Meet the team

We here at MHASF are a diverse team of peers, supporters, advocates, family members, and providers dedicated to taking the peer and recovery to the next level.

*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 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. | Ext. 330


Mark Salazar, Associate Director

As the Associate Director, Mark is responsible for driving overall operations, services and key growth initiatives.

Before being named Associate Director, Mark was the Director of Operations from July 2015 to June 2017 where he oversaw MHASF's Peer Recovery and Peer Workforce Development departments that included PROPEL, The San Francisco Peer-Run Warm Line, Marin Peer Response Team, and Peer Partners Program.  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, service 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.

Mark is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Health Administration from the University of Southern California. Mark received is BA in Psychology from the University of Hawaii - West Oahu. | Ext. 330


Luba Botcheva, PhD, Director of Learning and Development

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. | Ext. 320


Rachel Bryant, MA, Director of Peer Programs

Rachel serves as the Director of Peer Programs at MHASF. She coordinates and leads agency efforts to deliver quality, peer-led programming to the greater Bay Area. Rachel brings more than 15 years of advocacy and social justice experience working in public mental health and works closely with consumers and indigenous practitioners to help redefine community mental health practices. Rachel has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), where she is currently an adjunct professor. | Ext. 319



Terri Byrne

Peer Development Manager
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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.

Stephen Leader

Peer Support Coordinator
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As the Peer Support Coordinator, Stephen ensures the delivery of quality peer-led supports to the greater Bay Area consumer population. He directly supervises the Peer Response Team and coordinates support groups relating to collecting behaviors (aka hoarding and cluttering).

Stephen has been with MHASF since 2015, when he joined the Warm Line as a peer counselor providing empathetic live phone and instant messaging support. Prior to MHASF, Stephen volunteered at Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures, where he introduced people to nature and white water rafting. Stephen was educated at New York University, where he earned a BFA in Television. He was born and raised in London and in 1991 realized his dream of moving to San Francisco where he currently lives.

Rose Cohen Westbrooke

PROPEL Program Coordinator
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As the PROPEL Program Coordinator, Rose supports peers in their pursuit of employment in the Public Mental Health System through training and 1-on-1 job coaching and support. Before joining PROPEL, Rose spent 3 years in MHASF's Peer-Run Warm Line program, first as a Peer Counselor providing direct phone support and then taking on the role of Peer Specialist, providing program leadership and supervision. She also serves on the working committee for MHASF's International Conference on Hoarding and Cluttering.

Rose was born, raised, and currently lives in Oakland and spent 4 years in upstate New York earning her BA in Sociology at Ithaca College. Before MHASF, Rose worked supporting incarcerated people in accessing legal support in California State Prisons and has volunteered with the Pacific Center in Berkeley.

Meaghan O'Brien

Peer Development Specialist

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C.W. Johnson

Outreach Specialist

Scott Justus, CVA

Events and Volunteer Coordinator
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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
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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
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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.


Julian Plumadore

Community Engagement Manager
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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

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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 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

Peer Responder

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.

Varian Pierce

Peer Responder

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 Response Team

Erik Henriques

Supervising Peer Specialist

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.

Jose Cesar Leiva

Triage Worker - Peer Provider

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