All staff members can be reached at (415) 421-2926, with the exception of the Marin Mobile Crisis Team.
Directors and Senior Staff
Rachel Del Rossi
Interim Executive Director
Rachel has been a dedicated non profit leader for the last 20 years, the majority spent here in San Francisco. She has extensive experience working with individuals in crisis, including foster care youth, gang affiliated youth, homeless parents and children, domestic violence survivors, and trauma victims. Her expertise in organizational design, supportive management practices, curriculum development and community leadership ensure MHASF has the tools it needs to be a model workplace, particularly for those with lived expertise with mental health challenges. Rachel promotes the peer model and the recovery movement in every aspect of our work.
Luba Botcheva, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Strategic Projects
Luba has more than 15 years of applied research, evaluation and counseling experience in the areas of public/behavioral health and social services. She has worked in the field of mental health intervention and prevention, first as a mental health counselor for culturally diverse populations, and then as a researcher and evaluator of variety of behavioral and mental health programs in community-based organizations, schools, and clinics. Prior to joining MHASF Luba was a Senior Research Associate at Sociometrics Corporation, Los Altos where she led the design and implementation of large NIH funded research to practice initiatives for disseminating evidence based practices among behavioral health professionals.
She was a Program Director at the Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto, a research associate at the Stanford Center of Adolescence, and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford where she conducted research on youth development in changing social context. Dr. Botcheva holds a Ph.D. degree in developmental psychology from Moscow State University and post-doctoral fellowship from Stanford University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Director of Operations and Planning
Mark Salazar is Director of Operations and Planning at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. Mark also oversees MHASF’s Peer Recovery and Workforce Development program that includes PROPEL, San Francisco Peer-Run Warm Line, Marin Peer Response Team, and Peer Partners Program. He has been providing education and training on mental health advocacy and community support and services for the last 10 years. He has presented on mental health, hoarding and cluttering, and program all over the United States. Mark also consults with various organizations and government agencies from all over the world on establishing service and support programs for individuals with hoarding behaviors.
Prior to MHASF, Mark was the Operations Manager at Mental Health America in Hawaii where he served on Hawaii’s Statewide Children’s Mental Health Day Committee and the Mental Health Court Advisory Board. Mark received a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology from the University of Hawaii – West Oahu and is a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.
Warm Line Program Manager
Dilhara graduated from University of California Davis with Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Bachelors of Arts in Sociology with specialization in Organizational Studies. After graduating she began her career at Mental Health America of Northern California in Sacramento and worked as a Warm Line Assistant Program Coordinator and as a Warm Line Program Coordinator.
As the Warm Line Program Manager at MHASF Dilhara oversees the program and its continued implementation efforts. She is also working on her Masters Degree in Education from Saint Mary’s College.
In her free time Dilhara loves hiking and discovering new cuisines.
CUCB Program Specialist
With a background in technology, education and psychology, David brings a wide range of skills to MHASF. Having lived in San Francisco since 1984, he has experienced many changes in the city not the least of which the increased costs that so seriously impacts many of our clients. Since coming to work at MHASF, he has continually led groups teaching CBT techniques to individuals dealing with hoarding behaviors as part of the joint study with UCSF. In addition, he has spoken at multiple conferences, developed and delivered training courses, and done multiple presentations to community groups on the topic of hoarding disorder. David holds a MS in Education from Southeast Missouri State University and has done other post-graduate work in psychology.
Mental Health Recovery Programs Manager
Terri Byrne has been working in the mental health field for over 30 years. She has witnessed firsthand the transformation of the mental health system. Over 20 years ago, Terri worked in a Psychiatric Social Rehabilitation agency that valued employing people with lived experience. She has worked in hospitals as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner as well as an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator. Terri is the Project Manager for PROPEL, which is the the Bay Area Peer Professional Network. She is excited about working with students who are in / graduated from the Peer Training Programs (RAMS, BestNOW and Community Action Marin) supporting them in obtaining and maintaining employment in the mental health workforce.
Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering Program Manager
Peer Response Team Program Manager
John Franklin is a career adult educator for progressive groups and causes. He is co-founder and former Executive Director of Educational Development Group, Inc. (EDG, Inc.), an educational non-profit in Boston. He moved to SF in 2007 and is currently Project Coordinator of the Peer Hoarding and Cluttering Response Team. John holds an M.A. in Drama from University of Toronto.
PROPEL San Francisco Project Coordinator
Peer Professional Development Specialist
Gillian runs the day to day operations of the SOLVE Program (Sharing Our Lives, Voices, and Experiences), MHASF’s stigma-elimination speaker’s bureau. She also collaborates with the PROPEL team, integrating her passion for peer growth and professional development. She finds great reward in helping peers shape their stories and articulate their experiences living with mental health challenges. Gillian is a certified mental health peer specialist. She has volunteered at several mental health agencies in the Bay Area, including administrative support for Access Institute for Psychological Services and facilitating young adult groups for the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance. She began her involvement with MHASF in 2012 as a SOLVE peer educator, and from 2014-2017 worked as the research assistant for a PCORI-funded study which compared two treatment groups for individuals with collecting behaviors. Gillian has a Bachelor of Arts in English from San Francisco State University.
