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At A Glance

Information & Matching

Provide Information, Referral & Assistance
Match People with Services

Medicare

No Cost, Unbiased Medicare Counseling

Philanthropy

Direct Cash Infusion
Trust Based Philanthrophy

Senior Resource Directory

Resource Directory

Who We Are

Mission: Senior Network Services is a nonprofit agency providing senior citizens and persons with disabilities with information, guidance and assistance in coordinating existing resources to promote independence and the highest quality of life.

History: In 1968 a Federal outreach program, Project FIND, was conducted with twelve pilot geographical regions for the purpose of identifying elders in need. Santa Cruz County was chosen for the project because of its high concentration of older residents. Ansel Adams and a team of University of California Santa Cruz students provided eloquent visual documentation of the project – creating the book Project FIND – to supplement the survey findings completed by community volunteers and social workers. Those same volunteers and social workers later became involved in building the strong foundation for what became Senior Network Services.

Leadership


Corey Azevedo, M.A.

Executive Director

Bio

Corey is a seasoned social impact practitioner. He was hired as the Executive Director of Senior Network Services in 2021 and brings two decades of experience across a broad spectrum of social intervention models and target populations. Previous organizations where Corey has worked include the World Institute on Disability (WID), the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) and Easter Seals amongst others. From philanthropy to direct service to social entrepreneurship Corey brings a technology and program development background to the organization. He utilizes a human-centered approach and has worked at the local, national and international levels. Corey holds an M.A. in the Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation from the University of Sussex, the number one ranked university globally for social development studies. Outside of work Corey can be found at local taquerias and breweries or riding electric bikes and watching basketball.

Lourdes Rojas

Director of Finance
Bio
Meet Lourdes Rojas, a seasoned and accomplished finance and operations executive with an unparalleled passion for scaling businesses and driving strategic growth. With over 15 years of experience in the finance and healthcare industries, Lourdes has emerged as a dynamic leader known for her exceptional analytical prowess and astute decision-making abilities. Her innate talent for aligning financial strategies with operational objectives led to numerous success stories in optimizing company performance and maximizing profitability.

Beyond the boardroom, Lourdes’s zest for adventure shines brightly through her cherished hobbies. An avid camper, she thrives in the great outdoors, finding solace and inspiration amidst nature’s beauty. When not crunching numbers or strategizing business moves, you can find her scaling cliffs and conquering new heights in the world of rock climbing. Her tenacity and fearlessness on the rocks mirror her approach to tackling complex challenges in the business world.

DANIELLE SPERANDEO, PHD

Director of Human Resources
Bio

Danielle has dedicated her career to empowering under-privileged persons and non-traditional students through education and advocacy. She was hired as the Director of Operations for Senior Network Services in 2023 and brings 15 years of experience in designing curricula focused on social equity, delivering community education programs, and mental health services. She shares  concentrated experience in serving unhoused populations and delivering suicide prevention programs, post-pandemic.  Danielle grew up in East Los Angeles, an ethnically rich neighborhood composed of people representing multiple countries and languages.  Inspired by the beauty and strength of pluralistic cultures, Danielle has sought to be a champion of diversity in her personal and professional pursuits.

She previously served as the Regional Campus Dean for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and the Associate Provost for West Coast University- a school focused on health sciences.  Danielle holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and an MA in Education from Claremont Graduate University.  In her leisure time, she enjoys ziplining with her 17-year-old son, attending air shows, and hiking the beautiful mountainous trails of Santa Cruz.

Corinne Jones, MAG

Director of Programs

Bio

Corinne is a Gerontologist with extensive experience in older adult services. She previously worked as Program Director and Supervising Care Manager for the Multipurpose Senior Services Program. She was a volunteer with AARP as a District Liaison, an “age-in-place” intern at Westside Pacific Villages, and a state certified HICAP Counselor for the Center for Healthcare Rights. Ever active in California aging; Corinne currently serves as an appointed member of the California Disability and Aging Community Living Advisory Committee and is a former member of the Aging and Disability Resource Connection Advisory Committee. She is committed to having a role in providing programs and services to ensure the best quality of life for older adults throughout California. Corinne holds a master’s degree in Gerontology from the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. Some of her favorite pastimes are reading, cooking and traveling.

Staff


Bill Proulx

HICAP Program Manager

Bio
Bill joined SNS in 2020 as our HICAP Program Manager after a long career with the YMCA. Bill coordinates SNS’ HICAP program, supervising staff and volunteers, as well as assisting clients with their Medicare quandaries. Bill graduated from Capella University. When not at work, Bill enjoys hiking, mountain bike riding, and baseball being both a Red Sox and Giants fan.

