Staff

The mission of MHASF is to cultivate peer leadership, build community, and advance social justice in mental health.

MHASF staff come from all walks of life, but we're united by our commitment to providing accessible, relevant, and innovative mental health peer support, resources, advocacy, and training at all stages of recovery and across the Bay Area. Below you can find out more about who we are, where we come from, and how we live out MHASF's mission every day.

Executive Management

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Rachel Del Rossi, Executive Director

Rachel has been a dedicated nonprofit leader for the last 20 years, the majority spent here in San Francisco. She has extensive experience working with individuals in crisis, including foster 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 experience of mental health challenges. Rachel promotes the peer model and the recovery movement in every aspect of our work.

rachel@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 330

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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 previously the Program Manager of MHASF’s internationally recognized Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC), which included peer-to-peer support, service provider education and training, innovative research, and expanded service accessibility. He also served as the 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 has a BA in Psychology from the University of Hawaii, West Oahu.

mark@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 317

San Francisco Staff

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Elizabeth Barr, Peer Coach

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 has earned counseling certificates in substance abuse and disability perspectives, and she is certified as a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) 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.

elizabeth@mentalhealthsf.org

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Terri Byrne, Peer Development 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. Among the many projects she supports across MHASF, Terri oversees PROPEL, MHASF's peer employment support program, and ARISE, our peer mental health advocacy program. 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, and helping Bay Area employers become great places for peer staff to work.

terri@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 306

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Sarah Jean Flynn, Warm Line Program Manager

As Warm Line Program Manager, Sarah Jean oversees all aspects of the Warm Line, including training, program development, data collection, reporting, consumer satisfaction, supervision, and support for a staff of over 25 Peer Counselors and Specialists. She enjoys being a leader among peers and strives to embody the values of Mental Health Recovery in her work and life.

Sarah Jean has provided support and leadership in community health programs for nearly 15 years.  She has extensive experience working within harm reduction and trauma-informed frameworks, offering support to underserved and marginalized communities. Before stepping into her role as Warm Line Manager at MHASF, Sarah Jean worked as a Warm Line Counselor as well as a Warm Line Specialist. She is deeply committed to peer support and believes it is an essential tool for wellness. Sarah Jean studied Sociology and Gender Studies at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada.

sarah@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 327

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Ana B. Gutiérrez

Ana B. Gutiérrez 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.

ana@mentalhealthsf.org

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CW Johnson, Outreach Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

cw@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 324

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Scott Justus, CVA, Events and Volunteer Coordinator

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 nonprofit 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.

scott@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 311

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Will Kamin, Operations Manager

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 HR administration and procedure development, Board support, inventory control, equipment resourcing, and fixing whatever breaks.

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, providing critical leadership in training, curriculum design, 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 summa cum laude in Philosophy from Greenville University and attended the Stony Brook University master's program in Philosophy and Aesthetics.

will@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 337

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Stephen Leader, Peer Support Coordinator

As the Peer Support Coordinator, Stephen ensures the delivery of quality peer-led supports to the greater Bay Area consumer population. He directly supervises MHASF's SUPPORT and NURTURE programs, which offer one-on-one and group peer support for a variety of topics, including collecting behaviors (also known as hoarding and cluttering), mindfulness, and nutrition, and supports our Training Institute by facilitating trainings on holistic wellness and collecting behaviors.

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.

stephen.l@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 316

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Meaghan O'Brien, Peer Development Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

meaghan@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 310

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Varian Pierce, Peer Coach

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.

varian@mentalhealthsf.org

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Julian Plumadore, Community Engagement Manager

Jules joined MHASF in 2011 as an original member of the innovative Peer Response Team on Hoarding and Cluttering. Since then, he has served MHASF and the San Francisco mental health community in the roles of Community Advocate, SOLVE Program Manager, and his current position as Community Engagement Manager. He currently oversees and coordinates MHASF's Training Institute.

Jules has shared his lived experience of mental health challenges through media outlets like Al Jazeera America, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Believer magazine. He has led the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Awards process since 2013, and in 2015, he was honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for his work with Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training for the San Francisco Police Department. He is the co-creator with colleague Terri Byrne of the acclaimed MHASF training Language Matters, which has been featured at recovery conferences throughout the US, including WRAP Around the World and Alternatives.

julian@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 315

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Shukri Shiraz, Bookkeeper

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 Richmond with his wife and 6 kids.

shukri@mentalhealthsf.org | (415) 421-2926 ext 313

Marin County Staff

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Maxwell Ali-Kinney, Peer Provider

Bio coming soon!

maxwell@mentalhealthsf.org

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Ashley Glosz, Peer Provider

Bio coming soon!

ashley@mentalhealthsf.org

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Erik Henriques, Supervising Peer Specialist

Erik Henriques originally began working at MHASF in October of 2014 as a Warm Line Counselor and was promoted to the role of Warm Line Specialist in April 2015. Erik began serving in his current position, 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.

erik@mentalhealthsf.org

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