Staff

All staff members can be reached at (415) 421-2926, with the exception of the Marin Mobile Crisis Team.

Executive Management

Rachel Del Rossi

Executive Director
rachel@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 330

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.

Mark Salazar

Associate Director
mark@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 317

Mark Salazar is the Associate Director of MHASF responsible for driving overall operations and resources in achievement of MHASF’s mission. Mark oversees MHASF’s Peer Recovery and Workforce Development program that includes PROPELSan Francisco Peer-Run Warm Line, Marin Peer Response Team, and Peer Partners Program.

Before being named Director of Operations in July 2015, Mark was a Senior Projects Manager overseeing or managing major organizational projects including service quality assurance, tracking and management of program projects, and conducting risk and issues mitigation. Mark was also a Program Manager and was responsible for MHASF’s internationally recognized Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC), including peer-to-peer support services, provider education and training, innovative research partnerships, and ensuring service accessibility. He also served as Co-chair of the San Francisco Task Force on Hoarding from 2013 to 2015.

Prior to joining MHASF, Mark was the Operations Manager for Mental Health America in Hawaii and was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations. At MHA-HI Mark served on the Mental Health Court Advisory Board and Hawaii’s Statewide Children’s Mental Health Day Committee.

Luba Botcheva, Ph.D.

Director of Learning and Development
luba@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 320

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.

Staff

Dilhara Abeygoonesekera

Warm Line Program Manager
dilhara@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 327

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.

David Bain

CUCB Program Specialist
david@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 326

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.

Terri Byrne

Peer Development Manager
terri@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 306

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.

Lisa-Sun Gresham

PROPEL Program Coordinator
lisa-sun@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 309

Gillian Howell

Peer Professional Development Specialist
gillian@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 310

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.

C.W. Johnson

Outreach Specialist
cw@mentalhealthsf.org

Scott Justus, CVA

Events and Volunteer Coordinator
scott@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 311

Scott Justus moved to San Francisco from Dallas, TX in June of 1999. He studied PR/marketing at West Texas A&M and graduated with a degree in Activism and Social Change from New College of California. He has a personal mission to be an informed and empathic leader to empower his community. Passionate about social justice and impactful change, the Bay Area was a natural fit. Currently tasked with the Development and Marketing effort at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, Scott has spent over 11 years working in non-profit marketing and development, over 20 years in special events, and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator. Scott is currently serving his 4th Board of Directors position at Positive Resource Center on the Fund Development Committee. Scott and his husband Michael have 2 dogs and call East Oakland home. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, music, tennis, and the abundance of amazing food in the Bay Area.

 

Will Kamin

Operations Manager
william@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 337

Will is accountable for MHASF’s day-to-day operations, coordinating the efficient, consistent, and planful use of time, tools, and resources toward program deliverables and mission-driven goals. Will collaborates with departments across the agency and has a hand in numerous projects spanning from database management and program reporting to standard operating procedures development, inventory control, and equipment resourcing.

Will has been with MHASF since 2014, when they joined the original Warm Line team as a program specialist and quickly shifted into the Assistant Manager role for that program, where they provided critical leadership in training, curriculum and procedure development, scheduling, and information & referral software management. Subsequently, Will became the Mental Health Recovery Programs Assistant Manager, offering program delivery support and guidance for PROPEL, the Warm Line, and Peer Partners before taking on their current role in 2017. Will received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Greenville College and attended the Stony Brook University master’s program in Philosophy and Aesthetics.

Nicollette Maristela

Communications Specialist
nicollette@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 321

The Communications Specialist is responsible for maintaining MHASF’s social media presence; providing backup coverage for SOLVE Program; working with MHASF’s Training Institute to support their social media’s needs; supporting logistics and planning around MHASF events; and other duties as identified by the Volunteer & Events Coordinator and the Executive Director.

Nicollette identifies herself as a peer/consumer of mental health services and an advocate for social justice in mental health. Nicollette has a BA in Psychology and double minors in Counseling and Asian American Studies from SFSU. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at USF’s Counseling Psychology, MFT program. Nicollette has been involved with MHASF for the past fours years as a SOLVE Peer Educator, the SOLVE Senior Peer Facilitator, the Community Advocate, and now the Communications Specialist. In addition to her work here at MHASF she is also a rape crisis counselor at San Francisco Women Against Rape and a Marriage & Family Therapy Trainee at the Stonewall Project at the SF Aids Foundation. 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.

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Julian Plumadore

Community Engagement Manager
julian@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 315

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 Shiraz

Bookkeeper
shukri@mentalhealthsf.org
Ext. 313

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 Richond with his wife and 6 kids.

Peer Response Team

Elizabeth Barr

Peer Responder
elizabeth@mentalhealthsf.org

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.

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Ana B. Gutierrez

Peer Responder
ana@mentalhealthsf.org

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.

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Sharon Scott Kish

Peer Responder
sharon@mentalhealthsf.org

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 Pierce

Peer Responder
varian@mentalhealthsf.org

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

Erik Henriques

Supervising Peer Specialist
erik@mentalhealthsf.org

Erik Henriques originally began working at MHASF in October of 2014 as a warm line counselor. In April of 2015, Erik became a warm line specialist. Erik began serving as the supervising peer specialist for the Marin Team in May 2016.

Erik has extensive lived experience as consumer of mental health services. He was initially diagnosed with a serious mental illness at the age of 17. During his 20s, Erik was hospitalized numerous times in psychiatric facilities. These experiences have led to Erik being a passionate advocate for others living with mental health challenges.

In 1999, Erik graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in social work. Erik has also completed a year-and-a-half of MSW studies at San Francisco State University.

Erik brings to the Marin Team many years of case management and supervisory experience in the social service field.

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Corrina Leavitt

Triage Worker – Peer Provider
cleavitt@marincounty.org

Jose Cesar Leiva

Triage Worker – Peer Provider
cesar@mentalhealthsf.org

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