Staff

Rachel Berge

Community Engagement Coordinator

Rachel began working in the nonprofit sector since 2012 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a minor in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. Rachel joined FSC in February 2022, serving as the Community Engagement Coordinator. She is responsible for engagement with the community, partners, members and other interested parties.

Nikki Buckstead

Executive Director

With over 30 years of experience in social services, Nikki Buckstead has a passion for advocacy and working to reduce stigma, which has led her to work extensively in fields of mental health, substance use treatment, and family homelessness. Her background and experience are rich in a variety of different settings and she brings that breadth and depth of her experience with her when working with organizations, partners and stakeholders.

Daniel Garcia

Project Manager

Daniel began working in the nonprofit industry in 2016 and joined the FSC in 2021 with his Masters’ Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. Daniel works to support the progressive and collaborative efforts of the FSC Diversion Expansion Plan, ensuring coordination with the FSC Access Points, consultants, and stakeholders.

Roxana Garcia

Family System Specialist

Roxana has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2016 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from the California State University of Fullerton. She recently graduated in May 2022 with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the California State University of Long Beach. Roxana’s role within the FSC is to support the FSC Access Points in the Central Service Planning Area.

Elizabeth Hernandez

Family System Specialist

Since 2005, Elizabeth has worked in the nonprofit sector, specifically in the areas of community engagement, including three years as an AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program Fellow, in Orange County. Along with her passion and drive to work in a field that promotes improvements to the community at large, she continues to use her unique and creative problem-solving abilities.

Josie Mendez

Program Administrator

Josie has worked in the non-profit field since 2018 and earned her degree in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. She serves as the Program Administrator for the FSC. She works to support grant administration and quality assurance where she collaborates with several of the FSC member agencies assisting with grant compliance, QA and QI, reporting and technical support.

Jocelyn Morales

Senior Family System Specialist

Jocelyn has worked in the non-profit field for the last four years helping to help prevent and end family homelessness. Her main focus is data quality assurance and improvement and working to make a greater impact on a Systems-level. She helps support the Family Access Points in the North Service Planning Area of Orange County by providing Technical Assistance, case conferencing, and training to the Providers she supports.

Katherine Rodriguez

Programs Manager

Katherine has worked for the Family Solutions Collaborative since 2019. In her role, she oversees the Family Coordinated Entry System to ensure that the Access Points and Housing Providers are receiving the support they need as they provide services to families experiencing homelessness or at-risk of experiencing homelessness. She manages a team of four that all work to support the Collaborative on System-wide level.

Amanda Sanchez

Administrative Manager

Amanda earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific Union College and shortly thereafter began her career in the nonprofit field. Since 2012, Amanda has worked in the homeless services field, first as a direct service provider and more recently in administrative roles. She currently serves as the Administrative Manager for the Family Solutions Collaborative.

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