Leadership Team

Patricia Nickols-Butler

President/Chief Executive Officer

Patricia L. Nickols-Butler has dedicated her whole life's work to serving the low-income in San Bernardino County. Her career at CAPSBC spans over 30 years giving her experience, expertise, and insight that is invaluable in her role as President and CEO. She has been honored with countless community awards. Her most recent accolades include the following:

  • 2016 California Nonprofit of the Year, Nominated by California 47th District Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown.

  • Kaiser Permanente 2015 feautured nonprofit for oustanding community work in in addressing the critical community need for Food Security

  • The Unforgettables Foundation 2015 Heart Award for assisting low-income families by providing counseling and resources for a dignified and meaningful burial for their children

  • Inland Valley News Celebration of Excellence award for "Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership"

  • Stater Bros. Charities 2015 Hero of the Heartland award for exemplary service and dedication to improving the quality of life in the community.

Richard Schmidt

Chief Financial Officer

Richard Schmidt manages all financial aspects of the agency.  He has a B.S. in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting, from Calfornia State Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA.  

Richard's recent work experience includes 10 years at a large technology company specializing in government contracts;
5 years as CFO and  5 years as Director of Business Operations/Finance.

As a team player, Richard seeks to assist all functions of CAPSBC in its mission and helps wherever possible, including actively supporting agency social media work and community events.

Darryl Johnson

EEES Program Director

Darryl Johnson is Program Director for the Energy Education and Environmental Services (EEES) Program and the Responsible Managing Employee (R.M.E.) for CAPSBC’s B-General Building Contractor, C-20 HVAC, and C-36 Plumbing contractor’s license with the State of California Contractors State License Board. Darryl has served with the agency for over 25 years in different capacities and his combined experience extends more than three decades in the energy conservation field working with major utility companies in California. He oversees CAPSBC’s energy programs with a talented team of passionate staff responsible for providing home weatherization services and utility bill assistance for low-income clients throughout San Bernardino County. His zeal to advocate for and serve our community with trained staff members from our community empowered and competent with life skills for success.

Michelle McLean

EEES Program Manager

Michelle McLean is a Program Manager for the Energy Education and Environmental Services (EEES) Program. She oversees the EEES operational support team, outreach workers, call center and the Victorville resource center team who all work in harmony to provide weatherization, educational, utility payment assistance and other supportive services to low-income families throughout San Bernardino County.  Michelle has served in several capacities in this department for 20 years with many of those years working closely with the Department of Public Health Services as a certified lead-based paint home inspector and supervisor of certified lead-abatement workers aimed at reducing lead-based paint hazards in target housing with special attention to homes with children having elevated blood lead levels. She is honored to be working with an agency that shares her passion for helping others.

Dennis Collier

EEES Field Operations Program Manager

Rising from the field, Dennis Collier came to Community Action Partnership January 7, 2006. As a Field Technician, Mr. Collier quickly accumulated the necessary skill sets and knowledge of the industry. Dennis Collier was promoted to Field Supervisor in 2009, where he sharpened his supervision attributes that later earned him a promotion to Project Coordinator II in February 2012. Presently, Dennis Collier has been promoted to Program Manager July 8, 2019. 

As a team player, Dennis assists all functions of the Energy, Education, and Environmental Services Division. His Integrity, Driven Character and Dedication to community service has allowed him to excel through the ranks from field staff to management.     

Brandon Romano

Food Bank Program Manager

Brandon Romano has a diverse background of experiences in the nonprofit world. He entered the teaching profession shortly after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Chapman University. After teaching for three years and concurrently working with families at the Ronald McDonald House Charities, he focused his vocation to full time work with nonprofit organizations. Brandon worked with the Orange County Ronald McDonald House for five years and has operated two Southern California based international hunger relief programs across five years. In his role as Food Bank Program Manager, Brandon has a passion for serving and developing meaningful partnerships that serve the greater need of the community.