protection, Community Reintegration, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Human Resources, Staff Development, Training Development and Delivery, Community Supervision, Public Safety and Community Corrections. John believes fundamentally in the spirit of “second chances” and public service.
John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Southern University, Baton Rouge, He earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge. John is a certified Professional Organizational Coach and holds several master trainer certifications in various disciplines and modalities.
Our Team: Program Leadership
Eldwin Chappell is the Regional Manager for Supported Living Services (SLS) in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this role, Eldwin oversees SLS programs in Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Eldwin 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).
Paula Siflet, MPA
Paula Sifflet has over 25 years of experience in the developmental services field, both in the private and non-profit sectors. Paula currently serves as the Regional Manager for Program Services in the North Bay Region. Paula is responsible for the day-to-day program operations 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
Mr. Pennix joined 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 forensic backgrounds and proven leadership skills, makes Mr. Pennix a strong addition to the Omelagah, Inc. leadership team.
Tanya Barreto serves a Program Director for Omelagah, Inc. Tanya oversees Forensic Residential Homes located in Northern California. Tanya is responsible for overseeing program operations and the health, safety and welfare of the residents in her assigned programs.
Tanya has over 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.
Sheri Lott, MS, BCBA
Sheri Lott serves as Clinical Supervisor at Omelagah, Inc. In this role, Sheri provides clinical support for a number of Omelagah, Inc. programs. 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).
Administrator, Steps Home
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.
Administrator, The Avenue Home
Raquel Magdaleno is the Home Administrator for The Avenue Home in Redwood City California. As Home Administrator, Raquel is responsible for the day-to-day management of the home. Prior to becoming a Home Administrator, Raquel worked as a House Manager and before that a Direct Support Professional for Omelagah, Inc. Raquel has a passion for working with individuals with developmental disabilities and enjoys organizing creative activities.
Raquel currently holds a B.S. in Psychology and Social Action from Palo Alto University.
Administrator, Bridges Home
Kolu Sokodolo is the Home Administrator at Bridges Home located in Hayward, CA. Kolu brings to Omelagah, Inc. 15 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.
Administrator, 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 Home Administrator 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.
Administrator, Doors Home
Eric Umali serves as the Home Administrator of Doors – Forensic Adult Residential Facility located in Hayward, CA. Eric is trusted with overseeing program operations- responsible for the health, safety and welfare of the residents. Joining Omelagah Inc, in 2012, Eric served as Lead Direct Support Professional. Bringing over 16 years of experience in supporting people with intellectual and behavior challenges. In previous roles, Eric has served as an Activity Coordinator and House Manager. In all roles he follows the same principle, “knowing is not enough, we must apply”. He embodies this belief each and every day by giving his all to each and every task. Eric is passionate about the mission of Omelagah Inc.- to support individuals with developmental disabilities with a history of forensic involvement by proving opportunities for a second chance.
Mele’ana ‘Akolo serves as the Supported Living Services (SLS) Supervisor in San Mateo County in contract with Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC).
Mele’ana started working with Omelagah Inc. in 2013 as a Direct Support Professional (DSP). As a DSP, she worked in the San Mateo County with over 12 clients during the five-year time span providing support to our clients in the Support Living Services Program.
While attending Humboldt State University, Mele’ana worked as an Adult Support Services Specialist at a transitional housing facility for the homeless provided by the Redwood City Community Action Agency and worked as a Site Supervisor/Job Coach for clients with developmental disabilities at Kainos Home and Training Center in Redwood City.
Mele’ana graduated from California State University, East Bay with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Minor in Women’s Studies. She earned a Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology from Humboldt State University.
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