Supporting adults with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.

about us

Incorporated in 1982, Partners for Potential was originally established by leaders from local Southeast Asian communities, to provide services that would improve the self-sufficiency and economic independence of refugee populations living in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. As the needs of disabled persons within these refugee communities increased and it became evident that there were little to no multilingual programs available at the time, we shifted focus to serve persons with developmental disabilities who needed service in their own language.  Over time, we expanded beyond the Southeast Asian communities and now serve disabled persons from many different cultural backgrounds.  Partners for Potential is proud to currently serve more than 200 individuals with disabilities per year in more than 15 different languages.

our staff

Over the last 35 years, Partners for Potential has grown from an all-volunteer organization to a staff of more than 60 dedicated employees, who share the same unique cultures and languages as the people we serve. We are very proud to have a highly educated staff working with our consumers. In addition, Partners is governed by a very passionate and dedicated all-volunteer Board of Directors.

At Partners for Potential, we believe that dedication and commitment is the key to success. This is why we strive to ensure a high quality work environment for our employees, fostering a low turnover rate compared to the field in which we work. In turn, our staff strive to create high quality programs and training environments for our consumers to maximize improved skills, increased levels of independence and smiling faces.

executive staff

Claire Moynihan
Chief Executive Officer

management STAFF

Lisa Williamsen
Director of Programs
Elena Shin
Program Manager (Santa Clarita Office)

Isabel Martinez
Program Coordinator (Valley Main Office)

Danielle Martin
Program Coordinator (Metro Area)

Kim Krogh
Program Coordinator (Santa Clarita Office)


board of directors


Blake Hatcher, Chair
Accountant, TaskUs
Robert Baer, Vice Chair
Broker/Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Jessica Patterson, Secretary
Interior Designer, JLP Design, Inc.

Erik Hendrickson, Treasurer
Sr. Vice President & Sr. Wealth Advisor, Northern Trust

Mark Burchell
Vice President, City National Bank

Eliza Minassian, CPA
Partner, NSBN LLP

Dana Nialis-Saulson
Associate, Commercial Real Estate, Colliers 

Martha Notaras, MBA
CEO, Optimal Capital Deployment, Inc.

Timothy Reynolds, JD
Partner, Paul Hastings LLP

Dan Rood
Chief Financial Officer, Grief & Co.

Zac Turke, JD
Partners, Sheppard Mullin