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Board of Directors

Donald “Duffy” Magilligan

Board Chair
Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
Partner

Pronouns: He/Him

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Donald “Duffy” Magilligan

Duffy Magilligan is a partner with Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy in Burlingame where he represents victims and fights for other just causes. Prior to joining CPM, Duffy spent ten years as a prosecutor, most recently in Santa Clara County. Duffy’s experience handling domestic violence cases inspired him to join CORA’s board because he has seen first-hand the profound impact that organizations like CORA can have in our community.

Duffy received his B.S. in economics from Loyola Marymount University and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He lives in San Carlos with his wife Marissa and their two wonderful children.

Phoebe Venkat

Vice Chair
Community Strategist, Self-Employed Community Strategist
And Foster City, Planning Commissioner

Pronouns: She/Her

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Phoebe Shin Venkat

As a survivor of relationship abuse, Phoebe is honored to bring her experience and energy to the CORA board. Phoebe is a community strategist with 12+ years’ experience specializing in community building and management. Her impact spans several industries and organizations including Merrill Lynch, Bloomberg, Tyco, ADT, Salesforce, Facebook, and Okta. Phoebe’s other strengths include communications, marketing, coaching, leadership, and operations. In addition to being a community strategist, Phoebe serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Foster City, mentors fellow community builders, and is an active member of her local Rotary Club.

Phoebe earned a BS in education from Boston University, and was the first person in her family to graduate college. Phoebe’s greatest inspiration is her mother Hanna who first taught her the value of connection, belonging, and empathy. Originally from New Jersey, she now lives in San Mateo County with her husband and son. Phoebe’s interests include: cooking, reading, watching movies and shows, listening to music, going to concerts, volunteering, and enjoying the outdoors.

Karuna S. Chibber

Secretary
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Evaluation & Learning Officer

Pronouns: She / Her

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Karuna S. Chibber, DrPH

Karuna S. Chibber is an Evaluation & Learning Officer at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, a family foundation focused on improving the lives of children, families, and communities and restoring and protecting our planet. Karuna brings over 15 years of experience in research, measurement, and strategy, working both domestically and globally and across various settings – nonprofits, international development agencies, academia, and non-profit consulting. She has spent a large part of her career focused exclusively on violence prevention and gender equity, working with cross-sector partners to design, test, and evaluate community and clinic-based programs to prevent and mitigate domestic violence.

Karuna believes deeply in the power of data and storytelling, and, throughout her career, has found ways to help communities ‘own’ and employ data for program refinement, sustainability, and to maximize and communicate impact. Karuna holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health and a Fogarty International post-doc from the University of California, San Francisco’ Center of Excellence in Women’s Health & Empowerment. In her spare time, Karuna can be found experimenting with spices and exploring the world through the eyes of her two children.

Jill Morris

Treasurer
Everlane (Stanford)
Store Leader

Pronouns: She/Her

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Jill Morris

Jill has worked in the Violence Against Women field for 24 years. Her career started at the US Dept of Justice Office on Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Domestic Violence program. There she worked on the $46 million grant program to help local police departments train officers in responding to & investigating domestic violence cases. Jill moved to Southern California where she served as the Technical Assistance and Training coordinator for the Statewide California Coalition for Battered Women. Jill returned to Washington, DC to become the Director of Public Policy for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. There she helped draft the 2006 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. While in Washington she lobbied for federal appropriations for shelter programs through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act as well as the Victims of Crime Act as a member of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She also coordinated NCADV’s National Lobby Day in partnership with the National Alliance Against Sexual Violence that brought hundreds of advocates, survivors and corporate leaders from around the country to speak to Members of Congress about the issues.

In 2008 Jill moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to work at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape as the Director of Communications. There she worked on the HERO Project to educate parents and grandparents about child sexual abuse. Jill returned to California and joined the team at the Not For Sale Campaign to bring awareness and innovative social enterprise programs to five country projects to alleviate the causal factors that often lead to human trafficking and modern day slavery. Jill also worked for the NO MORE Campaign as the Field Liaison to assist local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies, college campuses and community action groups implement the campaign’s public awareness assets.

