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  • Executive Team
    Chandra Alexandre
    Chandra
    Alexandre
    Chief Executive Officer
    Chandra Alexandre
    Chandra
    Alexandre
    Chief Executive Officer

    Chandra Alexandre, the Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Marin, is a seasoned nonprofit executive and fund development professional with 20 years of experience supporting organizations to social justice outcomes. Her work has helped strengthen regional affordable housing and early childhood education initiatives, expand education reform strategies nationally, and resource grassroots-led movement building for global women’s rights.

    While at the Bay Area Council, she was commended by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her work leading outreach, community engagement, and fundraising to support the 2011 APEC Women & The Economy Summit hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton. Prior to her nonprofit roles, Chandra worked in financial services and for the US Department of State.

    She has taught both full-time and part-time students in the University of San Francisco’s Master’s in Nonprofit Administration program focused on philanthropy and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving her local chapter as President and as a mentor nationally in the Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Development Program. Chandra is a member of the Strive Together Leadership Program focused on equity efforts in Marin County. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), graduated from Columbia with a dual degree in psychology and philosophy, and holds both an MBA and a Ph.D.

    Chandra’s commitment to equity serves her well at Community Action Marin, where board and staff are standing with low-income families and individuals struggling to find opportunity and fulfill their dreams in challenging times. Her vision is to help propel local efforts to eradicate disparities forward while promoting self-sufficiency for all in a county that has the largest inequities between racial groups in California. Doing this will require a healing-centered approach that brings awareness of community trauma to the fore. Under her leadership, Community Action Marin will continue to provide the high-quality services necessary to meet community needs while also fostering and advocating for a thriving Marin County.

    Mike Cairns
    Mike
    Cairns
    Chief Financial Officer
    Mike Cairns
    Mike
    Cairns
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mike Cairns brings 34 years of broad experience in Finance and Operations. Mike’s deep experience encompasses a broad range of enterprises. It covers everything from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and most recently institutions of higher learning. Along the way, Mike has engaged in over 20 M&A transactions, four successful turnaround situations and several start-ups and joint ventures.

    Since 2015, Mike served as CFO and Vice President of Finance and Operations at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Through increased utilization of real estate, he has increased the Seminary’s annual revenue by over $1 million (14%). He was previously CFO and Vice President for Finance and Administration for Saybrook University. Saybrook is a non-profit, graduate school rooted in the humanistic psychology movement.

    Mike grew up working on farms in Scotland. He emigrated to the United States to attend the University of Hartford where he earned his B.A. in Business Administration. Later, he moved to San Francisco and received an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

    For the past 20 years, Mike has served in executive positions, he also started his own consulting firm. He teaches as an adjunct professor in business and accounting at College of Marin where he recently co-developed two certificate programs. Mike also teaches in the Marin School of Environmental Leadership, helping to create future (sustainable business) entrepreneurs.

    Mike volunteers as an accreditation evaluator for WASC, is a judge for the Better Business Bureau Torch Awards for Ethics, and most recently was elected Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees at Goddard College.

    In his spare time, Mike enjoys the teamwork of Tough Mudders, is a triathlete and a Double Dipsea survivor. Mike is committed to his family in Scotland and the U.S., is a dog lover, reads the Economist every week, and his favorite movie is Love Actually.

    Cassie Ristine
    Cassie
    Ristine
    Director
    Human Resources
    Cassie Ristine
    Cassie
    Ristine
    Director
    Human Resources

    Cassie Ristine started her personnel training back in 1988 while enlisted with the U.S. Navy.  In July 2000, Cassie began her employment with Community Action Marin as the Payroll Specialist and in 2002, she attended Sonoma State University where she received her education in Human Resource Management and was quickly promoted to Human Resources Director. 

    Cassie’s ability to deal with sensitive information and her knowledge of CAM policies and procedures has served the Agency well.  Among Cassie’s many valued qualities, she is deeply committed to working in a collaborative, transparent and inclusive manner, which allows her to build positive and lasting relationships with staff and peers.  Cassie serves as a member of the Executive Team, Management Team, and is a member of the union negotiation team for the agency. 

    Laurel Hill
    Laurel
    Hill
    Vice President, Mental Health Services
    Laurel Hill
    Laurel
    Hill
    Vice President, Mental Health Services

    Laurel Hill, Vice President of Mental Health Services, is an experienced executive with a long history in civic and social services.  She has worked at Community Action Marin for 29 years in various roles, including as a Program Manager, VP of Children and Family Services, and Deputy Director.   

    In her present role, Laurel oversees all of the agency’s adult- and family-serving programs including Peer Mental Health, Family Partners, Economic Opportunity and Central Kitchen; collectively these programs serve 1,500 people a year with a budget of over $4 M and 45 staff.  Laurel has deep experience managing State- and Federally-funded programs, and is particularly skilled at results-oriented outcome management, budget development and management, and outcome data collection and analysis. 

