Nancy Batterman


Chief Executive Officer, Nancy Batterman, has a 31-year tenure with E&CO, aiding in all aspects of the organization’s development since its inception in 1985. Her two Masters degrees in Special Education and Business Administration from San Diego State University and her role as a past President of the California Disability Service Association has resulted in statewide recognition of her leadership skills. Nancy’s expertise in the area of vocational rehabilitation, special education and developmental disabilities drove the origination of various programs that built the foundation for E&CO’s success. Nancy demonstrates a selfless devotion to creating universal equality for all members of society.


Wendy M. Forkas

Chief Operation Officer

Wendy Forkas has been with E&CO since July 2009. She holds a master’s degree in behavioral analysis and therapy from the University of Pacific in Stockton and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pacific.
Wendy has over 11 years experience serving as an executive leader for non-profit entities. In her current role, she’s responsible for the day-to-day program operations of E&CO; she oversees execution of consumer programs including vocational services, integrated employment services, independent living services, and behavioral services as well as the safety program, quality assurance and program development. She’s performed similar operational responsibilities in her previous position as COO for another statewide non-profit organization. Wendy has also held the following positions throughout her 20 years working in the non-profit sector: Director of Operations, Director of Program Services, Assistant to the Regional Director, Area Manager, Behavioral Consultant, Behavioral Specialist, and Clinic Coordinator.

Wendy can be reached at

Richard Gutierrez

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Gutierrez joined E&CO in July of 2010. He earned a Bachelor degree in Engineering and a Master degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Richard also went on to receive an MBA from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business. He is a proud graduate of the Latino Nonprofit Leadership Program hosted by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Richard has over 15 years of diverse experience in Finance, Internal Audit, and Engineering. In Richard’s most recent positions he served as a CFO at two nonprofit organizations, serving as a Board member of the last company prior to joining their management team. In his current role, he’s responsible for the budgetary, administrative and fiscal operations of the organization.

Richard can be reached at

The strength of any organization comes from its people. A key factor in our ability to deliver high-quality, caring, and effective services to adults with disabilities is the staff working with them each and every day. We are proud of our staff members, and their dedication to our work. In addition to operating our programs, they participate in community-building activities such as our Friends of hosted events, they act as advocates with the public, and contribute to the overall well-being of those we serve.

Let us know if you are interested in working at E&CO.

San Diego County, CA

Alisa Dean
Regional Director
(858) 565-9870 ext. 212

Myles Horttor
Regional Coordinator
(858) 565-9870 ext. 225

San Bernardino County, CA

Serena Saints
Regional Director
(909) 475-9503 ext. 403

Santa Clara & Santa Cruz Counties, CA

Monique Migdol
Regional Director
(408) 423-9484 ext. 102