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Name: Carrie Marsh

Position Title: Program Manager

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0028

Email: Marsh@hify.org

 

Credentials: Carrie holds a Masters in Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University and a bachelor's degree in Sexuality Education and Gender Studies from Hampshire College. She has worked for the last 10 years as an anti-opression and youth health advocate in her hometown of St. Louis, MO. She worked for 4 years as a relationship violence/sexual assault prevention educator and coordinated a local LGBT crisis hotline.

Hobbies: Dancing, eating good food, spending time with friends, theater and cooking.

Why is she here: Carrie has a passion for working with youth around anti-oppression and health. She believes in young people's right to a positive relationship with sexuality and is dedicated to makingcommunities safer for all young people and adults.

     
 

Name: Cassandra Benton
Position Title: Health Educator/ Trainer

Email: benton@hify.org

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0045


Credentials: Cassie has been working with HIFY since 2005, and since then has presented over 133 workshops, reaching over 1,550 youth. She received over 70 hours of intensive training on Health and Youth Development, Latin@s Health and Youth Development, Positive Sexuality, Working with LGBT youth, Substance Use and Youth, and Harm Reduction
Hobbies: Reading romance novels, blowing bubbles, and catching up with friends in her spare time.
Why is she here?: Cassie enjoys the works she does with youth, believing that she's building up her community, learning new skills and making friends along the way.

     
  Name: Elizabeth Samayoa
Position Title: Executive Director

Email: samayoa@hify.org

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0021


Credentials: Elizabeth came to HIFY initially as Director of Finance and Administration in 2008. When HIFY’s Executive Director left the organization for health reasons, Ms. Samayoa ably stepped in and continues to lead the organization.  Ms. Samayoa has over 21 years of Non-Profit Program Management and Finance experience at health & social services organizations.
She has held various positions including Finance and Personnel Director, Program Manager, Fiscal Officer, Director of Finance and Administration among others. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University at Hayward, a certificate of Non-Profit Management and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.  

     
 

Name: Gladys Reyes

Position Title: Bilingual Health Educator

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0028

 

Credentials: She holds a bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has been involved in safer sex advocacy groups for more than 5 years.

 

Hobbies: reading fiction, playing soccer, walking to new places, going to the theater, and watching action/rom-com/sci-fi.

 

Why is she here: To help youth learn about positive sexuality, safer sex practices, anatomy and physiology, and to promote social justice in and outside the classroom.

     
 

Name: Kate Sorensen
Position Title: Marketing/Grant Writer
Email: sorensen@hify.org
Phone: 415-274-1970

     
 

Name: Kenny Robinson

Phone: 415-274-1970


Credentials: Kenny is currently at SFSU finishing up a BA in Sociology and a Minor in Sexual Studies. 
Hobbies: Crafting, Sleeping, Cooking, taking pictures of her cat.
Why is she here? She is here because she believes that it is important for youth, especially Queer identified youth, to have a safe place to just be themselves. 

     
 

Name: Luis Guerra ...........................................On sabbatical leave in London, UK
Position Title:

Email: guerra@hify.org

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0028


Credentials: Luis is a bilingual community organizer who holds a Bachelor degree in Systems Engineering, studies on Public Health and HIV Prevention. He has extensive training in curriculum development, substance use/abuse, STIs, and other health topics. Luis joined HIFY first as a Community Advisor for the FABULOUS program and then as a Program Manager bringing a strong background in community health assessments, program planning and youth work. Luis oversees different prevention and harm reduction trainings/strategies in a variety of community-based settings including middle schools, high schools, shelters, jails, streets and others.
Hobbies: Marathon training, playing guitar, cooking for friends and organizing his ginormous digital music collection.
Why is He here? To offer youth more options in life to improve their decision-making process.

     
 

Name: Maru Pereira
Position Title: Health Trainer

Email: maru@hify.org

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0028


Credentials: Maru holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Hobart & William Smith Colleges (HWS). Focusing on Ethics, Social Justice and Semiotics (the study of symbols and the meaning-making process), she blended these interests as a social justice facilitator through a peer education program at HWS. Over the past eight years she has worked with youth in the U.S. and Central America at summer camps, through AmeriCorps and by leading community service and leadership program.
Hobbies: playing guitar and drums, reading, hiking, whitewater rafting and wandering.
Why is she here? "Youth are happy because they have the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."-Kafka The youth we work with inspire me to see beauty.

     
 

Name: Rocky Chau

Position Title: Bilingual Health Educator

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0028


Credentials: Rocky holds a bachelors in Sociology from San Francisco State University.  He is a bilingual in English and Cantonese.
Why Is He Here? I'm here to help educate youth about issues regarding sex, bullying, and personal well-being..

