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Meet the People of At The Crossroads
The ATC Family Staff
Irina joined ATC in 2012, after making the big trek from Washington, DC to San Francisco. Irina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice. When she’s not at ATC, she’s either planning her costume for next year’s Burning Man or participating in group meditations. She loves Yoga and unicorns, and, even better, unicorns doing yoga. We don’t know why it took her so long to move to California. She was born to live here.
Ivan joined ATC in May 2005 as an Outreach Counselor, and is now our Community Resource Coordinator. Ivan has dedicated his career to working with young people. He has spent the past fifteen years working with at-risk youth in a variety of capacities. For Ivan, working at ATC is somewhat of a homecoming, as he grew up in the Mission, and he is excited to be making an impact in his home community. As a friend of President Clinton and Angie Stone, Ivan also serves as our resident celebrity hook-up.
Nora joined ATC as our Associate Director in 2014. She loves spending hours working on a good jigsaw puzzle and has recently become obsessed with French music (Stromae, Christine and the Queens). At her former job she dug around in the dirt with youth in the Western Addition at the environmental education non-profit CommunityGrows. She has successfully charmed her way onto the ATC team by wearing the wackiest sweaters that thrift store money can buy!
Corey joined ATC in 2010 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, taking over the role of Community Resource Organizer. In December, 2011, he took over as our Administrative Assistant. Hailing from Florida, Corey can break out in salsa, bachata, and merengue dancing in a moment’s notice. Corey is learning to cook and so far has succeeded with staff lunches – good thing for us! Also, he loves office supplies!
Alison Dagenais can’t get rid of ATC. She first joined ATC in 2010 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, came back as a consultant in 2013 to help us with our events, and is now our Development Coordinator. She hails from Kansas City and graduated from Grinnell College, majoring in Anthropology and French (two of the most practical majors you can find). She likes free food, pop culture, and most of all, her adorable nephew.
Megan became our Events & Donor Relations Coordinator in July 2014 after graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in Urban Studies and Planning. While in school, she volunteered for a youth crisis line, organized around public higher education, and worked for a variety of nonprofits. Megan grew up in the heat of Sacramento, so she’s grateful to now live under a blanket of fog. Megan enjoys long walks in Golden Gate Park, analyzing Saturday Night Live more than anyone should, and nerding out over all things history.
Anna joined ATC as one of our new Outreach Counselors in November of 2011. As a San Francisco native, she is excited to do youth outreach in her home city. When she’s not shopping or reading Gardening For Dummies, Anna loves to travel. From what we’ve heard, she’s a skilled Rugby player, so don’t touch her Thai food or candy unless you’re ready for some trouble. Above all, she is committed to community development, and completely stoked to be part of our team!
April joined the ATC team as an Outreach Counselor in April 2013 (when else?) after being our awesome development intern. While in school at San Jose State University, she spent two years working at a youth drop-in center in San Jose. April is ATC’s resident artist, crafting masterpieces to celebrate staff birthdays or anniversaries. It is a rare week where she doesn’t say or do something that causes uncontrollable convulsive laughter among her coworkers.
Shawn joined ATC’s staff in 2004 as an Outreach Counselor, and is now our Program Manager, and is otherwise known as the Staff Mom. Shawn may have a fondness for European pharmacies, but if you ask her about “football”, she’s all about her Niners, being a life-long San Franciscan. She’s also got the best decorated desk in the office, although the competition is not exactly fierce.
As Executive Director and Co-Founder of At The Crossroads, Rob has been with ATC since its inception in 1997. He’s got the gray hairs to prove it! Rob's passion for working with underserved youth and leadership in the field earned him the GQ Leader Award in 2012. At the awards celebration, he got to rub elbows with celebrities like Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, and Ted Danson. If you've got approximately three hours to hear the stories, ask him about it sometime! When he's not working, you can find Rob at Starbucks, the Ferry Building Farmers Market, hanging with his niece and nephew, or hiking in the Headlands.
Joey joins ATC as one of the new Outreach Counselors. He is a southern gentleman from North Carolina who loves southern cooking, music, and dressing up like Elvis for Halloween. His sense of style, humor, and facial hair are impeccable. Living in San Francisco has always been a dream of his and he is super excited to have an opportunity to work for an organization like ATC.
