Our Team

Our Administrative Leadership Team:

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Jed Coffin Chief Financial Officer Work Phone: 707-800-3966 Work Fax: 707-544-6837
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Ashley Fehrmann Chief Development Officer Work Phone: 707-800-3958
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Elizabeth Goldman , MFT #32470 Chief Program Officer Work Phone: 707-800-3947 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Katrina Thurman Chief Executive Officer Work Phone: 707-800-3949

Administration and Development Staff:

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Susan Boyle Volunteer Coordinator Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x205
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Alicia Castro Human Resources Specialist Work Phone: 707-206-7502
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Beth Craven Design + Marketing Associate Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x287
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Tor Hansen SAY Facilities Supervisor
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Shelby Harris Communications & Marketing Manager Work Phone: 707-800-3970
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Sherie Hill Accounting Manager Work Phone: 707-800-3969 Work Fax: 707-703-5404
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Stephanie Picard Bowen Development Associate, Corporate Partnerships and Events Work Phone: 707-800-3967
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Herlinda Ramirez-Williams Payroll & Accounting Specialist Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x248
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Sally Walker Development Associate, Government and Foundation Giving Work Phone: 707-800-3968
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Sabrina Ward Office Manager Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x 244

Housing Staff:

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Tanya Carvajal Housing Placement Specialist Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x272
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Lisa Fatu Director of Youth Crisis Services Work Phone: 707-546-3432
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Dot Iriks , MFT #82225 Director of Housing Services Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x284
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Arthur Jones Coffee House Night Staff Work Phone: 707-546-3432
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Monique Mendoza Coffee House Crisis Counselor Work Phone: 707-546-3432
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Samuelu Poueu Program Coordinator, Tamayo Village Work Phone: (707) 544-5446
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Shawna Rundstrom Coffee House Program Coordinator Work Phone: 707-546-3432
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Heather Sweet Data and Reporting Analyst Work Phone: 707-546-3432
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Lily Tucker Emotional Support Dog, SAY Finley Dream Center
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Shari Tucker Housing Program Coordinator Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x281 Work Phone: 707-544-3307 Work Fax: 707-703-5287

Counseling Staff:

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Bethany Balswick Registered Associate CSW #59950 School-Based Mental Health Clinician Supervised by Dr. Meg Tippy, Licensed PsychologistPSY #27044 Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x188 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Andrea Bankson MFT Trainee Clinical Training Staff Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 X256 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Melissa Bentley LMFT #102188 Director of Counseling Services Work Phone: 707-800-3965 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Nidza Clarke LMFT #80430 School-Based Mental Health Clinician Work Phone: (415) 722-4664 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Alison Dotti Psychological Assistant #PSB94023470 Clinical Training Staff Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 X264 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Heather Dunn LCSW #26006 Clinical Supervisor Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x179 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Debi Emmons, LMFT #97008 School Mental Health Coordinator Work Phone: 707-583-1670 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Natalie Evans Clinic Coordinator, Counseling Department Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x233 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Nicole Evans, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #81116 School-Based Mental Health Clinician Supervised by Dr. Meg Tippy, Licensed Psychologist, PSY#27044 Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x190 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Rosanna Fikes, LMFT #97026 Lead School Mental Health Clinician Work Phone: (707) 241-3162 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Dr. Victoria Filanosky, Licensed Psychologist #22440 Clinical Supervisor/ Youth & Family Therapist Work Phone: 707-544-3299 ext 211 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Dani Gilardi, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #92753 Youth & Family Therapist Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: 707-544-3299 X213 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Evelyn Grimaldi, Registered Associate CSW #75554 School-Based Mental Health Clinician Supervised by Heather Dunn, LCSW #26006 Work Phone: 707-347-9244 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Diana Gutierrez, Registered Associate CSW #65736 Bilingual Youth & Family Therapist/Terapeuta Bilingue de Jóvenes y Familias Supervised by Heather Dunn, LCSW #26006 Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 x241 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Carolina Herrera, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #85807 Bilingual Youth & Family Therapist/Terapeuta Bilingue de Jóvenes y Familias Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 x242 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Kitu Jhawar-Terris, LMFT #51399 School Mental Health Coordinator Work Phone: 707-776-6513 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Jessica Malmberg, MFT Trainee Clinical Training Staff Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 X208 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
Dr. Marian Marioni , Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Lead Clinical Supervisor Work Phone: 707-800-3951 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Rachel Page, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #74235 School-Based Mental Health Clinician Supervised by Dr. Victoria Filanosky, Licensed PsychologistPSY#22440 Work Phone: 707-347-9267 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Christina Pesce, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #87886 Youth & Family Therapist Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 x228 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Phoenix Piwowarski, LMFT #92695 School-Based Mental Health Clinician Work Phone: 510-860-5856 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Brooke Ransom-Burr, LMFT #85710 Counseling Program Manager Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 x263 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Emily Reeder, LMFT #90327 Counseling Program Manager Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x283
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Carlo Rossi , M.A. Prevention Specialist/ Independent Child Advocate Work Phone: 707-829-6690
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Jessica Scow, Registered Associate CSW #75014 Youth & Family Therapist Supervised by Heather Dunn, LCSW #26006 Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x243 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Lianna Shaw, LMFT #107502, ATR Coordinator of Grief Services Work Phone: (707) 935-1946 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Morgan Shepherd , CADC-II #A019830715 Lead School Mental Health Clinician Work Phone: (707) 800-3537 x187 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Dr. Meg Tippy , Licensed Psychologist PSY#27044 Clinical Supervisor/ Youth & Family Therapist Work Phone: (707) 800-3948 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Thalia Trotta, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #101676 Supervised by Dr. Meg Tippy, Licensed Psychologist, PSY #27044 Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x232 Work Fax: 707-703-4910
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Ingrid Tsong, MFT Trainee Clinical Training Staff Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: (707) 544-3299 X266 Work Fax: (707) 703-4910
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Kim Walker Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #95514 School-Based Mental Health Clinician & Grief Services Clinician Supervised by Meg Tippy, Psy.D. Licensed Psychologist #27044 Work Fax: 707-544-3299 x169
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Erin Wiper, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #92753 Supervised by Dr. Marian Marioni, Licensed Psychologist PSY#19599 Work Phone: 707-544-3299 X262 Work Fax: 707-703-4910

