Our Staff



Director of CWC Programs

Joanne Bell joined the staff of Citizens Who Care as Executive Director on February 1, 2010. She has helped guide and grow nonprofit organizations in Yolo County for many years and formerly served as executive director of the Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, the Woodland United Way, and the Heidrick Ag History Center. She was also the Yolo County Regional Director of the California Capital Region United Way. Joanne and her husband are residents of Woodland.



cheri kerr


Administrative Assistant

Cheri Kerr joined the staff of Citizens Who Care in 2004. Cheri has had years of experience in the non-profit sector having worked for Yolo Hospice prior to coming to Citizens Who Care. Cheri, who grew up and lives in Woodland, has two grown boys and two grandsons. In her spare time, Cheri enjoys reading, watching movies and gardening.



Ellie Slaven  

Volunteer Coordinator

Ellie Slaven joined the staff of Citizens Who Care in 1997 working as the Volunteer Director for the Woodland Convalescent Hospital Visiting Program. Her position evolved into managing all of CWC's program volunteers. Volunteer work has been a big part of her life. In 1990, after reading about toy libraries in Parents Magazine, Ellie proposed establishing one in Woodland to a mothers group she was involved with - FEMALE. She was an instrumental part of getting the Woodland Toy Library up and running. She volunteered extensively with her children's schools and their sports teams. She continues to volunteer when she can. Ellie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, exercising, and is passionate about basketball - Go Kings!


Nurse Case Manager

Stephanie Koop joined the staff of Citizens Who Care in 2015. She is a northern California native and 22-year resident of Davis. Stephanie received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Chicago. Her early nursing career included medical-surgical nursing in Chicago, Woodland, and Davis. Following that, she worked for a few years in home health nursing and as a case manager at Sutter Davis Visiting Nurses Association where she saw clients all over Yolo County. Additionally, she worked as a per diem nurse in Sacramento County before putting her nursing career on hold while raising her two children. During the past 18 years, while her children were growing up, she kept busy swimming with Davis Aquatic Masters, gardening, raising chickens, biking, walking, and traveling. Stephanie believes her job with Citizens Who Care is a good match for her with her home health background, her deep roots in Davis, and the aging of her own parents and in-laws.




Social Services Case Manager

Hiroko Sugitani spent the summer of 2018 at Yolo Hospice as a social work intern. She has now returned as a social services case manager working with the Citizens Who Care programs. She has previously worked in realty and investment, and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work Degree (expected August 2019) with California State University, Stanislaus. She is also a hospice volunteer with UC Davis.




Saturday Club Program Coordinator

Hiyasmin Espiritu joined the staff of Citizens Who Care in 2013. Hiyasmin has passion and enthusiasm for the elderly and caregivers and it shows in her work. "Working for Citizen Who Care, is a blessing. My heart truly lies in providing individuals with encouragement, support, and wisdom to live a life to the fullest. I enjoy the opportunity to impact clients' lives and make a difference to them." Volunteer work has always been a part of Hiyasmin's life in some form or another such as volunteering at her son's school, and serving dinner to the less fortunate. Hiyasmin resides in Dixon with her son. In her free time, she enjoys photography.

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