Shanti Project

Shanti Staff and Board Directory

Dr. Charles Garfield, Founder

Dr. Charles Gardield

Charles Garfield, PhD
Shanti Project founder and
author of Life's Last Gift

Dr. Charles Garfield has been recognized internationally as the founder of Shanti, a widely acclaimed volunteer organization, and the Shanti National Training Institute (SNTI). For over thirty-five years, he has pioneered the development of service oriented volunteer organizations and the training of volunteers in a wide variety of applications. For his work with Shanti and for originating the Shanti model of peer support, Garfield was named National Activist of the Year—one of America’s highest awards to individuals making voluntary contributions in public service. He has also received recognition by cities and organizations large and small including a Mayor’s Day in his honor in San Francisco and many others.

Dr. Garfield serves as Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California School of Medicine at San Francisco (UCSF). A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.

Charles Garfield is the co-author of Training Volunteers for Community Service: The Step-by-Step Guide of the Shanti National Training Institute. He is also the author of Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb: Love and Caregiving in a Time of AIDS. While on the faculty of the Cancer Research Institute at UCSF, he was one of the early contributors to the burgeoning field of psychosocial oncology. Two of his books, Stress and Survival: The Emotional Realities of Life Threatening Illness and Psychosocial Care of the Dying Patient, have been used as texts in many medical and nursing schools.

Charles Garfield began his career in computer science after receiving two graduate degrees in mathematics from Adelphi University as well as induction into Pi Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honorary Society, and later, the Adelphi University Alumni Academy of Distinction. Dr. Garfield worked as a computer analyst on Apollo Eleven, our first lunar landing. It was as a member of the team that sent the first two astronauts to the moon that he learned how mission-driven teams can band together to accomplish extraordinary results. He then continued his education earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California at Berkeley prior to publishing ten books including the highly regarded peak performance trilogy on high achieving individuals, teams and organizations—Second to None, Peak Performers and Peak Performance. His honorary speeches include: Clinton White House conference; U.S. Olympic Committee and Head Coaches of Olympic Sports; and the Leadership of Oklahoma City following the tragic bombing of the federal building. Charles Garfield was an at-large member of the Board of Governors and is currently an instructor at the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He serves on the editorial board of Greater Good, a national magazine from the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Science and the Greater Good. He is also a founding faculty member of the Metta Institute (formerly Zen Hospice) end of life counselor training program.

Dr. Garfield has helped many community based, healthcare and religious organizations in the U.S. and abroad to fulfill their missions as exemplary service agencies. Of this work he says: “The combined experience of the many hundreds of organizations around the world modeled after Shanti has shown us that volunteers, and those organizations wise enough to use them fully, are capable of delivering much needed, high quality care for people facing life’s most difficult challenges. For over 35 years, Shanti’s work has demonstrated that volunteers – America’s invisible workforce - can learn to be tender on people and tough on problems as they serve those who need them most.”

To read articles written by Dr. Garfield, click here.

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Kaushik Roy, Executive Director

Kaushik Roy Kaushik Roy
Executive Director
(415) 674-4722  eMail

Kaushik Roy is the Executive Director of The Shanti Project, which is one of San Francisco's oldest community-based nonprofits supporting people with cancer and HIV/AIDS. He started volunteering at Shanti in 2004, joined Shanti's staff in 2006, and became Executive Director in 2008. In 2014, Kaushik was appointed by Mayor Edwin M. Lee to the City and County of San Francisco’s Aging and Adult Services Commission, and he previously served on San Francisco’s Palliative Care and LGBT Aging Adult Policy Task Forces. Kaushik serves on the Board of Directors for San Francisco’s Interfaith Council and is an Executive Officer of the HIV/AIDS Providers Network. He holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, is a graduate of the Metta Institute's End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program, and he recently completed the LeaderSpring 2-year Fellowship Program for leading change in strengthening underserved communities.

Shanti Board of Directors

Tyson Bell Tyson Bell Secretary
Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Enterprise Architect

Tyson has worked in enterprise solutions for almost twenty years focusing on the alignment of people, their processes and how technology enables a more efficient business. He is a leader in developing partner based joint solutions with a focus on technical alignment to business need.

Tyson came to Shanti through the PAWS merger and believes that SF can provide greatest help to its community through centralized delivery of client services. As a decade long active PAWS, he’s been rewarded time and again by the human animal bond through dog walking, fostering and food delivery and is now a proud owner of his own Wheaten Terrier.

Tyson has been on the PAWS board since Oct 2013, acted as PAWS Board Secretary in 2015 and is now Shanti’s Board Secretary for 2016.

Tyson is an active member of and is an avid swimmer, wakeboarder and paddle boarder and is a board member of Having lived in SF for over twenty years and traveled extensively for his job and pleasure, Tyson believes there’s no better place to live than SF which is build on an amazing community that we all should be grateful to support to keep it the vibrant town that it is.
William L. Dawes William L. Dawes Treasurer
Dun & Bradstreet
SVP (Retired)

Bill retired after a career at The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B), where he was Senior Vice President of Global Sales. Prior to working at D&B, he taught history at the Dwight Englewood School and wrote for The Record, a newspaper in northern New Jersey.

He has been a member of the Shanti Board since 2000. He currently serves as Treasurer and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Bill now lives in Chicago, where he has done volunteer work for PAWS Chicago, a leader in the no-kill animal rescue community and a provider of veterinary medical services.

He graduated from Denison University with a BA in History and Political Science.
Chris Dordell Chris Dordell
Wells Fargo
Senior Vice President and Head of International Marketing

Chris is a senior vice president and the head of international marketing for Wells Fargo. Based in San Francisco, his team provides marketing support for all IG lines of business, including Global Banking, Foreign Exchange, International Treasury Management, Global Financial Institutions, and International Trade Services. He also oversees marketing and enterprise brand efforts in key regions around the world, including Asia Pacific (APAC); Canada; Latin America (LatAm); and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Wells Fargo serves the needs of its customers through offices across the U.S., Canada, and more than 40 overseas locations.

Chris has nearly 25 years of experience in marketing and communications. He joined Wells Fargo in 2007 as the affluent segment marketing manager for Wealth Management. In 2009, he joined Wholesale Banking to manage marketing for Commercial Banking, and later took on management of marketing for Government and Institutional Banking and the Corporate Banking Group. He assumed his current role in May 2015.

Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Chris held business-to-business and business-to-consumer marketing roles at Minnesota-based UnitedHealthcare and Ameriprise Financial. He also worked as an account executive and account supervisor at an advertising and public relations agency. Early in his career, Chris worked at West Publishing, a Thomson Reuters predecessor, as a media relations specialist and multimedia producer and writer.

Chris holds a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. In addition to serving on the Shanti Board, Chris also serves on the Board of TurnOut, an organization that seeks to connect volunteers with non-profit LGBTQ organization volunteer opportunities. From 2010-15, he was a Roadie Team captain on the AIDS LifeCycle, benefiting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Chris is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota.
Manoog Hadeshian Manoog Hadeshian
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.
National Director of Medicare Finance Strategic Analysis

Manoog is the National Director of Medicare Finance Strategic Anlaysis for Kaiser Permanente (KP). He has been KP since 1991,and recently elevated to KP's Executive Leadership team in 2008. Manoog leads health plan processes and functions specific to the Medicare line of business. He is responsible for Medicare financial forecasting, legislative impact assessment, financial strategy and regulatory reporting.

Manoog earned his Masters in Urban Planning from State of New York University at Buffalo in 1987, and also holds a bachelors in Economics. He was recently elected to the Shanti board of directors in April of 2010, and is committed to bringing his passions and skills to our compelling vision and purpose. He currently resides in Berkeley with his wife Anamaria and two boys, Miko and Mateo.
Shane Hensinger Shane Hensinger
Consulate of the Republic of Seychelles - California

Shane Hensinger works as an independent political risk analyst advising clients on projects and investment in the EMEA region. Shane previously served as senior political risk analyst with the J. Safra Sarasin Group in Zurich, Switzerland and prior to that as a research analyst with the Fund for Peace in Washington, DC. Shane serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles in California, where he actively promotes the interests of the Seychelles and its place as the world's top luxury tourist destination.

Shane holds a BA in International Relations from New York University (NYU), where he graduated as a University Honors Scholar, as well as an MA in International Security from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Brisdell Hunte Brisdell Hunte
Regulatory Affairs Professional

Brisdell works at Genentech as a Regulatory Affairs Professional contributing to the development of innovative medicines across several disease areas including virology, immunology, oncology, ophthalmology and respiratory. In her current role, Brisdell focuses on providing strategic guidance and direction to cross-functional teams responsible for the clinical development, manufacturing and marketing of medicines that address significant unmet medical needs. Brisdell also leads teams responsible for interfacing with regulatory authorities and manages a group of regulatory professionals.

Prior to joining Genentech, Brisdell worked at University of California – San Francisco and DNAX Research Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology in Palo Alto conducting scientific research. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Science Chemistry from Southampton College of Long Island University.

Knowing how important Shanti is to San Francisco, Brisdell was interested in being involved in this great organization that brings compassion and support to San Francisco residents living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. Brisdell joined the Shanti Board of Directors in December 2014 after participating in the 40th Anniversary Celebration and the Peer Support Training in November 2014.
Jill Isenstadt Jill IsenstadtVice Chair
Head of Coaching

Jill is the Head of Coaching for Joyable, an online coach-supported program to help people overcome social anxiety. Previously she held leadership positions in business operations, development and strategy at Samasource, a start-up which builds technology to connect marginalized people to work via the internet. Prior to Samasource Jill worked for an IPO advisory firm managing investor relations programs for technology companies. Jill has also worked as a consult for the World Bank's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Group, and holds a B.A. from Duke University in Economics and Public Policy Studies.

Jill has been a volunteer with Shanti since 2006. During this time she has served as a Peer Support Volunteer, facilitated volunteer trainings and a monthly support group.
Scott B. Jacobs Scott B. Jacobs
Benjamin Madison Wealth Advisors
Principal & Founder

Originally from New York, Scott moved to the Bay Area in 1999 to expand his career in Behavioral Wealth Management and Financial Planning. He currently lives and works in Cow Hollow with his fiancé Maggie and their two baby boy cats, Jackson & Cooper.

The human animal bond is very important to Scott. He was the former Board Chair of PAWS, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Shanti since the merger. Volunteering at San Francisco Pride, AIDS Walk or with Folsom Street Events are just a few of ways Scott enjoys giving back to the community and immersing himself in the city that he loves.

Scott can be found on his yoga mat five times a week, as well as playing softball in the SFGSL and Flag Football in the SFGFFL throughout the year.

One item he'd like to make very clear…despite his New York roots, Scott is a big San Francisco Giants Fan and loves Steph and the Warriors!
Micki Klearman Micki Klearman, M.D.
Associate Group Medical Director

Micki is an accomplished Rheumatologist and Internist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She joined Genentech in 2007 where she now serves in a group leadership position in the immunology pharma development group working on medications to treat rheumatoid arthritis and vasculitis.

Micki received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Stanford University. She then went on to do her medical training as well as her residency and fellowship training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Micki has served on several university-affiliated boards and has been an advocate for patient rights and access to care.

Micki has two grown sons and an aging golden retriever. She enjoys all that the Bay Area has to offer with a special love for hiking and the performance arts.

Micki was elected to the Shanti board in 2013.
Colleen McCarthy Colleen McCarthy
Exponent Partners
Vice President of Business Development

Joining Shanti's board in 2014, Colleen brings broad experience in Bay Area nonprofits, startups, social enterprises, and technology companies. Currently, Colleen leads marketing and business development for Exponent Partners, a B Corporation which provides systems for nonprofit organizations to track and measure their results. Her experience includes roles in both for profit and nonprofit organizations, including Capital One, Intuit, and Net Impact.

Colleen has volunteered extensively in the local community with organizations such as San Francisco Suicide Prevention, Kitchen Table Advisors, and the SF SPCA.