Career Services Staff:

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Danny Chaparro Bilingual Case Manager Work Phone: 707-532-5627
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Serene Cooper Director of Career Services Work Phone: 707-800-3950
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Amy Gill Case Manager Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x206
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Vera Gutierrez Career Services Specialist Work Phone: 707-544-3304
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Gabe Hirsh Work-based Learning Coordinator Work Phone: 707-544-3266 x246
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Holly Jones Case Manager Work Phone: 707-544-3299 x202
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Brianna Marr Work-based Learning Coordinator Work Phone: 707-544-3266 x246
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Alex Welch Work-based Learning Team Lead Work Phone: 707-800-3961
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Mike Zigler Work-Based Learning Coordinator II Work Phone: 707-583-9675

Board of Directors

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Scott Pritchard
Board President Website: Transplant Transportation Services

Scott Pritchard, President of Transplant Transportation Services, Inc., lives in Petaluma with his wife Jennifer and two school age children. Scott has spent his career in the aviation industry working for well known air charter companies with roles in operations, sales, strategy and management. In 2008 he started TTSI. Scott is heavily involved in his community volunteering his time on education related boards, in youth mentoring programs and with the local police department. Scott enjoys time with his family, the coast, martial arts, gardening and reading.

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Lisa Wittke Schaffner
Vice President Website: The John Jordan Foundation

Lisa is the Executive Director of the John Jordan Foundation, prior to this position she was Chief Executive Officer of the Sonoma County Alliance for seven years, the Alliance is a coalition of business, agriculture, labor and individuals organized to protect private property rights, to encourage a healthy economy, to maintain a sound environment, and to promote a responsive political process. Lisa worked with organizations such as the SCOE, the Sonoma County EDB and the Business Consortium of Executive Directors to promote economic development in Sonoma County. Lisa is also President of the H-Town youth Theater, sits on the boards of the Sonoma County Fair and United Way of the Wine Country.

Lisa Schaffner was born and raised in Healdsburg, California. She graduated from California State University Sacramento in 1991 with degrees in Government and Journalism.

In 1999 Lisa was elected to Healdsburg City Council. She was Vice-Mayor from December 2002 until December 2003 and again in 2007. She became Mayor of Healdsburg in December of 2003 and again in December 2007, retiring from Council at the end of 2008. In 2010, Lisa as appointed to the Council to serve out an existing vacant term.

Lisa is a mother of two kids, McKenzie 16 and Malloy 13.

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Troy Niday
Secretary Website: The Press Democrat

Troy Niday is Chief Operations Officer for Sonoma Media Investments, LLC publisher of the Press Democrat and other Sonoma County publications and websites. He oversees all aspects of audience development, consumer revenue generation, production and distribution for the organization. A native Nebraskan, Troy worked at four other media companies before bringing his expertise to Sonoma County in 2014. He resides near the town of Freestone with his wife Pam; they have two children in their early 20s, and enjoy traveling together.

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Ty Comstock
Treasurer Website: Jacskson Family Wines

Ty is approaching his 19th anniversary with Jackson Family Enterprises, and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of finance, IT, human resources, and international businesses for the Jackson Family. During his tenure, Ty had the opportunity to help shape the company as it is configured today, including executive leadership, corporate treasury and financing, general accounting and process improvements, mergers and acquisition, strategic vision, and information systems and technology. Prior to joining the Jackson Family, Ty spent ten years in general and financial management with Core-Mark International. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he is married and has a daughter in college.

