Our Staff

Christina (Chrisy) Selder, President, holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics/International Trade and Finance from Louisiana State University.  She has previously held an RCFE Administrator’s Certificate, earned an SDSU Grant Writing Certification and completed components of UCSD's Paralegal Training to be of further benefit to CARR's mission and work.

She is well-versed in the role of and issues related to the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program as a result of her internship and volunteer experience with San Diego County’s Aging and Independence Services agency - Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman. Her scholarship and credentials are augmented by her hands-on employment experiences inside several RCFEs. Ms. Selder is an accomplished speaker on a variety of assisted living topics, and is a frequent presenter on consumer issues surrounding assisted living at the local and state level.   Her research has been presented at professional conferences including the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the American Society on Aging (ASA). Chrisy is an active board member on the California Council on Geriatrics and Gerontology (CCGG) and San Diego County's Aging and Independence Services (AIS) Advisory Council.

Her Master's Thesis, "Maximizing Medicaid's Continuum of Care:  An Analysis of Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Home Residents", was published by Montezuma Publishing, SDSU, 2008.  The link will take you to access her thesis. 

Ms. Selder is currently the principal investigator and project lead for San Diego County's Pilot Program to develop a rating system for local assisted living facilities.  

Christine (Chris) Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, holds a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from San Diego State University (SDSU), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from CSU Long Beach, and a Master of Science degree in Acquisition Management from West Coast University.  She has 30+ years’ experience as a Contracts Manager in defense contracting, and 7 years’ experience teaching with Los Angeles Unified School District.  She has been Executive Director of CARR since 2009. She is currently studying to become a licensed Professional Fiduciary. 

In 2001, she placed her mother in a local assisted living facility; her experiences and those of her mother were the genesis of her passion for residential care advocacy and accountability.  Her Master’s thesis "An Exposition of Irregularities in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) in San Diego and Imperial Counties," (Montezuma Publishing, SDSU, 2010), results from original research conducted on the public files of 354 RCFEs located in San Diego and Imperial counties. 

Since 2007, she has maintained an RCFE Administrator's Certificate. In 2009, she, along with Christina Selder, founded Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR).  Among other achievements, CARR was responsible for AB1523 (Atkins), enacted as law in 2014 and incorporated into Health & Safety Code Section 1569.605; it requires assisted living facilities in California to maintain liability insurance as stipulated in the statute. 

Rebecca Ruiz

Rebecca Ruiz holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University. She is CARR’s data analyst and serves as the coordinator for the San Diego County’s Choose Well Program.

Through her work with CARR, she has come to better understand the challenges older adults and their families face when dealing with the senior care industry. Her knowledge has been applied in both her professional work with CARR and her personal life in understanding how to best care for her grandmother.

She has become very familiar with the public files on local assisted living facilities and has taken an interest in the Administrative Action process used by the California Department of Social Services and how assisted living regulations overlap with the judicial system.

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