Colleen earned an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and did her undergraduate work at Amherst College.
Connie Norton Constance E. Norton Board Chair
Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Connie is a Shareholder with the nationwide law firm, Littler Mendelson, P.C. She has been with the firm since 2008. With over 55 offices in major metropolitan areas nationwide and globally, Littler is the largest law firm in the United States exclusively devoted to representing management in employment litigation, employee benefits and labor law matters. Connie’s law practice focuses on pre-litigation employment counseling as well as representing employers in a broad range of litigation matters including defense of individual and class action lawsuits in state and federal court involving claims of statutory discrimination, retaliation, disparate impact, and alleged wage and hour violations. Connie has a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Communication Studies and earned her law degree, with highest honors, from Golden Gate University School of Law.

Connie was elected to the Shanti Board in August 2012, and served as Vice Chair until January 1, 2017, when she was elected to serve as the first female Chair in Shanti’s recent history. Connie brings to Shanti more than a decade’s experience in fundraising, scientific grant review and state and national legislative advocacy on behalf of uninsured women and men impacted by breast cancer. Her commitment to Shanti and its life sustaining work is inspired and supported by her husband, Perry Lisker, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and daughter Aidan, with whom she lives in San Francisco.
Frank Petkovich Frank Petkovich
Director, Go-to-Market Programs

Frank, a native San Franciscan, specializes in digital and product marketing. With BroadSoft, Frank works with customers to ensure they maximizing sales and marketing effectiveness to their enterprise customers through digital marketing programs. Recent company experience includes Cisco Systems as Senior Marketing Manager, Vice President of Global Marketing at SOMA Networks, as well as senior-level Marketing roles at numerous Silicon Valley start-up companies. Frank holds a Bachelor's degree in Management and Marketing from the University of San Francisco, and an MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University.

Frank joined Shanti’s board in 2010, and feels that his life has been transformed as a result of his involvement with Shanti's board, staff and clients.
Ernesto Quintanilla Ernesto Quintanilla
Resources Global Professionals

Ernesto joined Shanti’s Board in December 2011 after participating in Shanti’s Peer Support Training earlier in 2011. Ernesto is currently a consultant with Resources Global Professionals and has served dozens of clients across the retail, consumer business, high technology, healthcare, and financial services in the Bay Area and throughout the United States and the Americas. Some of his areas of specialization include program/project management, business process improvement, mergers and acquisitions, and shared service organizations.

Prior to joining Resources Global Professionals, Ernesto was a Senior Manager for Deloitte where he worked in the compliance and consulting organizations. Ernesto also served as the Chair of the LGBT Business Resource Group in the Bay Area conducting marketplace, recruiting & retention, community involvement, and professional development activities internal and external to Deloitte. Ernesto graduated from Stanford University with a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering in 1996.
John Sell John Sell
Distinguished Engineer

John is a Distinguished Engineer at Microsoft specializing in hardware. He has been with Microsoft since 2005. He was previously a Senior Fellow at Advanced Micro Devices, Chief Technical Officer of the 3DO Company, and a Distinguished Engineer at Apple. John received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College and a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

John was a member of the PAWS board for many years prior to merging with Shanti and a past board chair. He is also involved with other non-profit organizations promoting quality of life, arts, and human rights. In his view, PAWS is a perfect fit with Shanti’s mission to enhance the health, quality of life, and well-being of disadvantaged members of our society. Through the PAWS program Shanti helps to preserve clients’ relationship with their companion animals that are often one of the most important friends and pleasures in their lives.
Tom Steele Tom Steele, PhD
II-VI Laser Enterprise
Sales Manager, North America

Tom was adopted from the PAWS Board as part of the merger with Shanti in late 2015, which he strongly supported as part of the Merger team.

Born and raised mostly in South Africa, he also lived in Ireland from 3 to 5 years old, and so as an Irish citizen, Tom considers himself Afro-Irish; yet he’s now lived more of his life as an immigrant to the USA so others have recently labelled him as African-American!

His formal education as a Physicist culminated in his Doctoral experimental research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center.He then shifted from Ivory Tower science to a Silicon-Valley startup performing R&D in solid-state lasers and fiber optics, subsequently migrating into Product & Sales Management, Marketing, and Business Development roles at a number of Laser technology companies, with various titles including Director of Strategic Marketing and VP Marketing & Sales.

Tom’s personal interests are many and varied! An avid Art lover, Maker and Art collector, he is proudly a 15-year-serial Burner, volunteer ARTerian, and Community Events team member supporting the Burning Man Project non-profit. He is also very active in the SF Flow-Arts/Flagger community and a co-producer of the Flagging In The Park series of community events held each Summer in Golden Gate Park. A swimmer since 5 years young, he also enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and lazing at home on Potrero Hill, but always at the beck-and-call of two feline sovereigns.
Chip K. Supanich Chip Supanich
Shanti Client, Community Activist/Policy Advocate

Chip Supanich has worked with a number of community-based organizations in San Francisco over the last two decades, contributing in a variety of ways – administrative support, community outreach and education, psychosocial and mental health services, and HIV prevention, to name a few. His advocacy and activist activities have included HIV prevention, care and support services, disability rights and the ADA, public health services for adults with disabilities and seniors, and civil and social justice rights including housing, healthcare and food security. Chip’s civic participation has included membership on several San Francisco City Councils, often taking leadership roles. He is currently a member of the San Francisco HIV Community Planning Council, the Long Term Care Coordinating Council and the Dignity Fund Oversight and Advisory Committee. Chip is a former Shanti peer support volunteer and current client. He has volunteered with Shanti since 1997 and joined the Board of Directors in February 2009.
Nisha Trivedi Nisha Trivedi
Senior Consultant

Nisha currently works as a Senior Consultant for mbaMission, a professional MBA admissions consulting firm that guides applicants to top business schools in building their personal brands by identifying and showcasing the strongest aspects of their candidacy in their applications. She also advises a healthcare startup on its marketing and sales strategy. Prior to these roles, she worked in brand management for Big Heart Pet Brands, now a division of The J.M. Smucker Company.

Nisha learned about Shanti through the 2013 Board Match event, where she was compelled by the organization’s core mission of ensuring that no individual has to endure a serious illness alone. Nisha has a longstanding commitment to philanthropy; she served as a volunteer Team Leader for New York Cares from 2007-2010 and completed a pro-bono consulting project for National Alliance on Mental Illness of Washtenaw County (MI) in 2010.

