Our Story

For more than 30 years, the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC) has encouraged the collective strengths of individuals, families and organizations to help improve communication, community engagement and conflict resolution throughout San Mateo County. PCRC originated as a small group of concerned residents who wanted to help their neighbors resolve disputes. Since then, our organization has grown to serve thousands of residents across the county, each year.

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Our Team

PCRC has a team of 25 staff and over 200 dedicated volunteers responsible for providing mediation, facilitation, training and coaching services. The staff is representative of a variety of cultures and professional disciplines, capable of providing multilingual and multicultural-centered services to meet the diverse needs of our county. All staff members are trained in the core competencies of mediation and facilitation.

 

STAFF MEMBERS

Admin Team

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Michelle Vilchez
Executive Director
mvilchez (at) pcrcweb (dot) org
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Mercedes Rodriguez
Director of Operations
mrodriguez (at) pcrcweb (dot) org
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Celia Benavides
Director of Finance
cbenavides (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

 

Rosie Rivera
Operations Associate
rrivera (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Carla Garcia
Office Manager
cgarcia (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

 

Strengthening Families and Empowering Youth Initiatives Team

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Keisarina Hafoka
Manager of Youth Initiative
khafoka (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Cecilia Canale
Manager of
Strengthening Families Initiative

ccanale (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

 
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Katalina Tameilau
Family Engagement Specialist
ktameilau (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Parent Project Facilitators

  • Claudia Rodriguez

  • Ivette Melendez

  • Maria Echeverria

Florence Ortiz
Engagement Specialist
fortiz (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

 
 

Engaging Communities Initiative Team

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Scott Castillo
Manager of Engaging Communities Initiative
scastillo (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Evelia Chairez
Community Engagement Associate
echairez (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

 
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Juliet Vimahi
Community Engagement Specialist
jvimahi (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Adriana Fernandez
Community Engagement Specialist
afernandez (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Sue Vuna
Community Engagement Specialist
svuna (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

 
 

Core Programs Department Team

Vacant
Director
Coming soon.

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Seini Mateialona
Manager of Mediation Programs
smateialona (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Aida Negron
Manager of Training and Facilitation
anegron (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Anne Bers
Collaborative Processes Coach
abers (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Debbie Schechter
Facilitation Associate
dschechter (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

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Ana Rubio Mascaraque
Mediation Specialist
armascaraque (at) pcrcweb (dot) org

 

BOARD MEMBERS

PCRC is always looking for skilled, committed individuals who represent our community to join our board.

 

Jo-Ann Byrne Sockolov
Board Chair

Warren Dale
Fund Development Chair

David Taumoepeau
Board Member

 

Mieke Bloomfield Barrows
Vice Chair

Captain Chris Hsiung
Board Member

Michael Smith
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Lorna Strachan 
Immediate Past Chair

Anne Hipskind
Secretary

 

Volunteer Highlight

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PCRC is a family that provides seemingly simple but life-changing services to Pennisula residents. Conflict Resolution is more than an ideology; it’s a practice that brings healing and greater understanding to those who need it the most.
— Selena, Summer Intern
 

Financials and Reports

See our statement of operating revenue and expenses. We thank our generous donors and supporters.


Our Partners

PCRC partners with many local nonprofits, community-based organizations, government entities and businesses to better serve the people of San Mateo County. We embrace collaboration as a way to support more communities and to achieve broader impact in the county.  See a full list of our partners.