Doug Styles, PsyD | Executive Director
Born and raised in San Francisco, Doug graduated from Lowell High School. He earned a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an MA in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a Doctorate in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alliant International University).
Doug, a licensed Psychologist, trained at the National Centers for PTSD in Connecticut and Hawaii and at River Oak Center for Children in Sacramento. For the past ten years, he served as the Clinical Director and Associate Director for StarVista, a multiservice non-profit in San Mateo County. He brings over 20 years of experience in the non-profit social services sector. Doug has developed transitional housing programs for youth, increased mental health services for parents of young children, expanded professional training programs for counselors, and improved outcome reporting systems. Doug believes every person has the potential to change the world.
Mollie Brown | Director of Programs & Community Development
Mollie grew up in Southern California and attended UC Berkeley and graduated with a double major in Spanish and Psychology. She received her Master’s in Counselor Education at New York University while also working at The Door, one of the largest multi-service centers for youth in New York City. She returned to the Bay Area in 1987 and has called San Francisco her home ever since.
Mollie first worked at Hospitality House in the Tenderloin as a program coordinator for their vocational and housing programs serving homeless youth. She then spent three years as the Coordinator of the San Francisco Homeless Youth Network (which included Hospitality House, Huckleberry Youth Programs, Larkin Street Youth Services and Catholic Charities), working to recruit foster parents for lgbtq youth, advocating for specialized school services and developing housing options for homeless youth. She served on the first DCYF Citizen’s Advisory Committee and participated on numerous citywide task forces to address homelessness.
Upon starting her own family, she focused her energy on the family support movement and served as a founding member of the San Francisco Family Resource Center Consortium helping to create and sustain centers throughout the City.
In 2009, Mollie joined Huckleberry Youth Programs and has helped with program oversight, evaluation and grant writing. More recently she has been active with developing Huckleberry’s program serving exploited youth, serving on the Mayor’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force and advocating for more transition aged youth focused services.
She was the recipient of the 2014 Audrey Chickering Award in appreciation of her commitment to the agency and the community.
Jaclynn Davis, Director of Marin Programs
Jaclynn’s passion for working at the intersection of public health and social justice brought her to Huckleberry Youth Programs in 2008, where she has been managing Marin’s community health programs ever since. Before that, she earned her BA from UC Davis and a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Social work from the University of Michigan. Her past work has included health education with migrant farmworkers, medical social work, and teaching public health courses at Dominican University. Her most prized talents are her ability to catch rattlesnakes, and her extraordinary dedication to Sunday brunch. In 2011, Jaclynn won Huckleberry’s Audrey Chickering Leadership Award for her dedication to Huckleberry.
Vicky Valentine, Senior Director – Huckleberry Wellness Academies
First generation college graduate, Vicky Valentine earned her BA in Latin American Studies from Smith College. She has headed the Huckleberry Wellness Academy – San Francisco pipeline program since its beginning in 2007. For over 10 years she has worked within the sectors of Health Education, Mental Health and Education on behalf of youth of color. Vicky was awarded the Huckleberry Audrey Chickering Leadership Award in 2008 for her commitment to the development of Huckleberry Youth Programs.
Denise Coleman, Director of Youth Justice
Denise Coleman is the Director of Juvenile Justice Programs at Huckleberry Youth Programs in San Francisco. Ms. Coleman has led Huckleberry’s Community Assessment & Resource Center since 1999, and the center has become one of the foremost programs in San Francisco. It provides youth arrested for nonviolent crimes with a rehabilitative, supportive alternative to incarceration. Under Ms. Coleman’s leadership, CARC has supported over 5,000 at-risk youth and is a national model of excellence for community-based juvenile justice alternative programs. Ms. Coleman also serves as a national juvenile justice consultant for the Vera Institute of New York, and she was a 2008 fellow of the Women’s Policy Institute sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of California and a 2009 fellow of the National Institute of Out-of-School Time. She also co-chairs the Juvenile Justice Providers Association in San Francisco. In 2005, Denise won Huckleberry’s Audrey Chickering Award for her commitment to the development of Huckleberry Youth Programs.
