Dr. Melissa Cadet
Dr. Melissa Cadet is the Executive Director of the Marin City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC). Members of her family migrated from Louisiana and worked in the Marin shipyards during World War II. She is an outstanding business development manager and grant writer. Dr. Cadet has written and secured over $500,000,000 worth of funded grants and proposals. She was the former Executive Director of the California Small School District Association, Assistant Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, Executive Director of the YWCA of Sacramento, and Vice-President of River West Developments, a multi-million real estate and land development company. As the former CEO of Lifepath Works, Inc., she helped nonprofit agencies and school districts secure over $16,000,000 to support a variety of youth workforce development and support services program benefiting low-to-moderate income families and individuals.
Dr. Cadet established the State of California’s Surplus Food Program which distributes millions of dollars of food products to needy families in the state annually. In 2005, she played a critical role in replicating the Sacramento Parent Teacher Home Visit Program in 18 states with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Cadet served on the Board of the Freedom from Hunger Foundation, an international food assistance and workforce development program, from 2001-2009. Dr. Cadet holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Stanford University, a Master's Degree in International Affairs from California State University, Sacramento, and a Ph.D. degree in Educational Economics from the University of California, Davis. She enjoys hiking and helping people build their personal, professional and financial assets.
Dr. Gregory Katzen
Empowerment Clubhouse Program Director
Gregory Katzen is Director of the Empowerment Clubhouse at MCCDC. He previously served as the Employment Development Specialist and Staff Generalist for Venture House, Inc. in Jamaica, New York, where he helped members transition to meaningful careers. He has extensive research experience in the field of mental health, with a specific focus on severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), and he has presented his work at numerous research conferences. He also worked as a psychology researcher and App Developer for Gimbel Technologies, where he helped develop app-based mental healthcare tools. He served as Co-President of the Stanford Psy.D. Consortium Student Council and as Outreach Coordinator of the Meditation and Mindfulness Group at Palo Alto University. Gregory currently sits on Marin County's Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Advisory Board, and he is actively involved in working to strengthen the Marin County mental health safety net. An experienced vocational and residential mental health counselor, Gregory is devoted to improving the quality of life and social supports for adults recovering from mental illness. He holds a doctorate (pending) and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Stanford University and Palo Alto University, and a B.A. degree in History, Sociology and Creative Non-fiction from Hampshire College. When not busy at Empowerment Clubhouse, Gregory can be found hiking outside with his wife and infant son and loving life in Northern California.
HR / Operations Director
Blia is an office administrator and human resource professional with over 17 years of experience in ethical administrative and financial management. She is adept at several computer information technology and a quick-study when confronted with a new one. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations with a Human Resources Management Certification at the University of Phoenix. She provides exceptional administrative, programming and management support to MCCDC. She coordinates and monitors financial best practices, prepares and updates operational proposals, designs and coordinates programs, conducts evaluation, coordinates financial reports, human resources and administration, coordinates professional development, compensation and benefits, safety compliance, performance evaluation, training and recruiting. She also trains and educates MCCDC team members regarding MCCDC tools, resources, policies and procedures.
Blia has over 15 years of banking, credit repair and building, and home ownership experience. She is our Affordable Housing Program Coordinator and she helps Marin City and Marin County residents become self-sufficient to buy their dream home or renting. Additionally, Blia manages the Marin Employment Team, Construction Trades Program, Summer Youth Empowerment Program and Coffee Works Program. She is committed to the provision of responsive management services. Blia holds a Certificate in Bookkeeping and an Associate Science Degree in Business Administration from Modesto Junior College. She is currently a Secretary of State California Notary Public. She is a member of the National Notary Association, Sacramento Area Women Chamber of Commerce, and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Blia is an avid Autism Advocate as well as a certified CERT and Mental Health First Aid provider. Blia likes to read, enjoys spirited exercising, and also speaks Hmong.
Kathryn Alday is the Marin City Community Development Corporation Employment Specialist helping clients and members to refine their vocational interest an aptitude. She served as the Assisted Living Care Manager for Sunrise Senior Living where she monitored Individual Service Plans and providing quality case management to residents by establishing meaningful relationships, activities, and health support services. Kathryn was a Health Educator for the Peer Heath Exchange in San Francisco where she facilitated workshops on mental health and mental illnesses for ninth grade students in various Bay Area high schools located in low-income communities. As a former Client Service Coordinator for H & R Block and Operations Associate for PRADA, Kathryn perfected her customer service and financial assistance skills prior to joining the MCCDC Team. Kathryn received a Bachelors of Science in Health Education with an emphasis in Community-Based Public Health from San Francisco State University.
Rhoda Robertson is the Marin City Community Development Vocational Counselor. She assists clients in developing realistic short and long-term vocational goals and coordinates various case management activities. As the former student accessibility coordinator for the College of Marin, Rhoda assisted students with special needs to matriculate through their college experience. Prior to joining MCCDC, Rhoda became an outstanding trainer for the Occusun Company, a global online eyeglass retailer where she specialized in direct customer service and achieved the lowest error rate in their Returns Department. Rhoda holds an A.A. degree in Psychology from the College of Marin.
Demetrius came to MCCDC when she was working on her GED classes at MCCDC’s offices. She completed her program, accepted a position with MCCDC as a receptionist, and has since been promoted to Program Assistant. As a resident of Golden Gate Village in Marin City, Demetrius brings a unique perspective and is an amazing resource for developing and maintaining important communications between MCCDC, partners, stakeholders, and the community. She enjoys social media, providing quality customer services, family time, music and walking.
Brianna is the Program Coordinator for the Empowerment Clubhouse Program at MCCDC. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Health Education with an emphasis in Community-Based Health, along with a minor in Women's Health Issues. She is eager to apply and develop her Public Health skills while assisting with various programs that support undeserved and low-income communities. Although, she commutes from San Francisco, she is very excited to be a part of the Marin City community and enjoys meeting many of its diverse residents. Her passion for community-based work stems from her own past and lived-experiences. She is very pleased to be a part of the MCCDC team and partake in its work in this community. Brianna enjoys creating music, walking her dogs, and traveling with her loved ones and friends.
Rayiesha came to MCCDC as a DOR program participant. Upon completion of her employment services program, she became a part-time employee at MCCDC as Program Assistant. As a Marin City resident, she is proud to be employed by MCCDC. She is deeply invested in her community and enjoys observing the progress and determination of MCCDC program participants as she helps them to obtain their career and employment goals. Her passions are economic and social justice. Rayeisha holds a B.A. degree in political science from San Francisco State University and A.A. degree in paralegal studies from Heald College. She hopes to become a District Attorney. In her spare time, she is honing her entrepreneurial skills. Rayiesha enjoys baking, cooking, singing, literature, and most of all time with her family.
Nathan Williams, a Marin City resident, has specialized in maintenance services in the past 20 years working with the Marin City Community Services District and other Marin County employers. He has been the MCCDC Maintenance Specialist since 1999 and maintains the Burgess Estate. He enjoys maintaining classic Cadillacs and landscaping.