Catherine Blakemore is DRC’s Executive Director. She previously worked as DRC’s Director of Litigation and the Managing Attorney of the Los Angeles office. Before joining us, Catherine was an attorney with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Disability Rights Legal Center.
Curt Child is the Director of Legislation at Disability Rights California (DRC) in its Sacramento Office. Curt is responsible for DRC’s state and federal budget activities. Prior to that Curt served seven years as the Director of Government Affairs and later as the Chief Operating Officer at the Judicial Council of California.
Steve Haas joined DRC as the Human Resource Director in January 2015. He has over 20 years experience from a variety of human resources, training and management roles. Steve has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Master’s Degree in Human Resources.
Katie Hornberger is the Director of the Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy. She has been with OCRA for more than fifteen years. She worked as a supervisor and as the Clients’ Rights Advocate for clients of both Harbor Regional Center and North Los Angeles County Regional Center.
Karen Keene joined DRC as Finance Director in April 2016. She has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, and administration in both corporate and non-profit organizations. Karen is responsible for all accounting functions at DRC.
Jesse Magano is DRC’s Information Technology Director. Jesse leads DRC’s creative and diverse IT team. He is responsible for technology planning, governance and policy, resource allocation and security.
Michele Mudgett is the Director of the California Office of Patients’ Rights Advocacy. She is responsible for the five state hospital advocacy programs. She gives statewide mental health trainings for Patients’ Rights Advocates.
Christian Abasto has been zealously advocating for the poor and persons with disabilities for over 21 years. Christian is the Legal Advocacy Unit Director of Disability Rights California (DRC). The Legal Advocacy Unit (LAU) is DRC’s core Protection & Advocacy legal program, tasked with fulfilling our federal mandate to defend the rights of people with disabilities in California.
Ms. Bowles is the Sr. Managing Attorney (interim) and oversees the Youth Practice Group at Disability Rights California.
As a Sr. Managing Attorney Ms. Bowles works with DRC’s Leadership Team to shape agency-wide policies and practices and helps steer the Legal Advocacy Unit.