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Our Team Members


Admin Team.

"Meet the dedicated admin team behind Fighting Back Partnership. Passionately committed to our mission, they work tirelessly to combat poverty and its impacts in Vallejo and throughout Solano County. Their unwavering dedication drives our nonprofit's vision forward every day."

Melvina Turner King, Executive Director
Donna Hoffman, Office Administrator
Aida Berrios, Finance Office Administrator
Jamie Powell, Program Director

Program/Support Team

"Introducing our program/support team at Fighting Back Partnership. These devoted individuals are at the heart of our initiatives, providing essential support and implementing programs that directly address poverty and its repercussions in Vallejo and across Solano County. Their efforts are the backbone of our community impact."

Erika Ornelas, Program Manager
Debra Jones, Elevate Youth CA Consultant
Johnny Davis,
Senior Community Specialist
Zaida Mora,
SPS Financial Coach
Erica Parpan,
Senior Community Specialist
Michael Madayag, Top Notch Solutions, IT
Eric Anderson, SD Mayers Accountancy
David Ronan, Crushpix Producer/Editor
Al Arevalo, The Defam Group, Web Presence
Tracey Serrano,
Senior Family Navigator
Soukeyna Alberts,
Tamisha Lee,
Senior Community Specialist
Frawn Mitchell-Simpson, Solano Family Justice Center, Social Worker
Yashica Crawford, 
Elevate Youth CA Consultant
Vinessa Huinac, 
Family Navigator
Leonardo Morazan,
Senior Family Navigator
Alfredo Reyes, 
Family Navigator
Cynthia Verrett,
Elevate Youth CA Consultant
Our Mission

Our History

In 1988, concerned citizens of Vallejo and the Vallejo City Council formed a Red Ribbon Committee to explore programs and initiatives that would address the alarming use of alcohol and drugs in Vallejo communities.     

That same year, representatives from this Committee, Jane Callahan, Tony Pearsall, Henry Elliott and Cynthia Kay, secured a $2 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support the development of a comprehensive community-lead plan to curtail the substance abuse problems. This Committee and its strategic initiatives sparked the creation of Fighting Back Partnership.     

Since that time, Fighting Back Partnership has emerged as one of the leading social service and community development organizations in Vallejo, providing crisis support and economic development for individuals and families and supporting under-served communities to increase safety, eliminate blight, and curtail alcohol and tobacco use among youth.


Who We Support:

Bay Area United Way  | Black Infant Health | California Office of  Child Abuse Prevention | Children’s Network | City of Vallejo |  Drug Safe Solano | Emmanuel Arms Community, Inc. Food Program | Eric Reyes Foundation | Faith Food Friday | First 5 Solano | Kaiser Permanente | LaClinica | Resource Connect Solano | Sierra Foundation | Solano CA Chapter of the Links, Inc | Solano Community College | Solano Community Foundation | Solano Department of Health and Social Services | Solano Family Violence Prevention Center | Solano HEALS | Solano Kids Thrive | Solano Pride Center | Solano Workforce Development Board | Sutter Solano | The Hill Vallejo | Touro University | Vallejo Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. | Vallejo City Unified School District | Yoche Dehe Nation | Valero Benefit for Children

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