Most recently Jill served as the Chief Operating Officer at TO THE MARKET, a start-up retail social enterprise whose mission is to create business opportunities, stable employment and social services for vulnerable communities affected by exploitation, poverty, disease, natural disaster and war. There she worked with over 60 women artisan groups around the world who created handmade jewelry, home goods and apparel for major retailers.

Linda Adler

Self-Employed
Healthcare Consultant

Pronouns: She / Her 

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Linda Adler

Linda has dedicated her professional career to ensuring that people receive the best health care possible. She is the Founder and CEO of Pathfinders Medical, one of the first private advocacy companies in the country. With a deep background in Health IT and also shared decision making, Linda has teamed up on innovative healthcare projects at both Stanford and Kaiser Permanente, and she also founded the Stanford Entrepreneurs Group, helping new business owners pioneer entrepreneurial ventures. She is currently exploring new territory serving as a mentor and teacher for the Stanford HIP program, where she works with individuals and groups on behavioral changes to increase personal health.

Linda received her MPH at San Jose State University, followed by her Masters in Communication from Stanford University. She has worked on numerous social justice initiatives, and was the volunteer coordinator for the largest volunteer organization for President Obama’s 2008 campaign. She is a passionate hiker and tennis player, and her two adult daughters are the joy of her life.

Kristina Bell

City of Redwood City
Chief of Police

Pronouns: She/Her

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Kristina Bell

Kristina Bell currently serves as the Redwood City Chief of Police. Chief Bell is a tenured public safety professional who has dedicated her entire career to protecting and supporting victims of crime.

Chief Bell’s public safety career began when she was hired as a Correctional Officer with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office in 2006.  She rose steadily through the ranks of Deputy, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain/Bureau Chief before she was appointed to serve as the Redwood City Chief of Police in 2023.

Chief Bell obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a minor in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and a Master’s degree in Education from Southwest Baptist University. She holds professional certificates in Executive Development from California Police Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T), the Los Angeles Police Department Leadership Program, and the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute.

Throughout her career, Chief Bell has taken a special interest in working with some of the most vulnerable populations, including those who have been affected by domestic violence.

Chief Bell was born, raised, and lives in Redwood City with her family.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing sports, and traveling.

Christelle Carlon

ADZ Law LLP
Attorney

Pronouns: She / Her

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Christelle Carlon

Christelle Carlon is an attorney at ADZ Law, LLC in San Mateo. The majority of her practice is committed to representing domestic violence victims in civil and family law matters. The focus of her practice and passion is advocating for those that have experienced trauma. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego where she double majored in Economics and Political Science. She received her J.D. from California Western School of Law, San Diego, in 2009 where she was a member of the family law society and an avid volunteer at Becky’s House, a YWCA domestic violence clinic. Ms. Carlon is a member of the State Bar of California and the San Mateo County Bar Association (Family Law Section).

Outside of work and civic duties, Ms. Carlon enjoys camping with her family, picking vegetables from the garden (not the actual planting though), and watching The Great British Baking Show after her children go to bed (if they go to bed).

Michelle Fowler

Self-Employed.

Pronouns: She / Her

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Michelle Fowler

Elizabeth Gomez

Gomez Iron Works

Pronouns: She / Her

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Elizabeth Gomez

Meaghan Hassel-Shearer

City of Burlingame
City Clerk

Pronouns: She / Her

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Meaghan Hassel-Shearer

Toni Martinez

Clinical Operations for Protagonist Therapeutics
Director

Pronouns: He / Him

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Toni Martinez

Lara McDonald

LMM HR Consulting
Principal and HR Consultant

Pronouns: She / Her

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Lara McDonald

Dan Rave

Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Mgmt
SVP & Senior Lead Business Execution Consultant

Pronouns: He/Him

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Dan Rave

Dan Rave is a SVP and Senior Busines Execution Consultant for Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management. In this role, he is focused on shaping the next generation of financial advice with core development in holistic planning and digital integration. During his 21 year career with Wells Fargo, he has also served as the Regional Brokerage Manager for Silicon Valley and held roles in both Private Banking and Investment Consulting.

