Staff

Irina Alexander


Program Coordinator
(415) 487-0691 x114
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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 four years, she recently stepped into a new role as our first-ever Program Coordinator! Irina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice, and when she’s not at ATC you can find her planning for next year’s Burning Man or participating in group meditations. She also loves yoga and unicorns, and, even better, unicorns doing yoga.

Onyinye Alheri


Outreach Counselor
(415) 487-0691 x116
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Onyinye joined ATC in 2015 and is grateful for the opportunity to serve San Francisco’s most disenfranchised youth on their own terms. She is impressively calm and collected – something we learned one day when she was unfazed by the news that there was a fire in her apartment. Onyinye can definitely roll with the punches and is the ultimate team player, which makes ATC lucky to have her. Her interests include metaphysics, blues music, classic cars, and lying on a beach doing absolutely nothing.

Mari Amend

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Communications Manager
(415) 487-0691 x109
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Mari joined ATC in 2017 as the Communications Manager. Growing up as a choir/book nerd in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Mari moved to the Bay Area for college and never looked back. 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. Since living in San Francisco, she’s been passionate to work with the community and is thrilled at the chance to share the stories of our amazing clients in their own words and write about the unconditional support that ATC provides them.

Nora Brereton


Associate Director
(415) 487-0691 x106
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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!

Alison Dagenais


Development Coordinator
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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 2012-2013 to help us with our events, and then came back again in late 2013 as our Development Coordinator. She hails from Kansas City (home of the 2015 World Series Champion Royals) and graduated from Grinnell College, majoring in Anthropology and French (two of the most practical majors you can find). Her hobbies include bragging about her adorable nephew, reminding everyone that the Royals won the World Series, and traveling with her family.

Gemma Datuin


Office Manager
(415) 487-0691 x104
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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 Assistant. Then, in early 2016, she became our Office Manager! 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!

Anna Fai


Program Manager
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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 Senior Youth Advocate. 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!

Shawn Garety


Program Director
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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.

Rob Gitin


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 family, or hiking in the Headlands.

Tara Hickey


Administrative Assistant
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Tara became ATC’s Administrative Assistant in June 2016. Ever since, she has been using her considerable organization 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. She’s pretty great, and we’re excited to welcome her!

Joey Hess


Program Manager
(415) 487-0691 x107
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Joey joined ATC as an Outreach Counselor in 2011, and became our Program Manager in 2015. 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 work for an organization like ATC.

Olivia Horan


Outreach Counselor
(415) 487-0691 x113
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Olivia joined the our staff in November of 2015. She originally hails from the Philadelphia area, but made her way westward to CA in 2012. Since then she has been soaking up the Bay Area life—eating burritos, climbing on rocks, coordinating a needle exchange, petting all of the dogs, and running by pretty things. She is ridiculously excited to be a part of the ATC team.

Briana Lara


Outreach Counselor
(415) 487-0691 x122
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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.

Emily Liu


Development Associate
(415) 487-0691 x124
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Emily joined ATC in 2016 after landing in Oakland by way of Rhode Island, by way of Orange County. She’s beginning to call the Bay Area home, and she’s committed to working for underserved and disconnected folks in her community. When Emily’s not at ATC, you can find her climbing rocks, volunteering at a youth shelter, watching live music, road-tripping, and looking for the best BBQ spot in the lower 48 states.

Demaree Miller


Outreach Counselor
(415) 487-0691 x112
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Demaree became an ATC Outreach Counselor in July 2015. 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.

Abby Pennington


Outreach Counselor
(415) 487-0691 x121
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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.

Sharissa Staples

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Volunteer Coordinator
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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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