Lauren joined ATC in January 2013 as our newest Outreach Counselor after working as a health educator, crisis interventionist, and youth advocate. She enjoys eating vegan mac and cheese, roller skating, and playing her accordion (although not all at same time!) When Lauren’s not at ATC, you can usually find her trying to befriend pitbull puppies at the dog park. Although she loves living in the Bay, she will always be a Midwesterner at heart.
The ATC Family Board
Catherine Covington is the Client Development Manager at RSF Social Finance. She is responsible for creating and implementing fundraising strategies for RSF's programs and services, as well as active participation in client relationship management and field building. Catherine is the co-chair of the Bay Area Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and a volunteer mentor with the Meritus College Fund.
Avner is currently co-principal of the wholesale interior design showroom, Sloan Miyasato, which has been a fixture in San Francisco for the past two decades. He has been involved with ATC for several years, and in 2003 organized a birthday fundraising party that raised over $20,000. He has also connected ATC with several other supporters. In addition to his work for ATC, Avner volunteered for a year with SF AIDS Foundation on the AIDS hotline, and volunteered with the SF library to deliver books to the AIDS ward at Laguna Honda Hospital.
Sherman is a Tax Manager with Lindquist, von Husen & Joyce LLP. He has over 13 years of experience in tax planning and working with a diverse client base. His industry experience spans across real estate, construction, healthcare, hospitality and agriculture. Sherman has a BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting from Christian Brothers University.
Marc Vogl (Board Chair)
Marc is currently a philanthropic and fundraising consultant. He is the former Executive Director of Bay Area Video Coalition, and a former program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Marc served on the San Francisco Arts Task Force and Barack Obama’s National Arts Policy Committee and was a founder and former Executive Director of Killing My Lobster, a San Francisco comedy, theater, and film company.
Jeanine Walters is a Software Architect at Salesforce.com. She has been an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley through boom and bust and is excited to work for a company that supports non-profit organizations through product donations, employee volunteerism and more. Jeanine has a BA from MIT in Mathematics with Computer Science.
Whitney is a business analyst at Artisan Partners with more than nine years of experience in the asset management industry. She holds a BBA in Finance and a BA in Philosophy from Southerm Methodist University. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Whitney practices yoga, loves sushi, and understands the frustrations of Friday afternoon traffic in the city. Despite her hectic work travel schedule, she has been amazing at helping with our events and introducing friends to ATC.
The ATC Family Advisory Board
Mary is vice-president and a senior program officer at Pacific Foundation Services, which provides administrative, program, accounting, and record-keeping services to family foundations. She has been a volunteer, board member, board president, staff member and/or fundraising consultant for approximately twenty different non-profit organizations. In 1997, she founded Mary’s List (www.maryslist.net), a web-based matching service for non-profit organizations that are seeking consultants. Mary lives in San Francisco with her husband Dan and her Labrador, Sazerac.
Kevin McCracken is the co-founder and COO of Social Imprints, a full service custom printer that provides employment for at risk adults, including the formerly incarcerated and recovering addicts. In 2004, Kevin received a Neighborhood Leader award from Bank of America. He was a founding member of ATC’s Board, as well as a former client of ATC.
Jon Merriman is the co-founder and CEO of Merriman Holdings, Inc., where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the firm and focuses on working closely with the firm’s clients. Over the course of his finance career, he has served on more than 10 private and public company boards. He has been a frequent guest on Bloomberg TV as well as CNBC’s show “Fast Money”, and a regular contributor to financial publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and The Daily Deal.
Lateefah Simon is the Director of the Rosenberg Foundation’s California’s Future initiative. She was formerly the Executive Director of both the Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She also led the creation of San Francisco’s first reentry services division under the leadership of District Attorney Kamala D. Harris. An avid national speaker, Lateefah lectures across the county at top conferences and top universities. She has served on numerous boards of directors and has received awards for her efforts including the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, inclusion in O Magazine’s first ever “Power List”, Ford Foundation’s Leadership for A Changing World, the Remarkable Woman Award from Lifetime Television, the Levi Straus Pioneer Activist Fellowship, and the New Frontier Award from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.
The ATC Family Volunteers
Volunteers are the fuel that powers ATC. We can’t possibly profile all 300 of them, so you’ll have to take our word on the fact that they are the most attractive crew you’ll ever find.