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Charles "Chip" Huggins, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
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Chip Huggins is CEO of Caminar for Mental Health and is a strategic, visionary leader with valuable experience in the non-profit and for-profit industries.  He believes strongly in the importance of accountability, transparency and demonstrative impact as non-profits accomplish their mission.  As a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, Chip has been committed to serving our community for decades.  He has held Board leadership roles in non-profit organizations such as Peninsula Community Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, Coyote Point Museum, Guardsmen, Portola Valley School Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Easter Seals Society. In 2002, he was named the San Mateo County Volunteer of the Year.

In addition, Chip has extensive experience in the for-profit sector. From 1980 to 2002 he worked for See's Candies, Inc. in progressively more responsible positions, ending his tenure as General Manager, Director of Purchasing. From See's, Chip moved to Joseph Schmidt Confections where he served as President and CEO until 2005. In 2005, Chip was CEO of the San Francisco Chocolate Company, a social enterprise company owned by the California Autism Foundation. In 2006 Chip was recruited to the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties as CEO.  He joined Caminar as CEO in 2009.

Vida Jalali, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
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On March 30, 2015, Caminar hired a new Chief Financial Officer, F. Vida Jalali, CPA.  Vida has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector.  Working with over 45 nonprofits in Northern California since 1989 focusing on affordable housing, mental health case management, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, and foster children programs.  She has many years of experience as both a consultant and CFO performing A133 audits and being responsible for compliance with federal, state, city, and county contracts with various sources of funding.  The long list of nonprofits Vida has been a consultant for includes Fred Finch Youth Homes, Consortium for Children, Kings View, San Francisco IHSS Public Authority, San Francisco Urban Community Housing, American Lung Association, and many more.  Prior to being a financial consultant, Vida was the CFO and Treasurer for Walden Housing (HealthRight 360) which is a residential program for people with dual diagnosis.  One of her strongest assets is that she worked on both sides of the financial relationship -- as a CFO as well as the independent auditor.  She understands the limitations and requirements faced on both sides, giving her a unique perspective on the accounting challenges that nonprofits face today.  Vida is hands-on and committed to Caminar's mission and services.

Jason D. Rubin, MSW, LCSW
Managing Director of Clinical Services
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Jason D. Rubin, MSW, LCSW joined Caminar in 2014 in the newly created position of Managing Director of Clinical Services to provide direction, guidance, and operational and programmatic oversight to Caminar for Mental Health programs in San Mateo and Solano counties.  Jason has over 25 years of experience as a human services executive and brought with him many years of prior experience helming programs at several Los Angeles-area agencies in mental health, social and vocational rehabilitation, residential services, and special education.  He has also worked as an independent consultant in many of these fields.  Jason's current position offers him the opportunity to shepherd programs in his areas of expertise and to develop synergy and philosophical and operational bridges between programs.  Jason has a Bachelor's degree from Williams College and earned his Masters degree in Social Work in 1996.  Jason is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker.


Karen Gianuario
Senior Director, Business Development and Operations
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Karen Gianuario joined Caminar for Mental Health in September, 2013 as Senior Director of Business Development and Operations. She brings over 23 years of experience in the private, for-profit sector from her tenure at See’s Candies where she held positions of progressive management responsibility in the areas of procurement, operations, product and product line development. She served as the Director of Procurement for her final 10 years with the company. 



Carolyn DeVoto
Director of Development
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Carolyn DeVoto joined Caminar in May, 2014 as the Director of Development.  She is a Bay Area native currently living in San Francisco, a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory in San Francisco and of Loyola University Chicago with a B.A. in Elementary Education.  She is currently pursuing her Master's in Nonprofit Administration at University of San Francisco.  Her career began in the for-profit sector as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Advertising Sales and Marketing at NAVTEQ Corporation in Chicago.  In 2009, she moved back to California and started her non-profit career as the Development Assistant in the Alumni and Development Department at St. Ignatius College Prep.  Carolyn was then promoted to Planned Giving Coordinator and served in that role for three years.  During that time, she grew the Planned Giving Program through effective marketing, improving and expanding the estate planning materials available to alumni and other donors, and growing the size of their legacy society by 25% through new planned gift commitments to the school.  She has gained extensive experience as a committee member and volunteer with nonprofit organizations such as Marin Ventures and The Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center.  Two of Carolyn's three siblings were born with severe developmental disabilities, so she brings to Caminar a passion for serving people with all types of disabilities, including mental health issues.



Steven Gilbert
Director of IT
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Steven Gilbert, BSEE, MSEE, joined Caminar in 1996 as Director of Information Technology.  He brings experience as a senior avionics system engineer at General Dynamics, and as a computer sales and service company founder and owner.  Steven is also the developer and co-owner of Caminar Software Inc., a behavioral healthcare electronic health record and claims software company that was founded in 1996, grew to nationwide prominence, and eventually sold in 2009.  Steven continues to consult as the primary developer for the Caminar Software product, which still serves as Caminar's electronic health record and practice management software.  He has extensive experience in Microsoft Windows networks, including deploying Exchange, Lync, SharePoint, Remote Desktop Host, Threat Management Gateway, Active Directory Federation, and Active Directory Rights Management servers.  Steven has a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. 


Parivash Mottaghian, PsyD, MFT
Executive Director, Solano County Region
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Parivash Mottaghian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Psychological Assistant.  Parivash has over 22 years of experience in organizational management and leadership in the fields of technology and human services.  In 2005, she went back to school and completed her Master and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology and shifted her career to the Mental Health field.  Parivash has been with Caminar since 2009 where she was hired as the Program Manager for the Supportive and Independent Living Case Management and the Supportive Housing Programs at Caminar in Solano Region.  She also has a private practice, offering executive coaching and mediation services to businesses.

Parivash and her husband of 29 years, live in Granite Bay with her two college age children and their German Shepard, Capone.


Michael Schocket
Director of Jobs Plus
San Mateo, Solano, Butte and San Francisco Counties
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Michael Schocket is the Director of the Jobs Plus Program at Caminar.  Prior to becoming Director of Jobs Plus, Mr. Schocket has served in numerous leadership positions during his tenure at Caminar including Job Developer, Assistant Director, Director of a Residential Rehabilitation Program, and as a Mental Health Counselor.  With his extensive leadership in managed health care, he has experience in working with health care providers, public hospitals, state agencies, county agencies, and outreach programs. Mr. Schocket has a far reaching knowledge of government administration, vocational counseling, sales and marketing, human resources, training, and public relations.

Mr. Schocket has a B.A. in Psychology from Cal State Hayward and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner.  He currently resides in Redwood Shores.