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Meet the Coaches

“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

Russell Degnan: CEO 

“The only person you should strive to be better than, is the person you were yesterday” ~Matty Mullins

Russell Degnan is a passionate change maker who has followed in the footsteps of his father (Bill Degnan), the founder of Operation New Hope.

1996 he began his career journey as a group counselor assigned to ONH’s contract with Riverside County’s Diversion and Los Angeles County Juvenile Parole. Assuming the Executive Director role in 2009 his goal was to elevate ONH from a successful “mom and pop” non-profit in to a thriving key-stakeholder in the communities they served.

2009 he set out a vision to establish a Youth Opportunity Center for the disadvantaged youth ONH served. The goal was to increase the success rate of those classified as “dropouts” throughout San Bernardino County by providing our Evidence Based Practice of case management, educational opportunities, leadership development, and career pathway programs. With these supportive services, he was confident that ONH would assist San Bernardino County in achieving more success with the TAY youth (Foster Youth, Teen Parents, Homeless, Mental Health, and those experiencing the Judicial System).  

2010, He would lead the formation of a successful collaboration to create two Youth Opportunity Centers to provide meaningful life skill resources for disadvantaged youth. As a result, ONH has been able to stimulate, sustain and engage “dropout” youth into comprehensive services in San Bernardino County.

Since the opening of the Youth Opportunity Centers; 3135 students have successfully completed ONH’s Career Pathway Program, 411 have graduated with an accredited high school diploma, with 83% entering in to employment, and or enrolled in to higher education or a technical schools.

Ultimately Russell’s passion is to provide underserved youth who have been expected to be the failures in society a place where they experience genuine love, hope, and opportunities to succeed in life. Weekly you will find him in the community encouraging youth to handle their business, actively engaging community leaders, and or developing community partnerships to help empower his beloved students he has devoted his entire life to serve. Mr. Degnan is one of the most loyal and sincere voices for our under-served youth.

Tasha Nichole: Program Manager – Violence Intervention Prevention Specialist
“To be a living testimony showing others that our past struggles were meant to provide us with the knowledge and life skills to transform from Victims to Victors.” ~ Tasha Nichole

I began working with High Risk youth and adults in 2008 through a Gang intervention and substance abuse program in which I was able to learn more about how my own life experiences had played a part in my personal decisions and at that time I realized that my past was designed to develop me into the woman I had become. I soon learned what my purpose was and that helped me develop my passion for helping others who had experienced some of the traumas and daily events that I had experienced growing up in the inner city. 
 
Working in a field in which I provide services to others provides me with a daily reminder of how precious time is and how much of an impact our interactions with others can sometimes determine their next decision and or action. I was considered a high risk youth and participated in many of the negative activities that led to making bad decisions and brought on unwanted consequences. My lifestyle change did not take place overnight , however I was blessed when I met a mentor who showed me that she believed in me and although it took years to make a sincere change; She planted a seed. I now make it my passion to plant seeds in the adults and youth that I encounter either by way of work and or in the community.
 
Having the opportunity to work here at Operation New Hope provides me with the opportunities to continue planting seeds in the youth while fulfilling my purpose through my passion for helping my community. I believe that life is a journey and a daily opportunity for learning so I appreciate working for an agency who allows me to fulfill my purpose and the opportunity to continue to grown personally and professionally. 

Anthony Flores: Violence Intervention Prevention Case Manager – Life skills Coach

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Mark Otelle: Violence Intervention Prevention Case Manager – Life skills Coach

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Kyle Jenkins: Violence Intervention Prevention Case Manager – Life skills coach

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Adrianna Jaimes – Probation Manager – Life skills – Cognitive Life skills Specialist

“The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant

I have been youth developer for 4 years. What I enjoy most about teaching our Youth Reinvestment Program is seeing my students on a beautiful Saturday morning. My students come ready to participate and become leaders of our community. We grow and learn how to be aware of emotions and learn how to positively respond to our emotions.

One of my favorite piece of working with our youth is assisting and mentoring them as they Build a Roadmap to Success. A Roadmap to Success has a huge impact on my students because they are finding their strengths, passions, and planning how they will achieve their own success.

Working with youth has impacted my life in a beautiful way; not only am I teaching the youth, but the youth are teaching and showing me that when life knocks you down you will always stay on top. I enjoy bringing awareness to the students their gifts and talents that they didn’t realize were inside of them. The youth of San Bernardino are STRONG, BEAUTIFUL & GIFTED. This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my students, “If life doesn’t go your way, then make it.” – Seth 

I am a dog mom to a beautiful dog named Stella. I like to travel and learn new experiences. One of my favorite hobbies is to joke around and always lighten up the mood wherever I am at. I enjoy finding new foods and restaurants to try. I’ve always shown leadership in my life because I wanted to make sure I had an impact on whoever came in my life. One of my biggest blessings is my FAMILY, they have always showed me support and always told me to reach for the stars and never give up on myself. PERIOD!!!

Summerly Sanchez – Administrative Assistance – Media Arts Specialist 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~Romans 12:2

I was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA. I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. My husband and I started Etrnl Life church out of Operation New Hope in 2019. My family and I enjoy doing art and music together. We also enjoy outdoors and trying new restaurants and food. We do our best to share the love of God with everyone we encounter. My whole life revolves around my family.

