CEN Staff Members 


Larissa Robideaux, MPA

Executive Director

Larissa has a long-standing relationship with CEN, an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, and a true passion for leadership development. She is a second-generation nonprofit leader, raised on the philosophy that commitment to quality services empowers the people served and the community as a whole. Her father, Dr. Joseph F. Campbell, spent 40 years as a nonprofit leader. Larissa was deeply impacted by his commitment to social justice, education, and human services and has dedicated her life to continuing this legacy.

Larissa joins CEN with over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and private business sectors. She holds a Master of Public Administration and completed her thesis on public and private sector partnerships. Most recently, Larissa held the position of executive director at JW House. During her tenure, she led the organization through 21% revenue growth, 30% growth in overall services impact. This was also when she became involved with CEN. As the leader of the JW House she experienced firsthand the transformative impact that CEN’s programs and services can have on an organization's effectiveness. Larissa is a graduate of CEN's Leaders Institute Class IX and was the 2016 CEN scholarship recipient for Harvard Business School's Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management course.

Contact Information: Larissa@cen.org or O:650.517.5852



Illyasha Peete, MBA

Sr. Leadership Development Specialist

Illyasha (Illy) recently joined the CEN team, bringing a wealth of experience as a transformational nonprofit executive director and is a graduate of CEN Leaders Institute, Class X. She has served as a corporate trainer and as an adjunct college professor, but is most proud of her ability to lead and unite a team of varying experience levels and inspire them to meet and exceed the designated goals. Her experience as a real estate professional, with a multi-million-dollar portfolio, armed her with the ability to market effectively, negotiate contracts, and manage finances. As a nonprofit leader, she was able to cultivate fee-for-service models which catapulted the organization into a stronger financial position. Illy earned a bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University in human resource management and her master's in business administration from Ashford University with a focus in global management.

Contact Information:  illy@cen.org or 650.517.5855


Shana Peete, JD

Sr. Leadership Development Specialist

Shana Peete served as the first executive director of Partners for Change. She has a Bachelor of Science in international business and a Doctor of Jurisprudence. She practiced law for eight years prior to moving to the Tri-Valley and has professional experience that includes managing a Child Development Center, serving as a program coordinator for Read Aloud America, and managing a 30-person customer fulfillment team for Amazon. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching the game of tennis to students of all ages and using her gifts of communication and connection to bring people together.

Contact Information:  shana@cen.org or 650.517.5855




Jen Polidoroff Fredericks

Director of Operations & Development

Jen started in 2011 as CEN's office manager and, as of January 2015, manages development and communications for the organization. In this role she works closely with CEN's executive director and board members on organizational development and community outreach. She studied psychology and social behavior at the University of California, Irvine and graduated in three years with a bachelor's degree. Jen also holds a Certificate of Achievement in Principles & Techniques of Fundraising from Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is active in the Bay Area community and most recently volunteered as a counselor for Rape Trauma Services of Burlingame, CA after successfully completing a 65-hour California State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor Training.

Contact Information:  jen@cen.org or 650.517.5853


Emily Hilbers

Communications & Operations Manager

Emily Hilbers graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in Business Administration in 2018. Emily is a highly motivated social entrepreneur who balances education with passion to be involved with sustainable international development work. Her work has spanned a broad spectrum of community development efforts and conservation of natural resources in foreign countries as well as marketing and development in the nonprofit industry.

Contact Information: Coming soon!