Who We Are

STAFF | BOARD OF DIRECTORS | ADVISORY COUNCIL

STAFF

Darlene Weide, MPH, MSW, Executive Director
dweide@communityboards.org

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.

Sie Savage Chambers, Housing Stabilization Coordinator ssavagechambers@communityboards.org

Born in Louisiana, raised in Las Vegas, and a Bay Area resident for the past eighteen years, Sie Savage considers himself the embodiment of diverse experiences. He’s a former college athlete with a B.A. in Sociology from St. Mary’s College of California. He earned a Health Coaching Certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and then co-founded his own business, encouraging individuals to live an all-natural, holistic lifestyle. Sie Savage has spent the last decade working in human services and looks forward to sharing his expertise and knowledge from all the intersections of his experience to support participants and providers in housing programs. As Housing Stabilization Coordinator, Sie Savage will work ensure that they are being linked with Community Boards’ various services.

Jim Garrison, Communications
jgarrison@communityboards.org
Jim has been associated with Community Boards in various capacities since 1988. His primary responsibilities are maintaining the website, managing our Listserv and e-communications, and the in-house design and production of outreach, public education, and marketing collateral pieces. He supports the Community Engagement Coordinator to maximize their outreach work. As a technical writer, he drafts, edits, and finalizes our training materials and grants. He is proud and pleased to see Community Boards continue serving the many diverse communities in San Francisco for over four decades.

Liz Gewirtz, Restorative Justice & Neighborhood Courts Coordinator
lgewirtz@communityboards.org

Liz is committed to a vision of justice that is led by the community it serves. She began her activist career advocating for queer rights at WBAI Pacifica Radio and ActUp. More recently, at the Parole Preparation Projection, she collaborated with parole-eligible incarcerated people serving life sentences to prepare for their parole interview. She also researched case law, wrote for the National Law Guild Newsletter and attended parole summits at Otisville Prison. At Community Boards, Liz’s core responsibilities include leading Restorative Justice Circles and coordinating the Neighborhood Courts Program.

Arnold “Mac” McGilbray, Case Development Manager
Mac_McGilbray@communityboards.org

Mac, 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, working with a wide range of workplace and property disputes.

Tatiana Mercier, Community Engagement Coordinator
tmercier@communityboards.org

Tatiana was born and raised in the Bay Area and has always had a passion for working in her community. She is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s in Art History. Tatiana also has Associate Degrees in Art History, Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences. For many years she was a member of the Youth Leadership team for Positive Images, a queer youth support group in Sonoma County. Tatiana also worked in outreach for the Transfer Peer Mentor program at San Francisco State, earning the university the title of 2021 Equity Champions of Higher Education. As the Community Engagement Coordinator, she oversees Community Boards’ social media accounts, as well as in-person outreach activities.

Sarah Moss, Mediation & Training Coordinator
smoss@communityboards.org

Sarah is responsible for overall day-to-day office administration, curating trainings and workshops, and overseeing the neighborhood mediation program. Born in San Francisco, she is a decades-long member of the performing arts community. Sarah has volunteered at Larkin Street Youth Center and has worked with Shanti Project; providing alternative care to grantees with breast cancer. She earned a BA in Communication Studies and a professional certificate in Conflict Resolution from San Francisco State University. Since then, she has been invited to SFSU and UC Berkeley as a guest lecturer on Mediation. She was introduced to Community Boards in 2017 as an intern and then trained as volunteer mediator and role-play coach, as well as Community Outreach Coordinator. Sarah hopes to further her expertise in ADR while extending her mission as an effective social advocate.

Rachel Vyda-Venning, Program Director
rvydavenning@communityboards.org

Rachel comes to Community Boards with 20 years of experience as a business leader, consultant and advisor to Non-Profits. Rachel is a versatile executive; planning and leading the day-to-day operations and infrastructure of an organization, collaborating on strategic planning processes, honing and delivering messaging both internally and externally, and connecting the dots to make things work better. They have expertise in communications and marketing strategy, operations and business development, and cross-functional team leadership. They earned her MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. Rachel looks forward to supporting the team at Community Boards.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Christian Morales, President
Christian is an active advocate who believes in challenging and deconstructing systems that cause social and economic disparities in communities. He was born in Los Angeles, CA, and has been in the San Francisco Bay Area for five years. Christian has held a dynamic range of positions in various non-profits dealing with Health Care, Housing, and Education systems. He believes in actively reforming and creating new infrastructures where communities of color can heal, stabilize, and thrive.