Nisha received her MBA from the University of Michigan and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include wine tasting, tennis, reading, and international travel.
Christopher Wiseman Christopher E. Wiseman
Christopher E. Wiseman Consulting

Christopher started his non-profit consulting firm in 2012. His specialties include maximizing revenue, building strategic relationships, managing volunteer and donor databases, and producing special events.

He first learned about The Shanti Project in 2004. During his time with the organization, he has served as a Peer Support Volunteer, a fundraiser, and as both an Auction and Event Chair for several events.

Christopher is an award-winning public speaker, an avid community leader, and a friend to those in need. As well as The Shanti Project, other leadership roles include: Screening Committee for Frameline, Advisory Board for Groundwork Opportunities, Advisory Board for Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Executive Event Committee for Family House, and the Executive Event Committee for Opera Parallele. He is also a supporter of Academy of Friends, the Human Rights Campaign, Junior Achievement, the San Francisco Jazz Center, and the Walt Disney Family Museum.


Cheryl Clarke Cheryl Clarke
Interim Development Director
(415) 625-5220   eMail

Cheryl A. Clarke, J.D. is a nationally known author, trainer and consultant. Her clients range from small, grassroots organizations to large, complex institutions with the common thread being that all do amazing work. Before starting her consulting practice, Cheryl held senior development positions at The Marine Mammal Center, UCSF and the University of San Francisco School of Law. She is the author of Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising and co-author (with Susan Fox) of Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes. A natural-born storyteller, Cheryl effectively integrates stories in her work with individual and institutional donors. She has a law degree from the University of San Francisco and a BSJ from Northwestern University.

Scarlett Chidgey Scarlett Chidgey
Donor Relations Manager/Grant Writer

(415) 674-4725   eMail

Scarlett started out at Shanti in 2012 as a Development Assistant. She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston University in Journalism, after which she spent years specializing in science communications. She also received a Master of Arts degree in International Studies with a concentration in Gender, Human Rights, and Development from University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

In the last several years, she has supported several nonprofit organizations focused on women’s human rights, global education, health, and business development in developing countries. She currently volunteers for the Alliance for International Women’s Rights.
Valentin Aguirre Valentin Aguirre
Senior Grant Writer

(415) 625-5205   eMail

Valentin joined Shanti as Senior Grant Writer in August 2012. Originally from San Diego, Valentin came to the Bay Area to study and in the process found a vibrant gay Latino community mobilizing against AIDS. In the early 1990s, he joined the staff at Mission Neighborhood Health Center’s Clinica Esperanza and, later, Community United in Response to AIDS/SIDA (CURAS).

Valentin also has experience as a HIV health educator and case manager, along with his many years of fundraising for health related programs and the arts. Most recently he worked with LYRIC for more than five years, writing grants for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth development programs. Along with his fundraising, Valentin is a poet, movie director, and opera producer. Valentin holds a BA in Communication from Stanford University.

Shannon Bourne Shannon Bourne
Executive & Operations Manager

(415) 674-4713   eMail

Shannon joined Shanti in 2014 after relocating from Washington DC to San Francisco. Shannon spent eight years as a paralegal, but decided that law school and the legal field were not for her. After volunteering with CCFA for a number of years, she developed a passion for working with the chronically ill and left the legal community to find work in the nonprofit sector.
Eileen Rice Eileen Rice
Special Events & Communications Coordinator

(415) 979-9550 X 318   eMail

Eileen joined the Shanti Project in 2016. An East Coast native originally from Connecticut, Eileen worked in service based program development in the university setting in Boston, MA. Slowly working her way out west, she arrived in Austin, TX in 2013 holding roles at Wheatsville Cooperative and helping Austin families find volunteer opportunities together, as an activity lead for Little Helping Hands.

Passionate about a holistic approach to providing care and helping non-profit organizations best serve clients from the inside out, Eileen is thrilled to be on board supporting the development team in all capacities.
Bruce Campbell Bruce Campbell
Finance Manager

(415) 674-4756   eMail
Matt Hiraoka Matt Hiraoka

(415) 674-4741   eMail

Matt started at Shanti early in 2014 as an intern in the finance department. A few months later, he joined the team full-time as their accounting and development assistant. Originally from Hawaii, Matt moved to the Bay Area in search of opportunity and refinement. He holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business.

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Shanti's Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program

Judith Biletnikoff Harkins Judith Biletnikoff Harkins RN, MSN, MPH

(415) 674-4770   eMail

Judith joined Shanti’s Margot Murphy Women’s Cancer Program in 2016. She has spent her career working to improve the health of underserved populations. Prior to joining Shanti, she worked to advance the care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS in low-resource settings. She also cared for clients at a local community clinic in the Philadelphia area.

Judith served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania and received her nursing and public health degrees from Johns Hopkins University. Judith’s passions include traveling internationally, exploring new foods, competing in triathlons and sharing adventures with her 2 daughters.
Ai May Tan Ai May Tan
Program Manager

(Cantonese/Mandarin/English speaking)
(415) 674-4735   eMail

Ai May joined Shanti in 2013 as a Care Navigator with Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program, and transitioned in 2015 to her role as Program Manager. Prior to joining Shanti, Ai May was working in Asia as a research assistant for two years. Her research work focused on topics related to corporate and strategic business affairs, as well as economic and government initiatives. During this time, she also volunteered with the speech therapy department of the National Stroke Association of Malaysia, where she led multilingual group and individual therapy sessions for adults who had acquired speech and language disorders.

Ai May holds BAs in Linguistics and English Literature from UCLA. Originally from Malaysia, she moved to San Francisco for college and since then left her heart in the city. She is passionate about working within the non-profit sector to provide care and support for the residents of San Francisco.
Alyssa Nickell Alyssa Nickell, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Program Development

(415) 674-4781   eMail

Alyssa joined Shanti in 2011 as a Care Navigator and Program Development Manager for Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program, and transitioned in 2012 to her role as Director of Research and Program Development, where she oversees the Shanti’s National and Local L.I.F.E. Programs, as well as agency-wide research, evaluation and new program initiatives.

