Executive Biographies

 Dr. Michael Olenick, President & CEO

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Dr. Michael Olenick serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for CCRC.  A position held since 2004, his responsibilities include the oversight of all programs, projects and services provided by CCRC to over 50,000 children and families each month in a service area spanning 22,500 square miles.  In addition, he serves as President of Child Care Aware of America, the national association of child care resource and referral agencies by the organization's membership and is the immediate Past President of the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network (CCRRN).

Prior to his career with CCRC, Dr. Olenick spent nearly a decade consulting for a variety of public agencies and served as Senior Vice President of the California Community College Foundation where he developed child welfare and family development training programs and including a foster parent training program.  He has also served as the Chief of Emancipation for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (LADCFS).

Dr. Olenick’s dedication to the rights and welfare of children is equaled only by an unwavering commitment and respect for education.  He obtained his B.A. from the University of Illinois and then a master’s degree from the Erikson Institute.  After receiving his master’s degree, Dr. Olenick taught for several years at the Chicago Child Care Society in Hyde Park, Illinois.  He received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) upon completing his dissertation, "The Relationship between Child Care Quality and Selected Social Policy Variables".  He also taught child care policy at the university level and served as a public policy instructor for the California Association for the Education of Young Children Leadership Program.

Given his impressive track record, Dr. Olenick considers one of his greatest achievements to be the co-writing of Los Angeles County's Community Plan for Family Preservation in 1990.  His parents and family have played a significant role in the path he has chosen as an adult. His mother held a master's degree in Child Development and was a professor of Child Development for the Chicago Community College systems for over 25 years and his father was an accomplished musician.  Dr. Olenick understands the importance of care and security for children, not only as a professional in the field, but also as a dad.  Dr. Olenick and his wife are the proud parents of twin sons and a daughter.

For more than three decades, Dr. Olenick has served on numerous boards and committees at both the county and state level. Among these are: 

  • Valley Industry Commerce Association (VICA) Co-Chair Education Committee, 2005-2008; Board Member 2005-2011
  • Los Angeles Children’s Planning Council Family Resource Center Study, Advisor, 2001
  • California Senate Select Committee for Children, Youth and Families Mentoring Initiative, 2000-2001
  • California Department of Social Services Independent Living Strategic Planning Group, 1998-2000
  • California Department of Education Quality Improvement Task Force, 1998-2000
  • Los Angeles County Emancipation Oversight Task Force, 1995-2000
  • Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council, 1995-1997
  • Child Care Resource Center, Board of Directors, 1993-1998, Board President, 1995-97
  • Community College Foster Care Education State Advisory Committee, 1988-2001, Chair, 1993-1997
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Task Force on Children, Youth and Families, 1993-1995
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court Task Force on Foster Youth Emancipation, Chair, Education Attainment Work Group, 1993-1995
  • Los Angeles Educational Alliance for Restructuring Now, Council of Trustees, 1992
  • Los Angeles County Children's Commission Family Support and Family Preservation Policy Committee, 1991-2000
  • Foster Youth Connection of Los Angeles County, Board President,1989-1991
  • Employer Supported Child Care Subcommittee, Chair, 1984-1988
  • Los Angeles Mayor's Advisory Committee on Child Care, 1982-1990

 Ellen Cervantes, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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Ellen Cervantes brings many years of non-profit management and program experience to CCRC. As CCRC’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, she oversees the direct service work of the agency which includes CCRC’s three core businesses: Head Start, Child Care Financial Assistance, and Resource & Referral/Child Development as well as Property Management.  Ellen has been instrumental in securing grant funding for agency programs such as the School Readiness Initiative (SRI), Pacoima Careers Program and the Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) Hub.  Ellen was also the driving force behind CCRC’s recent implementation of Early Head Start, a program providing vital services to children ages 0-3 and a variety of grant projects including Reducing Obesity in Child Care Settings, countywide immunizations, and child care provider professional development. 

Ellen also oversees Social Enterprise at CCRC, which continues to make great strides since she introduced the program over five years ago. It is being used as a blueprint for other organizations trying to get their own enterprise projects off the ground and at First 5 where Ellen is very involved on Social Enterprise initiatives. Staff Development is another area that has benefited from Ellen’s direction and management’s involvement. The workshops and trainings offered reflect her passion for learning and bettering of one’s self. Ellen has a Masters in Social Work from UC Berkley and loves learning or as she would say "a day without learning, is a day wasted."