Events and Volunteer Coordinator
Mental Health Recovery Programs Assistant Manager
With 20 years of lived experience of mental health challenges, Will Kamin is dedicated to the advancement of peer-based recovery resources, with a focus on increasing the accessibility of pre-crisis support. Will began their employment with MHASF in August 2014 as Peer Specialist at the Mental Health Peer-Run Warm Line, where they have collaborated on training curriculum development, referral database creation, and community outreach, as well as providing peer support as a phone counselor.
As Warm Line Assistant Manager, Will now oversees the day-to-day operations of the Warm Line and is especially invested in staff development and promoting a wellness-focused workplace culture. They believe strongly in using their personal experience with early trauma and dissociation to open dialogue with peers about overcoming silencing and isolation. Will has a B.A. in Philosophy and a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from SUNY-Stony Brook, and has been known to use video games as a personal wellness tool.
Nicollette identifies herself as a peer, a consumer of mental health services, a survivor of sexual assault, an advocate for mental health and social justice. Nicollette has a BA in Psychology and double minor in Counseling and Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University. Nicollette has been involved with MHASF for past three years, first as a SOLVE speaker, then as the SOLVE Peer Facilitator and now the Community Advocate. The Community Advocate is responsible for community organizing and advocacy involving individuals with mental health conditions within MHASF programs, the San Francisco County mental health system, and other community based programs. Nicollette is also a rape crisis counselor at San Francisco Women Against Rape and currently in the MFT Counseling Psychology MA Program at the University of San Francisco. The community work she has done in her early adult life has motivated her to work in field of mental health and mental health advocacy. She strives to continue to serve her community as the Community Advocate here at MHASF, as a Peer Educator, as a Peer Counselor and is motivated to pursue a career as a clinician.
Community Engagement Manager
As Community Engagement Manager, Julian Plumadore draws on his 30+ years of peer expertise to create opportunities for community dialogue and peer professional development. Jules has worked extensively with MHASF’s cutting-edge work on cluttering behaviors; oversees the Sharing Our Lives, Voices, and Experiences (SOLVE) Speakers Bureau; leads the organization of the annual Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Awards Ceremony; and is the co-creator of Language Matters, a training on changing the way we think about mental health challenges by changing the way we talk about them. He has been a featured presenter at mental health recovery conferences throughout the US (including Alternatives, WRAP Around the World, and the International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering) and has been recognized by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for his contributions to Crisis Interventions Team (CIT) Training with the San Francisco Police Department. Jules is passionate about creating accessible connections between peers, communities, and ideas.
Shukri has been the bookkeeper of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco since 2011. Shukri has worked in accounting for many nonprofits including Huckleberry Youth Programs and People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER). He is currently pursuing his bachelor’s in accounting, and lives in Daly City with his wife and 2 kids.
Peer Response Team
Elizabeth feels privileged to have provided counseling and social services for over 30 years at a variety of community outreach programs including The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, The Suicide Prevention Hotline, and City College of S.F. Disabled Students and Services Program. She earned counseling certificates on substance abuse and disability perspectives, plus she is certified as a Wellness Recovery Action Plan facilitator, a Buried in Treasures facilitator and an Activities Coordinator. Her once crowded home is now liberated from excessive belongings, and as a member of the Peer Response Team, she hopes to inspire others with her journey of recovery. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and is a life-long learner.
Ana B. Gutierrez
Ana B. Gutierrez has been a member of the MHASF Peer Response Team since its beginning in 2011, and her special messages include stigma reduction and healing. She is currently creating and facilitating workshops for hoarding behaviors. Ana B. has been an avid advocate and activist in faith-based organizations for over 15 years, addressing diverse populations and issues including health care, domestic violence, homelessness, education and immigration. She is from Nicaragua and has resided in San Francisco for over 40 years. She is the loving mother of two and grandmother of eight.
Sharon Scott Kish
Sharon has been a member of the Peer Response Team since 2012. A graduate of the University of Colorado, she has lived in San Francisco since 1965. Her priorities include family care, elder care, and adult literacy. Her goals are to destigmatize hoarding and cluttering and put a face on it – hers. At present, she provides finds great fulfillment in giving public lectures and also leads a follow-up support group “Unburied in Treasures.”
Varian is walking the path of the Wounded Healer in this lifetime, using his fifty-plus years of lived experience of mental health challenges to help others experiencing similar challenges. He felt the call to serve others as a member of the Peer Response Team in December of 2012. Since that time, he has shared his personal story of mental health discovery with many audiences, facilitated multiple classes and support groups, and worked with numerous Finder/Keepers on a one-on-one basis.
Varian is a Certified Massage Therapist, a Certified Integrity Counselor, and a Certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Facilitator. He is committed to doing everything in his power to reduce the stigma around both mental health challenges and HIV/AIDS. Varian is a passionate activist for LGBTI rights and currently facilitates Clearing House, a clutter support group for LGBT seniors 55-plus.
Marin Peer Responders
Peer Mobile Crisis Worker