Who We Are

Staff | Board of Directors | Advisory Council


Darlene Weide, M.P.H., M.S.W., Executive Director
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Darlene has worked in the nonprofit sector- primarily in HIV prevention, women’s health and youth community-based programs– for nearly twenty years. Her current work focuses on enhancing the effectiveness and impact of organizations. At Community Boards, she collaborates with the Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers to build on Community Boards’ tremendous track record. Darlene is the author of Safe Schools for Everyone: Responding to Anti-LGBTQ Bias in the Classroom & on the Playground, as well as Conflict Resolution Skills for the Jossey-Bass textbook Foundations for Community Health Workers. She is an experienced mediator, trainer and teacher. She is also a faculty member at City College of San Francisco in the Health Education and Community Health Studies Department where she teaches public health courses and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace.

Karen H. Lipney, J.D., Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs Director
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As ADR Programs Director, Karen draws on years of experience working for a national labor union. In a career transition, Karen focused on mediation to expand her legal and organizational skills. Since 2014, Karen has worked as a volunteer Community Mediator, Conflict Coach, and Facilitator. She was raised in San Francisco and giving back to the community is part of her family heritage.

Arnold “Mac” McGilbray, Case Development Manager
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Arnold “Mac ” McGilbray, our Case Development Manager, joined our staff in 2005.  He comes to us with a background in law, marketing, contracting, negotiation and EEO compliance.  As Case Development Manager, Mac is responsible for all contact and coordination with the disputing parties following the initial intake. Mac also manages key components of our low-cost Professional Mediation services.

Sarah Moss, Community Engagement Coordinator
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Sarah Moss is a 5th generation San Franciscan who loves her city. She has a BA in Communications and a certificate in Conflict Resolution from San Francisco State University, as well as an AA from City College of SF. Sarah started at Community Boards as an intern doing case intake and has since moved forward to community outreach; organizing enriching events, and discussions with citizens and those in City Hall. She is also a volunteer Community Mediator for Community Boards, and has been a longtime supporter and volunteer for Larkin Street Youth Services, and is an advocate and member of the Bay Area Arts scene.

Jim Garrison, Communications Director
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Jim has been associated with Community Boards in various capacities since 1988. His primary responsibilities are managing the website, oversight of social media and e-communications, and the design and production of outreach, public education, and marketing collateral pieces. As in-house technical writer, he drafts, edits, and finalizes our training materials and grants.

Liliya Shilman, Finance Manager
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Liliya has been with Community Boards since 2002.  Beyond managing Community Boards’ day-to-day financials, Liliya is responsible for maintaining all grants, contracts, and the multitude of recordkeeping pertinent to our nonprofit status. She has additional responsibilities for our membership program, critical parts of the organization’s regular audits, and human resource policies and records.

You may email any staff member via our general mail at Learn_More@communityboards.org.  Please include the person’s name in the subject line.


Serena Mau, LEED GA, President
Serena is a sustainability practitioner dedicated to addressing energy and sustainability issues, fostering a circular economy, and achieving social justice. Having worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, she recognizes the importance of dialogue, mutual respect and diverse perspectives to create collaborative, inclusive solutions. Serena has lived in a number of cities in Canada and the U.S. and currently works as a Sustainability Project Manager at BART. She studied Integrative Biology and Legal Studies with a minor in Energy and Resources at UC Berkeley, and earned her master’s in Energy and Environmental Analysis from Boston University.

Paula_ConnellyPaula Connelly
Paula joined Community Boards in 2014 and now volunteers as a Community Mediator, conflict coach and facilitator. Passionate about adult learning, she worked at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center leading a training program on how to start and grow a small business. She worked at the San Francisco Bay Guardian as an advocate for freedom of speech and small business. Paula believes that individual empowerment transforms communities. Her extensive trainings and volunteer experiences at Community Boards have been both personally and professionally rewarding.  She is excited to contribute to Community Boards’ 40-year legacy as a valuable community resource. Paula currently works as a freelance consultant.

Sierra DeSalvia
Sierra is a dynamic change maker dedicated to shifting interpersonal and political barriers to yield empowered individuals and equitable communities. She has experience in program management, organizational design and implementation, alternative dispute resolution, consulting, facilitation, and training. In Syracuse, Sierra facilitated community-wide dialogues focused on race and power, and ran the custody-dispute mediation office for the fourth largest courthouse in New York. While in Africa, she developed partnerships between the US Embassy and local schools. In Baltimore, Sierra served as a strategic partner and mediator for correctional facilities, public schools, the police department, public housing authority, and the state’s attorney office. Sierra is now focused on empowering a new generation of leaders, and promoting policies that support equitable, healthy communities.

Sachin_Ganpule_BoardSachin Ganpule, Vice President
Sachin is an audio engineer at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco, and is a trained Community Mediator volunteer with Community Boards. He is amazed by the power of the process, and inspired by what empathy, open dialog, honest communication, and self-reflection can bring to human interactions in any space, and at any scale. Sachin is a Bay Area native, and is committed to improving the community.


Mangels_Bonnie_Board Bonnie Mangels, Esq.
Bonnie has a strong passion for conflict resolution, mediation, and collaborative practices, and is currently the Corporate Counsel and Senior Compliance Manager at Sequoia Consulting Group.  As an attorney who has represented parties in litigation, she has seen the value of mediation as a tool for transforming relationships, both personal and professional. In law school, Bonnie served as a mediator for the San Francisco Small Claims Court and is presently a volunteer mediator with Community Boards, the Office of Citizen Complaints, SEEDS Community Resolution Center, and the Center for Human Development.  Bonnie is excited to be part of an organization that promotes conflict resolution and collaboration in our community.

Lynne_McMillan_Board_CB_Web.jpgLynne McMillan, Treasurer
Lynne is a CPA at Spectrum Equity in San Francisco, and is excited to join the Community Boards team. Originally from Illinois, she got her first experiences with mediation through her work with the Panhellenic Council at the University of Illinois. After completing degrees in finance and accountancy, Lynne moved around the U.S. for various career opportunities and eventually settled in San Francisco in 2014. She’s excited to use her background in finance and fundraising to support Community Board’s mission.

Michael_Tobriner_BoardMichael Tobriner
Michael Tobriner has practiced family law in San Francisco for over 25 years. Michael is a Certified Family Law Specialist through the State Bar of California and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is recognized by the family law bench and bar as a leading family law practitioner. Michael’s practice emphasizes collaborative practice and mediation. He views his role as that of a guide to the parties in working out for themselves the highest and best outcomes for the family.

Iberia Zafira
Iberia is passionate about Community Boards’ mission of creating accessible, safe spaces for effective communication and problem-solving. She believes that leveraging empathy + data + action creates powerful change, and strives to do this in her data analytics and research work at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and personal data visualization/design projects. In her free time, she enjoys fitness, learning languages, being in community, writing poetry and creating. Iberia studied sustainability and management at Stanford University and completed additional coursework through UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Tracy Lemmon, Chair | Terry Amsler | Bob Bailey | Brittny Bottorff | Kathleen Coogan | Jon Eldan | Fred Lambright | Joseph Ragazzo | Gail Sadalla | Julia Salinas | Elizabeth Shwiff | Teri Sklar | Charles Spiegel | Marion Standish