Executive Leadership

Anna L. Martinez
Ms. Anna L. Martinez comes to Office on Aging with over 30 years of social service experience in Riverside County, a proven record of leadership, and a broad base of experience in public service.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Martinez held positions in program eligibility, appeals, operations management, human resources, and executive management. She also served as the Executive Director of the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Public Authority. As Executive Director for the IHSS Public Authority, Ms. Martinez led efforts to support seniors and persons with disabilities in Riverside County.

Ms. Martinez most recently served as the Assistant Director of the Self-Sufficiency Division for the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), where she oversaw the program operations of approximately 2,400 staff, including the administration of the CalWORKs, Welfare-to-Work, Medi-Cal, CalFresh (Food Stamps) and General Relief programs.

Ms. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and is a graduate of the University of Riverside’s A. Gary Anderson School of Management, Executive Management and Advanced Management Programs.

With her transition to Director of Office on Aging, Ms. Martinez is returning to an area that engages her passion for the senior population. Her goal is to improve the quality of life for older adults and people with disabilities through advocacy, increased community partnerships, operational efficiency and enhanced service delivery.

Rachelle Román, CRMA, MPA
Deputy Director for Admin Services
Ms. Román holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University San Bernardino (June 1999) and an Associate of Arts Degree from San Bernardino Valley College (December 1997). Ms. Román also holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), awarded by the Institute of Internal Auditors, an international professional association.

Ms. Román has provided over 18 years of public service, which includes entities such as the City of Colton, Fontana Unified School District, State of California, and Riverside County’s Auditor-Controller’s Office. Ms. Román’s accounting, auditing, and management experience ranges from performing all aspects of accounting functions; auditing of school districts, non-profit organizations, and County Departments/Agencies; and, managing and leading the Accounts Payable/Vendor Codes Section and the Internal Audit Division for the Riverside County Auditor-Controller’s Office.

Ms. Román joined the Executive Team of the Office on Aging/Aging & Disability Resource Connection in July 2013 and serves as the Deputy Director over Administration & Fiscal Services.

Michael Knight, MPA
Deputy Director for Senior Programs

Mike Knight has been with the Riverside County Office on Aging since July of 2016.  Mike started his public service, managing large complex programs and departments in 2001.  Mike has served in an executive leadership capacity in both San Bernardino County and Clark County, NV.  Mike brings four years of direct service experience in Aging programs as well, serving as a case manager for In Home Supportive Services, acting as a team lead for the implementation of Senior Healthy Aging Fairs, implementing Senior Nutrition programs, monitoring senior center Community Development Block Grants, and implementing the NACo award winning “Wii Can” program that put Wii gaming systems into all senior centers in San Bernardino County.            

Accompanying his experience is a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work and a Master's degree in Public Administration, both from Cal-State San Bernardino. Due to this varied experience, Mike has developed a passion for the areas of human services, management, leadership, community engagement, and program analysis.    Mike is dedicated to engaging diverse communities, advocacy for vulnerable populations and striving for excellence in Human Service programs.