Staff and Board Members
Peter Brown, 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.
Bob is the executive director 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!
Ray joined the board in late 2018. 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.
CJ serves as our program director. 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. He is a licensed clinical social worker. During his brief time in the bay, CJ has developed a deep love for San Francisco and enjoys kayaking in the moonlight with his many sea lion friends.
Lynn (re)joined the Worker in 2017 and is the board treasurer. 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). During that time Lynn worked as a technical writer for Cisco Systems in San Jose, from which she retired in 2017. When not struggling with QuickBooks, she enjoys spending time with the family, gardening, walking their dog Oliver, reading, swimming, and sleeping late!
Julie is the chair of the board and works as the Assistant Principal of Student Life at Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. Julie has a B.A. in in Liberal Studies from Holy Names University and an M.A. in Education from the University of San Francisco. She has taught history at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco, and served as the women’s basketball coach at both St. Ignatius and St. Joseph Notre Dame. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking, traveling, and basketball.
Catrina serves as our Accompaniment Coordinator. She holds a Bachelors degree in Spanish from UC Davis. She was the program manager of the Economics Department at USF. Catrina is often referred to as the minister of faith and friendship. She is the keeper of all that is righteous here at the Obrero Catolico!
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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 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.
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Rosemary is a board member and has been with us since 2016. 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.
Tom Webb does our fundraising, writes grants and makes parish presentations. He is also our social outreach coordinator linking us with the Oakland Diocesan Parishes In Action program and East Bay Interfaith Immigrant Coalition. He also helps around the house with many chores. Most recently he has participated in delegations exploring root causes of migration from Honduras. He occasionally contributes to the National Catholic Reporter and the Oakland Voices project of the East Bay Times as a freelance writer.
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