Elizabeth Ascher, PhD, Director of Research & Evaluation
Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in Clinical Science from the University of California, Berkeley and B.A. in Neuroscience from Colgate University. Prior to coming to Huckleberry, she completed her pre-doctoral internship in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at UCSF—San Francisco General Hospital. She has worked in a variety of research settings, beginning as an undergraduate in cognitive neuroscience, continuing with coordinating multidisciplinary research at major medical centers and, most extensively, through her graduate research in clinical psychology at UC Berkeley. At Huckleberry, Elizabeth oversees all aspects of program evaluation and client data management for the diverse array of services HYP provides to youth in San Francisco and Marin counties. Her extensive research and clinical experience, background in community psychology, and technological expertise have been critical in directing Huckleberry’s data collection, research, and evaluation needs.
Lee Walker, JD, PHRca, Director of Human Resources
Lee received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and his B.A. and M.S. from Tulane University. He also holds various HR certifications. Upon graduating from Tulane, Lee worked for a Ford Foundation initiative seeking to increase corporate philanthropy for community-based HIV/AIDS services. Lee also worked at the Yale University School of Medicine, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and practiced employment law before coming to Huckleberry. At Huckleberry, Lee leads Human Resources and believes in creating a work-place environment where employees can thrive.
Katie Byrd, Administrative Assistant
Katie is a San Francisco native who received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and her master’s degree in Applied Social Psychology from the University of London, Royal Holloway. After obtaining a master’s degree in Applied Social Psychology, Katie deepened her passion for social impact work as she furthered her experience with mission-driven nonprofits, start-ups, and B-corps. Katie has consistently worked with organizations to help build organizational culture, sustain and expand diverse communities, and coordinate projects (i.e. content writing, event planning, and research/evaluation), while implementing new strategies for operational structure.
Katie’s previous work experience includes time with The Institute of International Education, American Field Services and The Council on International Educational Exchange. Her vision is to serve organizations and entities that support diversity and empower under-served/underrepresented individuals through educational, professional, and wellness resources.
Jennifer Chen, Director of Major Grants
Jennifer was born in California and raised in Michigan. She holds a BA in Sociology from University of Michigan (go blue!) and an Ed.M from the Harvard School of Education with specialization in Adolescent Risk and Prevention. Before coming to Huckleberry Youth Programs, she was the Development Manager and taught after school classes at Streetside Stories, a Bay Area nonprofit that uses storytelling as a vehicle for empowering youth, building community, and helping youth develop a love for writing, reading, and the arts. While in graduate school, Jennifer taught Peace Games, a violence prevention program, at a K-8 school in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. Jennifer also worked in fundraising and program development at WAVE, a national youth development organization.
Heather Mathews, Director of Communications
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Heather moved to San Francisco in 1999. She worked for three years as a Marketing Copy Writer for Shorenstein Hays Nederlander Theatres in San Francisco. She moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and worked as the Development Associate for Starbright Starlight Children’s Foundation, before joining Huckleberry in 2005. She has a BA in Journalism with a Minor in English from the University of Georgia. In 2013, Heather won Huckleberry’s Audrey Chickering Leadership Award for her dedication and commitment to the development of Huckleberry Youth Programs.
Brooke Tao, Director of Fundraising
Brooke Tao is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned her BA in political science. Brooke has over 20 years of youth development experience both at home and abroad. After having taught English in Japan, and working with Street Children in Africa, Brooke began employment with Huckleberry Youth Programs in 1995. In 1998, Brooke won Huckleberry’s Danny Keenan Award for her dedication to serving at-risk and runaway youth in San Francisco. Brooke coordinated the HUD funded Homeless Youth 101 Project – a nine county, ten agency youth collaborative designed to help runaway and homeless youth crossing county lines. Brooke went on to create and manage the Mentor Program at HYP’s Community Assessment and Resource Center (CARC). In 2001, Brooke won the Audrey Chickering Leadership Award for her dedication and commitment to the development of Huckleberry Youth Programs.
