Senior Staff


Christine Mirasy-Glasco

Executive Director

Christine Mirasy-Glasco leads Upward Bound House (UBH) with over eighteen years of experience in the field of homelessness.  Prior to joining UBH, she was the Chief Programs Officer at PATH where she oversaw programs of four organizations operating temporary shelters, interim housing, service centers, and permanent supportive housing projects.  She also served as Chief Executive Officer of Beyond Shelter, a leading provider of housing and services for homeless families. Her nonprofit experience is complimented by many years of leading the Contracts and Grants Management department of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles whose mission is to plan, coordinate and implement initiatives to end homelessness in Los Angeles County where she held several senior management roles during her 12-year tenure.

Christine sits on the recently formed Los Angeles Regional Advisory Homeless Council (RHAC), a broad-based, collaborative and strategic leadership forum on homelessness in Los Angeles County; the Continuum of Care (CoC) Board which provides advice and counsel to the LAHSA Commission and LAHSA staff on matters related to Federal CoC-funded operations, policies, and resource allocation. Christine is also the Co-Chair of the Westside Coalition, an alliance of forty-five organizations, public agencies and faith communities committed to working collaboratively on issues of housing, hunger and health through service coordination, public education and advocacy on the Westside of Los Angeles County.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law from the University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France, a Master’s degree in International and European Law from the University of Paris II – Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France and a Pre-doctorate degree in International Economic Law from the University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France.

 

Aimee Przybylski

Associate Director of Development

Aimee Przybylski is currently the Associate Director of Development for Upward Bound House, with a focus on building lasting relationships with private and corporate partners within the Santa Monica community.  During Aimee’s years at UBH, she has played a key role in the organization’s growth and evolution through a commitment to constant innovation, relationship-building, and a passion for the core mission.

Aimee came to Upward Bound House with over 10 years in the entertainment sector, where she focused on corporate social responsibility, operations and business development. A UCLA graduate and longtime Southern California resident, she is active privately and professionally in the local community.

 

Jorge Gomez 

Director of Facilities

Jorge is currently the Director of Facilities for Upward Bound House. He moved from his hometown of Guatemala City to Los Angeles in 2003, and began working at Upward Bound House the same year. He graduated with a major in Computer Information Systems and Business from California State University, Los Angeles. Passionate about helping people and trying to eliminate homelessness, he has channeled his knowledge and skills to provide a safe and comfortable living space for families with children in our programs.

Jorge is responsible for managing UBH’s shelters for homeless families in Santa Monica and Culver City along with low income housing for seniors, Senior Villa. He also assisted with the construction and opening of our first crisis housing facility in Culver City. Jorge regularly provides creative solutions throughout the planning and execution of yearly maintenance plans. Jorge and his facilities team work hard to ensure that all incoming families feel welcome when they enter their new home at UBH.

 

Bernadette Wong

Controller

Bernadette has dedicated her career to managing the financial operations at various non-profit organizations in Southern California. With over 16 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, she has expertise in strategic financial planning, development and oversight for federal and private grants and contracts. Her decision to join the staff at Upward Bound House was influenced primarily by her affinity for the mission and the desire to improve the lives of homeless families in Los Angeles County. As Controller, Bernadette is responsible for supervising the overall accounting and financial reporting functions for UBH. She oversees the fiscal reporting and financial management for complex contracts that UBH has throughout its programs.

Prior to joining Upward Bound House, Bernadette worked at a number of leading national social service agencies that supported early childhood development and the reproductive rights of women. She was also the Director of Accounting at a for-profit mental health and rehabilitation institution. Bernadette received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from De La Salle University in the Philippines.

 

Edward Kellum

Director of Operations and Compliance 

Edward is currently the Director of Operations and Compliance for Upward Bound House. He has worked in the non-profit sector for the past four years. Prior to joining Upward Bound House he served as Senior Manager of Operations for First To Serve Outreach Ministries, and before that as Property Loans Manager for Southern California Alcohol & Drug Programs, Inc. Edward’s focus has always been in the implementation of best practices, procedures, reports and documentation as necessary to develop and sustain the infrastructure of organizations providing supportive housing throughout the county of Los Angeles.

At Upward Bound House Edward is responsible for developing metrics and key performance indicators to gauge the effectiveness of operations and ensure efficiency across the agency. Edward holds a degree from Columbia College of Hollywood in Television and Cinema Production, and worked in television and media production for over a decade, before transitioning to social services work. Born and raised in Northern California, he resides in Cerritos, California with his devoted wife Va Lecia and two of their three children.

 

Tara Brown

Director of Programs

Tara Brown is a dynamic management professional with over 15 years of progressive leadership and management experience. She has a strong programs and administrative background in non-profit management, gathered from her various leadership roles in housing and homeless services; including Outreach Coordinator for ESAP Program at Watts Labor Community Action Committee, Director of Tenant Hotline for the Housing Rights Center, and Chief Administrative Officer at PATH Partners. Tara came to UBH in 2017, and now provides oversight, management, and systems integration to the various housing and employment programs at UBH. She is responsible for overall program development, implementation, outcomes and evaluation. Ms. Brown also has extensive experience in building community partnerships and support for programs, to further improve and enrich the various wrap-around services available to the families we serve.

When Tara isn’t working on UBH projects, she is immersed in serving the community through her membership on the Board of Directors for Sanctuary of Hope, a non-profit agency working with emancipated foster youth and Transition Age Youth. She is also an avid outdoors-person, sports fan, and is a member of the Rancho Tennis Club, Harbor City Volleyball League, and Westside Volleyball League. She has also continued her involvement with her favorite charity, UniCamp, and Sunshine Kids.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from UCLA.