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What We Do
Who We Are
Mission: Senior Network Services is a nonprofit agency providing senior citizens and person 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.
Corey Azevedo, M.A.
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.
DANIELLE SPERANDEO, PHD
Director of Operations
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
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.
Julie Fletcher, MSW
Special Projects Director
Julie is a social worker and administrator who brings extensive social services experience across a broad range of organizations. She started as a Peace Corps volunteer, and has worked in refugee resettlement with the International Rescue Committee, managed disaster preparedness, planning, relief and recovery programs for the American Red Cross, and has provided direct services to hospice patients. She has been a key member of the Senior Network Services team for the last twelve years, providing leadership for an array of programs to assist seniors. The combination of leadership and direct service roles over the last 40 years has given her a first-hand understanding of the importance of delivering programs that truly meet the diverse needs of seniors, connecting individuals and families with the right services at the right time. Julie received her Masters degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. When she’s not at Senior Network she enjoys hiking in redwoods, walking on the beach, traveling, and spending time with her family.
HICAP Program Manager
Resource Program Manager
River is the Program Manager for SNS’ Information & Assistance, Housing, Money Management, Respite and Case Management programs. She joined SNS in 2022 after a decade of providing direct services to youth, people experiencing homelessness and people who are incarcerated. River received her B.S. with honors from UC Berkeley. She is an inspiring homesteader who enjoys dancing and get togethers with friends and family.
Karina joined SNS in 2022, getting a jumpstart on her career while finishing her B.A. at Sacramento State University. As a Resource Counselor, Karina assists seniors seeking a variety of services and screens them for eligibility for one of our various in-house programs. Karina staffs SNS’ satellite office at the Watsonville Senior Center, providing in-person intake and assessment multiple days a week. Karina is bilingual in Spanish, helping to serve many of our monolingual Spanish-speaking clients. Outside of work, Karina enjoys spending time with her family exploring new places, making arts and crafts, and just being together.
Mayte Lopez Rojas
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.
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.
HICAP Administrative Assistant
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.
Resource Counselor & Case Manager
Megan has been a Resource Counselor & Case Manager at SNS since 2021. Megan brings a background in direct services, previously working as a home health aid for seniors and adults living with disabilities and providing case management for the Student Resource & Support Network at Cabrillo College. Megan earned her Associates Degree from Cabrillo and outside of work she loves traveling with her two daughters and boyfriend. Megan’s favorite travel is going to Disneyland and taking cruises around the world.
Home Help and Respite Registry program