In 2001, Brooke left Huckleberry and was hired as the Executive Director of Seven Tepees Youth Program in San Francisco. Seven Tepees is a non-profit organization dedicated to impacting the lives of promising inner city youth through building social competency, self-esteem, improving academics and providing exposure to the natural environment.
In 2006, Brooke returned to Huckleberry Youth Programs, and has served the agency in multiple capacities. Brooke currently serves as the Development Chair of the Montessori Children’s House Board of Directors. Brooke is an avid hula dancer and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and three children.
Amy McConnell, Advancement Specialist
Amy received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. in Philosophy from Colgate University. Prior to Huckleberry, Amy worked at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and as a staff attorney to the judges of the Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco for several years in the law and motion, appellate, and criminal law departments. Amy has also spent time as a freelance writer. At Huckleberry, Amy writes grants, manages the agency’s grant proposals and reports process, and assists with development and advancement strategy. During her free time, Amy likes being outdoors with her children and her Labrador Retriever.
Gina Pan, Development Associate
Gina Pan was born and raised in San Francisco. She received her Master’s in Social Work-Non-Profit Management from Columbia University and her BA in Political Science (and minor in Classics) from the University of Southern California. Gina always knew she wanted to support youth in reaching their full potential, and has devoted her career to organizations that serve at-risk youth and promote social justice. Prior to joining Huckleberry, Gina worked in the Development department at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, provided counseling for youth at Bronx Lighthouse College Preparatory Academy in the and was the Class Director of street art gallery First Amendment. She has also volunteered as a tutor at First Graduate. During her free time, Gina likes to go on food adventures, travel all around the world, get lost in nature, go to concerts and dance.
HUCKLEBERRY COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT & RESOURCE CENTER (CARC)
Stacy Sciortino, Program Director, Community Assessment & Resource Center
Stacy Sciortino received her B.A. in Social Work from Fordham University in New York. She has worked extensively with youth as the After-School Program Director and High School Learning Center Coordinator for the Buchanan YMCA, and as the Education Director for the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club prior to joining Huckleberry. In 2000, she joined Huckleberry as a Case Manager at Huckleberry Teen Health Program and later became Senior Case Manager at the Community Assessment and Referral Center (CARC). In 2001, she was promoted to Program Director of the CARC. Stacy is currently attended City College of San Francisco, studying Early Childhood Education. In 2006, Stacy won Huckleberry’s Audrey Chickering Leadership Award for her dedication to Huckleberry Youth Programs.
Kisai Henriquez, Program Coordinator, Project READY
Kisai is a second generation Puerto Rican & Dominican, born and raised in San Francisco and continues to call Frisco home. She is an active participant in community efforts to bring social change within the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. She strives to be a Social Worker that empowers and fosters hope within individuals, groups and communities. She believes that each one of us holds the power and resources to live a healthy and fulfilling life. She specializes working with youth and families who are or have been system involved. She holds a Masters of Social Work from San Jose State University.
HUCKLEBERRY ADVOCACY & RESPONSE TEAM (HA&RT)
Carly Devlin, MSW, Program Manager, HA&RT
Carly has led the Huckleberry Advocacy and Response Team (HA&RT), Huckleberry’s program for youth experiencing commercial sexual exploitation, since its beginning in 2016. In addition to managing direct practice efforts, Carly has provided trainings to a variety of organizations and participated in city and statewide policy discussions around the issue of creating policies and programs to best support vulnerable youth. Carly attended Brown University and received her MSW from UC Berkeley. Carly has worked with commercially sexually exploited youth and other groups of vulnerable young people as a teacher and social worker since 2009. She has taught sexual health education in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, facilitated community-based participatory research projects with young women in Washington, DC, and provided therapy and case management to marginalized youth in the Bay Area since 2012. Carly’s work is guided by the idea that youth are experts in their own experiences and that effectively supporting them involves prioritizing their voices and definitions of safety, well-being, and justice.
