Peter Brown

Peter Brown is the executive director of the Oakland Catholic Worker. A Vermont native, discovered Dorothy Day's writing at age 24, and a year later joined the Denver Catholic Worker. In addition to being "schooled" for 10 years at the Oakland and San Jose Catholic Worker houses, Peter has a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University. His ideal day off: walking Limantour Beach at Pt. Reyes.


Lynn Lassalle-Klein

Lynn (re)joined the Worker in 2017 and maintains the OCW financial books and other odds and ends. A native New Yorker, Lynn has a B.A. in sociology from St. John's University, NY and an M.A. in theology and spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley (where she and Bob met).  Lynn was on staff in the late 1980s/early 1990s and among her proudest achievements is raising the money to purchase the building at 4848 International Boulevard.  After that she took a 30-year hiatus (named Kate, Rose, and Peter).  She retired from technical writing with Cisco Systems in 2017. When not struggling with QuickBooks, she enjoys spending time with the family, gardening, walking their dog Oliver, reading, swimming, and sleeping late!

Steve Mullen

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Chepe Zavala

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CJ Bauers

CJ serves as our program coordinator. He holds a B.A. in Theology, a B.S. in Psychology, and a Master's degree in Social Work from Eastern University. Over the past two years, he served as the Retreat Director within the Campus Ministry office at Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY. During his brief time in the Bay Area, CJ has developed a deep love for San Francisco and enjoys kayaking in the moonlight with his many sea lion friends.

Luly Aranda-McEtchin

Luly is the board secretary.  She has been a volunteer teacher for our English as a Second Language program since 2014 and works as the business manager for her husband’s dental practice.  Luly has a degree in Relaciones Industriales from the Instituto Tecnologico de Chihuahua, and worked HR jobs in Mexico for several years before moving to the United States.  She has one daughter, is a board member for the Lakeshore Business Improvement District, and volunteers at various organizations. 

Barbara Zavala

Barbara serves as our house manager, living at the Oakland Catholic Worker in order to take care of the guests and the house, even after the other staff people have gone home for the night.  She also co-coordinates the Thursday food distribution, and often helps with the hot meals program.  Barbara has been a part of the Oakland Catholic Worker extended community since she arrived in the United States from El Salvador 30 years ago, and has also worked as a cook and kitchen manager at the Jesuit School of Theology. She is still trying to train the non-Salvadoran guests and staff members to stop eating pupusas with a fork. 

Ray Washmera

Ray joined the board in late 2018 and is the board treasurer. He retired from McKeany-Flavell Co., Inc. on December 31, 2015 (where he worked for 37 years, 17 of them as president/CEO). Ray got his MBA from Golden Gate University. Ray has an MBA from Golden Gate University and a BA in economics from the University of Southern California (which he attended on a football scholarship). He is a proud graduate ofSt Ignatius College Prep of San Francisco.  Ray also volunteers with the Alameda Food Bank.  Ray is a proud family man with his wife, Annie, 5 children (4 of whom are married) and 6 grandchildren. He is an avid fan of the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers.

Oakland Catholic Worker

Staff and Board Members

Obrero Católico de Oakland

Bob Lassalle-Klein

Bob is the board chair and a member of the fundraising committee. He helped found the third incarnation of the Oakland Catholic Worker in early 1987, and recently served as it's interim director..  Bob has the good fortune to be married to Lynn Lassalle-Klein, and they consider themselves lucky to be the parents of Kate, Rose, and Peter.  Bob is professor of Religious Studies at Holy Names University and recently published Blood and Ink: Ignacio Ellacuría, Jon Sobrino, and the Jesuit Martyrs of the University of Central America (Orbis 2014). Current projects include The Spiritual Writings of Jon Sobrino, S.J., (Orbis) and Jesus the Immigrant: Contextual Christology and the Signs of the Times, based on what he has learned from 30 years with Latin American migrants in and around the OCW! 

Anne Carrabino

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Rosemary Brennan

Rosemary is a board member and has been with us since 2016.  She is the dynamo behind our yearly award dinner. Born and raised in Oakland, she attended Holy Names High School and entered the Sisters of the Holy Names Community for twenty years, during which time she taught school in San Francisco, Marin County, and Oakland.  As an associate, she worked in Union City and taught in the New Haven Unified School District for 25 years.  From 1967 to 2018 she worked at Saint Louis Bertrand Church in Oakland as a musician and liturgist. At present she is also  involved with the East Bay Interfaith Immigration Council (EBIIC), the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), and Oakland Ceasefire. As part of the board, she derives much joy and inspiration from dedicated colleagues, volunteers, and guests.