Meet the Team
Diversity that is capable to address all scopes of the problem
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Searchlight Society. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Cassandra Martinez B.A
Founder, and Board Director
Cassandra Martinez helped cofound Searchlight Society due to her love and passion to help others. After having obtained her Bachelors in Sociology, Cassandra had worked with a children and family agency in Hollywood working with probation, DCFS, and C Sec youth. Cassandra later had worked for a for-profit group providing Crisis Support and case management in South and Mid Los Angeles. During her time with this company Cassandra was able to gain valuable experience and knowledge pertaining to crisis support and clients with mental health, homeless, and intellectual disability; including dual diagnosis. Although Cassandra enjoyed her time with this company and the work they conducted, Cassandra had felt the need to work with a non-profit agency. Cassandra then pursued a position with San Gabriel Valley Pomona Regional Center, where she worked as a service coordinator. While employed with SGVPRC, Cassandra had applied for Cal State Long Beach's Masters in Social Work program. Cassandra had loved and felt a passion working for the Regional Center. However, again, she would have to leave this endeavor as she was accepted into Cal State Long Beach. Currently Cassandra is working on her masters degree, with a tentative completion date for Spring of 2020. Cassandra currently helps to facilitate and operate Searchlight Society.
Cassandra holds a Bachelor's in Sociology. She is also a Licensed Adult Residential Facility Administrator. Cassandra is trained in CPI, Crisis Support and Deescalation, Homeless Health Care, and the Housing First Model.
Founder and Director of Operations
Daniel is one of the cofounding members of Searchlight Society. Daniel is currently pursuing his Bachelors in Psychology. Having more than 6 years of experience in business operations, and 4 years in management Daniel helps to operate and facilitate all programs Searchlight has to offer.
Daniel is currently working with elderly clients with intellectual disabilities and dual diagnosis. Daniel in the past has been able to garner invaluable experience from volunteering abroad in Peru with a children's orphanage.
Daniel holds a valid Adult Residential Facility Administrator Certificate, as well as is trained in CPI, Crisis Support and Intervention, Homeless Healthcare, and the Housing First Model.
IT and Technology Implementation
Jonathan currently holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cal State Long Beach. Jonathan provides technology and IT service to Searchlight assisting our organization in all of our computer software needs.
Briana is currently a candidate to receive her Master's in Social Work. Briana has various experience working with vulnerable populations including individuals in skid row. She has also studied abroad to work and learn about the social systems in Guatemala and their operations.
Intake and Assesment Volunteer Lead
Melanie Herrera is a dedicated volunteer with Searchlight Society. Melanie has committed to volunteering her time to conduct intake and assessments for our HOME Line as well as provide training and compliance with our new members.