Ellen is currently serving on First 5’s Best Start LA Workforce Development Project, an initiative focused on creating a workforce that can best support the county's prenatal-through-3 population.  She also serves on the Governing Board for the County’s Early Identification and Intervention Collaborative (EII), a county-wide collaboration dedicated to improving and expanding timely identification of, and intervention for, children with or at risk of delays, disabilities and other barriers of development.

Ellen became a social worker to make the world a better place.  She is active in her community, lends her time as a volunteer and serves as Vice President of Education for her Synagogue.  Ellen and her husband have two daughters who they couldn’t be more proud of – one a recent graduate of UNLV’s School of Hospitality Management and the other graduated from the Exotic Animal Management & Training program at Moorpark College.  Ellen believes balance is the key to being at your best.  For her, it is a balance of family, synagogue, work and health.

A snapshot of Ellen’s professional experience:

  • Vice President, Child Care Resource Center, 2002-Present
  • Program Staff, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, 2001-2002
  • Senior Consultant, Levenberg Consulting Group, 1998-Present
  • Assistant Executive Director, Bernard Weinger Jewish Community Center, Northbrook, 1996-1998
  • Supervisor, Center for Applied Gerontology, Council for Jewish Elderly, Chicago, 1995
  • Family Life Educator, Living at Home Program, Council for Jewish Elderly, Evanston, 1987-1990
  • Family Life Educator, Jewish Family and Community Service, Chicago, 1985-1987
  • Director of Admissions, Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Chicago, 1982
  • Executive Director, Jewish Community Center, Berkeley, 1979-1982
  • Adult & Children’s Program Manager Jewish Community Centers of San Francisco, 1977-1979
  • Masters in Social Work, University of California – Berkeley, 1977
  • Bachelors in Social Work, University of Illinois – Urbana, 1973

 Rick Roberts, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

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Rick Roberts is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for CCRC and brings many years of technology experience in the application and system software area as well as system hardware areas. 

Rick’s responsibilities include evaluation, implementation, maintenance and technical support of all software and hardware systems, database management, oversight of day-to-day operations and facilities for 17 CCRC locations, and the implementation of CCRC’s full service Business Center.

Prior to joining CCRC, Rick was the Director of Customer Support of the Manufacturing Application Software Business Unit for the second largest software systems developer in the world.  Rick has a B.S. in Computer Science/Business from the University of Cincinnati.  Rick stays busy with two daughters and eight grandsons.


Denise Trinh, Chief Financial Officer

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As CCRC’s Chief Financial Officer, Denise Trinh is responsible for overseeing all segments and functions of the Finance Division, including financial reporting, general accounting, and purchasing.  As a member of CCRC’s leadership team, she contributes to the overall organizational planning, policy development and implementation.  

Denise brings over 15 years of nonprofit accounting and tax experience.  Before joining CCRC, she served as Controller for the California Community Foundation, a national leading community foundation that stewards more than $1 billion in assets for their donors.  She also worked in public accounting for a regional firm that specialized in audits of and tax services for nonprofits.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and is a member of the AICPA and the California Society of CPAs.


Shirley Cameron, Vice President of Human Resources

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As the Vide President of Human Resources of Child Care Resource Center, Shirley Cameron is responsible for managing the human resource function for 500 employees in 19 locations. Reporting to the CEO and, as a member of the Executive Management Team, Shirley leads the strategic direction and execution of all Human Resource functions including organizational development, employee relations, staffing, training, benefits, budget, safety/workers compensation, and employee records

Over the course of a 23-year career in Human Resources, Shirley has been a member of the Senior Management Team and has led the Human Resource function for medium-sized privately held companies, large publicly traded corporations and nonprofit organizations. She has demonstrated success in developing HR strategies that support organizational goals while evaluating risk and complying with employment laws. Her areas of expertise include Performance Management, Business Acquisitions, Management Coaching, Organizational Development, Business Integration, Change Management, Employee Relations, and Benefits Management. Shirley acquired a B.A. in Child Development from the California State University of Northridge.

 

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