Ana Aguirre: Zahn Program Director

Ana Aguirre has over 14 years of service with The Salvation Army.  Working her way through various programs and gaining expertise in program management as she went, Ana became the Program Director at Booth Memorial Center (Group home for teen girls) in 2003.  In 2005, after having a successful venture at Booth Memorial, Ana moved to assist in another area of interest at The Salvation Army Bell Shelter.  While working at Bell Shelter, Ana became a Certified Alcoholism and other Drug Addictions Recovery Specialist (CAARR/CAS).  In 2006, Ana moved into her current role as Program Director at Zahn Emergency Family Shelter.  At Zahn, she has taken the program to new heights. Under Ana’s guidance, Zahn is now viewed as a bench mark family shelter in Los Angeles County.

  Julie Lewis: Community Care Coordinator

Julie Lewis has more than 22 years of service with The Salvation Army in various managerial positions, such as supervisor of Safe Harbor, a women’s alcohol & drug program located in downtown Los Angeles.  Currently Julie holds the position of Community Care Coordinator at The Salvation Army Alegria. Julie comes to the Salvation Army Alegria with an expertise in Substance Abuse Counseling and has received and attended numerous training and certifications in areas related to psycho-social issues surrounding homelessness.  It is a goal and passion of Julie’s to help make a difference and serve those less fortunate, who need a warm welcome and a big smile.

 Catherine Loquai: Operations Manager

Growing up in France, and her subsequent world travels, have led Catherine to a deep interest in the culinary arts.  After 10 years of working in the food industry and graduating from the Cordon Bleu, Catherine brought her passion for fresh and nutritious ingredients to the Alegria food services program in 2005.  Catherine has recently expanded her duties to include all aspects of operations.


Vanessa Carchi-Larios: Children and Family Education Coordinator

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 Xochitl Santamaria:  Director of Residential Care

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Margaret Pachideh: Financial Administrator

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