Anne Elizabeth Maltester, MSW, ASW
Anne Maltester graduated from UC San Diego with a BA in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Social Work from CSU East Bay. While pursuing her degrees she served on the UCSD Student Governing Board as a student health representative and as the CSUEB Social Work Graduate Association liaison for the National Association of Social Work. She also served as the communications officer on the Latino Social Worker Organization.
She holds a Domestic Violence Counselor Certificate and has spent four years working with victims and survivors of domestic violence as a D.V. Counselor and Advocate. She is also registered as an Associate Clinical Social Worker and member of the National Association of Social Workers. She previously was an intern with Catholic Charities of the East Bay and a volunteer for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).
She worked with Building Futures with Women and Children as their Domestic Violence Services Manager providing individual and group therapy, community outreach, and education. She led the City of Alameda Domestic Violence Task Force and co-chaired the Alameda County Domestic Violence Collaborative. She currently works with foster care youth at First Place For Youth.
In addition she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and hiking with her dog!
Emory Christian, Attorney and Educator
Producing beneficial results for historically underserved populations has always been a part of me. With this objective in mind, in 2000, I came to work as a prosecuting attorney for twelve years. I endeavored to administer justice on behalf of the people. I also learned about local and federal law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, poverty, disintegrated families, drugs, alcohol, mental illness, poor schools and lack of opportunity. I know first-hand that educational opportunities change lives because I insisted that many arrestees avail themselves of educational opportunities to avoid imprisonment and to enable them to live safe, sane, enriched and productive lives.
In wartorn Afghanistan, from 2010 – 2012, I was privileged to teach “Rule of Law” and “Critical Thinking” to Afghan lawyers, judges and police. I personally witnessed the United States’ government invest billions of dollars to nation-build and educate the Afghan legal community. I returned to the United States more determined than ever to help young people avoid the “school to prison” pipeline.
In 2012, I worked as a student discipline specialist and hearing officer for a public school district where I gained a meaningful appreciation that teen pregnancy, failing schools, guns, drugs, gangs, and murder overwhelms certain communities with grief, confusion and overflowing court dockets. This realization motivated me to do more. Since 2016, in San Francisco, California I have been teaching high school and social science classes to jail inmates. My diverse life experiences facilitate my understanding of others’ circumstances. I love to help people, relish presenting well-reasoned arguments and it is my passion to facilitate the success of others.
Damon was born and raised here in the Bay Area. Damon received his BS degree in Bio Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara after completing his high school education at San Francisco’s St. Ignatius College Prep. While attending college at UCSB, Damon served as Vice President and Community Service Chair of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity. In 2005 the group received the school’s Community Outreach Award. Damon also was a member and Captain of the Men’s Lacrosse Team at UCSB.
Damon is currently an East Bay resident; excited to join the Men Creating Peace Board and continue the Board’s positive work. He is focusing on bringing his perspective and influence to the in-class curriculum and administration. Damon has been a lifelong member of Glide Church in San Francisco where he learned the importance of volunteering and community outreach. He is looking forward to bringing his enthusiasm to the board and further his drive to build a better community.
Damon enjoys spending time with his family, watching Bay Area sports and playing golf in his free time.
Alana graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Sociology, and a Masters degree in Social Work from CSU East Bay. While pursuing her Masters she served as the Chair of the Social Work Graduate Association organizing fundraisers, providing education to fellow students and doing community outreach. In her 12 years as a social worker, Alana has worked in group homes with teenage boys, infants with Autism, developmentally disabled adults, and a wide range of other disenfranchised populations. Most recently, she was an intern with Alameda County Children and Family Services as an Emergency Response child welfare worker, as well as with Safe Passages doing school social work in East Oakland.
She is currently working with Marin County Children and Family Services as a Supervisor overseeing child welfare workers who conduct emergency investigations, provide ongoing services to families, and provide adoptions services. She is an active participant in the Marin County coalition fighting the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), specifically working to provide services to victims and collaborate with other agencies to educate the community about how to help this population. Alana is also registered as an Associate Clinical Social Worker and member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Ray Casarez, MSW
Ray Casarez grew up in Union City, CA. He was raised by his grandparents and mother who was involved in a very physically and emotionally abusive relationship with his father until age 12. After his father left the picture, Ray began to be very involved with music and playing guitar in middle school after buying his first Rock CD and quickly developed a passion for what it meant to be a musician. After high school, Ray continued playing in a touring band that has traveled from coast to coast multiple times as well as putting out a CD release under a record label for international distribution.
Several years after High School, Ray was offered a job at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in Oakland, CA in 2008. Upon being hired, he served as a file clerk to the attorney staff in the records and archives division. Mr. Casarez was also sent down to Los Angeles for 2 weeks to assist as a witness transportation escort for the trial of People v. Johannes Mehserle for the 2009 shooting case of Oscar Grant. Ray currently works in the Investigative Division of the District Attorney’s Office, assisting the DA Inspector’s with court subpoena preparation and service, as well as helping direct incoming clientele with connection to prosecutors, victim resources, and case results.
Ray met Devon Gaster while completing his Domestic Violence Counselor Certification course and immediately reached out in showing interest with helping expand the organization. Ray enjoys spending his free time working out and producing music in his home studio.
Emma Craig graduated from Clark University with a BA in International Development & Social Change and a minor in Entrepreneurship. As a student she served as president of the anti-genocide coalition on campus and as an ambassador for the Admissions Program. She also had the honor to study and intern at Primeros Pasos, a comprehensive health clinic in Xela, Guatemala and in Accra, Ghana, where she conducted research on the gap between pediatric health care and the orphanage system in Accra, Ghana.
During her time in Massachusetts, she held a Rape Crisis Counselor Certificate and Domestic Violence Counselor Certificate, spending one year working as a domestic violence counselor and four years as a rape crisis counselor in hospital settings. Through her roles as a student, intern and advocate, she has served in crisis intervention, individual counseling, facilitating support groups, community networking and health education.
Emma is currently working as a writer. She also facilitates women’s groups, arts workshops and is self publishing an illustrated dating empowerment book, Dating Between the Lines, due to be released November, 2016. In her leisure time Emma loves to dance, write poetry and explore the beautiful city of Oakland.