Our Team

Yvonne Soto

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Yvonne began her connection with DDSO when she came to Stockton to complete a six-month Music Therapy Internship at the Alan Short Center (ASC) in Stockton. After a brief stint at Deputy Director for DDSO, Yvonne assumed the role of CEO in 2007.

Jennifer Bonacorso

Jennifer has worked at DDSO since 2005 managing the day to day operations of the company. Before moving into the Operations position Jennifer had the fortunate experience to work in the field with DDSO’s clients as a staff member for the Community Integration Program.

Steven Styles

As the Facilities Manager for DDSO–since January 2012–Steven Styles has actively managed all facility-related issues for DDSO campuses and tenant properties. A licensed General Building Contractor, Steven has worked in the facility maintenance and construction industries for over two decades.

Trish Williams

Trish was born and raised in San Francisco, CA but left the city for better weather in Sacramento valley. Trish then joined the DDSO team as a Bookkeeper in 2001. Trish loves pets, especially Loki, the dog that came to her door looking for a new home earlier this year!

Patty Berkheimer

Patty joined DDSO on June 12, 2013 when she relocated to the Sacramento area to be closer to her family. She had lived in the Sierra Nevadas for 18 years and worked for Kirkwood Resort for 16 years in various departments until she found her calling in A/P.

Liz Davis

Liz started officially working for DDSO as an Assistant Director in the ADC program in 1986, but she first began working with ADC in 1985 as an intern in DDSO/UOP’s internship program where she received her master’s degree in Special Education.

Margarita Garcia

Magi started working with DDSO in 1996 as a Secretary through a temp agency. Magi loves being at ASC for many reasons; but especially because clients motivate her to find ways to serve them better.

Dennis Curry

Dennis began working in this field back in 1976. He previously worked at DDSO at Short Center, Alan Short Center and Administrative Office. He thinks outside of “The Box” by offering non-traditional employment training opportunities in such areas as Video and Audio Production.

John Berger

John started working with DDSO in November of 2000 when he was recruited as an art facilitator by current staff. He has been a practicing artist in the Sacramento community for about 10+ years. He also helped revive the greenhouse and a vegetable garden.

Steve Andrews

Steve was born and raised in the New York City Area and moved with his wife to Sacramento in the early 80s. Steve has a Master's Degree in Psychology and has worked as an Administrator within Intermediate Care Facilities as well as Residential Care Facilities.

James Anderson

James C. Anderson is an Ellie Award winning actor and director and in 1988 he founded The Short Center Repertory. He has served as Artistic Director since and The Short Center Repertory has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Board Members 2014-2015

  • Amy Nishimura – Chair
  • Patty Pacheco
  • Ryan Ellis
  • Gene Hudson
  • Laraine Beliveau
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    Foundation Board Members 2014-2015

    • Jon Hutchison – President
    • Laraine Beliveau – Secretary
    • Johnny Kovalek
    • Noel Smith
    • Ryan Ellis
    • Steven Arita
    • Jonathan Greenberg
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