To contact a member of our staff, please call us at
415-920-5040, or you may send an email. Email addresses are made up of the first letter of the staff member's first name, followed by their last name, and @supportforfamilies.org. Example: Jane Smith = firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juno Duenas, Executive Director
Family Resource Center
Paola Bernazzani, Finance & Operations Director
Rachel Goldstein, Development Director
Joe Goyos, Education Program Director
Gus Gunn, Data Director
Caitlin McNamara, Support Services Director
Rachel Klegon, Special Events and Volunteer Manager
Christina Share, Information and Resource Manager
Margarita Spataro, Communications Manager
Jan Watson, Contract Grants Manager
Spencer Anderson, Caregiver
Martha Barrera, Caregiver
Sarah Bennett, Social Worker
Nina Boyle, Consultant
Elaine Butler, Librarian
Jasmin Gauci, Family Health Liaison/Family Resource Specialist
Myrna Kelly, Family Resource Specialist
Dennis Lockett, Family Resource Specialist
Sean Lowry, Program Coordinator
Olga Maldonado, Parent Mentor Coordinator
Ahide Palomera, Family Resource Specialist & Parent Mentor Coordinator
Christine Reina, Family Resource Specialist
Desiree Sheehan, Family Resource Specialist
Mukhil Srinivasan, Data Associate
Kristine Thai, Education Coordinator
Linda Tung, Administrative Coordinator
JoAnna Van Brusselen, Bilingual Education Coordinator
Kiely Watt, Programs and Caregiving Coordinator
Lisa Yee, Family Resource Specialist
Family Voices of CA (FVCA)
Pip Marks, FVCA Project Director
Ali Barclay, FVCA Family Engagement Manager
Jacqui Knudsen, FVCA Outreach and Education Project Manager
Elaine Linn, FVCA Project Leadership Advocacy Training Manager
Family Resource Center Network of CA (FRCNCA)
Karen Bohall-Ortega, Early Start Program Director
Debbie Sarmento, FRCNCA Manager
Help Me Grow (HMG)
Nadia Thind, Director
Krystina Columbus, Care Coordinator
SF Inclusion Networks (SFIN)
Amy Pacio, Director
Alison Stewart, Special Needs Inclusion Project Manager
Tim Carter, Family Engagement Manager
Zulema Rubalcava, ASQ Trainer & Coach
Ramya Krishna, Early Childhood Inclusion Specialist
Breana Marino, Inclusion Coach
Kerrie Perata, Inclusion Coach
Polly Yu, Inclusion Coach
Mary-Jane Roebuck, Project Coordinator
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 contact Kathy Shepherd at email@example.com with any questions.
For SFCD information, support and services please contact the warm line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Diego Valderrama, SFCD Board President, joined the Board in 2012. He is an economist and has lived in San Francisco since 2003. He is the parent of a funny, sweet and happy little boy who also happens to have some disabilities. The cause of the disabilities are as of yet undiagnosed, and sometimes this lack of a “label” has made it harder to receive necessary services. Diego’s family has benefited tremendously from Support for Families which has become a second home to them. They have attended support groups, resource fairs, and multiple social events. Diego became a Parent Mentors in 2011 and has spoken to outside groups about the work that the organization does. Diego believes that children with disabilities should be fully integrated into our society and recognized for their abilities. He hopes that one day all schools, public and private, shall teach all children together regardless of their varying abilities.
Kathy Bello Shepherd, SFCD Board Vice President, a credentialed special education teacher in private practice with a licensed psychologist, provides collaborative psychoeducational evaluations in San Francisco. Prior to starting her practice, she taught special education in public schools and witnessed first hand the need for the valuable support and resources provided by Support for Families. She is honored to be able to give back to the community by volunteering for such an important organization. Kathy also volunteers with the Bay Area Association of Disabled sailors (BAADS). She and her husband, Bart, live in San Francisco with their two daughters one of whom has a diagnosed learning disability.
Nicholas Fram, Treasurer, grew up in San Francisco and is honored to serve Support for Families and its mission. He still lives in the city with his wife Victoria and son Peter, who has developmental delays. Nick was drawn to the organization by its strong commitment to serve families of children with special needs who are facing some of life's hardest and most unexpected challenges. Nick is an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP whose practice focuses on advising technology and financial services companies in internal investigations, internet law and complex commercial litigation. He maintains an busy pro bono practice and is active in several bar associations. Nick joined the board in 2018.
Jasmine Toy, Secretary, is a San Francisco native and recent college graduate. After four years in New York City, Jasmine is back in the Bay Area working as an associate project manager for a digital design agency. She has a minor in Disability Studies and frequently uses photography to address what it means to be different. Jasmine is a sibling of a person with disabilities, and her family has utilized the resources Support for Families continues to offer today. She hopes to contribute to SFCD by leveraging her experience with advocacy, social justice, design, and social media.
Laurel Kloomok, Transition, is recently retired and was the Executive Director of First 5 San Francisco for the past ten years. She holds a Master of Education degree in Early Childhood Special Education as well as certificates in Family Therapy and Group Facilitation Skills. Laurel spent her early career as an early childhood special education preschool teacher and as a program director. She has been a supporter of Support for Families for the past 30 years as a colleague, partner and as a funder. Laurel raised her two children in San Francisco and currently resides there with her husband.
