Founder and CEO
Chief Financial Officer
Director of Education
Director of Family Support Services
Director of Housing Services
Director of Business Development
Director of Behavioral Health & Internship Coordinator
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 Director of Education, Wil is responsible for guiding infrastructure and development of the Imani Village School Linked Services (SLS) Program. The program works to improve the overall academic success and well-being of students of African ancestry. Students receive educational support services at school and community sites. The program also works with their families to ensure students are prepared for college or other higher educational learning experiences.
Wil brings over 18 years of motivational leadership experience in both the educational and non-profit field. He is a published author and an international motivational speaker. Wil worked for Unity Care early in his career as a Program Manager. He has been an advocate for youth and their educational experiences for many years. He holds a Master’s in Education Counseling and Student Personnel and a Bachelor’s in Sociology, both from San Jose State University.
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.
As the Director of Housing Services, Rodney oversees all of Unity Care’s Housing Continuum, which includes the Welcome Center (Intake), Residential Treatment homes, TAY (Transition Age Youth) programs and Affordable Housing programs (Unity Place I and II). Rodney will guide the planning, acquisition, construction and/or program development of new supportive housing options. Additionally, Rodney will focus on the development of infrastructure, training program wide, and increasing the efficiency of program procedures and processes.
Rodney brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit field. He recently served 17 years as the Executive Director of Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments based in Fremont, CA. He holds a Masters in Counseling from San Francisco State University and Bachelors in Psychology from Pomona College.
As the acting Director of Business Development, Rick is responsible for overseeing the Development Department and driving the agency’s fund raising strategies. His priority is to expand the agency’s current fundraising efforts to align with the new strategic plan.
Rick brings a wealth of knowledge with over 20 years of solid leadership experience at Silicon Valley tech companies building successful alliances, business development and sales. Most recently he served as the Global Partner Solutions Manager for VMWare. He holds a MBA from CSU Sacramento and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. In his spare time, Rick is active in the community and currently is the President of the San Jose graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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. Previously, he served as the 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.