Founder and CEO
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Operations Officer (COO)
Director of Family Support Services
Director of Behavioral Health & Internship Coordinator
Clinical Program Manager: TBS and Residential Mental Health Services
In 1992, while working as a National Director of Sales and disheartened by the lack of other minorities in the technology field, André Chapman founded The Unity Care Group, Inc. to develop educational and social programs designed to enrich the lives of under served youth.
Having earned a BS in Business, a Masters in Organization Management and a Certificate of Completion, Harvard Business School, Strategic Perspectives on Non-Profit Management, Mr. Chapman has worked vigorously to bridge the foster care divide at local and state levels. He addresses the over representation of minorities in the foster care system. Mr. Chapman has received both local and national acclaim for his dedication and innovation programs. His recognitions have included: “Award for Excellence” by Wells Fargo; “Grand Hero” by Bob Dole and the Avanti Foundation Magic Ceremony; “Partner of the Decade” by the City of San Jose Department of Housing; “Nonprofit of the Year” presented by 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley, 55th Annual Freedom and Friendship Gala “Circle of Friends” Award by San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP, “From Whence They Came” Award by the Allstate Insurance Company, “Evelyn T. Robinson Outstanding African American Alumnus” Award by San Jose State University, “Commendation” by the City of San Jose, “Human Relations, Board of Supervisors Award” by the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations.
Unity Care is celebrating a monumental milestone, its 20th Anniversary, and since its inception the agency has aggressively expanded its core services and has made a significant impact upon those communities as a youth and family development agency. The agency services 3,500 youth and families each year, with special emphasis on Foster Care Youth. Today, its programs stretch among four counties (Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Placer Counties) employing over 170 staff.
Mr. Chapman’s personal mission is to make a positive impact on young adults by providing opportunities (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) that will enhance their lives and teach them how to become productive citizens in our society. Mr. Chapman serves on a variety of local, County and State Boards and Commissions furthering his passion for serving youth.
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Gary Rummelhoff brings 36 years of executive multi-industry experience, including a variety of leadership positions for multi-million dollar non-profit, government and corporate organizations. He holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business and a BS/BA from University of Missouri, Columbia, College of Business. Gary was a CFO of the Year 2010 Finalist, San Jose Silicon Valley Business Journal.
As CFO, Gary will manage the finance team and oversee all financial functions for the agency. Additionally, he will oversee the Human Resources, IT and Facilities departments. Gary’s proven leadership skills and financial expertise will ensure the organization maintains and implements sound fiscal policies, as well as long term financial health, positive outcomes and sustainability.
As the COO, Shellee provides direct supervision to the agency’s housing, mental health and community-based programs. Additionally, she leads the strategic and operational implementation of the agency’s programs and services to ensure efficiency and exceptional outcomes.
A natural leader, Shellee brings over 20 years of expertise in business and revenue development within the Residential and Mental Health industries. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director and Chief Compliance Officer at The Sequoia Center. Shellee’s proven operational success comes from her ability to collaborate and maximize organizational efficiencies.
Tayesa oversees the agency’s family support services, which aims to help children and families in crisis. Programs include: Odyssey (Wraparound), Nia Project (Differential Response), Parent Advocate Services (PAS) and Resource and Advocacy Support Services (RASS).
Tayesa brings 20 years of experience supporting children and families in clinical and community settings. A strong leader and motivator, she’s held numerous management positions. Prior to joining Unity Care, she served as the Associate Director at EMQ FamiliesFirst where she increased program efficiencies, procedures and processes. She holds an MPA from San Jose State University.
Randall Ramírez brings over thirty (30) years of experience treating children, adolescents and families impacted by a wide range of emotional disorders, health related illnesses and environmental stress. He served for nine (9) years as Clinical Director for Rebekah’s Children Services. In addition, he served six (6) years on faculty at the School of Social Work, San José State University, where he lectured on a variety of subjects including psycho-pharmacology, adolescent development, cultural competency and health/mental health policy. Mr. Ramírez holds a Bachelor’s from Loyola University and a Masters in Social Work from University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). Randall is bilingual / Spanish-speaking.
As the Director of Behavioral Health and Internship Coordinator, Mr. Ramírez will ensure quality, and service delivery of Unity Care’s Outpatient Mental Health Clinic and Resource and Advocacy Support Services programs as well as manage the agency’s Community-based Behavioral Health Internship program. In addition, he will lead the continued expansion of the agency’s evidence-based practices, clinical services and transcultural practice models. Finally, he will continue to build strong partnerships with local community organizations, county departments and universities.
Mr. Ramírez is also an adoptive father of children with special needs and provides parent-to-parent support and psychoeducation to foster and adoptive parents. He maintains a small child and adolescent practice at Discovery Counseling Center in Morgan Hill.
Michèle is responsible for overseeing the agency’s compliance, risk management, contracts, grants, quality assurance and policies and procedures. Michèle has an extensive background in research and experience providing clinical services in individual and group therapy settings and clinical supervision. Michèle holds a PhD in Educational Evaluation and is an LCSW.
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Jennifer provides clinical supervision and oversight to the agency’s Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) and residential mental health teams as well as oversees program development and growth. In addition, she is co-facilitating the Residential Re-design and also supports the development and implementation of mental health services for THP-Plus Foster-Care youth.
Jennifer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and holds an MS in Psychology from Cal Poly University. She has 10 years of experience providing mental health services to foster-youth, at-risk youth, and domestic violence victims. Areas of interest and training include: working with traumatized youth, attachment, and expressive arts therapy.