Kiana Araghi
Kiana is a real estate attorney based in San Francisco, specializing in commercial leasing. As a life-long Bay Area resident, Kiana received a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, and a J.D. from University of California, Hastings. As an undergraduate, Kiana worked at a nonprofit research institution providing policymakers, educators, and parents accurate, empirical data to enact policies to improve public education for children K-12. Now, as an attorney and mother to two young boys, Kiana is acutely aware of the role that community engagement plays in promoting equity and is a passionate advocate for community empowerment to achieve a more cohesive, inclusive citizenry. 

Virgil Bellini
Virgil was born in Benin, West Africa and grew up in a suburb of Boston. As an active community member in Watertown, Massachusetts, Virgil involved himself in a multitude of educational fundraising drives, neighborhood cleanups, and for 7 years volunteered at the local parish in a variety of roles. Following the devastating 2010 earthquake, Virgil supported Jewish Vocational Services in assisting Haitian refugees with job placement throughout Massachusetts. While living in San Diego, he volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank to help pack meal kits with local community members for shipment to impoverished families in Southern California. Virgil is a certified compliance and ethics professional who works to ensure a strong tone in the middle and at the top in his organization. Acting as corporate mediator for his company as issues arise, Virgil is committed to ensuring his employees maintain the highest legal, ethical, and professional standards of conduct in the workplace. In addition to Community Boards, Virgil serves on the board of Kidstock, a San Francisco based nonprofit that provides after school performing arts programs for children.

Jeanie Fay-Snow
Jeanie has 20+ years of business experience in finance, marketing, strategy consulting, and leadership development with companies including Nestle, Russell Reynolds Associates, and Prophet. She has been a Leadership Coach for 25+ years. Most recently, Jeanie concluded ten years at Google, where she coached senior leaders and their teams across all business functions. Jeanie focuses on empowering leaders and teams to achieve higher impact, sustainable change, and career satisfaction. She believes that by cultivating our awareness and seeing the world through multiple perspectives we will better understand each other, see new possibilities, and take different actions. Jeanie has a BA in International Relations from Stanford, an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern, and a Masters in Counseling from Dominican University. Jeanie is a certified Growth Edge Coach, Systemic Team Coach and Ashridge Accredited Supervisor. In addition, she is certified in several 360 and diagnostic instruments and the Enneagram.

Dr. Eugene B. Kogan
Eugene is an award-winning Harvard thought leader and keynote speaker on power strategies in negotiation and leadership. For over 15 years, he has enabled thousands of executives worldwide to make strategic choices during pivotal moments. With insights grounded in rigorous research—including a co-authored book, Mediation: Negotiation by Other Moves (Wiley 2021)—and firsthand learning from masters of the craft like Henry Kissinger, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell, Eugene offers tailored approaches to cultivate resilient, forward-thinking leadership cultures. He is the Managing Director of Kogan Global Advisory LLC—a strategy & coaching practice—and holds a Ph.D. from Brandeis, postdoc from Harvard Kennedy School, and executive education certificates from Harvard Law School.

Alice P. Mead, J.D., Secretary
Alice served for twenty years as the Vice President of U.S. Public Policy and Public Affairs for GW Pharmaceuticals, specializing in regulatory law governing new drug and device development; and domestic and international treaty issues relating to prescription drug development. While at GW, she initiated and shepherded a program which resulted in FDA approval of a new medication for children with intractable epilepsies. Prior to that time, Alice spent eleven years as staff counsel to the California Medical Association (CMA), focusing on bioethics, including informed consent, confidentiality, end-of-life care, discrimination, and drug abuse treatment/control issues. She was also a litigation associate at the firm of Morrison & Forester, and an Assistant Professor of Law at Arizona State University College of Law (now Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law), specializing in constitutional law issues. Alice currently works as a consultant; her clients include members of the pharmaceutical industry and other health-rrelated organizations.