I have my B.A. in Visual Communications and I utilize my education in all areas of business. I enjoy using my gifts and talents to help those around me. I do my best to uplift others and encourage them to grow as an individual. Life is rough and everyone can use some encouragement. 
 
Growing up in the area I am familiar with the needs of the community. I have a heart for all people and enjoy meeting people where they are at and accepting them for who they are. I have compassion and drive to see the best out of situations and people and to always encourage growth in their lives. My life is a living testimony for overcoming common obstacles in our community. 
 
Operation New Hope is a comfortable place to be uncomfortable for EVERYONE. Growth begins where comfort ends!

Charles Short: Prison to Employment Manager

“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loves me and gave Himself up for me.” ~ Galatians 2:20, LSB

Charles is a recent addition to Operation New Hope staff. He has come on-board after working for several years in the non-profit industry, mainly faith based. He has helped to manage men’s discipleship homes/rehabilitation centers. He has also assisted in food distribution and community outreach. This experience has qualified him for our Prison-to-Employment/Warm Handoff case manager position.

Charles has felt the weight and pain of making many poor decisions in life. Though he did not grow up in a broken home per se, he created a great deal of havoc in his home life. He chose a path of destructive behavior and dark influence. At 25 years old, he finally had an epiphany that awoke him from his depraved ways; as he would confess, “God literally broke through into my life, and that was the first time I knew that Jesus is real.” An unexplainable peace overtook him, and his desires were changed in a moment. This began the road of healing for his life and genuine character started to manifest. Through this process, he developed a heart of deep compassion and love for others, especially those in afflicted conditions. He has a passion in life to see others brought to health and renewed in hope.

Currently, Charles is enrolled at Crafton Hills College, looking to complete all of his general education requirements before transferring to the university of his choice, The Master’s University. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA thus far and looks forward to pursuing a career in ministry. There will be a great deal of work necessary to obtain a degree in Biblical Studies, but he is ambitious and up for the challenge. He plans on using this degree to further influence his own life and behavior, and thereby utilize his transformative experience as a means to educate and infect the lives he encounters in this field.

All in all, Charles is grateful to be a part of the work at Operation New Hope.  He looks forward to opportunities offered in this organization and understanding how he can appropriately contribute to ONH’s flourishment. He is ready to embrace this new season of life and become a righteous community influencer. S.D.G.

Alden Jackson: Prison to Employment Case Manager – Probation Life skills Coach 

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Yvon Mignogue: WIOA Manager

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Patricia Luevano: WIOA Case Manager

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Ronda Lopez: WIOA Case Manager

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Jerry Sifontes – Community Service Manager

“Hasta la victoria siempre” “Ever onward to victory” ~ Ernesto “CHE” Guevara.

I was born in El Salvador, I began my jouney in the United States at the age of 11 years old, growing up in North Hollywood. Today my drive are my two boys, living to make their life better than I had. I enjoy all generes of music, sports (My Dodgers and My Lakers), sea food, and helping the community.
 
My role is managing our Healthy Eats and Love Food Outreach Program, my duties are to manage our logistic and community outreach team. I am produ of our H.E.A.L program where we distribute and provide food for a minimum of 500 families in need each week. 

Kaylee Madrigal: Career Pathway L4L Manager

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston S. Churchill

I was born in San Bernardino, CA and after moving around when I was younger I found my way back. I have been working with Operation New Hope for three months and have been working as a career pathways coach at Alta Vista Innovation. I have an associates degree in Psychology and Liberal Arts. I am currently working towards getting my Bachelors degree in Psychology as well as a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. 
 
I believe that in order to see positive change in our community, we need to begin with the youth. By assisting the youth, we are able to not only help them but their families as well. This is where we are truly able to see the positive change. 

Aryana De La Torre: Career Pathway Coach

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist” ~ Dom Helder Camara 
I am a 2019/2020 alumni of the Youth Reinvestment Program. I have seen firsthand how influential this curriculum and staff can be.  Provided the opportunity to showcase my leadership qualities and passion to give back to the community I was granted the opportunity to be an interictal staff member of our Healthy Eats and Love Food program.  
 
As a practicing Catholic, this line of work is a constant blessing, which affords me many opportunities to serve God, my community, and affirm my faith.  I value the power of knowledge and I am passionate about politics and being active change maker in the social justice movement. 
 
I am from Boyle Heights and I am a faithful Dodger Fan.  I love various types of music some of my favorites are rock, classical, reggaetón, and rap. On my free time you find me reading and visiting museums. 
Desiree Acosta: Career Pathway Coach 
Love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, SELF CONTROL ~ Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22

My name is Desiree Acosta I have been a Career Pathways Coach.
I am pursuing my Human Service Associates Degree at San Bernardino. My passion is to give back and 
serve my community. Walking with faith, Patiences, and a gentle touch of Love can go a long way, my experience it will bring Joy, Peace to the current situation, 
I am a living testimony to understand how those tools can actually make a difference if we have self control and not dwell in the past and with faith that the future can change. 

 

 

Kaylee Frost: Careeer Pathway Coach

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Thomas Webber: Career Pathway Coach

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