Meet Our Team
Michelle Ramirez, CEO, MHP, CAS
Michelle Ramirez started her career in grass roots community work, by leading many Sacramento community-based initiatives. The focus of her work was centered on improving the quality of life for children and families. She was trained in the John McKnight Asset Based Community Development Model. This approach builds on the strengths and assets of individuals and communities; uniting people to stimulate true change and growth.
For ten years Michelle worked for Sacramento City Unified School district where she directed two successful Family Resource Centers. Her experiences uniting educators, social service directors, health professionals, parents and community leaders became the foundational goal of her work - uniting people for a greater cause.
Michelle graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and possesses a double M.A. in Organizational Management, and Public Health. Michelle is a Certified Autism Specialist. She has lived in the Sacramento region all her life. She began working with On My Own in 2006, and since this time has facilitated tremendous company growth. Today, On My Own is considered one of the best social service agencies in Sacramento.
John E. Butler, Human Resources Business Partner
John returned to the On My Own team in July 2019 after a couple of years away. He has many years of experience in all areas of human resources. John has spent much of his career supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and working in the social services industry. These rewarding experiences served him well when he eventually transitioned to human resource management.
John has filled various HR leadership positions in both the public and private sector, and he has worked most recently with a local social services not-for-profit organization. His passions include coaching and mentoring staff to develop their own style and effectiveness. John is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the HR Certification Institute and holds his Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) certification. He is an active member in both national and local level Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapters.
Away from the office John enjoys weekend road trips, gardening, cooking and quality family time.
Debra Bishop, Accounting Manager
Debra joined the On My Own team in March 2018. She has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and more than 30 years in the accounting field. She has worked in many aspects of accounting, which has helped her understand how each department must interact with other departments in order for a business to grow.
Debra was born and raised in Wyoming. She spent the first 6 years of her life on a ranch in Pig Piney, Wyoming. She later moved to Evanston, Wyoming where she graduated from high school. She moved to Ione, California in July 1987. She is married with three grown children and nine grandchildren.
Melissa Bauer, Payroll Manager
Melissa started her career at On My Own in 2011 as a Direct Service Provider. Throughout her time with the company, she has held various roles such as ILS/EPP Facilitator, ILS Program Assistant, Job Coach and Supported Living Facilitator which have provided her with insights into the complexities of each department. She is On My Own's Payroll Manager. In 2018, she transitioned to the Payroll Department, where she has been dedicated to providing training and support to On My Own's employees and utilizing technology to streamline its operations.
She has an Associate degree in Business and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling and puzzles.
Mary McGlade, SLS Program Director, AC
Mary was born and raised here in Sacramento. Her passion for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities started many years ago, volunteering in her high school's Special Education Adaptive PE Program. During these years she helped start CYCP, Concerned Youth For Cerebral Palsy, and created a summer camp for kids with special needs. She chose to continue her interest in this field in college, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree as a Recreation Therapist, with emphasis toward individuals with developmental disabilities.
During Mary’s professional career, she held positions such as Activity Director, Program Manager, Job Coach, Job Developer, Active Treatment Consultant, and Administrator. Mary has been with On My Own since 2009, starting as a Supported Living Facilitator, where she later transitioned to Program Manager.
She claims that the outdoors, near water, is her happy place outside of work.
Adria Carson, Program Director North Bay Region, AC
Adria was born in Erie, Pennsylvania and spent her early childhood years growing up on a rural self-sustaining farm in Virginia. Adria eventually migrated to the West Coast where she began her career working and advocating for people with disabilities.
For over 20 years, Adria has made a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities. This work has included hands-on supervisory positions with Residential and Supported Living Services, a Work Activity Program and Adult Day Programs. Adria has held multiple leadership positions, including the Division Director for Program Services at the California Autism Foundation and a position on the Board of Director’s for ABC Apartments Inc., a H.U.D. subsidized apartment complex for individuals with disabilities.
Besides helping others, Adria enjoys spending quality time with her family, gardening, camping and traveling.
John Shufelberger, ILS/EPP Program Director, AC
John is from Redding, CA, where he grew up working for his family's roofing business. In 1999, he began a 12-year stint with Shascade Community Services in Redding, where he designed, implemented and managed several programs that provided social and recreational opportunities to developmentally disabled individuals living independently or with family.
John holds a Master's Degree in English and is pursuing a second degree in Psychology. He has been with On My Own since August 2014.
Jeannie Bishop, ILS/EPP Program Manager, AC
Jeannie began her career following her personal experience raising her daughter with special needs, alongside her 5 other children. Her passion to build a bridge between families and educators, while working to enhance education for students with special needs, was initially ignited while watching her daughter grow and achieve her goals.
For 10 years, she continued feeding that flame through working in public education using curricula based on ABA theories. Jeannie earned her ABA certification and worked with behavioral therapists to assist special needs students in classroom settings and in their homes. Jeannie has been with On My Own since 2018, starting as an ILS/EPP Facilitator, where she later transitioned to ILS Program Manager in Cameron Park.
Jeannie and her husband reside in Camino, CA. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family, exploring new places and…. eating chocolate.