    Laurel’s prior professional experience includes work in the planning department for the City of Fairfax, and in escrow for a local real estate company. 

    Born and raised in Marin County, Laurel has a passion for galvanizing the community to engineer local solutions to local conditions of poverty, and promoting maximum participation in civic life for those with low incomes.  

    She earned her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University with a focus in English Language and Literature/Letters.  She now lives in Petaluma and enjoys gardening, the beach, and time with nearby familyincluding a 23-year-old daughter and two stepsons, both in their thirties. 

    Monique Liebhard
    Monique
    Liebhard
    Vice President, Children and Family Services
    Monique Liebhard
    Monique
    Liebhard
    Vice President, Children and Family Services

    Monique Liebhard’s career in the field of Early Care and Education has spanned more than 25 years. She began in the classroom and has served as a infant, toddler, and preschool teacher. To better serve families and understand the effects of family stress on children’s development Monique trained as a Marriage and Family Therapist and completed her M.S. in Educational Psychology/Counseling from Cal State East Bay. Monique provided mental health services in a therapeutic nursery school and case management for at risk pregnant women and mothers with children under 5. Monique has taught courses in Early Childhood Education and Human Development at several bay area community colleges. She has been the program director for two campus lab schools. Monique’s most recent work has included providing training and consultation to head start grantees and serving as a training and materials consultant for Zero to Three.   

    Monique was born and raised in San Francisco, and currently lives in Benicia with her husband. She has two sons and even though they are now adults out on their own Monique and her “boys” meet up in different areas of the country for snowboarding and mountaineering adventures. 

  • Management Team
    Darcy Woodall
    Darcy
    Woodall
    Enterprise Recovery Center Manager
    Family and Community Services
    Gary Intersimone
    Gary
    Intersimone
    Finance Manager
    Administration
    Dawn Hensley
    Dawn
    Hensley
    Family Partners Program Director
    Family and Community Services
    Jan Yarish
    Jan
    Yarish
    Head Start Program Director
    Children and Family Services
    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Program Director
    Economic Opportunity
    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Program Director
    Economic Opportunity

    Heather Bettini grew up in Marin County and is passionate about advancing social justice and equity so everyone has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. Heather is Community Action Marin’s Economic Opportunity Director, and in this capacity, she leads the implementation of a proven financial/career coaching model and delivery of basic needs services that mitigate economic disparities in the community. Part of her work focuses on bridging resource gaps for low-income families who are unable to make ends meet, largely due to the 48% cost of living increase in Marin County over the past four years (2014-2018).  

    Prior to working at Community Action Marin, Heather led a national pilot project administered by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Association of Community Colleges, which demonstrated that when low-income students accessed additional financial support services, they realized greater success in school and in their careers. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Cross-Cultural Studies, and minors in International Relations and French.  

    Heather has worked with the United Nations Environment Program in several capacities in Kenya, Germany and South Korea. Heather was a Peace Corps Master’s International student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Montereywhere she earned a Master of Public Administration in International Management degree while serving as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize City, Belize. While there, she conducted research on cognitive and emotional challenges Belizean children faced that impeded integration into their schools and communities. Heather is proficient in French and Creole and has basic Spanish skills. 

  • Programs Team
    Annie Louis
    Annie
    Louis
    Peer Education Instructor
    Annie Louis
    Annie
    Louis
    Peer Education Instructor

    Annie Louis has been working in the mental health program at Community Action Marin since Feb. 2018. Annie’s first position was as a CARE Team Mobile Outreach Peer Case Manager. She is currently the Peer Education Instructor and co-facilitator of Duel Diagnosis at the Enterprise Recovery Center.

    Annie’s area of expertise is peer counseling, supervising people with addiction, and those with a criminal background by helping them re-enter the workforce.

    Annie gained valuable experience from past employment. She worked for Goodwill of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin and for Salvation Army Drug Rehabilitation Center as a manager, and at San Francisco Legal Assistance Foundation, where she advocated for mental health clients who had been denied SSI benefits by writing legal briefs and representing them in court.

    Annie holds an undergraduate degree in biology from Mills College in Oakland, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.  She also holds an MPA degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and was awarded a Public Service Fellowship from the Department of Education.

    She has a passion for counseling, teaching and inspiring hope, helping people with mental health challenges feel empowered, accepted, and valued.

    Raised in Tiburon, CA. Annie has two grown daughters who gives her the greatest joy and meaning in life. In her spare time, Annie enjoys hiking, playing the flute, and spending time with her three pets.

