Staff

Abby Pennington
Program Supervisor
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Abby Pennington
Program Supervisor

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
Senior Supportive Services Counselor
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Briana Lara
Senior 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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Vinh Nguyen
Supportive Services Counselor
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Vinh Nguyen
Supportive Services Counselor

Vinh is beyond happy to join ATC as a Supportive Services Counselor in hopes of inspiring positive progress for clients and ATC alike. Vinh has been humbly serving San Francisco nonprofits his entire adult life. Vinh is a Bay Area native and enjoys rooting on Bay Area teams, playing sports, sleeping, eating, and trying to practice better self-care.

(415) 487-0691 ext. 108
Raye Narra
Supportive Services Counselor
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Raye Narra
Supportive Services Counselor

Raye joins ATC as a Supportive Services Counselor in 2021. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Raye is grateful to be part of this amazing community. One of Raye’s most major pet peeves is tags sticking out of the back of someone’s shirt.

(415) 487-0691 ext. 107
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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Charles Lerner
Executive Director
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Charles Lerner
Executive Director

Charles Lerner is the Executive Director of At The Crossroads since 2019 where he has grown the organization and led the team to develop a strategic plan to get bolder in addressing homelessness in the Bay Area. Charles is a previous foster youth who experienced homelessness as a young adult. He holds a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and his twenty-five year career has included advocating for youth in foster care, LGBTQ+ youth, and young people experiencing homelessness.  

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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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Lee Ribeiro
Communications and Engagement Coordinator
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Lee Ribeiro
Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Lee joins the team as ATC’s Communication and Engagement coordinator. Originally from Chicago, he has spent the last 8 years working in product marketing and communications across various organizations. He joined ATC after falling in love with the city and because of the organization’s approach to make a tangible, local impact on how the Bay Area supports disconnected communities. In his free time, Lee enjoys biking the hills of San Francisco, basketball, snowboarding, and shooting pool.

(415) 487-0691 ext. 113
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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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. She has worked with ATC for over 4 years, and during her tenure, she produced a 20th-anniversary oral history of the organization and its clients and created the communications strategy for ATC’s first-ever Capital Campaign. As an oral historian and grassroots fundraiser, Mari has raised awareness and funds for diverse causes and organizations including increased water access in rural California (Community Water Center), reproductive justice (Alabama Women’s Center), immigrant rights (CARECEN SF), and investigative journalism (Mother Jones).

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