Prior to Shanti, Alyssa was trained in the Shanti Peer Support Model and first came to Shanti in 2004 as a volunteer massage therapist for the Breast Cancer and the HIV/AIDS programs via the Care Through Touch Institute in San Francisco, where she provided massage therapy to individuals who are homeless or marginally housed, and served as a trainer, grant writer and board member. Alyssa brings to Shanti her experience as a graduate thesis advisor and instructor in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, and as a trainer/consultant in the design and delivery of intercultural teaching and learning workshops, group facilitation and creative process. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from Northwestern University, an M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
Christine Wagner Christina Wagner
Care Navigator

(415) 674-4709  eMail

Christina joined Shanti in 2015 as a Care Navigator for the Women’s Cancer program. She holds a B.A in Biology and Chemistry from Dillard University. Christina got her start in people services with the Opportunity Center where she over saw the care and health of individuals with mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. Christina is committed to the cause of improving patient care and believe a caring heart could go a long way. She wants to help clients push toward individual goals and dreams by providing straightforward, dependable, and sincere care. She is excited to be a part of the Women’s Cancer team and can’t wait to add to the services of Shanti.
Gina Rivera Gina Rivera, M. Ed
Care Navigator

(Spanish/English speaking)
(415) 674-4781  eMail

Gina joined Shanti in 2016 as a Care Navigator for the Women’s Cancer Program. She holds a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and M.A. in Education with a focus in Equity and Social Justice Issues from San Francisco State University in San Francisco, CA. She volunteers in her spare time in supporting various non-profits in the SF Bay Area, especially in the areas of arts education and fair housing.

Prior to Shanti, Gina had worked in non-profits focused on affordable housing programs for almost five years. She worked closely with low-income California residents and provided program services directly these communities within various housing developments throughout California and, most recently, in San Francisco. Before working in affordable housing, she worked in the Mission District of San Francisco for several years at various direct service agencies in different roles, including as a program coordinator, mentor, mentor supervisor and educational tutor for low-income youth and families.

Gina is passionate about working in the non-profit sector and being of service to the Latino community by connecting with women and giving them support as they navigate through their treatment.
Katie Lawlor Katie Lawlor
Research Associate

(415) 674-4723  eMail

Prior to joining the Shanti staff, Katie held positions with the Office of Mayor Bloomberg and the U.S. Department of State, and was selected as a 2005-2006 California Executive Fellow with the Office of the Governor. She also has a background in broadcast journalism, spending 3 years living in New York City and working for NBC News.

Katie has a passion for volunteering with hospice and animal rescue organizations. She and her certified therapy dog Bear frequently work with the SOUL (Source of Unconditional Love) Project, Mercy General Hospital’s animal-assisted therapy program.

Katie holds a master’s in Urban Economic Development from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and a B.A. in Political Science and History from the University of Notre Dame.
Liliana T. Espinel Liliana T. Espinel
Care Navigator

(Español/English speaking)
(415) 674-4780  eMail

Liliana joined Shanti in 2016 as a Care Navigator for the Women’s Cancer Program. She brings with her 7 years of hope-filled stories from her advocacy work and volunteerism both in the United States and in her native country of Colombia. She is excited to have found a meaningful place to help make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV and cancer. It truly gives her life purpose.

In her previous roles, Liliana had worked in non-profit agencies that served homeless people, women with chronical diseases, and Latino and African immigrant communities, where she connected them to housing, legal, and medical resources and support. In her spare time, she volunteers for various non-profit organizations in the SF Bay Area as an instructor in computer class with hopes to help women achieve independence.
Lily Tsen Lily Tsen
Wellness Manager/Care Navigator

(Cantonese/English speaking)
(415) 674-4753   eMail

Lily joined Shanti in 2013 as a Care Navigator with Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program. Prior to joining Shanti as staff, Lily began volunteering with Shanti in 2008. It was the Peer Support Volunteer Training that inspired her to pursue Master's degrees in Psychological Counseling and School Counseling in 2009. While completing her graduate training at Teacher's College at Columbia University, she worked with a diverse set of patrons (children, adolescents, and adults) through volunteering, practicum, and internship placements. At Stuyvesant High School in New York City, Lily worked in the capacity of a guidance counselor, often managing a caseload of 260 or more students. In addition to her school-based internship, she volunteered to facilitate a female empowerment program for a group of students, who showed difficulty in identifying harmful interpersonal relationships. After returning to the Bay Area, Lily became a counselor to women with severe eating disorders in an intensive residential treatment facility.

Lily is a San Francisco native and has a passion for the culture of its many communities. Her commitment to grassroots and community-oriented causes extend back to high school, where she served as a peer youth leader while volunteering her time with San Francisco Peer Resources and the Chinese Progressive Association. Besides social advocacy, her areas of interest also include multicultural counseling, body image topics, and educational consulting. Lily holds a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.
Mabel Huang Mabel Huang
Senior Care Navigator

(Cantonese/Mandarin/English speaking)
(415) 674-4774   eMail

Mabel joined Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program in 2007 and has thrived in her position as a bilingual Cantonese/English speaking Senior Care Navigator. Prior to Shanti, Mabel worked as an Administrative Assistant at San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center and was a Youth Worker for the San Francisco Public Library Anza Branch. Mabel also interned with the Wu Yee Children Services Chinatown Infant/Toddler Center in San Francisco and has retail experience having been a Sales Supervisor at Treasure Island Gifts. Mabel has a B.A. in Child & Adolescent Development with a concentration in Young Child & Family Development from San Francisco State University.
Maximiliana Ruiz Millie Ruiz
Senior Care Navigator

(Español/English speaking)
(415) 674-4705   eMail

Millie joined Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program in 2008 as a bilingual Spanish/English speaking Senior Care Navigator. Prior to Shanti, Millie began her professional career in 1988 as a Psychotherapist in the Neoplesis Hospital in Perú. After relocating to the Bay Area over 14 years ago, she volunteered as a Counselor at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Millie has worked as a Social Worker at the Practical Support Services Community Collaborative in San Francisco and as a Co-Facilitator for “Vida con Esperanza”, a Latino breast cancer support group at Centro de Servicios in Union City, CA. She was the Latino Program Coordinator from 1997-2007 at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, CA and also worked for a Health Research Consultant at the Health Research Association, Inc. Millie has a B.A. and M.S. in Psychology with a specialization in Oncology Therapies from Cayetano Heredia University of Science Humanity, Lima, Perú.
Selena Woo Selena Woo
Care Navigator

(Cantonese/Mandrarin/English speaking)
(415) 674-4761   eMail

Selena joined Margot Murphy Women's Cancer Program in 2016 as a bilingual Cantonese/Mandarin/English Care Navigator. Prior to Shanti, Selena worked as a bilingual Chinese teacher and was a receptionist at dental office. Selena also began volunteering with Kaiser Permanente at San Mateo in 2013. She is a pianist at First Chinese Southern Baptist Church and she enjoys playing piano for the senior choir team at church. Selena has a B.A. in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University. Selena was originally from Hong Kong and she moved to San Francisco 9 years ago. Selena is passionate about helping people.

