Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please contact (916) 868-7820, or send an e-mail to

Chelsy Pham, Board President

San Joaquin Delta College

Grace Koch, Treasurer

California Office of Emergency Services, Retired

Betty Low, Secretary

SMUD Project Manager, Shine Program, Sustainable Communities

Bryan Cruz

Kaiser Permanente

Bryan currently serves as a Managerial Consultant for Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Hospital’s Strategy and Portfolio Management Office. Prior to his role at Kaiser Permanente, he served as a Senior Lean/Six Sigma Specialist and Business Process Engineer for Blue Shield of California (BSC), preceded by work at Genentech/Roche Inc. Bryan earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UC Davis, preceded by a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Clinical Lab Sciences from Sacramento State University. While in academia, he displayed his passion for creative and meaningful change by teaching Six Sigma and Change Management concepts as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in UC Davis’ School of Management. Bryan is also a CORO Leadership Fellow as a member of Nehemiah Emerging Leader’s Program Class X.

Rosa Flores

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, Sr. Program Manager

Susan Granzella

VISA (Retired)

Susan Granzella currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for My Sister’s House.  Ms Granzella retired from Visa Inc. in 2014 as Vice President and Senior Director for Technical Publications, and managed Global Development Audit and Compliance.  She was responsible for Visa’s international technical publishing efforts, distributing content to global banks and processors, and managing staff and contractors in the US, Singapore and India.  In addition, she coordinated compliance of federal, state and industry regulations for Global Development management and staff.  Ms Granzella also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB), appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in October 2014.  She was reappointed to CSLB by Governor Gavin Newson in 2020.

Sharon Gonsalves

Director Of Government Affairs at Renne Public Policy Group

Sharon Gonsalves was appointed to the Board for My Sister’s House in 2020. She has spent the last 15 years working in public policy and advocating on behalf of the people of California and later municipal clients.  After graduating from California State University, Monterey Bay with a degree in Communications, Sharon spent ten years working for the California State Legislature.  Sharon worked for Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, and Senator Anthony Cannella.  After her time in the Senate, she began advocating on behalf of some of the most disadvantaged communities in California.  Sharon joined Renne Public Policy Group (RPPG) as Director of Government Affairs in September 2020.  RPPG provides legislative advocacy, consulting and grant writing services for public agencies and  businesses whose goals align with that of public agencies.

Sharon resides in West Sacramento with her husband John and two sons.

Trish Higgins

Shaw Law Group

Monica Patel

Bank of the West

Monica Patel was born and raised in Fiji. After completing her high school, she moved to New Zealand where she studied commerce at Auckland University.  She later joined her brother in USA on a student visa and attended College of San Mateo. She soon began what would become a lifelong career in banking.  She is currently a Vice President with Bank Of The West. Monica is a Past President and longtime member of the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise. She has served on the Elk Grove Chamber Board Of Directors and is currently serving as Vice President of her local chapter of BNI, an international business networking organization. In her free time Monica enjoys watching shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime. She is helping chair My Sister’s House Advisory Muslim Committee along with our 20th Anniversary Gala.

Chelsea Pham

San Joaquin Delta College

Anh Phoong

Phoong Law Corp. 

Moira Sharma, PsyD

Kaiser Permanente

Patricia Sanchez

Principal Appraiser, Yolo Cty. Assessor

Jason Shoultz

Steinberg Institute

Co-Executive Directors

Michelle Coleman, Co-Executive Director of Advocacy and Shelter Services

Shing Long, Co-Executive Director of Economic Justice and Outreach

Friends Committee

Angela Lai, California Department of Managed Health Care

Carla SB Carr, Financial Committee

Darrel Woo, Board of Education 

Denise Suen, CLS

Derek Ledda, Department of Education (Retired), Maharlika Lions

Elaine Chiao, Child Protective Services

Ellen Yin-Wycoff, Cal Casa

Gary Kikumoto, Kikumoto Real Estate

Heidi Pyle, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD)

Jean ChongAsian Pacific State Employees Association (Retired)

Kathryn Doi, Hanson Bridgett Law Firm

Nancy P. Lee, Office of Aids

Ophelia RiegoRiego Insurance

Rosie Dauz, Golden1

Sharon Ito, California State University, Sacramento – Communications/Public Affairs

Sonia Fernandes,  California of Managed Health Care

Stephanie Tom, Oracle

Sujatha Moni, California State University, Sacramento – Professor

Zima Creason, Mental Health America


My Sister’s House paid staff also includes: Deputy Director, Program Managers for the Women to Work Program, Human Trafficking Specialist, Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, Employment and Immigration Advocate, Shelter Assistant, Data Evaluator/Administrative Assistant, Financial Officer, and to support its efforts, My Sister’s House relies on its wonderful volunteers.