Board of Directors


Kurt Michielssen ~ Board Chair


 I first learned of St. Joseph’s in 2001 when David joined Rotary.  Since then, I have watched it grow as a non-profit serving the needy of Gilroy and the South Santa Clara Valley.  Over the years, I‘ve donated to St. Joseph’s and hoped to do more to help.  When David called and asked if I would be willing to serve on the Board, it was a no brainer.  This is a great opportunity to give back to Gilroy.



 Deacon Steve Herrera ~ Religious Studies Teacher

~ Board Vice Chair


It is my privilege to work with St Joseph’s

Family Center to address the pressing needs

in and around Gilroy. St Joseph’s is

providing vital services and promoting the well-being of all

community members, and I am honored to be able to work with

such a fine organization committed to the daily needs of low-

income families and promoting long-term solutions to poverty.



Linda Williams ~ Secretary


I feel very privileged to be on the board of St. Joseph’s Family Center. This organization accomplishes so much that serves the people of Gilroy, whether filling a temporary need or responding to a crisis. All are welcome at St. Joseph’s, and all are assured of friendly and respectful attention. Our small town generosity in supporting this highly effective agency has always been inspirational to me. Now, as a board member, I have a greater opportunity to participate in the plans and goals of the Center. Great things are in our future!



 Debra Mercado ~ Treasurer



Gwyneth Sauceda



David Cox ~ Executive Director


St. Joseph’s Family Center, and myself, are blessed with a very dedicated staff and legion of volunteers who help make our mission successful.  I joined St. Joseph’s Family Center 17 years ago in order to create impact and steer a local non-profit into the new millennium. Working with a small, but deeply respected, agency allows me to leave a footprint, not only for those we serve, but in the community as well. The community defines itself by making everything we do possible.



Jorge Arevalo ~ Lived Experience




Emeritus Board


Our Emeritus Board is comprised of past board members who want to stay involved in advising the current Board of Directors and staff.


Rachel Perez                                     Rochelle Woodward 

Jim Habing                                        Linda Ramirez

Joanne Kraemer

“So many times you feel helpless on what to do to help others, volunteering and donating to SJFC makes me feel less helpless and that I am making a difference in someone else’s life.”~ Cindy

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