Founder | Chief Executive Officer
Phil grew up in Riverside and Hemet, CA. He earned an Associate’s degree in ASL interpreting from San Diego Mesa College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos. He holds RID national certification with a CI and CT. Phil served on the Mayor of Riverside’s Model Deaf Community Committee for several years and currently sits on multiple Advisory Panels for schools and colleges.
Interesting Fact: Phil has identical twin sons (3 boys altogether).
Favorite Quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
Founder | Chief Financial Officer
Adonis was born in Hawaii and raised in Riverside. She earned an Associate’s degree from Mt. San Jacinto College and a Certificate in ASL Interpreting from Palomar College in San Marcos, California. She holds K-12 certification through EIPA and is recognized by RID. Adonis is the past Secretary and Treasurer for California Association of the Deaf, San Jacinto Valley Chapter and was a member of the County of Riverside Mental Health Cultural Competency Committee.
Favorite Food: Tofu
Favorite Quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
Customer Relations Manager
Christiana grew up in San Diego and was introduced to the Deaf community at a young age. Living with a Deaf brother, she was surrounded by Deaf culture which had a big impact on her. Prior to RISE, Christiana worked as an Employment Placement Specialist and an Instructional Aide for Deaf / Hard of Hearing students. In 2012, Christiana joined the RISE team and loves being a part of an organization dedicated to serving the community.
Hobbies: Movie Fanatic and Bookworm
Interesting Fact: Christiana swam with sharks
Alana was born in Texas and relocated to Riverside when she was 5 years old. While earning her AA in Business from RCC, she began taking ASL classes to meet her language requirement. Little did she know but that experience sparked an interest that would forever change her life. Wanting to put her language skills to use, she got involved at church, joining the Deaf ministry team and eventually became main interpreter and leader!
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, Frequent Disneyland go-er, going to concerts
Favorite Quote: “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire” – Charles Bukowski
Interesting Fact: Alana is a Beatles fanatic!