Leadership Team

  • Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, Executive Director

    Esther has more than 25 years of non-profit and public sector experience in workforce and economic development, youth services, behavioral health and public policy and advocacy. In her recent position leading the County of Santa Clara Office of Women's Policy, she was an effective advocate for increased awareness, focus and funding to address domestic violence and other important issues including equal pay, worker rights, gender equity and addressing the needs of justice involved women and girls, leading efforts for the first gender analysis of women incarcerated at the jail level in the U.S. The outstanding work at the County earned such distinctions as the SVCN's Change Maker Award, The ERA Gender Justice Award, the California State Association of Counties Merit Award and an award from the National Association for Commissions of Women. Rewards and Recognitions: 2014 Woman of the Year, CA Assembly District 27, the East Side Civic Leadership Award, the DAWN Jenkins Moore Founders Award, and the MLK Association's Rosa Parks Award. She holds a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

  • Colsaria Henderson, Director of Programs

    Colsaria has worked towards ending violence against women and girls for since the 1990s. She has been in a management position for since 2008 at various Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault agencies in the Bay Area. She enjoys both direct service and macro level policy work. She is a graduate of the California Women’s Policy Institute sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of California and is currently a part of the Strong Field Domestic Violence Leadership Program. She began her service at Next Door Solutions in January, 2014.

  • Susan McInnis, Director of Finance and Operations

    Susan studied Business Administration at UC Berkeley, has experience in the non-profit field and previous experience in finance and software development since the early 2000s. She has volunteered for several girl’s agencies, including Friends for Youth and Girls for a Change. She has served on several non-profit boards as well, including the Alliance for Girls and Girls Middle School. She also started the after school program called Up On Top. She has been with Next Door Solutions since 2013.

  • Beth Williams, Director of Development

    Beth has worked in the non-profit sector since 1994 as a fundraiser earning her CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) in 2010.   Currently the Director of Development at Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, she had previously been the Chief Fund Development Officer at Rebekah Children's Services, Individual Gifts Officer with the VMC Foundation, Director of Development at Hospice of the Valley for 9 years and prior to that she worked for FamiliesFirst and the Law Foundation Silicon Valley. Beth is a member of the Silicon Valley Planned Giving Council and Association of Fundraising Professionals where she is serving a fourth term on the board.

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