Sally Levy Albert, joined the Board in August 2018. Her young adult daughter is diagnosed with Autism and Cerebral Palsy. SFCD was the first agency that provided help and support in the early years for her family (over 18 years ago). Sally lives Coastside where she enjoys reading in the sun, gardening and walking on the beach. Sally works as a psychotherapist with a specialty in providing support and guidance to families of newly diagnosed children.
Jessica Berthold, is the proud mother of a young son with disabilities. She is the communications director for First 5 Association of California, where she works to improve the lives of young children and their families, especially those who are most vulnerable. She has Masters degrees in public health and communications, and is passionate about using both to advocate for acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities as beneficial for everyone in our society.
Jacob “Jake” Block, is a Director at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management in San Francisco helping families and institutions. He has finally reached the point where he has the courage and capacity to give back to his community and is a member not only of the Board of Directors of Support for Families, but he also serves on the Board of the Lafayette (CA) Community Association. His interest in SFF was sparked by his young daughters friendship with a classmate with special needs. It reminded Jake that as someone who overcame his own childhood disability with the support of his family and community it was time to provide the same support he once so desperately needed. He lives in Lafayette with his wife, Bethany, and two children, Estelle and Isaac.
Eileen Boussina, is an attorney who has practiced law in the areas of entertainment litigation, First Amendment law, complex environmental litigation and public entity defense. In 2006, she and her husband, Nersi, had their son, Michael. She joined SFCD as a way to learn how to navigate the world of disability and to find resources that were available to her special needs child and her family. Initially she joined the Tuesday Night Parent Group for parent-to-parent support, and then attended invaluable informational conferences and workshops. She participated in an intensive learning series about Special Education Law and went on to become a Parent Mentor. On occasion, she has spoken on parent panels to doctors and nurses, and has advocated on behalf of children with special health care needs in front of the State Legislature. In early 2010, she joined the Board of Directors of SFCD and has served on the Fundraising Committee. SFCD is an organization near and dear to her heart. Her personal interests include traveling, cooking, reading, photography and, most of all, being in the company of her beloved family and friends.
Elizabeth Brogna, is the mother of two amazing boys, one who has intellectual and physical disabilities, and one who is navigating life as the sibling of a person with disabilities. Elizabeth and her husband learned about Support for Families in 2005, shortly after their older son was born, and they have relied on the organization’s services ever since. Through Support for Families Elizabeth has participated in support groups, attended seminars and workshops, used the services and expertise of the Assistive Technology Lab, had staff from Support for Families attend IEP meetings with her, participated in the parent mentor program, and had countless questions answered. She has developed a particular interest in ensuring that children who have intellectual disabilities and are deaf/hard of hearing are getting their complex communication and learning needs met within their school environments. Before having children, Elizabeth worked in the Environmental Affairs Department at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Katherine Chow, enjoys having fun with her son who has HIE (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). When she is not caring for her son, she works as the Director of Research & Development for Athleta/Gap, Inc. Katherine has a background in textile science. Her mother was a social worker at San Francisco General, Alta Bates Oakland, and Laguna Honda for many years, so she has a deep appreciation for those dedicating their lives to helping others and navigating the complexities of health care. In her son's first year, she leaned heavily on other parents who were further along with HIE. Katherine hopes she can return the favor by serving on the Board of Directors of Support for Families.
Rachelle Evans, was born and raised in San Francisco. She recently graduated from graduate school in Social Work with a focus on children, youth and families. Before this she served as a behavioral interventionist for five years supporting children with autism. For the past two years, she has served in the community as a social worker helping clients utilize resources such as Support For Families. She plans to continue to give back to her community by serving on the Board of Directors of Support for Families.
Julia Griffiths, lives in San Francisco with her husband and their two delightful children, one of whom has a genetic condition that causes functional and cognitive disabilities. Julia is honored to have the opportunity to give back to the community by serving on the Board of Directors of Support for Families. Julia strongly believes that balance and well-being for each family member benefits the entire family regardless of its circumstances. She appreciates how Support for Families strives to support the community of families of children with disabilities. She enjoys balancing her time with her family and friends, working in biotech healthcare, traveling, and practicing yoga and Pilates in a continuous pursuit to experience a healthy life to its fullest potential.
Tiffany Lin, grew up on the Peninsula and attended Cal. Being a woman working in tech and a mother of 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. Professionally she spent her early career working as a consultant at a Big 5 consulting firm, and later transitioned into software product management at various startups. She joined the board in late 2018.
Kaile Thomas, MA, IFECMH Fellow, is the Director of Training for the San Francisco Family Support Network, a project of Safe & Sound. She holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a certification in Infant-Parent Mental Health. Kaile has been an advocate for children and families for over a decade, with experience running educational and non-profit programs as well as college-level instruction. She has served many roles in both parent participation preschool and elementary setting, from direct teaching to administration, and has experience presenting and working with diverse audiences across the nation. In addition to her work with Safe & Sound, she provides educational consultation to families and schools. She was born and raised in San Francisco, and currently resides there with her family.