Beth H. Parker, Vice President
Beth is Founder and Principal of Parker Law & Mediation. She serves as the General Counsel of three Planned Parenthood affiliates and their Action Funds. Prior to this, she served as Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC). Before joining PPAC, Beth was a partner at Arnold & Porter and, before that, Bingham McCutchen in San Francisco, trying nine cases through verdict and handling numerous appeals. She’s served as a mediator for the US District Court, Northern District of California, handling more than 65 mediations. She received numerous awards for her impact, pro bono litigation. Throughout her career, Beth has continued to volunteer and support many legal and civic organizations, sharing her expertise, energy, and vision.

Junna Ro
Junna is a legal and compliance executive who most recently served as general counsel and head of HR at Metromile, a publicly-traded insurance tech company, where she managed all legal, regulatory, compliance and HR matters, and helped lead the company through a successful acquisition in 2022. Previously, Junna worked as vice president, chief ethics and compliance officer, and associate general counsel at AAA (CSAA Insurance Group) where she was responsible for corporate compliance and ethics, privacy, product forms, and employment law. Junna also served as corporate counsel at Symantec and VERITAS Software in Silicon Valley. In addition to serving on our Board of Directors, Junna was one of our volunteer Community Mediators as a young teen. Junna sits on the Asian Pacific Fund’s Advisory Council. She is also a member at Chief, TechGC, the Bay Area Asian American General Counsel Network, the Women’s General Counsel Network, and HiPower. Junna earned her JD from Santa Clara University School of Law and BA from UCLA.

Christina Sabee, Treasurer
Christina has been a professor in Communication with an emphasis on Conflict Management since 2002 – both at San Jose State University and at San Francisco State University. During that time, she also served as SF State’s Dean of Equity Initiatives, Employee Ombudsperson, and Associate Dean for Liberal and Creative Arts – specifically working toward creating inclusive environments in Higher Education for all community members. Christina has published scholarship about interpersonal goals and facework during challenging interpersonal interactions, along with a textbook for Mediation. She earned a B.A. at Macalester College, an M.A. at Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. at Northwestern University. Christina has served as the Board President of C5 Children’s School and as Board Secretary at Community Boards. With a passion for inclusive access to higher education and community building, she has been as a volunteer mediator, Director of the Conflict Resolution Certificate program, and Coordinator for Faculty Mentoring Circles. Christina’s current scholarship focuses on building connection between people in particularly polarized situations. 

Kristy Webb
Kristy is a seasoned professional with a strong background in quality management systems, regulatory affairs, and process improvement. Kristy collaborates with cross-functional teams to implement and enhance quality systems, procedures, and controls. With a Master of Science in Law from Northwestern University and a Chemical Engineering degree from San Jose State University, Kristy possesses a unique combination of technical and legal skills that enable her to navigate complex regulatory environments. Kristy’s certifications in diversity and inclusion, lean manufacturing, and ISO standards further enrich her contributions to the board, as she leverages her expertise in governance, strategic planning, and community development to advance the organization’s mission and goals. With her collaborative spirit and proven track record of driving positive change, Kristy Webb is a persuasive advocate for progress within Community Boards, ensuring a brighter future for the communities it serves.

Emily Wei
Emily brings a wealth of financial management experience in areas such as grant administration, regulatory compliance, annual budget development, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, variance analysis, and developing financial infrastructure for continuous improvement. Emily was born and raised in Houston, moving later to Delaware and then Taiwan. She moved to San Francisco to attend the University of San Francisco, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.P.A. in Health Services Administration. Emily has held a variety of positions in corporate, federal government, university, and the health care industry in the Bay Area. She is passionate about educating others in changing health policy for improved access to health care and provider payment reform.


ADVISORY COUNCIL

Terry Amsler | Bob Bailey | Brittny Bottorff | Kathleen Coogan | Jon Eldan | Adam Green | Fred Lambright | Tracy Lemmon | Joseph Ragazzo | Gail Sadalla | Elizabeth Shwiff | Teri Sklar | Charles Spiegel | Kyungah “Kay” Suk | Marion Standish | Victoria Borrego Swepson | Michael Tobriner