Dan has been a volunteer for CORA for more than fourteen years, serving as Treasurer for ten of those years. He has completed his California DV Advocate Certification training and holds a B.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Dan resides with his wife and three children in Half Moon Bay and loves surfing and all things in the mountains.

Linda Sheehan

Environment Now
Executive Director/Attorney

Pronouns: She / Her

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Sarah Mirza

Sarah Mirza is an attorney, specializing in government ethics law, at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Prior to working for the federal government, Sarah obtained extensive experience in womxn’s human rights issues by working with several international institutions and NGOs on sexual violence in conflict, refugee assistance, and rule of law and accountability mechanisms. Sarah is passionate about the intersectional issues that disproportionately impact womxn’s safety and opportunities both globally and domestically, and she is humbled and excited to be able to bring her experience and passion to CORA’s board.

Sarah received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Master’s in International Public Policy from New York University. Sarah enjoys reading, watching documentaries, fashion and interior design, and eating anything fried and/or spicy.

Francisco Terrizzano

Community Bank of the Bay
Regional Manager

Pronouns: He / Him

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Francisco Terrizzano

A native of South America, Francisco Terrizzano has called the Bay Area home since a young age. He has 30 years of banking experience serving a diverse clientele, including nonprofit organizations, closely-held businesses, professional service firms, and individuals. He currently serves as Senior Vice President – South Bay Regional Manager at Community Bank of the Bay. Francisco obtained an undergraduate degree in Finance from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University

Staff

Karen Ferguson

Chief Executive Officer
Pronouns: She / Her

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Karen Ferguson

Dr Karen Ferguson, CORA’s CEO, is a dynamic leader dedicated to excellence in organizational management and programmatic initiatives. With over twenty years of experience, Karen excels in strategic planning, program implementation, and personnel management. As a licensed Clinical Psychologist, she seamlessly integrates evidence-based behavioral science with extensive executive-level expertise in non-profit sectors. Karen’s journey includes serving as the State Refugee Coordinator in Alaska for over a decade. During this time, she authored resettlement plans, secured diverse funding, and led teams of up to 120 members. Karen’s interests are exemplified in her establishment of the Vision Project, a Bay Area program focused on empowering refugee girls and highlighted in Ms. Magazine.  Currently, as CEO of CORA, Karen oversees comprehensive domestic violence survivor services in San Mateo County, impacting over 12,000 clients annually with a budget exceeding 7 million dollars.  As a vocal advocate, Karen has testified at various levels of government and has been an invited presenter at prestigious forums on social justice.   Karen’s story embodies resilience, compassion, and an unwavering commitment to making a meaningful impact.

Alyssa Wieting

Development Director
Pronouns: She / Her

Rupinder Kaur Malhi

Chief Financial Officer
Pronouns: She / Her

Lynn Schuette

Director of Quality and Strategic Initiatives
Pronouns: She / Her, They / Them

Tracey Cook

Human Resources Director
Pronouns: She / Her

Maria Bastardo, LMFT

Manager of Mental Health Services
Pronouns: She / Her

Kaitlin Chang

Manager of Safehouse and Supportive Housing
Pronouns: She / Her

Maríluisa Diaz

Manager of Community Education & Outreach
Pronouns: She / Her

Melissa Gibbs

Manager of Legal Services
Pronouns: She / Her

Robin Jensen

Manager of Prevention & Community Engagement
Pronouns: She / Her

Cindy Kilpatrick

Grants and Contracts Manager
Pronouns: She / Her

Celeste Mercado

Manager of Crisis Support Services
Pronouns: She / Her / Ella

Rebecca Reiner

Volunteer Manager
Pronouns: She / Her