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Katherine D'Amato Katherine D'Amato
Director of Client Services

(415) 625-5202   eMail

Katherine joined Shanti in 2015 when Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) merged with Shanti. Katherine is a skilled program director, with 10+ years of experience in program management, non-profit leadership, and organizational development. She began her career as a business consultant at a health care think tank in Washington DC and then worked as a senior researcher at UCSF’s Institute for Health and Aging. Her work was published in Health Affairs and The Journal for Healthcare Information Management. She has worked with other key Bay Area social services organizations such as Glide and Catholic Charities. Katherine has a passion for mental health issues and has always loved animals, so she was thrilled to begin working at PAWS in 2009. Since 2014, she has served as the PAWS Program Director.

Katherine holds a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Smith College and a Masters of Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. She lives in Oakland with her wife Darcy.
Prado Gomez Prado Gomez
Facilities Manager

(415) 625-5207  eMail

Prado joined Shanti in 2015 as part of the PAWS-Shanti merger. For the past 10 years, he has been the PAWS Pet Food Bank Manager as well as filling many other roles within PAWS. A native San Franciscan, Prado has worked with various non-profit organizations throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area over the last 25 years, including: The Brava Theater Center, Proyecto ContraSIDA Por Vida, and the Harm Reduction Coalition and Training Institute.

Prado is excited about joining a dedicated team of colleagues at Shanti and looks forward to combining efforts and expertise to better serve the community.
Richard Goldman Richard Goldman
PAWS Care Navigator

(415) 625-5211  eMail

Richard became acquainted with Shanti during the 1980’s when, as a nurse and Physician Assistant, he referred many friends and patients for support, and then himself became a Shanti client in 1990, as well as a PAWS client. Soon afterward he began giving back to the community which so supported him. Richard has volunteered and worked at UCSF Alliance Health Project, Project Inform, AIDS Emergency Fund, and Project Open Hand, as well as Shanti and PAWS, and joined the staff at Shanti as Care Navigator in the PAWS Program in April 2016. He is dedicated to serving clients and their animal companions, and preserving the human-animal bond.
Celeste Quintero Celeste Quintero
PAWS Care Navigator

(415) 625-5213  eMail

Celeste is delighted to be joining Shanti as a PAWS Care Navigator. Although she began her career as a logistics coordinator in the Maritime / Oil & Gas industry, Celeste wanted to give back to her community as more than a volunteer, so she joined the AmeriCorps in 2013 where she was privileged to run the Veterinary Street Outreach Services program (Vet SOS) for two years. VetSOS helps homeless San Franciscans receive veterinary care for their companion animals. Since then, Celeste has worked and volunteered at various non-profits throughout San Francisco – including St. Anthony Foundation and the SF AIDS Foundation’s Syringe Access Services – where she provided social services and harm reduction services to her clients. She has also spent time working at veterinary hospitals in the Bay Area as a veterinary technician assistant. Celeste has a deep respect for the relationships that are formed between companion animals and their guardians and she looks forward to continue to support the human animal bond through her work at PAWS.

In her free time, Celeste enjoys spending time with her 11-year-old Golden Retriever Charlie, going on hikes, running, or spending a day at home reading and listening to music. She also spends time volunteering at Syringe Access Services where she is a strong advocate for harm reduction services.
Norma Rodriguez Norma Rodriguez
Office Coordinator

(415) 979-9550 EXT:301  eMail

Ms. Rodriguez is Mexican/American citizen & native Californian who has had the honor and privilege of working with a socially conscious TV production company, musical theater education, the Medical Arts Field and Spiritual Care organizations from the start of entering the work force and throughout her professional career leading up to her penultimate employment with Shanti/PAWS last year. A professional path that would also support her part-time career of singing, songwriting & screenplay writing.

Through her work force years, Ms. Rodriguez would eventually heed a calling to work for more socially conscious businesses; a foundation that began with her employment several years earlier at Norman Lear’s TV company just as he was creating the People for the American Way. Over the course of this professional path - receptionist skills, volunteer coordinating, administrative assistance, Guinea Pig Whispering and patient care coordinating became her specialty while also working at the San Francisco Opera Center, UCSF Pediatric Rheumatology, UCSF Spiritual Care Services and the Animal Connection.

Most recently a new spiritual calling came upon her to study Chaplaincy while volunteering as a Eucharistic Minister & Volunteer Singer at UCSF’s Spiritual Care Dept. A most rewarding endeavor and privilege that would lead to finding professional community and kinship with the mission of Shanti/PAWS. As well as sharing humor and creativity with her valued co-workers, friends and family to help balance and smooth the edges we encounter through life, work and facing the new challenges of American Society.

Ms. Rodriguez is truly delighted and honored to be working with such a stellar organization of professionals and humanitarians in service of a very special segment of souls and neighbors. Being present for others in time of spiritual/emotional need and daily conversation continues to be a valuable anchor for her professional, personal, community service and environmental advocacy growth.

