Staff

Kathy Córdova

Executive Director

Kathy is a longtime local nonprofit leader, most recently having served as the Executive Director of Santa Maria Urban Ministry. She previously worked in development and fundraising for a variety of organizations including Asians Americans for Community Involvement, West Valley Community Services, Somos Mayfair and Sacred Heart Nativity Schools. Her work experience also includes years working for the County of Santa Clara, for the Board of Supervisors, Probation Department and Office of the County Executive. Ms. Córdova, a San José native, and has been active in community service for more than 30 years. Her Board experience includes the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter; Bellarmine Mother's Guild, Silicon Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley , Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, and Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women. Ms. Córdova holds bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University, where she also served as ASB President. She also earned a Certificate in Fundraising Management, from Indiana University. Additionally she studied Compassion Cultivation and alcohol and drug counseling. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, working in her garden and cooking. Kathy is also an avid baseball and performing arts fan.

Lisa Willmes

Program Director

Lisa has used her impeccable organizational skills to advance the missions of several non-profits in the Bay Area over the last ten years. At the Café, she is committed to the success of our members on their journey of recovery and wellness. Lisa is a former AmeriCorps, Public Allies Fellow were she led public-private partnerships toward community development and innovative approaches to civic engagement. She is a graduate of San José State University with a degree in Sociology.

Marianne Gallagher

Volunteer Coordinator

Marianne is a retired R.N. who has been part of the nonprofit world for more than twenty five years. Marianne has worked/volunteered with people facing grief and loss issues and also in the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS Communities. Being a long term volunteer, herself, she is especially appreciative of the kindness and compassion volunteers bring to the people they support. Marianne recruits, trains, schedules, and supports RCSJ volunteers, a position she defines as "The best job in the Cafe."

Tanya Bautista

Cafe Manager

Tanya is a recent graduate from CSU Monterey Bay with a BA in Psychology. She is pursuing her MA in Counselor Education and looks forward to working within the community. As Cafe Manager she greets members and guests when they first enter by informing them about the Cafe. She brings positive energy, support, and promotes growth with members.

Tadashi Oguchi

Culinary and Nutrition Coordinator

With a background in medicine and as a certified health coach, Tadashi Oguchi is a staunch believer that food can be utilized as medicine to reverse and prevent chronic diseases. His prior experiences as an AmeriCorp member at Veggielution Community Farm, cooking/nutrition instructor at Stanford University, and head sourdough bread baker at multiple commercial kitchens has prepared him to expand the culinary/nutrition programs at the Cafe. He is a graduate of the University of California - Davis with a degree in biological science with an emphasis in neurobiology and behavior.

Allie Volcheck

Allie Volcheck recently graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Community Health. She is excited to be a part of the San Jose community and is loving the energy at the cafe as well as holistic approach that it offers. She will be here for the next year as a Jesuit Volunteer assisting with cafe operations and member opportunities.

Porter Crapps

Porter Crapps comes to the Café through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps for a year of service. He will be focusing on forming relationships and assisting with fostering a welcoming environment at the Café. He just graduated with a Bachelors in Religious Studies from Stetson University.