    Iris Allen-Willis
    Iris
    Allen-Willis
    Direct Services Manager of Peer Support Specialists
    Iris Allen-Willis
    Iris
    Allen-Willis
    Direct Services Manager of Peer Support Specialists

    Iris joined Community Action Marin in November 2015 as a Peer Case Manager with our CARE Homeless Outreach Teams.

    Iris also served as a Case Manager for Marin County’s Odyssey Program, which supports adults who struggle with severe mental health symptoms and, as a result, are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

    Iris was recently promoted to Direct Services Manager of Peer Support Specialists. In this position, she provides leadership, education, problem solving and supervision to Direct Service Peer Providers working with the mental health service adult system of care throughout Marin County.

    Iris holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Fisk University.

     

    Raised in the Bay Area as the oldest of 3 children, Iris has a passion for jazz and politics.

    Michael Payne
    Michael
    Payne
    CARE Homeless Outreach Team Coordinator
    Michael Payne
    Michael
    Payne
    CARE Homeless Outreach Team Coordinator

    Michael Payne is the former director of Community Action Marin’s Peer Mental Health Program and served in that capacity for 20 years before retiring in July of 2015.

    He returned to Community Action Marin in March of 2019 as a Senior Counseling Peer Specialist to work with the County of Marin’s STAR Program. He then turned his attention to Community Action Marin’s CARE Homeless Outreach as the Team’s Coordinator.

    Michael has over thirty years in the field of mental health working with Veterans and the general public in both counseling and administrative capacities.

    He holds a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and worked in that field for over five years before turning his attention toward Vietnam Veterans where he began his counseling career.

    Using his skill as a professional equine specialist and peer counselor, Michael still works with Veterans volunteering in the field of equine assisted therapy

    Michael is a published poet, amateur radio enthusiast, and enjoys reading about and researching human behavior.  He lives on a small horse ranch in Novato.

    Maricruz Aldana
    Maricruz
    Aldana
    Workforce Manager
    Children and Family Services
    Maricruz Aldana
    Maricruz
    Aldana
    Workforce Manager
    Children and Family Services

    Maricruz Aldana has worked for Community Action Marin for the last 12 years, where she spent 10 of those years in a teaching capacity with children ranging from ages two years old to 13 years old in the Child Development Program. She has served the role as Workforce Manager for the last two years, supporting an entering workforce for the early childhood education field. Maricruz holds a bachelor’s in arts in Human Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education and Development from Pacific Oaks College. She has developed a passion for providing quality services for children and families and for supporting the workforce to make it possible. She currently serves as Commissioner of Marin County Child Care Commission.

    Darcy Woodall
    Darcy
    Woodall
    Enterprise Recovery Center Manager
    Family and Community Services
    Dawn Hensley
    Dawn
    Hensley
    Family Partners Program Director
    Family and Community Services
    Jan Yarish
    Jan
    Yarish
    Head Start Program Director
    Children and Family Services
    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Program Director
    Economic Opportunity
    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Program Director
    Economic Opportunity

    Heather Bettini grew up in Marin County and is passionate about advancing social justice and equity so everyone has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. Heather is Community Action Marin’s Economic Opportunity Director, and in this capacity, she leads the implementation of a proven financial/career coaching model and delivery of basic needs services that mitigate economic disparities in the community. Part of her work focuses on bridging resource gaps for low-income families who are unable to make ends meet, largely due to the 48% cost of living increase in Marin County over the past four years (2014-2018).  

    Prior to working at Community Action Marin, Heather led a national pilot project administered by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Association of Community Colleges, which demonstrated that when low-income students accessed additional financial support services, they realized greater success in school and in their careers. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Cross-Cultural Studies, and minors in International Relations and French.  

    Heather has worked with the United Nations Environment Program in several capacities in Kenya, Germany and South Korea. Heather was a Peace Corps Master’s International student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Montereywhere she earned a Master of Public Administration in International Management degree while serving as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize City, Belize. While there, she conducted research on cognitive and emotional challenges Belizean children faced that impeded integration into their schools and communities. Heather is proficient in French and Creole and has basic Spanish skills. 

  • Board of Directors
    Amanda McCarthy
    Amanda
    McCarthy
    President of the Board
    Amanda McCarthy
    Amanda
    McCarthy
    President of the Board

    Amanda McCarthy is now serving her third term on the Board of Directors. Formally trained as a plant biologist, she brings a unique perspective to the board and is eager to build relationships in the community, working diligently to create a Marin with equal opportunity for all.  She has worked with the Marin Childcare Council, Canal Alliance, and Community Action Marin to create a process for large daycare approval in the City of San Rafael and excited to be a member of the agency’s Board of Directors as it supports fundraising, recognition, and advocacy within the community.

