Rachelle Y. Benson is the Executive Director of Stepping Higher, Inc. Rachelle is a dedicated professional with over 22 years of experience within the Human Services field. She is experienced in overseeing, directing, managing, and supervising diverse populations and economically challenged individuals. Rachelle also has extensive experience with Welfare-to-Work programs, Community Care Licensed programs, case management, career development, and highly experienced in working with individual with disabilities. Rachelle Y. Benson holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science.

Rachelle Y. Benson is also the First Lady of Total Deliverance Worship Center located in Spring Valley, CA. She is an Ordained National Evangelist within the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Rachelle Y. Benson is a dynamic speaker and travels throughout the Nation speaking, teaching, and preaching the gospel. Rachelle is also the founder of “Women of Valor”, a women’s ministry established in 2004 to support women through counseling, education, and empowerment. She is married to Dr. William A. Benson and they are the parents of two beautiful girls.

Rachelle is currently sits on the Board of Directors with the San Diego North Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. This Foundation is dedicated to preparing youth for the future through scholarships and internship opportunities.

Range of Experience

      • Oversee faith based non-profit organization – Executive Director
      • Oversee Human Services programs & services – Vice President
      • Program development – Community Care License Programs (CCL)
      • Director of community based programs
      • Program management and supervising case management
      • Job development and employer outreach
      • Staff development and employee relations
      • Administrative and office management
      • Human Resources:  recruiting, staffing, and orientating new staff
      • Marketing and special events coordination
      • Financial forecasting and budget analysis
      • Assistive technology and job accommodation
      • Classroom facilitation and curriculum development
      • Project design, quality assurance (QA), and strategic planning

Education

Aenon Bible College – Ordination Certificate – 2009

Aenon Bible College – National Ministerial License 2007

Aenon Bible College – State Ministerial License 2005

Community Care License – Day Program Administrator Certificate – 2007

M.A., Human Resources Management – 1999

B.A., Behavioral Science – 1997

Associations:
San Diego North Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation – Board Member 2009
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World – 1991 – Present
Developmental Disability Provider Network (DDPN) – Membership 2005 – 2009
California Disabilities Services Association (CDSA/CRA) – Membership 2005 – 2009

Awards:
2010 San Diego Monitor First Lady Award
2009 San Diego City Counsel Humanitarian Award
2007 Woman of Color – Business Star Award
2006 San Diego County – Award of Excellence
2005 Nominee for San Diego Journal Business Woman of the Year