HIV Services Program

Eric Sutter Eric Sutter

(415) 674-4754   eMail

Eric joined Shanti staff in 2002 as a Peer Advocate, and is also a member of San Francisco’s HIV Health Services Planning Council. Mr. Sutter has nearly ten years experience in HIV care and prevention and he is eager to continue to work to ensure that all San Franciscans living with HIV receive the advocacy and support they deserve.
Adrienne Elias Adrienne Elias

(415) 674-4760   eMail

Adrienne began at Shanti in 2005 as an intern and has since been in various roles within the HIV services Department over the past decade, including providing Client Advocacy and Care Navigation. She currently manages the HIV Services department and facilitates two groups specifically for positive women.
Bridget Pickens Bridget Pickens
Client Advocate

(415) 674-4707   eMail

Bridget Pickens joined Shanti's HIV Services department in 2005 as a Client Advocate, providing practical and emotional support to clients. She also facilitates an HIV drop-in support group called "Vent," where clients are able to come and vent about what is going in their every day life. Bridget chose this profession because she enjoys working with people.
David Smee Dave Smee
Activities Coordinator

(415) 674-4743   eMail

David's first introduction to Shanti was from the viewpoint of a client, experiencing the benefits of community and connection Shanti offered firsthand. Having a personal love of Theater and the Art it was a natural progression that when a volunteer position opened up in the Activities and Events Department he jumped at the chance to be part of the team.

David spent the next 10 years sharing this love and connection as a weekly Activities Desk volunteer and in 2014, officially joined HIV services staff as Activities Coordinator helping provide clients an opportunity to enjoy some of the Bay Area's cultural events and recreational activities and break their isolation with a supportive group of peers.
Derrick Mapp Derrick Mapp
HIV Health Counselor
National Trainer

(415) 674-4703   eMail

Derrick has been an HIV Health Counselor at the Shanti L.I.F.E. Program since 2005. He started volunteering as a L.I.F.E. workshop facilitator in 2000.. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree at New College of California in San Francisco with a minor in Social Anthropology. Mr. Mapp has worked in a variety of community / non-profit social work settings beginning in the late 1980s by exploring HIV and social activism and advocacy with ACT-UP / Philadelphia after discovering several of his clients had AIDS.

In 2001 while living in Nepal, Derrick interned with the established Blue Diamond Society in Nepal to help secure a joint Family Health International and Foundation for Integrative AIDS Research funding and program grant to deliver an HIV Education Two-Day Retreat for MSMs in Kathmandu, the first such programming in Nepal. He remains excited about upcoming programmatic developments at Shanti and in the L.I.F.E. Program.
Emily Raganold Emily Raganold
Program Coordinator

(415) 674-4723   eMail

Emily joined Shanti in 2015 as a peer-support volunteer, that same year she began working for the Shanti Project as the LIFE Program Assistant. In 2016 Emily began working as a Program Coordinator for HIV Services. Emily moved to San Francisco in 2009 to attend Nursing School at the University of San Francisco, after realizing that she wanted her focus to be centered around social justice and health she switched her major. She is currently finishing a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Education and a second Bachelors in Women and Gender Studies from San Francisco State University.
Greg Cassin Gregg Cassin
HIV Health Counselor

(415)674-4706 eMail

Gregg is a 30 year survivor of HIV, has been leading retreats and workshops for the HIV/AIDS, LGBT and at-risk youth communities for over 25 years. In the early days of the epidemic he began facilitating groups for people affected by HIV/AIDS. He founded the San Francisco Healing Circle, and the San Francisco Center for Living.

His contribution to the HIV/AIDS community has been recognized with the Certificate of Special Recognition from the U.S. Congress presented by Nancy Pelosi, as well as honors from the City of San Francisco. But the greatest joy and accomplishment of his life is being a Dad to his daughter, Breauna.
Jennifer Cust Jennifer Cust
Care Navigator

(415) 674-4714   eMail

Jennifer Cust joined staff in 2014 as a Program Coordinator with the HIV Health Services Planning Council before becoming a Care Navigator with the HIV Services department. In addition to providing support to clients at Shanti, Jennifer is involved in community organizing and advocacy, and volunteers to support long-term San Franciscan’s facing eviction.

Jordan Akerley - Care Navigator, HIV Services Jordan Ackerley
Care Navigator

(415) 674-4724   eMail

Jordan joined Shanti’s HIV Services as a Care Navigator in 2014. Before Shanti, Jordan worked for UCSF as a research assistant at San Francisco General’s Ward 86, and volunteered with Shanti as a peer support. Jordan is committed to providing nonjudgmental support and advocacy to clients using a harm reduction model.
Roxana Spiridon Roxana Spiridon
Care Navigator

(415) 674-4734   eMail

Roxana joined Shanti in 2016 as a Care Navigator with HIV Services Program. She graduated from UC Irvine with a double major and received her B.A. degrees in Public Health and in Spanish Language. Before Shanti, Roxana was a volunteer with the Aids Services Foundation of Orange County in the Health Education and Prevention Department for two years. Roxana performed HIV and Hepatitis C tests, and also counseled and helped clients set goals and reduce high-risk behavior. Prior to her employment with Shanti, Roxana completed and graduated from the Jump Start Fellowship Program of Mental Health America, Los Angeles, and upon completion, received a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist certificate. Roxana is dedicated to helping and empowering the vulnerable populations living with HIV/AIDS and supporting people in improving their quality of life.

Roxana is an avid runner and her passions include hiking, exploring new foods and cultures, and learning new languages.
Talia Roven Talia Roven
Client Advocate

(415) 674-4715   eMail

Talia joined Shanti staff in 2013 as a Peer Advocate with HIV Services and Program Coordinator for the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council. Before joining Shanti, she volunteered with Maitri Compassionate Care giving end of life and emotional support to respite and hospice residents. Talia is dedicated to providing service-focused advocacy within a harm reduction model to San Francisco's HIV/AIDS population.

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LGBT Aging & Abilities Support Network

Joanne Kipnis Joanne B. Kipnis, MSW
Program Director

(415) 625-5214   eMail

Joanne joined Shanti in 2015 through the merger with Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS). Throughout her 8+ years at PAWS, Joanne served in direct service and leadership roles, having the great fortune to help seniors and adults with disabilities continue to receive the many physical, emotional and spiritual benefits through the human-animal bond. In September 2016 Joanne became Director of Shanti’s LGBT Senior and Adults with Disabilities Isolation Prevention Program - a new program designed to address the needs of LGBT seniors and adults with disabilities who are isolated or at risk of isolation due to significant challenges they face each and every day.

