Michelle Ramirez started her career in grass roots community work, by leading many Sacramento community-based initiatives. The focus of her work was centered on improving the quality of life for children and families. She was trained in the John McKnight Asset Based Community Development Model. This approach builds on the strengths and assets of individuals and communities; uniting people to stimulate true change and growth.
For ten years Michelle worked for Sacramento City Unified School district where she directed two successful Family Resource Centers. Her experiences uniting educators, social service directors, health professionals, parents and community leaders became the foundational goal of her work - uniting people for a greater cause.
Michelle graduated with a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in Business. She has lived in the Sacramento region all her life. She began working with On My Own in 2006, and since this time has facilitated tremendous company growth with three regions and 400 employees. Today, On My Own is considered one of the best social service agencies in Sacramento. Her passion to unite people, continually grow and learn, strategic planning, willingness to embrace change, and encouragement of innovation are the cornerstones that lead the professionals of On My Own.
Bob Kamrath, Human Resources Manager
Bob joined the On My Own team in February 2017. He has experience in the public and private sectors in human resource policy, procedure and program development and execution. His experience spans the human resource functional areas of employment relations, benefits, compensation, recruiting, and employee development.
Bob has filled senior health care leadership and management positions in the human resource and operations fields that serve the underserved and disadvantaged populations. His employment has included human resource management roles in comprehensive care clinics and health plans.
He is a member of the Sacramento Area Human Resource Association and the Society of Human Resources Management and has earned the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.
Prior to employment in the health care and social service fields, Bob served in the U.S. Navy in submarines, surface ships, shore stations and operational staff positions. He grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and has Master of Science Degrees in Management and Engineering.
Debra Bishop, Accounting Manager
Debra joined the On My Own team in March 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and more than 30 years in the accounting field. She has worked in many aspects of accounting, which has helped her understand how each department must interact with other departments in order for a business to grow.
Debra was born and raised in Wyoming. She spent the first 6 years of her life on a ranch in Pig Piney, Wyoming. She later moved to Evanston, Wyoming where she graduated from high school. She moved to Ione, California in July 1987. She is married with three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Anna Nelson, Residential Care Facility Administrator
Anna recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with On My Own and has worked in the Human Services field for more than three decades. Her previous experience includes Hospice Care Provider, Certified Nursing Assistant,/Home Health Aide, SED Group Home Manager, Dual Diagnosis Counselor/Mental Health Worker, Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor/Supervisor, Certified HCV/HIV Specialist, Supported Living Services Facilitator, and Independent Living Services Program Manager. Anna is currently the Administrator for On My Own Home, our level 4-1 Residential Care Facility for the Elderly.
Mary McGlade, SLS Program Manager
Mary has been fortunate to work in this field, which is her passion, for over 30 years. She started in larger facilities, then group homes, and now SLS. "I absolutely love working with On My Own, and watching our clients gain skills to increase their independence in their homes, and in the community."
Adria Carson, Program Director North Bay Branch and East Bay Region
Adria was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and spent her early childhood years growing up on a rural self-sustaining farm in Virginia. Adria eventually migrated to the West Coast where she began her career working and advocating for people with disabilities. For over 20 years, Adria has made a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities, including hands on supervisory positions with Residential and Supported Living Services, a Work Activity Program and Adult Day Programs. Adria has held multiple leadership positions, including the Division Director for Program Services at the California Autism Foundation and a position on the Board of Director’s for ABC Apartments Inc., a HUD subsidized apartment complex for individuals with disabilities. Besides helping others, Adria enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening, camping and traveling.
John Shufelberger, ILS/EPP Program Manager
John is from Redding, CA, where he grew up working for his family's roofing business. In 1999, he began a 12-year stint with Shascade Community Services in Redding, where he designed, implemented and managed several programs that provided social and recreational opportunities to developmentally disabled individuals living independently or with family. John holds a Master's Degree in English and is pursuing a second degree in Psychology. He has been with On My Own since August 2014.
Last revised January 2019