Dr. Nicole M. Barnett, RN, Chair of the Board

Dr. Nicole Barnett offers a comprehensive background in biomedical research, education and nursing. She completed her nursing training at Contra Costa College in 1994. She is also an alumna of Oberlin College in Oberlin Ohio , and California State University Dominguez Hills where she earned her BSN and MBA. In August 2005, she earned her doctorate in health sciences from the Nova Southeastern University College of Allied Health and Nursing. Dr. Barnett is also a state certified public health nurse (PHN) and in 2012 achieved her certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).




Michael Melewicz, MD CEO and Executve Director

Dr. Melewicz is a primary care physician and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology and Hematology and has a Masters degree in International Business from the London Business School. He has extensive experience in hospital, clinic and medical group management. He also serves as Medical Director of Medicus Consulting Inc., and has been a consultant to WHO Smallpox Eradication Program, UK National Health Service and US Center for Disease Control.





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Shota Shubladze,  Board Member, COO

Shota is non profit professional with twelve years of non-profit development experience on a local and international level. His field of expertise lies with strategic planning, program and organizational development, grant management, proposal writing, program evaluation and fund development.¨He graduated from Tbilisi State University 1995 with his MS in Oriental Studies, received a Non-Profit Management Certificate and his Master's degree in Public Administration from the California State University East Bay in 2009 and 2011. In 2014 he completed his doctorate course in Walden University. Shota is dedicated professional and scholar practitioner.  He is author of Experience Exchange Fellowship Program, Community Ambassadors' Program and many other international initiatives. He is working on his doctoral research as a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Administration with specialization of International Non Governmental Organizations. 




Karen Meredith, Board Member

Karen Meredith has been a prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for over 33 years and the Realignment Coordinator, after having been the Assistant in-charge of the Hayward and Head of the child sexual assault vertical prosecution team. Karen spent 8 years on-site at CALICO, Alameda County's child advocacy center, where she facilitated child abuse forensic interviews and worked closely and collaboratively with all agencies “governmental and private“ involved in the investigation of child abuse.  Karen is the immediate past chair of the California Network of Child Advocacy Centers and is involved statewide in the training of police officers and social workers on the forensic interviewing of children.





George Carathimas, Board Member, CFO