Joanne has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience in both national and community-based organizations dedicated to serving seniors and families in need, including The National PACE Association, which supports and advocates for multidisciplinary healthcare programs for the frail elderly.

A native New Yorker, Joanne left the Big Apple and moved to Washington, DC where she received a graduate degree in social work and began her nonprofit career. Ready for a change after many years in DC, Joanne moved to San Francisco in 1995 and has never looked back. She is thrilled that her journey has brought her to Shanti, providing her the opportunity to continue impacting the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities.
Matthew Simmons Matthew Simmons
Senior Care Navigator
In-house Graphic Designer

(415) 625-5203   eMail

Prior to joining the staff at Shanti, Matthew first encountered the Shanti Peer Support model back in 1982 when he was a volunteer at the Minnesota AIDS Project providing counseling for men living with HIV. Matthew was a facilitator and teacher with the Body Electric School of Massage for 15 years facilitating workshops in spirituality and personal growth for men and women around North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia . While at Body Electric, Matthew created several massage/meditation workshops specifically designed for men living with HIV creating a safe environment to explore the healing potential of touch.
Walter Campbell Walter Campbell
Volunteer Services Coordinator,
PAWS & LGBT Aging & Abilities Support Network

(415) 674-4755  eMail

A Bay Area native who moved to San Francisco in 2008, Walter began volunteering with the Shanti Project in April 2016 as a peer support volunteer and became a staff member a few months later in September. Closely aligned with Shanti’s principles, he believes in harm reduction as not only a public health model but also a method of personal and community empowerment and a way to maximize total well-being.

Along with working at Shanti, Walter is a musician and songwriter. He holds an MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State and a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Volunteer Services Program

Mark Molnar Mark Molnar
Director, Volunteer Services

(415) 674-4726   eMail

Mark became a peer support volunteer in 1994. In 2000, Mark joined Shanti staff within the HIV Services program. Starting out as the Shanti Peer Advocate stationed at St. Mary's Medical Center, Mark has also worked as a Care Coordinator, HIV & Volunteer Services Manager, and HIV Programs Director. Mark is a former Co-Chair of the San Francisco EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council and currently serves as the Council's Director.
Jason Williams Jason Williams
Volunteer Services Manager

(415) 674-471   eMail

An NYC native inspired by his time spent traveling across the country as a campaign organizer, Jason moved to the San Francisco Bay area in 2012 in hopes of furthering his career in the nonprofit sector. After developing his experience with the American Red Cross and then developing an ecological agriculture project in Catalonia, he was lured back by an interest in working and growing with an organization with a more community based and direct impact. He transitioned from the development team to Volunteer Services in 2016.
Chellee Parker Chellee Parker
Training and Events Coordinator

(415) 674-4712   eMail

Chellee recently graduated from San Francisco State University with her Bachelor’s Degree emphasizing in Event Planning and Non-Profit Administration, as well as having a minor in Human Rights Studies. Before Shanti she’s volunteered at organizations such as the Pomeroy Center, GLIDE, and SF Rec and Park. She’s beyond thrilled to be working at Shanti!
Kayla Smyth Kayla Smyth
Volunteer Services Coordinator

(415) 674-4708   eMail

Kayla recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Holistic Health. Like many others at Shanti, Kayla started as a Peer Support Volunteer, becoming an employee shortly after. Before Shanti, Kayla was always looking for more ways to be of service in the community. She was a teacher’s assistant for at risk youth in the Mission District, and volunteers with the animals at the SPCA every weekend. When she first discovered Shanti and the compassionate, inspirational work they do for San Francisco’s most vulnerable, she immediately knew it was the place for her. Kayla couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of the Shanti family.
Walter Campbell Walter Campbell
Volunteer Services Coordinator,
PAWS & LGBT Aging & Abilities Support Network

(415) 674-4755  eMail

A Bay Area native who moved to San Francisco in 2008, Walter began volunteering with the Shanti Project in April 2016 as a peer support volunteer and became a staff member a few months later in September. Closely aligned with Shanti’s principles, he believes in harm reduction as not only a public health model but also a method of personal and community empowerment and a way to maximize total well-being.

Along with working at Shanti, Walter is a musician and songwriter. He holds an MA in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State and a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council

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Mark Molnar Mark Molnar
Planning Council Director

(415) 674-4726   eMail

Mark became a peer support volunteer in 1994. In 2000, Mark joined Shanti staff within the HIV Services program. Starting out as the Shanti Peer Advocate stationed at St. Mary's Medical Center, Mark has also worked as a Care Coordinator, HIV & Volunteer Services Manager, and HIV Programs Director. Mark is a former Co-Chair of the San Francisco EMA HIV Health Services Planning Council and currently serves as the Council's Director, as well as the director for Shanti's Volunteer Services Program.
Dave Jordan Dave Jordan
Community Services Manager

(415) 674-4720   eMail

David joined Shanti in 2009, and held the positions of Client Advocate and Care Navigator with the HIV Services program before joining the HHSPC  support staff as the Community Services Manager. David has worked in non-profit for more than a decade, focusing on advocacy and education, previously working with both elders and youth. David also facilitates a weekly support group and is a Shanti Peer Support Volunteer.
Ali Cone Ali Cone
Program Manager

(415) 674-4751   eMail

Ali joined Shanti in 2012 and currently serves as Program Manager for the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council.

She graduated from Pomona College with a BA in Environmental Analysis and minors in Psychology and Spanish. As an undergraduate, she worked for several community-based environmental and educational non-profits and was involved with a number of research initiatives focused on social and environmental justice issues.

After working in the private sector at a healthcare consulting firm, Ali joined our staff to pursue her passion for public policy, healthcare and advocacy.

Ali is also a Shanti Peer Support Volunteer, and facilitates a monthly support group.

Liz Stumm Liz Stumm
Program Coordinator

(415) 674-4739   eMail

Liz joined Shanti as a Program Assistant with the SF HIV Health Services Planning Council in 2016. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s in Public Health in 2015 and got her undergrad degrees in Sociology and Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz.

Liz has a passion for women’s sexual and reproductive health and has previously worked at The City of Berkeley’s Public Health Clinic providing birth control counseling and health education. Liz joined Shanti to pursue her interests in public health policy and direct service.

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