    Cheryl Timoney
    Cheryl
    Timoney
    Vice President of the Board
    Senior Director, Customer Philanthropy at Salesforce.org
    Cheryl Timoney
    Cheryl
    Timoney
    Vice President of the Board
    Senior Director, Customer Philanthropy at Salesforce.org

    Cheryl Timoney is currently Senior Director, Customer Philanthropy at Salesforce.org, the social enterprise and philanthropic arm of Salesforce. At Salesforce.org, Cheryl leads the corporate philanthropy strategy to partner nonprofit and education institutions with the best of Salesforce technology and talent so they can better achieve their missions.

    Prior to Salesforce.org, Cheryl managed pro bono volunteer programs with Taproot Foundation, and spent many years at nonprofits in the Bay Area developing community and economic development programs to increase access to housing, childcare, asset-building, and mental health services for low-income residents.

    Cheryl brings her experience building high impact and cross-sector initiatives that engage corporations, nonprofits, and community members to the CAM mission and board. Cheryl lives in Marin County with her husband and young children.

    Danielle George
    Danielle
    George
    Secretary of the Board
    Marriage and Family Therapist
    Danielle George
    Danielle
    George
    Secretary of the Board
    Marriage and Family Therapist

    Danielle George has lived and worked in Marin County since 2015. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist. Prior to joining the private sector, Danielle worked for the County of Marin to ensure children and families were connected to mental health services in the community.

    Danielle has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and in addition to doing traditional therapy, she has experience in mental health plan contract management, substance use treatment, and involuntary hospitalizations. In her current position, she interacts with and supports families that are in crisis, struggling with substance use, insecure housing, or feeling the impact of mental health issues on their family. Danielle tries to always carry the perspective of the families she works with into her role as a board member for Community Action Marin.

    Joe Simmons
    Joe
    Simmons
    Treasurer of the Board
    Retired Urban Planner & Housing Finance Expert
    Joe Simmons
    Joe
    Simmons
    Treasurer of the Board
    Retired Urban Planner & Housing Finance Expert

    Joe Simmons is now retired after a career of forty-five years in urban planning and low-income housing financing.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rice University, a Masters in Regional and Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in urban planning from UCLA.  His professional career has included working for the Mayor’s Office in Denver and teaching at the University of Colorado and Iowa State University.  Following his doctoral studies, he found that his planning experience provided a seamless transition into the financing of low income housing.  The last twenty years of his working life were spent in the provision of funding for nonprofit low-income and community facility developers throughout the country.  After retiring in 2012, Joe still resides in Novato, and has become active on boards in Marin County.

    Roger Crawford
    Roger
    Crawford
    Board Member
    Roger Crawford
    Roger
    Crawford
    Board Member
    Attorney & Equal Employment Director for the County of Marin

    Roger Crawford has lived in Marin County for 12 years and has been a member of the Board of Directors for five years.  Roger currently works as the Equal Employment Director for the County of Marin.  In that role, he shares responsibility for the development and implementation of the county’s Diversity and Inclusion policies as well as the county’s Race Equity Plan.

    Roger is an employment attorney and before working for the county, he worked in San Francisco at the employment law firm, Jackson Lewis and Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.  Roger is originally from New York and he received his B.A. from Connecticut College and his law degree from Villanova University.  Roger brings his commitment to equity and social justice as well as his legal background to the agency’s Board of Directors.   Roger is married with three children.

    Jennifer McInnis
    Jennifer
    McInnis
    Board Member
    Jennifer McInnis
    Jennifer
    McInnis
    Board Member

    Jennifer came to the board of Community Action Marin through service to Marin Head Start as a liaison for Policy Council, a program oversight group comprised of Head Start parents elected each year.  She is fluent in Spanish and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.  The mission of Community Action Marin to reduce poverty and promote equity speaks to her on a personal level and motivated her continued engagement this year as a board member.  Jennifer comes from a diverse background and being a part of the low-income community has inspired her to search out means in which to be of service to others. In this search she found Community Action Marin and is looking forward to many years of service to our community.

    Susan Walters
    Susan
    Walters
    Board Member
    Consumer Activist
    Susan Walters
    Susan
    Walters
    Board Member
    Consumer Activist

    Susan is a longtime resident and community activist in Marin and has served on the agency’s Board of Directors for over 20 years. Her commitment to mental health, early education, and economic opportunity for all residents runs deep and reflects her belief that self-sufficiency is possible for everyone who lives here. Meet the other team members…

We want to create lasting impact in Marin. We are inspired and taking action to make real our commitments to community. I'm proud to be part of this incredible partnership of staff, board, and community today. Meet the team at Community Action Marin.

Amanda McCarthy > Board Member and Parent

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