Our People

Board of Directors

Made up of 22 community leaders and professionals from Glendale, Burbank, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles, our board has a passion helping our community members who are experiencing homelessness. Their ability to work collaboratively, and offer race, gender, geographic, age, and/or professional diversity helps us to better serve our clients.

Officers and Committee Chairs

Bryan Longpre

Bryan Longpre

Board President

Senior Vice President, Morgan Stanley

Paulette Ramsay Wood

Paulette Ramsay Wood

Vice President/President Elect

(Retired) Legal Department, Contracts Schindler Elavator Corporation

George Assadourian

George Assadourian

Secretary

Bookkeeper/Payroll, The Counting House, LLC

Sue Son

Sue Son

Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair

Partner, CPA Hutchinson and Bloodgood LLP

Barbara Perrier

Barbara Perrier

Development Committee Chair

Vice Chairman, Industrial at CBRE

Arbella Azizian

Arbella Azizian

Governance Committee Chair

Attorney, Arbella Azizian Law

John Sadd

John Sadd

Audit Committee Chair

Founder and Managing Partner, The Accountancy

Phillip Ambrose

Phillip Ambrose

Nominations Committee Chair

Glendale City Fire Department Battalion Chief

Members

Marvel Ford

Marvel Ford

Senior V.P. and Risk Management Officer, California Credit Union

Tes Baradas

Tes Baradas

CPA, Lucas Horsfall

Terry Walker

Terry Walker

Director of Neurosciences & Community Engagement, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Isabel Reyes

Isabel Reyes

Owner/Chief Executive Officer, Revelation Insurance Services

Stephen Rinka

Stephen Rinka

The Rinka Law Firm, PC

Ronald Baker

Ronald Baker

Director of Operations and Ministries, Holy Family Catholic Church

Greg Stanovic

Greg Stanovic

Esthetician, Sephora

Samona Caldwell

Samona Caldwell

Director, Business Connect, LA Sports and Entertainment Commission

Daniel Valdez

Daniel Valdez

Housing Manager, Economic Development Department, City of Fullerton

Sara Catania

Sara Catania

Chief Programs Officer, Solutions Journalism Network

Kylee Lolla

Kylee Lolla

Owner, The KleanUp Woman LLC

Saad Panja

Saad Panja

Audit Manager, Hutchinson & Bloodgood, LLP

Jane Winter

Jane Winter

Director of Case Management, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center

 

Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim

Sr. VP & Director of SBA/Business Banking Group, Cathay Bank

 

Ron Scott

Ron Scott

(Retired) Employee Relations & Benefits Manager, Black Angus Steakhouse, Current SHRM-SCP

Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy

Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer, Dignity Health – Glendale Memorial Hospital & Health Center 

Nicholas Lam

Nicholas Lam

Emeritus

Vice President, Pacific BMW

Our Leadership Staff

Supported by our Programs and Administration teams, our Directorial staff leads the charge in accomplishing our mission to lift people out of homelessness, one person, one family at a time.

Laura Duncan

Laura E. Duncan, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Executive Director Dr. Laura Duncan has worked in the non-profit and education sectors in a leadership capacity since 1989. She has been with Ascencia since 2014 and became the Executive Director in 2018 where she has grown the agency by more than 25% via services enhancements and programs expansion. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Alliant University and obtained her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton while working FT in senior or children’s services. In addition to her role at Ascencia, she is a state of California certified curriculum writer/Instructor with expertise in Title 22 Laws and Regulations and the CEO and a co-owner of a real estate and rentals business in Orange County where she resides. Being of service to others is something that was modeled by her parents and was further fueled by growing up with a special needs child in her neighborhood.

Laura is a member of Glendale Rotary and Glendale Kiwanis Service Clubs and understands the importance of investing in children, having helped to raise six special needs foster children. Laura is passionate about education, diversity, equity, & inclusion, music & the arts, baseball, environmental protection, children’s causes and animal welfare. She credits her foster children for teaching her the most about human behavior. 

In 2022, Dr. Laura Duncan was named Woman of the Year at the Glendale Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards and State of the City Luncheon.

Marcell Mitchell

Marcell Mitchell

Director of Programs

Director of Programs Marcell Mitchell, M.S. Ed joined Ascencia in 2014 as the CES/Case Management Supervisor and oversaw Ascencia’s Coordinated Entry System (CES) function and the case management, street outreach, and employment navigation teams dedicated to job placement and benefits advocacy until becoming the Director of Programs May 1, 2021. He also served as the HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) Administrator for the agency and served as Ascencia’s lead for the employment collaborative in Glendale. Mr. Mitchell’s experience in human services dates back to 1999. He served first as a Shelter Plus Care Coordinator, then as a Clinical Therapist/Community Support Team Supervisor both in Chicago, IL., and finally as a Gang Interventionist and Assistant Program Director that included working with homeless U.S. military veterans, in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Mitchell holds a B.A. degree in History and a M.S. degree in Higher Education both from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL. He trained in trauma-informed-care and co-authored a training curriculum on the subject in 2019 through a capacity-building grant from the United Way.

Mr. Mitchell has been instrumental in developing Ascencia’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) plan. In August 2023, he completed the fourth cohort of Local Initiative Support Corporation LA (LISC) Alternatives to Incarceration Incubation Academy. The LISC Incubation Academy provides training, capacity building, and technical assistance to community-based organizations, especially those that serve underrepresented and justice-involved people.  In 2022, he completed Phase I of California’s Racial Equity Action Lab which is designed to eliminate racial disparities in community homelessness systems throughout the state of California. Mr. Mitchell is also a board member of the National Human Services Data Consortium (NHSDC).

Meredith Fleisher

Meredith Fleisher

Director of Operations

Meredith Fleisher joined Ascencia in November of 2020 as the Grants Manager and promoted to Director of Grants and Finance in January 2022. In May 2024, she was promoted again to Director of Operations. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing finance, grants management, human resources, IT, and property management activities, as well as ensuring compliance with regulations and policies.

Meredith’s extensive experience in management and business administration makes her an asset to Ascencia. Prior to joining Ascencia, Meredith worked as the VP of Business Administration at Auritec Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company located in Pasadena, CA. Throughout her 9-year tenure at Auritec, she oversaw the operations, human resources and accounting teams.

Meredith graduated with a B.A. degree in History from Kenyon College in 2001, and a M.A degree in History from the University of New Hampshire in 2004. Meredith’s dedication and expertise have contributed significantly to Ascencia’s success and growth.

Camille Guerrero

Camille Guerrero

Director of Development

With over 30 years of experience and service, with major non-profits including The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries of Southern California, Camille is a passionate professional who brings a dedication to mission along with a rich and successful history of building meaningful and enduring relationships with individual and corporate donors, vendors, volunteers, and colleagues. 

Over the years, Camille has been able to translate her passion into initiating, implementing, and managing numerous fundraising projects and events ranging from an annual golf tournament that achieved yearly growth doubling in net proceeds over a 10 year period, a vehicle donation program that tripled in net proceeds over a 5 year period, a retail register giving program that increased from $200K to over $600K in 3 years, and even a historical museum exhibit for Goodwill Southern California which was on display at the Museum of Social Justice in Olvera Street, and is now obtained a permanent venue with Goodwill.

Camille wholeheartedly embraces Ascencia’s mission, making her an incredible asset to Ascencia. Her skills, experiences, and insights lend toward successful fundraising outcomes and further expansion of Ascencia’s reach and outcomes.