Staff

Abby Pennington
Outreach Counselor
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Abby Pennington
Outreach 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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Demaree Miller
Program Manager
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Demaree Miller
Program Manager

Demaree started as an ATC Outreach Counselor in 2015, and became a Program Manager this year. He spent the previous 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.

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Briana Lara
Outreach Counselor
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Briana Lara
Outreach 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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Anna Fai
Program Manger
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Anna Fai
Program Manger

Anna joined ATC as an Outreach Counselor in 2011, and is now using her extensive skills to provide ATC’s clients with specialized support as our Program Manager. 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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Keya Teklu
Outreach Counselor
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Keya Teklu
Outreach 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.

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Carson Temple
Development Associate
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Carson Temple
Development Associate

Carson joined ATC in 2018 as our Development Associate. 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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Alison Dagenais
Capital Campaign Manager
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Alison Dagenais
Capital Campaign Manager

Alison Dagenais can’t get rid of ATC. She first joined ATC in 2010 as an AmeriCorps VISTA, came back as a consultant in 2012-2013 to help us with our events, and then came back again in late 2013 as our Development Coordinator. A Midwest transplant, Alison hails from Kansas City (home of the 2015 World Series Champion Royals) and graduated from Grinnell College with majors in Anthropology and French. Her hobbies include bragging about her adorable nephew and traveling with her family.

Cindy Myers
Interim Executive Director
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Cindy Myers
Interim Executive Director

Cindy L. Myers, PhD is a social sector executive with over 30 years of leadership experience. She is the Principal Consultant at Myers Executive Group, a boutique consultancy specializing in leadership transitions and strategic development. She holds a MA in Counseling Psychology, a MA in Organization Development and a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems. She is trained and accredited as an interim executive, a proposal development specialist, a practitioner of futures forecasting, Lean Process Improvement, and change management. She is also licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Cindy has held numerous interim executive positions for San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organizations, including Interim CEO, CFO and COO.

Sharissa Staples
Volunteer Coordinator
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Sharissa Staples
Volunteer Coordinator

Sharissa joined ATC at the beginning of 2017 as the Volunteer Coordinator. She graduated in June 2016 from Santa Clara University with degrees in History, Ethnic Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Sharissa considers herself a professional puppy petter, a connoisseur of chicken tacos, and a wannabe powerlifter. This queen of athleisure is excited to be a part of ATC and even more excited to meet new volunteers!

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Irina Alexander
Program Coordinator
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Irina Alexander
Program Coordinator

Irina joined ATC as an Outreach Counselor in 2012, when she made the big trek from Washington, DC to San Francisco. After sticking with ATC for more than five years, she recently stepped into a new role as our first-ever Program Coordinator! Irina loves yoga and unicorns, and, even better, unicorns doing yoga.

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Gemma Datuin
Office Manager
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Gemma Datuin
Office Manager

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 Assistant. Then, in early 2016, she became our Office Manager! Outside of ATC, Gemma enjoys spending Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building Farmer’s 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!

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Chuy Mendeola
Communications Manager
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Chuy Mendeola
Communications Manager

Chuy joined ATC in 2018 as our Communications Manager. A fifth-generation Californian and graduate of San Francisco State, they have worked for industrial printing plants, arts organizations, and just about everywhere in between. Their interests include demolition derby, drawing, loud music, used bookstores, road tripping, bubbles, and glitter. They are excited to be back in San Francisco and putting their skills to work for ATC’s clients.

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Mari Amend
Development Manager
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Mari Amend
Development Manager

Mari joined ATC in 2017 as the Communications Manager and in June 2018 she became the Development Manager. A writer, artist, and activist, she’s passionate to share stories, create dialogue, and inspire change. Most recently, 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 share the stories of our amazing clients with our community of supporters.

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Anna Kramarz
Outreach Counselor
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Anna Kramarz
Outreach Counselor

Anna joined ATC as an Outreach Counselor in 2018. She has lived in the Bay Area her whole life and is excited to support underserved youth in her community. She is a self-proclaimed burrito connoisseur, and when she’s not eating al pastor, you can find her playing with her dogs and rats, initiating impromptu dance parties, and swimming in rivers.

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Shawn Garety
Program Director
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Shawn Garety
Program Director

Shawn is one of ATC’s most experienced and dedicated staff members. She first joined ATC in 2004 as an Outreach Counselor, became our Program Manager three and a half years later, and has now stepped into the Program Director role. Shawn has had a huge impact on shaping and strengthening our organization – and not just because she’s constantly decorating our office with various treasures she has found buried in her garage. A lifelong San Franciscan, Shawn can tell you all about what the city was like “back in the day.” In her (rare) free time, you can bet she’s cheering on the Giants or the Niners.

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Tara Hickey
Administrative Assistant
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Tara Hickey
Administrative Assistant

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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