The Cerebral Palsy Center could not exist without a dedicated staff working together as a team – with the shared goal of enriching the lives those we are blessed to serve. Through this common bond, we have developed friendships, a sense of family, and a mutual respect for every contribution that each person makes every single day. No role is greater than another because they all work together in opening the world to people with disabilities. Below is information about some of those in leadership roles.
Leslie C. Werosh, MPA
Leslie C. Werosh was appointed as the Executive Director of the Cerebral Palsy Center for the Bay Area in March 2015. She comes to the CP Center with more than 15 years in the nonprofit sector, with thirteen years in the field of Developmental Disabilities.
Prior to her arrival at the CP Center, Leslie was the Division Director of Operations and Compliance at the California Autism Foundation in Richmond, CA, where she held several leadership positions over the past 11 years, including Vice President of Programs and Senior Director of Special Education and Development. Leslie’s career has focused on enhancing, promoting, and operating programs that help individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities access opportunities and gain independence and self-advocacy. Empowering children and adults in improving their lives is a passion she has always possessed.
Leslie’s educational path was chosen to better prepare her to ensure excellent nonprofit operations and provide an outstanding quality of service. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master of Public Administration degree specializing in Non-profit Administration from San Francisco State University.
Leslie is a member of the San Francisco State Chapter of the Pi Alpha Honorary Society – the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, and the American Society for Public Administration. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Alameda County VOAD and is a member of the Alameda County and Contra Costa County Functional Assessment Service Teams.
Bill Pelter, MA
Assistant Executive Director
Bill has been with the CP Center since 1999. His duties include assisting the executive director with the Center’s general administration and day-to-day operations. He is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating program activities, and supervising the participant’s case management and attendant services. Bill plays a vital role as an advocate for the Center’s programs and services through its community outreach and education, and by participating on committees, panels, and coalitions.
Prior to joining the CP Center, Bill was the program director at the Spectrum Center’s Oakland campus, the branch manager for Solano County’s Office of Independent Living Resources, and associate director of the Mental Health Association, which serves Contra Costa and Solano counties.
Bill has a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Azusa Pacific University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from California State University at Los Angeles.
Jay Rothstein, CPA
Finance Director and Human Resources Manager
Jay is responsible for the CP Center’s financial operations including: accounting, billing, budgeting, auditing, and compliance issues. He provides strategic advice and reports relating to our financial status and health. As HR manager, Jay is also responsible for ensuring that the Center’s employee programs and policies are compliant with state and federal regulations.
Prior to coming on board, he was vice president of asset management for the Alamo Group, chief financial officer/controller for the Shoe Pavilion, chief financial officer/controller for the Drug Barn, controller for the Record Factory, and senior internal auditor for Levi Strauss & Co.
Jay received his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and passed his CPA exams two years later.
Mara Bearse, M.Ed.
Quality Assurance Director
Mara joined the CP Center in September of 2011. She was hired to develop and implement a quality assurance system. She maintains all licensing and regulatory records and documents, and evaluates the day programs effectiveness. Mara also monitors the Restricted Health Program, ensuring that it adheres to established safe working practices and conditions.
Prior to joining the CP Center, Mara worked at Clausen House for eleven years, serving as a director of supported employment for five, and as a case manager for the Regional Center of the East Bay for over nine years.
Mara has a Master of Education in Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.
Maureen DeCoste, MA
Marketing and Development Manager
Maureen DeCoste has over sixteen years of marketing, communications, and development experience. In her position at the Cerebral Palsy Center she oversees the branding and marketing strategy for the organization as well as financial support from foundations and individual donors. Previous to joining the Cerebral Palsy Center, she served as the Director of Communications and Development at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.
Maureen has worked in the field of marketing, communications and design for multiple companies and as an independent consultant. Her clients include Patagonia, JBL/Harman Kardon, Harley Davidson – Santa Barbara, Clairol, and Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County, where she also served as the Development Chair.
Maureen received an M.A. in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex, U.K. and a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She has volunteered as an educator for several youth organizations, including as an HIV/AIDS educator for Coaching for Hope in Africa, and as a tutor for Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families.
ADC Program and Curriculum Manager
Stefanee has been with the Cerebral Palsy Center since 2013 where she started as an Assistant Instructor. She was recently promoted to ADC Program and Curriculum Manager, and is responsible for managing the daily operation of the program classes. Stefanee has worked in the Social Services field for 3 ½ years, and has found her passion working with, and advocating for, independent living for disabled persons.
In her free time, Stefanee sits on the leadership team of “Love Never Fails”, which advocates for children and women who are being sexually exploited in the Bay Area. Her greatest reward comes from her community outreach, where she has the opportunity to work with girls and women forced into prostitution, and offers support and resources to help them change their lives.
Stefanee has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from California State University, Hayward.
ADC Coordinator/Safety Officer
Sherry began her career with the Cerebral Palsy Center in 1990 as an Assistant Instructor. She moved to the Computer Learning Center where she helped create several programs that were directly designed with the participants. She moved into the position of Safety Officer and eventually as an Instructor. Sherry also oversaw the CITI program, where participants learned community integration skills.
Currently, Sherry serves as the ADC Program Coordinator, where she plans the weekly lessons, instructs six classes, evaluates and monitors individual participant’s engagement and progress, and coordinates community outings and special off-site trips. She also continues in her role as Safety Officer, where she coordinates monthly emergency drills and supervises medication administration.
Sherry has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from California State University, Hayward.
Joseph Jimenez, MA
Joseph has more than twenty five years of experience working with people with severe physical, developmental and mental health disabilities, as an educator, manager and administrator in the non-profit sector, and brings invaluable hands-on experience with developmentally challenged individuals to our strategic leadership team. He has held a variety of positions at the Cerebral Palsy Center including ADC Program Supervisor, Program Director, and Operations Manager, and now is acting as the Program Counselor for the participants at the Center.
Over the years he has assisted with the design, development and implantation of varied programs and activities for program participants, wrote curriculum and evaluated class effectiveness, and provided training, supervision, support, and leadership to assist staff to implement individual service plans to meet participant’s needs.
Prior to joining the Cerebral Palsy Center, Joseph was a Case Manager for the Regional Center of the East Bay and a Program Director for the Alameda Day Activity Center. He has a B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Mary’s College.
Andre Le Mont Wilson, MA
Lead Instructor of Microenterprise and Small Business Development
Andre has been with the CP Center since 1994. He is the lead instructor in the Vocational Opportunity Center. His job involves coordinating the curriculum and directing the staff and participants in learning Cornerstone, a program that teaches microenterprise owners how to operate their own businesses. Andre was also instrumental in launching and building a program that teaches people with disabilities how to operate vending machine businesses.
In 2012, the California State Legislature awarded him with a Certificate of Recognition for his long service to the developmentally disabled community. Wilson is also a storyteller and has performed throughout the Bay Area. He helped four participants get published in Wordgathering, an online literary disability journal.
Andre has a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from California State University, Northridge.
Lead Instructor of Assistive Technology
Ted has been with the CP Center since 1999. His duties include managing the Computer Learning Center (CLC), and overseeing the assistive technology used in our Adult Development Program (ADP). Ted is responsible for designing and developing individualized access and activities for our clients who are working on computers. He provides support, setup, instruction, and troubleshooting.
Prior to joining the CP Center, Ted was a long-term substitute teacher for the Oakland Unified and West Contra Costa school districts.
Ted has a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California at Davis, and a Certificate in Advanced Professional Development for Assistive Technology Applications.