HUCKLEBERRY YOUTH HEALTH CENTER
Jackson Bowman, Director of Health Services
Monica Sheftel, Client Services Coordinator
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Monica moved to San Francisco in 2008. Monica has continued to support youth development and empowerment in various settings by promoting opportunities for safety, trusting relationships, and youth involvement. After graduating from UCLA, Monica completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After working with youth at a social enterprise in San Francisco, Monica completed the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011. Monica then on went to work towards ending hunger in San Francisco by supporting food programs primarily in the Excelsior and South of Market neighborhoods. In 2016, Monica’s passion for working with youth to support their overall health and wellness led her to Huckleberry. Monica also volunteers with the National Association of Social Workers at the local, state and national levels. Monica is committed to sustaining herself in this work by both taking care of herself and partnering with youth to create positive change at individual and community levels.
Margo Levi, Clinical Director, San Francisco
Following eight years of clinical consultation to Huckleberry Youth Programs, Margo Levi, LCSW joined the staff as Clinical Director in 2010. With two decades of experience with youth and families, Margo specializes in adolescent mental health, parent education and therapist training. She worked for seven years as a staff clinician at Kaiser Permanente in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (South San Francisco) where she was also the director of social work training. She continues to teach behavioral health classes for Kaiser and sees teens, families and adults in her private psychotherapy practice (www.margolevi.com). She has provided clinical consultation and supervision as a consultant to Third Street Youth Clinic and Women’s Recovery Association. Her additional community based mental health experience includes work at Family Services Agency of San Francisco, Larkin Street Youth Services and West Coast Children’s Center. She earned her MSW from UC Berkeley.
Katie Reisinger, Program Director
Katie was born in Philadelphia, PA and in her formative years lived in various locales including: Rochester NY, Nashville TN, Atlanta GA, Mexico City Mexico, and Madrid Spain. Before joining HYP, Katie was a high school special education teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District. Prior to moving to San Francisco, she was a special education teacher at the therapeutic day treatment program, Logos School, in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her background in the schools totaled twelve years and included school administration at Logos School. Katie also served youth and families as a substance abuse counselor at Bridgeway Counseling Services in Saint Charles, Missouri and as a residential counselor at Marian Hall Emergency Shelter in Saint Louis, Missouri. Katie won Huckleberry’s Audrey Chickering Leadership Award in 2012, for her dedication and commitment to the development of Huckleberry Youth Programs.
Patrick Buckalew, Residential Coordinator
Before relocating to San Francisco from Columbia, Missouri, Patrick was a victims advocate at True North, a crisis center and shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Patrick was also the coordinator for PRISM, a youth group for LGBTQ youth in Mid-Missouri.
HUCKLEBERRY WELLNESS ACADEMY – MARIN
Priscilla Miranda, Director, Huckleberry Wellness Academy – Marin
Priscilla is a Southern California native, where she worked in after-school programs with ESL students, and as a professional tutor. She transplanted to the Bay Area eight years ago, graduating from Pacific Union College with a degree in Psychological Science and a Master’s in Developmental Psychology from San Francisco State University. Before Huckleberry, Priscilla had been teaching as an adjunct professor at Pacific Union College, teaching courses in race and ethnicity, sociology, different areas of psychology, advising students navigating higher education, and supporting the unofficial gay/straight alliance, GASP (Gay and Straight People). When not at Huckleberry you can find her cycling and getting lost all over the Bay, trail running somewhere on Mt. Tamalpais, searching for yogurt shops, or creating gourmet sandwiches from scratch.” In 2015, Priscilla won Huckleberry’s Audrey Chickering Leadership Award for her dedication and commitment to the development of Huckleberry Youth Programs.
Armando Franco, Coordinator, Huckleberry Wellness Academy – Marin
Armando was born and raised in the mean streets of Southeast LA, Huntington Park to be exact. In 2005, he completed his BS in Environmental Economics and Policy at UC Berkeley (Go Bears!). After graduating college, he discovered his passion for teaching math to high school youth, working as a Tutor, Teacher and Program Coordinator at Making Waves Education Program in Richmond, CA. Armando’s interests include, sarcasm, celebrating Pi Day, hiking, netflixing, chicanismo and roaming around the cities of El Cerrito, Albany and SF.