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Gerard Giudice
Member At Large Website: Sally Tomatoes

Gerard Giudice is the owner of Sally Tomatoes Catering and Event Company in Rohnert Park. Born in the Bronx, Gerard is proud to call Rohnert Park home, and is a proud member of the Rohnert Park Cotati Rotary Club and the Rohnert Park Planning Commission. He also serves as a board member for the Sonoma State Athletic Association. Gerard is married to Suzanne Knauer-Giudice and has two inspiring daughters, Katarina, 2 and Isabella, 18.


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Jeff Ahlers

Jeff Ahlers initially joined La Tortilla Factory as a Board Member in 2013 and was immediately captivated by the company’s values and culture. A year later, he accepted the opportunity to take on the role of President and CEO.

Jeff has worked in the food industry for over 30 years, embracing an entrepreneurial approach to cultivate business success and build strong relationships. Jeff and his wife, Kelly, have been active with many non-profit organizations over the years including Courage Worldwide and locally in fostering youth and adoption advocacy. Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and keeping fit. He has two grown sons, three young children and one grandson.

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Gina Belforte
Website: Stanley Steemer

Gina Belforte is currently serving her third term as a Rohnert Park City Council member. Gina has previously served as the Mayor for two years and as Vice Mayor for three years. In addition to serving on SAY’s board, Gina currently serves on the Economic Development Committee, the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, on the Water Committee and is a Rohnert Park Foundation board member.

Gina’s background includes a long career in marketing and public relations. She opened new territories for advertising companies, trained sales people and handled multimillion dollar advertising campaigns. A Northern California native, she has lived in Rohnert Park for 31 years with her husband Kevin and has two grown children. Gina is also the local owner of Stanley Steemer, employing over 20 people and servicing Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties.

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Matt Brewer

Matt Brewer was born and raised in Sonoma County, and graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. Matt is a certified public accountant and works for Pisenti & Brinker where he is a manager in taxation and assurance services. Matt provides corporate, partnership and individual tax planning and compliance services and oversees audit, review and compilation engagements. Matt married the love of his life, Chloe, in 2010. When he is not working and volunteering, he keeps busy raising his three children.

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Kristine Burk
Law Office of Kristine Burk

Kristine Burk is a licensed attorney with over twenty years of experience as a criminal defense trial lawyer. She has proudly spent nearly half of her career as a public defender and was most recently a Chief Deputy Public Defender at the Sonoma County Public Defender’s Office. Kristine received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s Studies from UCLA and her Juris Doctorate from University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has long had interests in social justice, gender equity and community organizing. She is a devoted parent of two busy children and, when she’s not keeping score on the sidelines of one of her daughters’ sporting events, she enjoys cooking, Giants baseball and listening to podcasts of all types.

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Mike Cook

Mike is Vice President with Firma Design Group, a planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm based in Petaluma, California. Mike attended California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, California for his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree (2001). He volunteers his time in many different ways and believes in making Santa Rosa/Petaluma and the North Bay an attractive place for doing business, and believes that Social Advocates for Youth is an essential part of creating a knowledgeable, involved and active generation of our high school students. Mike enjoys playing golf when he’s not working, has two young daughters and lives in Santa Rosa with his family.

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Karissa Kruse

Karissa Kruse is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. In her role as President, Karissa has guided the strategy and implementation of Sonoma County’s commitment to become America’s first 100% certified sustainable wine region. In an effort to continue to lead in the social responsibility component of sustainability, Karissa announced the relaunch of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation in January 2016 that aims to assist local agricultural employees and their families in the areas of healthcare, affordable housing, childcare, education and workforce development. She is a partner in a small winery, Argot Wines, and the owner of a 12-acre vineyard on Sonoma Mountain.

Karissa earned a BS in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She has 20 years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development, and has previously worked for companies such as General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel and Dairy Management.

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Austin Notley

Austin Notley is a native Santa Rosan with family roots going back for generations. He is an alumni of Maria Carrillo High School, where he discovered a passion for drama, stagecraft and peer counseling. Austin is currently a student at the SRJC and is pursuing his B.A. in United States History. Austin loves being active in his community – whether it is through participation in the school board or by his active involvement with the local student population directly.

Honorary Board of Directors

Marcus Benedetti

Ernie Carpenter

Bob Casanova

Connie Codding

Jayne Cohill

Matthew Davis

Nancy Fastenau

Bill Friedman

Hon. Gayle Guynup

Kevin Konicek

Kay Marquet

John Meislahn

Steve Page

Brian Purtill

District Attorney Jill Ravitch

Hon. Arnold Rosenfield

Willie Tamayo

Linda Tavis

Vic Trione

Steve Worthen

Supervisor Shirlee Zane

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