Kathleen brings more than two decades of non-profit social service leadership experience to Operation HOPE-Vista. She is a trained Art Historian, and began her career at the at the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. After making the switch to social service work, she began a long career in fundraising raising $23+ million dollars over 15 years for agencies serving the homeless, special needs populations, and domestic violence survivors. As Executive Director of a Domestic Violence agency in Illinois, Kathleen served as a board member of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, was a governor-appointed member of the Illinois Domestic Violence Advisory Council, and led the campaign to introduce accountability standards for judges hearing domestic violence cases in the state of Illinois. Her passion for advocacy and serving as a voice for those without is an important addition to the team at Operation HOPE-Vista.
Lizeth Ma, MS LMFT #103880
Director of Programs
Lizeth Ma, born and raised in sunny San Diego, she received her Masters Degree in Counseling, Marriage, and Family Therapy in 2010. She worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs main hospital in La Jolla for 5 years. She also served as Director of Social Services at the LifeSTEPS educational and social support program for resident of low-income housing projects. For the last seven years she was on the staff of the Kickstart Program of Providence Community Services, whoch serves clients who suffer from early warning signs of psychosis and bipolar disorder. Lizeth Ma provided treatment and early intervention for clients endorsing symptoms of psychosis and providing psychoeducation to family members and community partners. Kickstart was an early-adopter of the PIER Model Program.
Mrs. Ma's exemplary work in Multifamily Psychoeducation Groups (MFG) at Kickstart led to an invitation to join the PTI training faculty, where she completed the train-the-trainer process and is now a member of the Senior Faculty. Lizeth Ma is the only Spanish speaking female trainer on staff. Mrs. Ma has supervised 5 sites in California that have adopted PIER Model as treatment modality. Lizeth Ma has been guest faculty at SDSU for the psychology and sociology classes for the past two years. She also has a private practice in La Jolla where she treats children and families. Mrs. Ma is CBT, TF-CBT trained and DBT certified, and is licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences as an LMFT.
Director of Shelter Operations
Anita Gunther is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She began her career in medical billing and coding for doctors offices. In 2009 she began working with the homeless as a intern case manager for Alpha Project OutPatient Program. In 2011 she went to work for Interfaith Community Services as a Resident Attendant in their Sober Services Program she was promoted to case manager for the Addiction Recovery in 2014 and then promoted to program manager from 2011-2016. Anita began contracting part-time as a seasonal case manager for Operation HOPE Vista winter shelter in 2014. In 2016 Anita was hired fulltime as a Shelter Manager with Operation HOPE-Vista’s new year round program. She assumed the position of Director of Shelter Operations in 2017 and has contributed significantly to establishing policies and protocols that maintain a positive and safe environment for our shelter children and families. Anita is passionate about helping men and women overcome addiction and is a community leader and active NA sponsor here in North County San Diego. She also has certifications in mental health first aide and crisis counseling. Anita and her husband are long time North County residents.
Resource Development Director
Nicole comes to us with a strong background in nonprofit management & youth development. Nicole grew up in the community of Vista and has been active in community involvement throughout her life. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of California Riverside and is certified in Crisis Intervention in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Her passion for working with families and children in the community is a great asset to the team as we continue to raise awareness and work together to end local homelessness.