Sister Estela Morales
Sister Estela Morales, MSW, began working for Epiphany Center in 1989 and has been the Executive Director since 2008. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University, she brings 30 years of supervisory experience in social service agencies to the program. Prior to her time as Executive Director, she directed day care for young children as well as residential programs for young children and adolescents. She has 18 years of experience working with special needs infants and their parents and served on a primary health care project in Lima, Peru. She also worked with migrant workers in central California and is bilingual Spanish.
Deborah L. White
In-Home Services Program Director
Deborah L. White has served as Program Coordinator of Epiphany Center’s In-Home Services programs since 2008 and as Program Director since 2014. She has 12 years of experience in nonprofit social services and proven effectiveness in the management of prevention and early intervention programs for at-risk families. Deborah graduated with honors from Holy Names University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. She is a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology.
Director of Adult Services
Suzi Desmond, M.S. joined Epiphany Center in 2014 in the capacity of Adult Services Program Director. Suzi has a Master’s of Science Degree in counseling with significant coursework in psychotherapy, research psychology and criminal justice. Suzi’s professional experience includes working with highly complex, co-occurring cases involving substance abuse and mental health disorders. She has worked with this population in London, England as well as throughout Northern and Southern California.
Prior to joining Epiphany Center, Suzi was the Program Director of SVdP’s San Mateo County’s Catherine’s Center. While at Catherine’s Center, Suzi presented ongoing written and oral presentations addressing the transformative goals of the Center’s holistic and spiritually based Restorative Justice Program. She also presented at a National Symposium addressing issues of recidivism and preventive strategies targeted at reducing recidivism rates. Suzi recently served as an expert panelist on Human Trafficking in the Bay Area. She has also contributed to a recently published work on the importance of recovery programs for those struggling with addiction.
Director of Fund Development
Mary Rhoades has over 15 years of leadership and executive experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sector. Mary joined Epiphany Center in 2014 as the Director of Fund Development. She has worked extensively in nonprofit including leadership positions at Schools of the Sacred Heart (Director of Advancement) and Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (Director of Development). Before entering the nonprofit sector, Mary worked in corporate accounting and management. Mary is an organization, fund development professional with extensive experience in fundraising, event management, branding, strategic planning and marketing. Mary is an avid swimmer and has a great passion for social justice and Epiphany’s mission. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Director of Human Resources
Diane Sutton brings over 15 years of human resources, benefits and payroll experience working with companies in the retail, printing, public relations and solar industries. Diane has managed human resources for employees located in several states and global locations such as India, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Panama and Brazil. Diane graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is affiliated with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). Diane also serves on the board of directors for a faith-based non-profit in Oakland, California.