CEN Staff Members
Executive Director, CEN
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
Sr. Leadership Development Specialist, CEN
Jennifer Simmons has over 20 years of experience in the public, high tech and non-profits sectors. In June 2014 she became a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and now works with local nonprofit boards through CEN's Board Consulting program. Most recently, Jennifer has worked with Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley as their executive director and, in 2012, she led the organization through a strategic merger. She is also a graduate of CEN Leaders Institute Class V. Prior to joining Habitat, Jennifer worked at Infineon Technologies and for local county and state elected officials. Jennifer is a 2010 graduate of CEN’s Leadership Institute and in 2012 she was named one of the "100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley" by the San Jose Business Journal. Jennifer is currently a member of the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Santa Cruz in Political Science.
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Leadership Development Specialist, CEN
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.
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Leadership Development Specialist, CEN
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.
Jen Polidoroff Fredericks
Development & Communications Director, CEN
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.
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Operations Manager, CEN
Christine Alotis joined CEN’s team in June of 2014 as an administrative associate, and is now serving as the organization's operations manager. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis in public communication. Previously she has worked as an executive assistant and has years of experience in administrative support and customer service. During her time at San Francisco State University she served as the office manager for Colma Animal Hospital. Her passion for animals has inspired her to volunteer for local animal shelters.
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Administrative Associate, CEN
Kelly started at CEN in June of 2018 as a volunteer and is presently the administrative associate. She is a 4th year undergraduate student at San Francisco State University and is working towards a bachelor's degree in kinesiology with a minor in special education. In the past, she has volunteered with multiple educational programs that support children's special learning needs. Kelly aspires to be an occupational therapist and work with children on the spectrum.
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