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My name is Raoul Maltez, and I was born and raised in Nicaragua but grew up in San Francisco and Monterey where I received a bachelor of science in civil engineering. I became registered as a civil engineer in California in 1986 and work as a project/program manager for the state.  

In addition to my loves of science and engineering, I also love planning, directing, coordinating, and monitoring programs. Some of my past work included working at the West Approach project in San Francisco and coordinating closures of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge for the past ten years. Also, I am a member of Professional Engineers in California Government. I have worked as planning commissioner for the city of Hercules, and I look forward to working for the cities of Concord and Pleasant Hill.  

My contribution in the mental health field includes volunteering for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Also, I am a solid supporter of the Clubhouse, facilitating and contributing in many ways over the years on various projects and events.

I enjoy bicycling, walking, and swimming, and have been ballroom dancing for many‍‍‍ years. I am dancing for “So, Do You Think You Can Dance? Reach For The Stars!” in order to support the Clubhouse and to entertain family members and supporters of Clubhouse members and the mental health community. Let’s make this the best Clubhouse event ever!

‍‍‍Raoul Maltez

Program Manager, Civil Engineer

CalTrans

Lisa Bretschneider
Managing Director, Deloit‍‍‍te Consulting

PUTNAM CLUBHOUSE

Putnam Clubhouse is affiliated with Club‍‍‍house International and follows the Clubhouse Model. Clubhouse program components involve doing the tasks needed to run the Clubhouse (cooking, clerical, fundraising, etc.), structured employment and educational opportunities,social and recreational activities, community support, outr‍‍‍each to other members, and participation in Clubhouse governance.  Putnam Clubhouse is the first Clubhouse International-accredited program to open in Northern California.

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I am not a dancer. The last time I danced with a partner was at my wedding almost 18 years ago, when my father spent the whole dance telling me to let him lead. The idea of dancing in front of a huge crowd terrifies me.

So why would a scared non-dancer agree to dance in front of hundreds of people?  Because I admire the courage and commitment of the Clubhouse members. Every day, they take steps to change their lives for the better – and to change the community. I have seen how very difficult it is to live with mental illness in a society that is only beginning to recognize the importance of mental health. The members of the Putnam Clubhouse have built an organization that is having a quantifiable positive impact in Contra Costa County.  Every day, Clubhouse members make a difference, and they do it while managing their own mental health.

Though I grew up in Hawaii, I have lived in Contra Costa County for 35 years. I had my own battle with addiction in my teens and have been sober for 29 years.  My recovery was dependent on the many hands of experienced community members who reached out to help me. It is because of this experience that I want the Putnam Clubhouse to be there for everyone who needs it.

Today, I am an executive in a large global consulting firm. I get to help businesses solve hard problems every day. I am the mother to two awesome teenage boys and the wife to a fantastic man who finds the humor and patience to stay married to me. I am the daughter of the amazing, inspirational woman who was a founding board member of the clubhouse. I have been able to travel the world with this family and with my job. In my free time, I get to indulge my passions for reading, knitting, hiking, and traveling.

Every single good thing I have in my life is because of a supportive hand of a community that were there to help me up when I fell – and to keep me standing when I struggled. The members of the Putnam Clubhouse provide those hands in the community, reaching out to help others living with mental illness to regain their lives. It is to support the members of the Putnam Clubhouse that I will live through my fear of public dancing.

Please be generous in your support of this amazing organization.

 

 

 

 

 

Raoul & Lisa