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We’re Seeking New Board Members!

The Support for Families Board of Directors is looking for energetic people who want to ensure that San Francisco families of children with disabilities have the support and information they need to enhance their children’s well-being and development.

We are specifically seeking board members from diverse backgrounds who have Real Estate, Fundraising, Medical, Political, Media/Public Relations and/or Legal expertise; we are also very open to hearing from other well-qualified candidates.

Please complete this form if you are interested in learning more about and being considered for board service at Support for Families.

Meet the Board

Maria José (Coté) Auil

Maria José (Coté) Auil

President

Coté joined the Board in 2020, inspired by the mission of Support for Families, having witnessed the challenges that this population faces in her own life. Several members of her family have been affected by disabilities and neurological conditions. Coté’s experiences supporting her family sparked her interest in Neuroscience and healthcare research, and have led her to get involved in advocacy for disability rights in her home country, Chile, and in San Francisco where she currently resides.

Sally Levy Albert

Sally Levy Albert

Vice President

Sally joined the Board in July 2018 to give back to the community who helped her own family. Sally is currently the Vice President of the Board. Sally’s young adult daughter is diagnosed with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Seizure Disorder. SFCD was the first agency that provided help and support in the early years for her family (over 20 years ago) and still does today.

Sally Coghlan McDonald

Sally Coghlan McDonald

Treasurer

Sally is an attorney in San Francisco and has been involved with Support for Families since her daughter Maggie was born in 1994 with multiple disabilities and complex medical issues. Sally served as a Board Member in the late 1990’s and as Board President from 2000-2002. She has been back on the Board since December 2019. She is currently the Treasurer of the Board/Chair of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Governance and Fundraising & Events committees.

Kathy Bello Shepherd

Kathy Bello Shepherd

Emeritus President

Kathy joined the Board in December of 2016 as a way to give back to the special education community in a meaningful way. Kathy has served in a variety of roles on the Board. She was chair of the Board Development Committee, Secretary and Vice President. She is currently serving as the President of the Board; she is an active member of the Transition, Racial Equity and Inclusion, and Governance Committees.

Fatema Akhund

Fatema Akhund

Board Member

Bio coming soon

 

Tiffani Castillo-Lartigue

Tiffani Castillo-Lartigue

Board Member

Tiffani joined in the summer of 2021 to help give back to the organization that benefits so many families – SFCD. She is the mother of two boys (4 & 7) with her youngest being neuroatypical. Through the process of advocating for her son, she has learned to use her healthcare background and experience to become a local resource for other families. Tiffani is passionate about helping other families navigate what can be challenging times and wants to collaborate and learn from other like minds. She brings a deep sense of compassion, strong organizational skills, and relentless perseverance as tools to help her help others. She is currently an active member of the fundraising committee.

 

Amelia Eddleman

Amelia Eddleman

Board Member

Amelia joined the board in September 2022. She is a Bay Area native and lives with her husband and two young children in San Francisco. Her son has a very rare genetic syndrome that is accompanied by developmental disabilities, and making sure he gets the services and support he needs led Amelia to Support for Families. She genuinely loves being part of the community of parents of children with disabilities because she’s found them to be some of the most empathetic, creative and perspective-filled people she has the pleasure of knowing (not to mention their super fun kids!). She joined the board as an excuse to spend more time with this amazing crew and find ways to make sure families like hers don’t feel alone.

In her day job she leads a market research team where she learns about people’s needs and then makes recommendations for people-focused business decisions. She’s looking forward to applying this skill set on the board, and maybe even getting some use out of her MBA. In her limited free time, Amelia enjoys playing soccer, reading memoirs and coaxing giggles out of her kids.

 

Amy Hollyfield

Amy Hollyfield

Board Member

Bio Coming Soon

Camilo Juarez Nunez

Camilo Juarez Nunez

Board Member

“My oldest sister, Sonia, was born with cerebral palsy and my mother has been the main caretaker for her life. I witnessed firsthand how much unnecessary suffering Sonia has gone through. Overall, there was not much support nor resources readily available, with information being overwhelming and confusing. For this reason, I became a board member to help families access resources, but first of all, help disabled people live a better quality of life. I look forward to expanding the community to make everyone feel included and welcomed. “

Camilo lives in San Francisco,  and enjoys fencing, endurance cycling, ultra-marathon running, cooking, traveling and attending concerts.

 

Tiffany Lin

Tiffany Lin

Board Member

Tiffany joined the Board in November 2018 because she wanted to take a more active role in the disabilities community. Being a first-time mother with a differently-abled young daughter, she has been very drawn to Support for Families and is honored to serve and help further its altruistic and philanthropic mission. She is currently a member of the Fundraising committee and also helps with ad hoc projects in technology. She has a daughter with a rare chromosome mutation.

Monique Nieto

Monique Nieto

Board Member

Monique joined the Board in 2021. Her passion for giving back to the community, guiding and nurturing individuals with disabilities and their families has led her to serve on the board. She feels Support for Families does an excellent job in offering comfort and resources to those who need it most in our community and helping them build a life changing network of support. Monique has served in the community working as a clinician for an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) company, and in more recent years, working for a non-profit providing multi-generational, community-based services focused on low-income families.

Jessica Schaefer

Jessica Schaefer

Board Member

Jessica Schaefer joined the Board in October 2022 so that she can provide support to the organization that had such an impact on her son’s life. When Jessica’s family moved to San Francisco her young son was diagnosed with Autism. Support for Families with Disabilities connected Jessica to many different services that provided her son with the support that he needed to help him grow and thrive. With Jessica’s experience as a Registered Nurse and a PhD in healthcare systems she is able to provide a healthcare and systems level perspective to the challenges that families face when trying to get support for their children. Jessica’s aim is that all children with disabilities receive the resources and support they need. Jessica lives in San Francisco and enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, yoga, good food, good wine, and good conversation with friends. And lastly – salsa dancing!

Dave Stringer-Calvert

Dave Stringer-Calvert

Board Member

David Stringer-Calvert joined the board in July 2022.   He has over 15 years of experience as a director of various nonprofit organizations, most recently serving six years with the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, including three years as chair of the board. As an in-house attorney for a large nonprofit organization by day, he leverages his training and experience to provide San Francisco nonprofits with advice on governance, compliance, and strategy to help them effectively and  efficiently deliver on their core missions.  He is excited to work with the dedicated staff and volunteers at Support for Families. Dave’s personal interests include genealogy, hiking and backpacking.