     
 

Name: Sheena Castrejon
Position Title: Bilingual Health Educator

Email: castrejon@hify.org

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0020


Credentials:Sheena Joined HIFY as a Peer Health Educator in 2006. She was a Peer Health Educator at HIFY for 2 years. In 2007 she also got the opportunity to hop on board with WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life threatening Diseases) as one of their peer health educators. Sheena then took a maternity leave for a year, and had the opportunity to come back to HIFY as the Bilingual Health Educator. She has been here for almost 5 years.
As she returned to HIFY after her 1st child she became very interested in teen pregnancy. Sheena now is working on a curriculum for youth on pregnancy options and parenting. She is very passionate in the work that she is currently doing. She feels there is a strong need in the Latina/o community on sexual health, as well as in the young community on teen pregnancy. Sheena is also very interested in working with kids with mental, and some physical disabilities, and hopes to work with both populations at some point.
Why is she at HIFY? Sheena is at HIFY because she believes in empowering youth to make better choices than the ones she has made. She believes that adults could help youth by communicating with them in their own language, and by being open on important health topics.

     
 

Name: Anna Fagergren
Position Title: Evaluator

Email: Anna Fagergren

Phone: 415-274-1970

 

Credentials: Anna earned her MA in organizational psychology and program evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. She loves helping health and youth-serving organizations tell their stories and build their strenghts using data.
Hobbies: Playing outdoors, writing and reading short stories, meditating.

Why is she at HIFY? She is here because she wants to help HIFY leverage data strenghten programs outcomes and advance HIFY's mission.

     
 

Name: William B. Tutol

Position Title: Lead Trainer/Coordinator

Email: tutol@hify.org

Phone: 415-274-1970

 

Credentials: William holds a MA in Sociology and 8 years of experience working in HIV fighting stigma and homophobia. William has a personal and professional relationship to LGBTQI communities of color.

     
 

Name: Maia Weiss

Position Title: Health Educator/Lead Trainer

Email: weiss@hify.orga>

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0028

 

Credentials: Maia graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Race and Ethnic Studies (concentrating in Race and Ethnics Studies) and Dance. She came to HIFY after teaching both youth and adults in a variety of educational settings, including elementary school, summer enrichment programs and adult detention centers. At HIFY, Maia facilities street-involved LGBTQIQ youth behavioral health interventions, and designs and presents whorkshops and trainings on a variety of social justice and health education topics to youth and adult providers.

 

Hobbies: Taking dance and yoga classes, hiking, cooking and eating, reading and drawing, and spending time with friends and family.

 

Why is she here: Maia has long been passionate about empowering young people and communities through social justice education. The amazing youth and partenering organizations that Maia gets to work with affirmn and invigorate her commitment to anti-oppression education and activism every day.

     
 

Name: Jill Busby

Position Title: Program Coordinator/Lead Trainer

Email: busby@hify.orga>

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0036

 

Credentials:Jill has been working with various community action agencies for over 5 years, with a particular focus on issues relevant to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) population.  Jill received her undergraduate training in Intersections in Culture at Oregon State University and is working on obtaining her Masters in Culture and Spirituality from Holy Names University.

 

Hobbies: Vegan cooking and baking, watching episodes of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” reading Facebook articles, choosing avocados, and drinking coffee—all day.

 

Why is she here: She is committed to providing agencies with the specific tools and skills necessary to successfully outreach and engage LGBTQ youth and the community at large.

     
 

Name: Elaine Manuel

Position Title: Intern

Email: manuel@hify.orga>

Phone: 415-274-1970

 

Credentials: Currently a graduating Senior at San Francisco State University with a Health Education Major, minoring in Women's Health Issues.

 

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends.

 

Why is she here: She is here because she thinks it's very important for youth to have a support system in their life to help them make better decisions. The youth should be aware of situations we go through in life that can be avoided. Empowering them about the negativity that "social norms" play in our lives can be a step to changing the way we judge oneself and others.

     
 

Name: Carina Somname

Position Title: Intern

Email: somname@hify.orga>

Phone: 415-274-1970

 

Credentials:Carina is currently a senior in San Francisco State University finishing up a BS degree in Health Education and Minor in Women's health issues.

 

Hobbies: Watching movies, trying different cuisine, traveling.

 

Why is she here: Youth are our future. Investing and supporting youth help build up a better society. Therefore, I'm here to encourage, and educate young people about health education.

Contact Information

1550 Market Street
San Francisco, CA94102
Phone: 1(415) 274 1970
Fax: 1(415) 274 1976
E-mail: info@hify.org