Senior Management Team
Core Senior Management Team
Sherilyn Adams, LCSW
For nearly 30 years, Sherilyn Adams has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector, focusing on issues of child abuse and neglect, family violence, mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. The first member of her family to attend college, Sherilyn’s early life was touched by violence, mental illness, and substance abuse. Despite these early challenges, the presence of positive adult role models and mentors put her on a pathway to college and career success. This personal history is part of what drives her to be a catalyst for change in the lives of at-risk populations.
Before coming to Larkin Street Youth Services in 2003, Sherilyn’s professional career spanned a variety of nonprofits, including child sexual abuse treatment, domestic violence shelter, adolescent outpatient programs, and residential treatment for adults. She worked for family and probate court and served as both a domestic violence and rape crisis counselor. Addressing the impacts of violence and trauma is a consistent theme throughout her career, and the diversity of venues through which she’s done this work offers a unique perspective on programs, systems, and services. Sherilyn’s experience enables her to attack entrenched problems from all angles, and her commitment to evidence-based, replicable service models is helping elevate the field.
Sherilyn’s accomplishments are considerable. In Sacramento, she launched a comprehensive outpatient treatment program for pregnant and parenting women with children under age 5, as well as a child abuse prevention program in seven school districts. In San Francisco, she helped expand community-based housing and supportive services for dually- and triply-diagnosed adults. At Larkin Street, she has led the agency through tremendous growth, nearly tripling the number of housing beds for youth over the past ten years, and putting Larkin Street at the vanguard of the field for its innovative multi-service model to resolve youth homelessness. The accolades Sherilyn has collected over the years are a testament to her impact on the field. Locally, she has been celebrated as one of the Bay Area’s Most Admired CEOs and Most Influential Women in Business. In 2012, the White House honored her as a “Champion for Change in the Fight Against Youth Homelessness.” In 2015, Mayor Lee honored Sherilyn as one of the courageous leaders changing the lives of San Franciscans.
Karen S. Frost, CPA, CGMA
Chief Financial Officer
Karen Frost brings more than 30 years of experience in the fields of finance and grants management to Larkin Street. Following her graduation from Wittenberg University in 1984, Karen joined the accounting firm of Touch-Ross and soon developed a passion for working with not-for-profit groups. Since 1994 she has focused her talents to provide support for programs ranging from nutrition and health issues to independent global communications, as well as teaching not-for-profit accounting worldwide. Karen is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Karen’s commitment to youth runs deep. She has studied family therapy, spent time as a church youth director, and with her husband was co-creator of Agape Clowns, a youth clown troupe. “Clowning provides anonymity and a safe means of expression for those who find it hard to speak out in everyday life.”
Chief Development Officer
Kathie joined Larkin Street as the Chief Development Office in 2007, bringing with her a strong background in both the corporate and non-profit environments. In 2000, Kathie concluded a successful career at AT&T where she held a number of positions including: Director External Affairs, Human Resources Manager, and Business Office Director, among others. After leaving AT&T Kathie worked as a fund-raiser and event manager for the non-profit reproductive rights organization; NARAL Pro-Choice America. Her most recent position just prior to coming to Larkin Street was as Vice President of Advancement with San Francisco Art Institute. Kathie received a Masters of Arts degree with a concentration in Education from San Francisco State University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in English Literature and Education from the University of Colorado.
Jim Welsh, MSW
Chief of Programs
Jim has nearly 30 years of experience working with at-risk youth in community-based treatment. After graduating from The University of Michigan with a Masters in Social Work, Jim worked as a School Social Worker in the Detroit area for eight years. During this time, he developed several Wilderness Experiential Programs for youth with severe affective disorders. Jim then moved with his family to Maine, where he had the opportunity to help re-design the service delivery model for youth in foster care, thus developing many new community-based treatment programs throughout the state. Since then, Jim has headed two agencies in both Michigan and the Bay Area, where he developed several new initiatives including expanding mental health services for LGBTQ youth in San Jose.
Extended Senior Management Team
Dan Barton, Director of Human Resources
Nancy Caton, Interim Controller
Julie Frank, Director of Behavioral Health
Derrick Hayes, Associate Director of Programs
Martha Mar, Director of Larkin Street Academy
Angie Miot-Nudel, Associate Director of Quality Client Care
Haley Mousseau, Director of Research & Evaluation
Ron Piccinni, Director of Information Technology
Jay Robertson, Director of Facilities and Housing
Chelsea Ross, Director of Public Funding
Mark Ruckdaeschel, Director of Engagement and Housing
Linda Walubango, Associate Director of Programs
Erica Werpetinski, Associate Director of Research & Evaluation
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