Madalynn is the founder and executive director of ONTRACK Program Resources (ONTRACK). She recognized the interconnectedness of poverty, racism, inadequate education, housing and its impact on health and wellness among African Americans and other underserved populations and thereby ONTRACK was founded and incorporated. ONTRACK’s efforts are to support and strengthen community-based and local agencies in implementing more effective programs and policies to improve health and social justice outcomes for disadvantaged populations.
Madalynn has served on numerous boards and commissions, including: the National Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network Coordinating Office Advisory Board – Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), California Reducing Disparities in Populations/African American Workgroup Phase I, Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute Coach – SAMHSA, California Delegate for the SAMHSA National Policy Summit to Address Behavioral Health Disparities within Health Care Reform, California Institute for Mental Health- Center for Multicultural Development Advisory Committee, South Central Prevention Coalition, Board of Directors.
She is currently the Project Director for several ONTRACK initiatives, including the African American Technical Assistance Provider contract with the California Department of Public Health/Office of Health Equity, California Reducing Disparities Project, SAMHSA’s Project AWARE – California Capital Youth Mental Health First Aid grant, California Department of Health Care Services, Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services Technical Assistance and Training contract for African American Substance Use Disorders Treatment, and The San Francisco Foundation’s Anchoring Communities, Project LEAD – Stay in the Bay housing displacement project.
Madalynn graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree and received a Master’s degree in Political Science/Public Administration from Stanford University. Following her tenure with San Mateo County, she worked with the Community Services Planning Council, providing leadership in building community coalitions in the Sacramento region, which were federally funded to strengthen the prevention efforts of local communities impacted by the effects of alcohol and other drug problems and related issues.
Lilyane Glamben has been with ONTRACK since 2012. She is currently the project manager for our California Reducing Disparities Project African American Technical Assistance Provider contract (Office of Health Equity, CA Dept. of Public Health, with MHSA, Prop. 63 funding) and lends assistance with other projects, as needed.
Lilyane has over 25 years’ experience in nonprofit administration. She began her career in higher education, serving 12 years in various assistant dean roles at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA). Later, while in New York City, she was associate director of the NAACP’s NYC ACT-SO program and deputy director and acting executive director of The Sister Fund, a former small private women’s foundation. She has consulted internationally, spending a year with Jagori Grameen, a women’s rights organization in India. She relocated to Sacramento to help care for her parents.
Lilyane earned her B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA); and, her M.Ed. in Organizational Development from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dr. Will Walker, senior project manager, is a community improvement professional with more than two decades’ experience in addressing some of our nation’s most challenging conditions. He has deep expertise in developing, managing, documenting, and replicating complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives related to health systems and Pre-K-16 educational systems and their stakeholders, including students, staff, faculties, administrators, communities, social service, public health and mental health systems, philanthropic organizations, and families. Over the course of Will’s career, he’s developed strong capacities to work within the full spectrum of diverse communities, from very grassroots environments to the executive level boardrooms.
Dr. Walker earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Princeton University in Religion and Public Policy.
Paul serves as ONTRACK’s Partnership Development Manager. He has over 25 years of experience in grass-roots community activism and organization. He has successfully developed a community partnership between service providers and local government stakeholders along with community residents in Sacramento’s neighborhoods. He has also engaged and organized community members in Fairfield adversely impacted by alcohol-related incidents and initiated abatement programs. Paul has also provided adult education seminars and workshops for statewide association of local government officials and legislative policy analysis. His inspiring recovery and lived experience with substance use disorders and justice involvement has given him a deeply passionate drive and energy to assist others in building personal capacity for success.
Paul attended U.C. Davis, majoring in Political Science, Public Policy, and is currently completing his certification for Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor III Credential (CADCIII).
My name is Kawanda but please call me Keke! I am the new ONTRACK Soul Space Case Manager. I am a mother of 3 kids, my sons are 7 and 16 years old and my daughter is 17 years old. I am the 2nd of 4 children and my siblings and I are very close. My family and I recently moved from Omaha, NE and are getting acclimated to California. Spending time with my family is what feeds my soul.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Bellevue University and am working to obtain my master’s degree in Forensic Psychology with a specialization in ethnic studies. After receiving my degree from Bellevue University, I began working as a child protection worker for families involved with the child welfare system. I spent several years working with those most difficult families and/or those who lacked sufficient progress towards reunification with their children. I then had an opportunity to work for Probation and started off working with those who had significant mental health issues and those with domestic violence convictions. I then worked on the gang unit for several years. I worked with high-profile gang members who were in the community or those being released into the community and were at high risk for returning to gang lifestyle. I also have spent time working at a homeless shelter and case managing those with high mental health needs.
My passion lies in empowering individuals to live their best life and not being stuck in the past/current circumstances. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and shopping.
Octavia Hardy currently serves as part of the Soul Space staff team of ONTRACK, funded by the California Mental Health Services Authority and Sacramento County. As the organization’s Project Coordinator, she will assist in the development, administration, implementation, and coordination of case-managed service delivery for Black/African American residents with behavioral health and health concerns. Her role allows her to create data tracking and file management systems to maintain and evaluate program progress.
Octavia’s interest in community program development and support services has afforded her to maintain careers and volunteer experience for over 15 years. Octavia has held positions as a Resident Services Coordinator, Housing Case Manager, Social Services Director, Life Skills Counselor, and Behavior Technician. She also has her own business as a Notary Public. To think, she actually studied to be a cosmetologist first!
She received her Associate’s degree in Pharmaceutical Technology from Carrington College in Pleasant Hill, California. As a collegiate, she achieved nine times on the Dean’s List of Excellence, created the school’s Student Advocacy and Advisory union, and went on to be the academic speaker at her graduation. She later obtained a certificate from Solano County Of Education (SCOE) in Instruction. Those studies and the fact that her son has autism is what initially led her to a deeper focus on sufficient resources and support for families and individuals faced with mental health challenges.
Octavia is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Thomas Edison State University. She currently resides in Sacramento County.
Valerie Gaylord is currently the Administrative Coordinator for ONTRACK Program Resources. She brings a lot of energy, passion, and organizational management to the nonprofit.
Valerie started her career in project management and space planning for an Interior Design Firm. She has worked on projects which varied in size from private offices to multiple phased systems furniture projects. She has managed accounts from the programming phase to the installation phase. She also has many years of Office Management experience and is skilled in engaging with clients as well as handling administrative coordination and processes. She has a wide range of skills and manages many areas within the nonprofit. She loves to be organized and getting things done.
Valerie earned her B.A. in Interior Design from California State University of Sacramento. She continues to further her education with classes from American River College.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, from Spelman College, which awarded me an unparalleled education that uniquely prepared me to work through diversity of thought and experience. In college I was inducted into the nation’s largest leadership honor society, The National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Pi, achieving Presidential Member status. It was through this experience that I honed my leadership skills and turned ambition into action.
I’ve held positions as a Residential Counselor, Residential Life Coordinator and Personal Advocate. I have a passion for community based support services that invests in wellness and improvement and my personal endeavor is to assist individuals in developing life skills and leadership skills that will enhance their quality of life. In my pursuit to be of service to others, I plan to develop and promote support programs that empower and encourage continual development.
In my spare time I enjoy traveling with the intention of discovering new hidden gems and studying holistic healing through meditation, herbal medicine, healthy eating and ecotherapy.