Meet the Team

  • 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.

    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
    Family and Community Services
    Laurel Hill
    Laurel
    Hill
    Vice President
    Family and Community Services

    Laurel Hill, Vice President of Family and Adult 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. 

    Jenifer Jayme
    Jenifer
    Jayme
    Vice President
    Advancement
    Jenifer Jayme
    Jenifer
    Jayme
    Vice President
    Advancement

    Jen joined Community Action Marin as Vice President of Advancement in May 2019, bringing 20 years of experience in fund development for organizations serving low-income families.  She oversees fund development, marketing and communications for the agency.

    Jen has served in development leadership roles at a long list of organizations including Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Santa Clara University Center for Science, Technology & Society (now Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship), Techbridge (a national nonprofit promoting STEM education for underrepresented girls), and educational institutions at high school elementary and university levels (UC Berkeley and Montessori, Waldorf and Catholic schools).

    Jen began a career in development serving as a consultant to nonprofits first at San Francisco-based Laura Talmus Associates then at an international firm, CCS Fundraising.  Consulting work included leading development audits, capital campaigns and major gift fundraising for organizations such as the National Partnership for Women and Families, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the Oregon Province of Jesus (Jesuits), the Nature Conservancy of Washington, and Sacred Heart Medical Center.

    Raised in the projects of East Boston by a single mother who worked her way from welfare to home-ownership, Jen has a deep personal connection to the agency’s mission.  Her career in philanthropy was shaped by the stark contrast in opportunities and culture she experienced between childhood years in an inner-city neighborhood followed by high school years in affluent Marin County.

    She has a deep interest in resiliency and trauma-informed care rising from personal experience, avid reading, parenting a young child, and growing up in a family of social workers and therapists.

    Jen holds a B.A. in English with Honors from U.C. Berkeley.  She lives in Novato with her husband and 10-year-old son, and enjoys snowboarding, baking crazy cakes, reading, tinkering, and supporting her son’s passion for martial arts.

    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
    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.

    Hali Floreen
    Hali
    Floreen
    Peer Education Manager
    Family and Community Services
    Hali Floreen
    Hali
    Floreen
    Peer Education Manager
    Family and Community Services

    Hali Floreen has been working in the mental health program of the agency for 10 years and has coordinated and taught peer classes for the last six years at the Enterprise Recovery Center.  Previously, she designed and directed six inpatient mental health programs and was part of the team that designed the inpatient Pain Management Program at the Mayo Clinic (one of the first five in the country), which she subsequently managed. In addition, she worked at Mayo with psychiatric residents to teach them about group psychotherapy. Hali was previously in private practice.

    Hali has provided mental health education in the community and in schools and colleges throughout her career.  For two years she traveled throughout the country providing continuing education for mental health professionals. Now she is dedicated to the idea that recovery is possible for all people with mental health issues, and her goal is to provide training and education to all the recovering peers who want to widen their horizons and help others.

    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
    Patricia Duffy
    Patricia
    Duffy
    President of the Board
    Attorney
    Patricia Duffy
    Patricia
    Duffy
    President of the Board
    Attorney

    Patricia Duffy brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in Bay Area philanthropic and community organizations during which time she has pursued her commitment to the poor and underserved populations of this region.  Ms. Duffy began her professional career first as a Corporate Associate with Pettit & Martin law firm in San Francisco and then as a Public Finance Associate for the law firm currently known as Sidley Austin LLP, also in San Francisco.  Patricia has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, including service on numerous boards including the San Francisco National Organization for Women Political Action Committee, Ross School Foundation and Sunny Hills Services Counsel, is an active member of the National Charity League and has served as a Marin County Court Appointed Special Advocate.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, California and her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Amanda McCarthy
    Amanda
    McCarthy
    Board Member
    Amanda McCarthy
    Amanda
    McCarthy
    Board Member
    COO at WRA Inc.

    Amanda McCarthy is now serving her third term on the Board of Directors.  Dr. McCarthy is Chief Operating Officer and a Principal at WRA, Inc., a San Rafael environmental consulting firm, where she works with the leadership team on similar organizational health initiatives to build capacity.  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.

    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.

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.

Amanda McCarthy > Board Member and Parent

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