Staff

Abby Pennington
Supportive Services Counselor
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Abby Pennington
Supportive Services Counselor

Abby joined ATC as an Outreach Counselor in 2016. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Abby is excited to work with and provide individualized support to ATC’s youth. She enjoys playing soccer, reading anything and everything, watching the Golden State Warriors, visiting tide pools, and eating breakfast food.

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Briana Lara
Supportive Services Counselor
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Briana Lara
Supportive Services Counselor

Briana joined ATC as an Outreach Counselor in the fall of 2016. She was born and raised in Tulare, CA, and is excited to be part of the ATC team. When Briana isn’t working, she enjoys volunteering, hiking, and attempting to cook.

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Keya Teklu
Supportive Services Counselor
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Keya Teklu
Supportive Services Counselor

Keya joined ATC in 2018 as an Outreach Counselor. She was born and raised in a small town outside of Dallas, Texas, and is a southern belle at heart. However, she moved to the Bay Area for school and never looked back. She is very excited to support and empower ATC’s youth, and in her free time, you can catch her watching YouTube vlogs and eating kettle corn at the movie theaters.

(415) 487-0691 ext. 128
Demaree Miller
Program Director
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Demaree Miller
Program Director

Demaree started as an ATC Outreach Counselor in 2015, became Program Manager in 2018, and as of March 2021 is ATC’s Program Director. He has spent the last 10 years working with underserved communities. He joined ATC because of the organization’s approach towards advocacy and client-led outcomes. He is interested in community health, music, basketball, and in no way is he competitive at all. 

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Shawn Garety
Special Projects Manager
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Shawn Garety
Special Projects Manager

Shawn first joined ATC in 2004 as an Outreach Counselor, and has held several different roles at the organization over the years, serving as Program Manager from 2007-2015, and Program Director from 2015-March of 2021. She is currently Special Projects Manager supporting the organization with high priority program related projects.

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Carson Temple
Development Coordinator
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Carson Temple
Development Coordinator

Carson is ATC’s Development Coordinator. She joined the ATC team in 2018. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she returned to San Francisco after spending time in Boston and is incredibly happy to never experience an east coast winter again. She’s passionate about supporting disconnected youth as they define their own success. In her free time, you can find her reading, laying in the sun, and searching for the best nachos in the Bay Area.

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Charles Lerner
Executive Director
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Charles Lerner
Executive Director

Charles Lerner brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience to At the Crossroads. Charles served as the Executive Director of Boston CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) from 2012-2019. During his seven year tenure, Boston CASA quadrupled its volunteer base, expanded services by 280%, and increased revenue by 600%. His previous work has included leading the first LGBTQ foster-to-permanency program in California as well as teaching at multiple universities including California State University- East Bay and Harvard University. Charles holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, traveling, and enjoying mochas and Bay Area restaurants. He is the father of a son with an unmatched sense of humor who makes him laugh.

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Tara Hickey
Operations Manager
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Tara Hickey
Operations Manager

Tara became ATC’s Administrative Assistant in June 2016. Ever since, she has been using her considerable organizational and problem-solving skills to keep our office running smoothly! Tara was born and raised in foggy San Francisco, and went to school in Portland, OR to study International Affairs and Political Economy. When she stumbled across the opportunity to work for ATC, she took it as a sign that it was time to move back to the Bay. In her free time, Tara likes to experiment with new recipes (she makes a mean brownie) and wants to learn another (yes, another) dialect of Arabic.

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Mari Amend
Director of Development and Communications
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Mari Amend
Director of Development and Communications

Mari is the Director of Development and Communications. A writer, artist, and activist, she’s passionate to share stories, create dialogue, and inspire change. Before joining ATC’s team, Mari was on the road with a book that she co-published about plant medicine and before that, she wrote and directed a play about California’s worst drought to date. In her role at ATC, she is honored by the opportunity to build support from our community for our amazing clients.

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