Staff

CCCD Staff and Interns

CCCD Staff and Interns

E. Kim Coontz, Executive Director

Kim has been working with cooperatives for more than 30 years. She was executive Director of Yolo Mutual Housing Association for four years. and held academic position with the Center for Cooperatives at the University of California at Davis for 14 years. Kim's experience includes assisting groups in the start-up of cooperatives, teaching cooperative board governance seminars, providing technical assistance to cooperatives, conducting research, writing and endeavoring to find new ways to grow and strengthen the cooperative movement. She has authored and co-authored more than 12 publications about cooperatives and written numerous articles. These include a 2021 report on the Landscape of California Cooperatives, Cooperative Start-up manuals, and a book on child care cooperatives called Bringing Families Together: A Guide to Parent Cooperatives. In 2011 Cooperative Preschools International presented Kim with their National Award for Demonstrated Leadership. She has also published articles on housing cooperatives. In 2004 she was awarded Author of the Year by the National Association of Housing Cooperatives. Kim has as an MA degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis.

Jamie Duong, Business Planning & Finance Manager

Jamie began her tenure with CCCD as a volunteer student intern. Following a year of interning, Jamie joined the staff. She specializes in worker and housing cooperatives, and provides financial services support for CCCD’s CaliROC program. Jamie has developed more than seven feasibility studies and business plans for worker and childcare cooperatives, and is currently engaged in a feasibility study related to a food processing facility.  She has led trainings on the financial structure of worker cooperatives and is a resource for patronage accounting and audits. She leads CCCD’s business planning internship program, and is active in CCCD’s grant planning and writing. She is also a founding member of Resolve Financial Cooperative, a bookkeeping worker cooperative. Jamie has a BA in Economics with minors in Accounting and Classical Civilization from the University of California, Davis.

Frances Andrews, Bookkeeper

 

Frances joined the CCCD staff with more than 20 years of bookkeeping experience.  She is integral to managing CCCD’s accounts, including supporting grant budgeting, management, and financial compliance. Frances' professional experiences are broad, including operating her family farm for 10 years, and leading a gardening business that focused on permaculture. She has a BA in History from Duke University.

Adrian Asbun, MHP Marketing & Acquisitions Specialist

Adrian is a part of the CaliROC team where he helps in marketing, acquisitions, and cooperative development for manufactured housing and other housing cooperatives. He has previous experience in community engagement and managing his small personal training business. Adrian draws on this community development experience working on the Solano County Innovations Project in Northern California, where he worked with the LGBTQIA+ community on a project to reduce the stigma around mental health and to increase the use of county behavioral health services by underserved populations. He successfully coordinated and managed a robust LGBTQIA+ Senior program and formed a county-wide coalition of affirming faith-based leaders. He also conducted humility trainings for county service providers to improve access to equitable resources for LGBTQIA+ community members in Solano County. Adrian has a BA in Sociology and a minor in Environmental Policy and Planning Analysis from the University of California, Davis. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Vinita Domier, Administrative and Event Planning Associate

Vinita has over ten years in office administrative experience and more than 20 years of experience in planning and organizing social, cultural, educational, and fundraising events. Her administrative and event organizing has encompassed wide ranging non-profits, including Sahaya International, Davis Astronomy Club, Explorit Science Center, International House Davis, India Association of Davis, and many others. She is also a volunteer NASA Solar System Ambassador. In 2019, US Rep. John Garamendi honored Vinita with a Congressional commendation as Woman of the Year for volunteerism. Her cooperative experience began as a member of a student housing cooperative at UCLA, where she met her husband. Vinita has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles.

Rafael Flores-Jones, System / Network Administrator and IT Support Specialist

 

Rafael has provided a wide range of technical support to CCCD for more than 12 years. He has over fifteen years of experience providing technical services to multiple non-profit, residential and commercial clients. He migrated CCCD’s infrastructure to a cloud-based platform to facilitate staff working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, and he continues to provide ongoing support for data management, security, analytics, and user account management. Rafael has been instrumental in CCCD’s ongoing efforts to provide workshops as webinars, which have been viewed live by thousands of individuals. He manages behind-the-scenes aspects of deployment, monitors events, and conducts post seminar outreach, including graphic design and video editing of recordings for upload to media platforms. Rafael holds degrees in Computer Science, Graphic Communication, and Fine Art, as well as multiple industry certifications. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Megan Krekorian, MHP Marketing & Acquisitions Manager

 

 

Pedro Maturana, Cooperative Specialist / Facilitator

Pedro specializes in worker cooperatives. He serves as the “Cooperative Facilitator” for Co-op Home Care and generally supports CCCD’s worker cooperative initiatives. Pedro’s experience includes seven years as a worker member with Arizmendi Bakery and Pizzaria Emeryville where he was involved in member recruitment, orientation, training, and scheduling. For two years he worked with the Arizmendi Association, the entity that provides development support and technical assistance to the member bakeries. In this capacity he developed procedures, systems of accountability, as well as coordination and facilitation support. Pedro has a BS in Philosophy, and a double minor in professional writing and sociology from the University of California, Davis. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Dominic Nicoletti, Cooperative Communications Associate

Dominic supports CCCD with Communications and Outreach. He is currently working on CCCD's Co-op Home Care project, recruiting caregivers, assisting with marketing, and developing an Outreach toolkit for the co-op. He has a BA in History from the University of San Francisco.

Cameron Ottello, Food & Agriculture Cooperative Development Specialist

Cameron has extensive farming involvement, including four years as manager of a 100 acre farm of 150 crops, with 20 employees and 1,000 CSA members. His management role included supporting the annual certification for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and overseeing Certified Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as a trainer. His experiences encompass crop planning, management and training, as well as logistics and sales/distribution along multiple sales channels including farmers markets, direct to consumer CSA's and wholesale to stores and restaurants. . Cameron spent two years in the Rhodope mountains of Bulgaria advising small scale ranchers, farmers and cultural craft artisans on marketing, business, and distribution. Cameron has a BA in Political Science from San Francisco State University. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

Cheryl Sun, Bookkeeper

 

Cheryl brings more than seven years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, and tax preparation to her bookkeeping position with CCCD. This includes five years with the Chevron Corporation and two years with a technology company in Freemont. Her career encompasses more than ten years of experience providing financial, administrative, and technical support. Cheryl holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Sacramento State University. She is also bilingual in English and Chinese.