Rachel Del Rossi
Interim Executive Director
Rachel has been a dedicated social service provider for the last 15 years. 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. Before joining the MHASF team, she was the founding director of the Compass Family Resource Center for 9 years, providing direct support to homeless families. She has developed Human Service Agency approved curricula and is a seasoned trainer and group facilitator. Rachel is passionate about education’s ability to empower individuals and change lives.
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.
Stephen K. Marks, Ph.D.
Stephen Marks Ph.D has been working in health-service-related fields since 1993. Among other things he is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, an Anderson and Anderson Certified Anger Management Facilitator (CAMF) and a substance abuse peer support specialist. His professional experience includes organizational development (OD); T-Group Learning; program evaluation; adult learning; training curriculum development; grass roots community organizing; songwriting and musical arrangement; and domestic and community violence reduction and prevention. He has been enjoying his own recovery and wellness for many years. He is currently at work on a novel based on his lived experience as an adolescent living in state hospitals.
Director of Operations and Planning
Mark Salazar is Director for Operations and Planning at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. He also leads the Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering at MHASF and is the current Co-Chair of the San Francisco Task Force on Hoarding and Cluttering. 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 hoarding and cluttering and MHASF’s innovative ICHC 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 of 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.
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.
Community Engagement Manager
Julian Plumadore manages the SOLVE Speakers Bureau for MHASF. In his previous position as Community Advocate, he drew on his years of lived experience as a mental health consumer to take an active role in discussions affecting San Francisco’s mental health community, including hearings on AB 1421 (Laura’s Law) and the SFPD’s Taser Proposal. In addition to offering peer support and facilitating recovery-oriented support groups, Julian has worked extensively with the Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC) and is the co-creator of Language Matters, a training on how using recovery-oriented language can change the way we think about mental health challenges. Julian has 4 years of academic training in Humanities from the University of Oregon, and 30 years of lived experience as a mental health consumer.
Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY 13822) and co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy where he specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders in adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Tompkins is Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Diplomate and Certified Trainer of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and a consultant and trainer for the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive-behavior therapy and related topics, as well as seven books, including Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring (with Tamara L. Hartl) (New Harbinger, 2009) and the Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach (Springer, 2015), a book for clinicians who work with people with severe hoarding behavior. Dr. Tompkins has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and on television (The Learning Channel, Arts & Entertainment, Lifetime) and radio (KQED, NPR) and has presented widely on cognitive-behavior therapy, hoarding, and related topics.