Our Board of Directors
Stephen was most recently the director of behavioral health and recovery services for San Mateo County California from June, 2005 to September 28, 2017. He currently does consulting in the areas of strategic planning, policy development, program implementation and evaluation for government and not-for-profit organizations. Stephen spent 30+ years administering publicly funded substance use prevention and treatment and mental health service programs in California. Some of Stephen’s notable accomplishments in San Mateo include the development of a strategic plan and implementation of a federal second chance reentry grant to address community reentry for persons transitioning from jail; and the implementation of jail diversion services for seriously mentally ill adults. During his tenure as director Stephen led several system transformation efforts. These included improving service delivery for persons with substance use and mental health disorders; and redesigning the substance use treatment system in preparation for health care reform. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in social work from the university of Michigan, and is a licensed clinical social worker.
The Chief of Staff at Chac a non- profit counseling agency that provides counseling services for individuals, youth, & families. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ashford University focused in social and criminal justice. She is an experienced strategic operations manager with experience devising plans in order to improve business performance. Demonstrated success in implementing plans, monitoring operational aspects, project management and collaborating with logistical teams. Proven strengths include business acumen, strong communication and organizational abilities and analytical thinking. Nicole has been with Chac since November 2017. Nicole is the mom of two boys and enjoys, spending time with her children and family, volunteering, working with diverse communities and exercising.
Received his BA at UC Santa Barbara, where he studied sociology, economics, and applied psychology. In response to the Isla Vista tragedy, he began sharing his story to end interpersonal violence and cleanse toxic masculinity. Realizing the impact it had on himself and his peers, he is grateful to have helped others share their stories through his storytelling work in San Mateo County's office of diversity and equity.
Joined the board in 2011. Wayne recently retired as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo, CA. Wayne has extensive experience in financial management of community hospitals, regulatory compliance, internal and external audit program development, compliance management, financial analysis and investigation. Way is a CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner. He is a member of the California society of certified public accountants, the northern California chapter of healthcare chapter of healthcare financial management. The American college of forensic examiners and association of certified fraud examiners. Wayne received a BA in Healthcare administration from St. Mary's College.
PsyD, MSCP, CATC-V, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) at the County of Marin, is an innovative thought-leader and experienced clinician who is passionate about integrating effective culturally responsive practices into the core functioning of County health services. An activist and a storyteller at heart, Dr. Africa, believes that love and justice are essential ingredients in transforming people’s lives.