Board of Directors
The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors with a diversity of professional and personal skills relevant to the organization’s success and encourages interest from individuals with personal lived experience of mental health conditions and consumers of mental health services in San Francisco.
Board Members share a commitment to promote mental health and wellness within the community, advance supports and resources to counter mental illness and public stigma and to support the values and mission of MHASF in all its efforts both public and private.
Vivian Imperiale, MA, Board President
Vivian's mental health advocacy goes back to the 80s. Vivian sat on the Consumer & Family Member Task Force that worked with both Community Behavioral Health and UCSF to create the first peer positions. She was President of both the local and state National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). The Psychiatric Foundation of Northern California chose her as their first non-psychiatrist board member and brought her to the attention of the American Psychiatric Association who then presented Vivian with an award for breaking down barriers between consumers, family members, and professionals. While president of NAMI-SF, the organization received NAMI National’s award for “Outstanding Public Education by an Affiliate.” Her passion led her to a 20-year career in vocational rehabilitation. Vivian was attracted to MHASF for its potential to display strong, visible advocacy in the community and to become the go-to agency for the media and public.
David Elliott Lewis, PhD, Vice President
San Francisco Community Activist and Trainer
David Elliott Lewis, Ph.D. was trained as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. Working as a consultant to large organizations, he created software to assist in executive performance assessment. He has taught Masters level courses in the Human Resources and Organizational Development program at the University of San Francisco.
From 1984 to 2000, he founded and ran Strategic Edge, a database software development, publishing and consulting company. After several serious life setbacks including bankruptcy and divorce, he suffered a disabling depression. This led to a period of homelessness. In 2006, he gained housing and started rebuilding his life. Since 2007, he has found mental wellness by engaging in political writing, event photography, activism and volunteering to improve his community.
Resulting from his own mental health struggles, David is focused on improving access to mental health services and services for the homeless. He served two full terms for the Mental Health Board of the City and County of San Francisco.
David also serves on the San Francisco Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Advisory Council, the Board of Directors for NAMI SF and The Community Housing Partnership. He also serves on the SFPD Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Working Group and works as a police CIT trainer. Additionally, to help those who live in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels, he works with the Central City SRO Collaborative.
John L. Cooper, JD, MBA, Secretary
John Cooper is the senior member and founder of Farella’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group where he has personally trained and mentored many leading trial lawyers. He regularly represents technology companies in complex patent actions and in cases addressing the confluence of intellectual property and antitrust issues. Mr. Cooper received his MBA from University of Chicago and JD from University of Colorado.
Maga Kisriev, CPA
Maga Kisriev is tax director at Hood & Strong LLP, a San Francisco-based accounting firm. Maga has 15 years of public accounting experience at various exempt organizations. Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, Maga worked for national accounting firms in the Washington, DC area. Mr. Kisriev also has first-hand experience working directly for a nonprofit, serving as a field officer for the International Red Cross during the war in Chechnya. Mr. Kisriev holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business Administration from King College. He is CPA licensed in California and Virginia.