Cajetan Luna, MA, Executive Director
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2000
Cajetan has worked in HIV/AIDS research and services for over 20 years, starting at the Department of Epidemiology and International Health at UC San Francisco. His main NIMH/NIDA research focused on homeless youth and AIDS with extensive work in major cities across the USA and Latin America. He has collaborated on projects focused on HIV/AIDS and adolescent health in Brazil, El Salvador, and Thailand. His publications include works on HIV/AIDS in youth, AIDS and sexuality, sex work, behavioral interventions, HIV/AIDS policy, and the graffiti of homeless populations. He has consulted for UCLA, Columbia University, and the Pan American and World Health Organizations among others. Over his career, he has served as Executive Director for community-based HIV/AIDS agencies in the San Joaquin, Monterey, and Santa Clara Counties of California, where he developed services and targeted interventions for migrant farm workers, gay youth, and incarcerated populations.
Oisin O'Shaughnessy, MPH, Director, Education and Research
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2020
Oisin is committed to building upon his academic and professional experiences to inform new societal responses to disenfranchisement and incarceration. Pursuing evolving perspectives, his CHJ focus includes strategic planning and development of social, scalable, and mobile tools that maximize impact.
John Carlos Fabian, Prevention Services Director
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2040
John-Carlos has been an active advocate for disease prevention and health education for over 20 years. His journey began in 1992 when he joined the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Mobile HIV/STD Testing Unit as a health educator and HIV counselor. Other projects he has worked on include joining the AIDS Service Center’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Team, providing supplemental food assistance to low-income clients, substance abuse counseling, case management, and risk-reduction services to various disenfranchised populations. With CHJ, John-Carlos manages the quality and coordination of the agency's in-custody services. He also continues to provide individual and group level counseling on harm-reduction to individuals incarcerated in the LA County Jail System.
Ronnie Osorio, Special Projects and Finance Director
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2030
Ron received a visit from CHJ in 1999 while incarcerated. He was having problems participating in certain programs due to living with HIV. Upon his release in 2000, he went directly to CHJ to volunteer. In a few months, he became an employee and soon designed and implemented the RARE (Re-Adjustment & Re Entry) program for CHJ's post-incarcerated clients. He was eventually promoted to Special Projects Director to help clients with the numerous issues they face while reintegrating back in their community after being released. One of CHJ's goals is to reduce recidivism, but Ron's personnel goal for CHJ's clients is to ELIMINATE recidivism. Ron is also an active member, as the Prisoner Advocate, for the Los Angeles County Public Health Department Institutional Review Board.
Maria Ueligitone, Transitional Case Manager
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2220
Maria has extensive experience as a substance use counselor, case manager, health educator, and reentry professional. She began as a volunteer with L.A. Shanti as tech support during the Women’s Positive Living seminars providing education, resource information, and support for female participants. She has also worked with various Long Beach and Los Angeles based HIV service agencies. During this time, Maria enrolled into the LBCC Human Services Program learning how to better provide guided linkages to care and other community resources. Maria was hired on at the CDU Mobile Testing and Counseling Program which greatly added to her experience in the HIV helping field. Upon joining CHJ, Maria has focused on providing treatment planning services and referrals to appropriate levels of care for incarcerated and recently released clients. She considers herself a bridge between her clients and resources in their communities and neighborhoods. It is her goal to help her clients and others to understand the importance of self-care and adherence to treatments.
Xena Montoya, MA(c) Media Coordinator
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2160
Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University, and holding a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts and Visual Communication from New Mexico Highlands University, Xena has taken the lead on designing CHJ’s website, social media pages, and printed materials. Xena has worked in correctional health and social justice since 2012. Her work has included logo and marketing material development for Brown and Gallegos Law Firm, and for the Campus Violence Prevention Program. Initiatives she has taken on include, but are not limited to: stalking awareness, suicide prevention and awareness, domestic violence prevention, healthy dating, and consent. She uses her education and experience to create media that influences positive social change. Xena envisions CHJ having an entire media department one day, expanding CHJ's print and digital reach, and promoting positive change through the use of static, mobile, and interactive media.
Niharika Saxena, MPH, Analytics Coordinator
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2180
Niharika is committed to working with and within underserved communities to tackle health disparities and inequalities, and dedicated to helping empower communities impacted by incarceration. As an undergraduate student at UC Riverside, she mentored students from low-income neighborhoods and developed a sexual violence prevention project. As a graduate student at Claremont Graduate University and an MPH intern at CHJ, she helped plan, develop and, build the capacity of CHJ programs serving people impacted by incarceration. In her work with CHJ, she hopes to translate her academic experience into professional efforts that have a positive impact on people who have experienced incarceration, and their loved ones. In particular, she aims to help expand the CHJ Team’s capacity to help individuals and communities cope with trauma.
Stacey Urauchi, Wellness Specialist
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2130
Stacey is passionate about ensuring quality healthcare for all. She serves as a Health Educator and Risk-Reduction Specialist with CHJ, providing health education, reentry counseling, and resource connection for clients transitioning out of correctional custody environments and back into their neighborhoods. In her previous positions, Stacey designed and implemented programs addressing the health needs of various vulnerable populations throughout Santa Clara County. She received a BS in Pre-Medical Public Health Sciences from Santa Clara University where she served as a peer health educator and was part of a select group of students studying the introduction of violence into the public health framework. She has conducted research analyzing the issues of mass incarceration and exorbitant rates of recidivism in the prison-industrial complex, as well as health inequality in areas of socioeconomic disparities.
Danielle Dyer, MA, Reentry Counselor
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2150
Danielle is dedicated to working with people impacted by incarceration and substance abuse, with the goal of assisting her clients with rehabilitation and post-release success. She has experience working at an inpatient facility for teens experiencing substance abuse and mental health challenges, and has also worked with formerly incarcerated adults, providing substance abuse counseling and vocational rehab services. Danielle holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. She hopes to use her education and experience to help support the substance use and mental health needs of CHJ clients and educate them about available resources in an overall effort to drastically reduce recidivism.
Gia Olaes, Trans Responsiveness Coordinator
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2120
Actively creating change in the Trans Community and maintaining/updating policy, Gia is a part of the Transgender Service Provider Network and the Transgender Advisory Council. Her plan is to help mobilize the Trans Movement and work towards California being a model State which the rest of the country can emulate. For Gia, focus on individual clients and proper Gender Affirming care is of the utmost importance. Along with a background in care for foster children, Alzheimer's patients, and Trans Identifying people, Gia is additionally involved with the Trans Chorus of LA and continues to support Trans Art with an emphasis on Taking Back Our Power.
Gilbert Cercas, Reentry Counselor
(213) 229-0985 Ext: 2110
Gilbert’s life mission is to help and serve people experiencing physical, intellectual, emotional, economic, and social disadvantages. He has been working with CBOs serving youth since 2011, working within schools in low-income neighborhoods to provide youth with fun and user-friendly educational experiences. Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services, with a minor in Psychology. He believes educating youth about health, identity, and wellness has a great impact on our society.