Karina Gonzalez-Cisneros

Resource Counselor

Alisia Garcia

Housing Specialist

Bio

Alisia Garcia joined SNS in May of 2023. Alisia earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from San Jose State University. She has previously served as a case manager for local based entities to include Encompass Community Services and Families in Transition.

Riley Patterson

Administrative Assistant

Bio

Riley is an Administrative Assistant for Senior Network Services. He joined SNS as an intern in 2022 after almost 8 years of working as a Courtesy Clerk at Safeway. Riley received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from UCSC. He is a hard-working guy with a unique personality who enjoys playing video games, cooking, and reading books (regular and comic).

Mayte Lopez Rojas

HICAP Counselor

Bio

Mayte joined SNS in 2022. She is a recent graduate of CSUMB and holds a degree in Social Work. Mayte has prior experience working with youth in a variety of settings, and interned with Santa Cruz County’s Behavioral Health Department during college. In her role with SNS’ HICAP team, Mayte counsels clients about their Medicare rights and options. When not at work, loves to try out new restaurants and go on adventures.

Jasmine Marquardt, MSW

Enhanced Care Manager

Bio

Jasmine Marquardt, MSW, recently came aboard SNS as the new ECM Program Manager. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Jose State University and a Master’s of Social Work degree from University of Southern California. Jasmine has over 6 years of case management experience working as an advocate for social equity for older adults in the field of Social Work. In her personal time, she loves spending time with her two adorable dogs, Cujo and Detective Benson, spending time with her family and going outdoors in nature, gardening, hiking and going to the beach.

Sherri Rodrigues

HICAP Volunteer Coordinator

 

Bio
Sherri has been with SNS since 2002, working in our HICAP and Money Management programs. As HICAP Volunteer Coordinator and Money Management Program Coordinator, Sherri helps seniors navigate their finances and their Medicare coverage. She also ensures our HICAP volunteers have everything they need to assist clients. When Sherri is away from work, she enjoys spending time with family, kayaking, and travelin

Serena Lynch

Care Management Specialist

Bio

Serena Lynch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Latin American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

She joins SNS with a depth of experience in the non-profit sector, specifically with older adults, individuals experiencing housing challenges, and low-income families. Serena likes to spend time going on outdoor adventures, traveling, and crafting.

Kim King

HICAP Administrative Assistant

Bio

Kim joined SNS’ HICAP team in 2017. As the HICAP Administrative Assistant, Kim supports HICAP staff and volunteers and assists HICAP clients. Kim has a background in financial analysis and has a business degree from CSU Sacramento. In her free time, Kim often goes on outdoor adventures.

Karen Medina

Care Management Specialist

Bio

Karen joined SNS as a Care Management Specialist in March, 2023. Karen received her degree from the Human Services program at Cabrillo College and began working with adults with disabilities while becoming a CASA volunteer. Her immediate goal as a volunteer was to ensure children in the foster care system received support and advocacy. Karen has over 10 years of experience working with adults with developmental disabilities in various environments with a focus on case management. In her free time Karen enjoys gardening, walking her dog at the beach, and reading a good book.

Jeanne Allen

HICAP Resource Specialist

 

Bio

Jeanne has been with SNS’ HICAP program since 2008 – first as a client and then as a staff member. Jeanne provides counseling to clients about Medicare and long-term care insurance, and is also a California Senior Medicare Patrol liaison. As an SMP liaison, she helps educate Medicare recipients about Medicare fraud. Prior to joining SNS, Jeanne worked in a variety of administrative assistant and paralegal roles. Beyond Medicare, Jeanne enjoys beach walks, singing, trying new recipes, time with loved ones, gardening, reading, volunteering and cheering on the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Rachel Gutierrez

Care Management Specialist

 

Bio

Rachel comes to SNS with a bachelor’s in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and has over 30 years of serving her community.  Rachel brings her passion for crisis management, peer counseling, trauma informed care and community services to Senior Network Services every day.

Outside of SNS Rachel serves her community by acting as a Death Doula and meditation instructor for individuals and their families who are facing the end of life. In addition, Rachel loves being outdoors, doing yoga, making crafts, and listening to audiobooks.

Rachel Richardson

Care Management Specialist

 

Bio

Rachel comes to SNS with a bachelor’s in psychology from California State Monterey Bay and has more than 20 years of experience, serving the Santa Cruz community. Rachel is excited to bring her passion for care coordination, housing navigation, resource services and trauma informed care to SNS.

Outside of SNS Rachel loves being at the beach, camping, writing poetry, doing yoga and studying tarot, astrology and numerology.