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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.

Married to Pam for 32 years, they have raised three children: Anna 30, Chuck 26 and Mimi 22.


Taylor Dial
Chief Financial Officer
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Taylor Dial is the CFO of Caminar.  Raised in New England, Taylor moved to California in the early 80's and began working in the then fledgling computer industry.  After 20 years of working in software, hardware and Internet ventures, he made the jump to the non-profit world.  At first providing training on financial and governance issues, and later as CEO of the first and largest privately funded non-profit housing trust in the nation.  Taylor came to Caminar from Encompass Community Services in Santa Cruz, where he was CFO.  Taylor is past Board Chair both of Community Leadership San Jose and Leadership Santa Cruz County, and currently Treasurer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.


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. 

Karen and her husband Bob, both born and raised in the Bay Area, have raised 2 kids – Richard, 22 and Rachel, 20.


John Moutoussamy
Director of Human Resources
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John Moutoussamy is Caminar’s Human Resource Director.  John is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management and holds a BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  John brings over fifteen years of HR experience from both the profit and not-for-profit sectors.  He has held director level positions in Human Resources management in the bio-tech, consulting and human services industries.  With Caminar since 2009, John is responsible for all agency human resource functions including recruitment and staffing, benefits, classification and compensation, learning and development, employee relations, information management and leadership development.  John joined Caminar from Accelcia Business Services, where he held the position of Director, Human Resource Services.  At Accelcia, he provided best of class HR solutions from a “back office” outsourcing model, serving over 75 Bay Area client companies.  Having also managed the HR function for two San Francisco based non-profits, he understands the unique challenges confronting non-profit organizations and relishes the opportunity to serve those who serve our community.  John maintains memberships with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), World at Work, and the San Francisco and San Mateo Employers Advisory Councils.


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.


Lori_KandelsLori Kandels, MFT, MBA
Executive Director, San Mateo Region
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Lori Kandels has more than 30 years of experience in the mental health field and has been with Caminar since 2011. She has worked in a variety of residential and community settings in mental health, healthcare and social services. She also taught graduate level psychology courses for nine years. She started her career working in the rape crisis and domestic violence movements. After receiving her graduate degree in psychology, she moved to San Francisco where she worked with homeless adults and families in the Tenderloin. When she received her MFT license, she worked in residential and day treatment settings and did individual, organizational consulting. She also worked in the field of sustainable finance while pursuing an MBA in triple bottom line management. Since receiving her MBA, she has been Executive Director of MayView Community Healthcare Clinics and Vice President of Services for MidPen Housing.


James Wagner

James Wagner, LMFT
Executive Director, Solano County Region
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James Wagner is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor.  He has been in social services for over 20 years and began working for Caminar in 2009 as the Director of Services in San Mateo.  In 2010 James became the Regional Executive Director for Caminar in Solano County and in his tenure has increased Caminar Solano programs by $1.3 million.   

Prior to working for Caminar, James worked at various Bay Area non-profits in both direct service and management positions.  He is inspired by the changes Caminar services make in our clients lives and strives to continue to provide quality community services that truly help our clients become independent.  He currently lives in the Oakland Hills with his partner and beloved dogs where he also has a private psychotherapy practice.


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.