August 17, 2001

Chula Vista Resident Named Regional Manager of Service Agency

Yvonne Zazueta has been named Southern California regional manager of Community Catalysts of California, a 14-year old service agency devoted to helping San Diego's developmentally disabled live independently and secure gainful employment.

In her new position, Zazueta will oversee daily operation and management of programs and services in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Before joining Community Catalysts, Zazueta served as center director and health care administrator for Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego and was a social worker for the San Diego Regional Center in San Diego.

"Yvonne gives us experience, passion and commitment in a position that is crucial to the success of our organization," said Community Catalysts CEO Jim Jenkins. "She'll be the cruz of our day-to-day operations and we're thrilled to have someone so talented at the helm."

Zazueta is a member of the Women in Health Care Administration, has visited the State Capital on two occasions to advocate for health care issues and the developmental disabilities field, and is an avid volunteer.

Zazueta is looking forward to the chance to oversee the organization's programs and services and sees the potential for success. "I'm here to make sure Community Catalysts continues to provide unparalleled service," said Zazueta. "It's my job to make sure our day-to-day operations are efficient, well-managed and well-received by our clients."

According to the Department of Developmental Services, 160,000 individuals with developmental disabilities, such as autism and cerebral palsy, live in California —12,000 of those in San Diego County alone. And the need for specialized services in California exceeds both current and project supply.

Community Catalysts, formerly known as CDP, has served the needs of San Diego's disabled community for more than 14 years. The organization recently established a charitable foundation, changed its name to Community Catalysts and launched a new web site (

Community Catalysts was founded by a group of concerned Escondido parents in the early `80s to help adults with disabilities in San Diego work and live independently. The group concerned that, after leaving secondary school, these young adults did not have adequate work opportunities and were not part of their community.

To help support Community Catalysts or for more information, please contact the organization at (858) 549-6202.

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