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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.
Community Resource Coordinator
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Ivan joined ATC in 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 20 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.
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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!
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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.
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Gemma was born and raised on the tiny island of Guam, and has dreamed of living in San Francisco for years. She finally moved to the city in 2015, and joined the ATC staff as our Administrative Coordinator in May. Outside of ATC, Gemma enjoys spending Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building Farmers Market, and on most weekends you can find her playing the cajon and singing with friends. She’s excited to be able to call the Bay Area her new home and to be a part of the ATC family!
Events & Donor Relations Coordinator
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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.
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Anna joined ATC as an Outreach Counselors in 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!
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April joined the ATC team as an Outreach Counselor in April 2013 (when else?) after being our awesome development intern, and has now become our first Volunteer Coordinator! 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.
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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.
Executive Director & Co-Founder
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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.
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Joey joined ATC as an Outreach Counselor in 2011. 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.
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Demaree became ATC’s newest Outreach Counselor in July 2015. He has spent the past five years working with underserved youth and low-income families. He joined ATC because of the opportunity to work with and directly serve youth who normally don’t have access to much-needed resources. He enjoys music, writing, and basketball, and has a horrible sense of humor.