Cathy Botello, Executive Director & Founder

Cathy has worked in non-profit and county agencies for the past 20 years. With a degree a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting, she started her career in the corporate world working in IT and Commercial Escrow. After a move from Texas to California, Cathy adopted a baby in 2004, a life changing decision that brought her to the non-profit world where she took a parenting class. This path lead to the idea of creating an environment where parents of all backgrounds would have access to a quality parenting education in a supportive and safe learning environment – Counseling Options and Parent Education, Inc. (C.O.P.E.)
Cathy’s professional and personal experience enabled her to open Counseling Options and Parent Education, Inc. (C.O.P.E.) a non-profit with a mission to prevent child abuse to ensure that all families receive emotional and social support and have an opportunity to develop skills that empower parents by strengthening knowledge and confidence in parenting practices. Cathy will celebrate her 8th year anniversary of C.O.P.E.s opening in September 2019. Funded through County, State, local agencies and community donations, C.O.P.E. is a leader in providing evidence-based parent programming. 

Roy Smart, Board Treasurer

Natasha Paddock, Board Chair 

Natasha Paddock holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from University of the Pacific and a Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, East Bay. Natasha has over 10 years of social service experience and previously served on the board of directors for the National Association of Social Workers. In 2012, Natasha began working for C.O.P.E. as a facilitator of level 4 Triple P parenting classes supporting parents as they sought self-actualization and an opportunity to become improved individuals for their children. This experience gave her the opportunity to reconnect with families through a direct service approach. Natasha’s desire to give back to C.O.P.E. and to the families in the community drove her to become a member of the Board of Directors in 2016.

Joan Carolan, Community Events Volunteer

Joan Carolan is a long-time community advocate and educator for comprehensive family support services that cultivate nurturing families and ensure the safety and well-being of children. Prior to joining COPE’s Board of Directors in 2012, she was a parent education facilitator and board member of the Family Stress Center. 


Annie Barrett-Widemann, Board Member

Roy Smart joined the C.O.P.E. Board in 2018 and took on the responsibility of the Treasurer position in 2019. Roy has been an active volunteer in the Contra Costa County parent education and family support community since 2000. He and his wife Susie have been active in the Parent Education community as speakers and facilitators starting in 2000. Prior to joining C.O.P.E., Roy served on the Board of Directors for The Family Stress Center from 2003 to 2010 and S.T.A.N.D. from 2010 to 2013. Roy has been a finance professional for over 20 years and is a Bay Area native. 


3000 Citrus Circle Suite 220,
Walnut Creek, CA 94598


(925) 689-5811


(925) 429-9254

Monday:            10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday:            10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday:      10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday:          10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday:                10:00 am - 3:00 pm​