Senior Management Team
Core Senior Management Team
Sherilyn Adams, LCSW
Sherilyn came to Larkin Street in 2003, pursuing a lifelong passion to serve children and teens. As a new member of the Larkin team, she supervised the agency’s licensed residential programs, HIV/AIDS-related services and outreach programs. Her strong dedication and ability to inspire and lead Larkin Street’s teams and her skill in establishing and maintaining relationships with public and private funders and partners earned her a promotion to Chief of Programs. In August of 2005, she became the Agency’s Executive Director.
Sherilyn has developed and managed a wide range of programs for children, youth, families and single adults during the course of her twenty-year career in service to others. Her proficiencies encompass the areas of substance use and/or abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, child abuse and family violence issues. She has been an active member of many non-profit boards and community task forces including: the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center of Yolo County (past); the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Center of Yolo County (past); Dimensions Youth Clinic for Queer Youth; the California Coalition for Youth and the AIDS Alliance for Children Youth and Families; Mayor’s Transitional Youth Task Force; San Francisco HIV Health Planning Work Group; the National Alliance to End Homelessness, LGBTQ Advisory Board and Co-Chairs the San Francisco Human Services Network.
Sherilyn received the Lewis Hine Award from the National Child Labor Committee for outstanding service to children and youth and two San Francisco Business Times Awards for Most Influential Women in Business Award and Bay Area’s Most Admired CEO Award. In 2012, she was named a Champion of Change in the Fight Against Youth Homelessness by the White House. In 2015, Mayor Lee honored Sherilyn as one of the courageous leaders changing the lives of San Franciscans.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters Degree in Social Work, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
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 over 28 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.
Dina Wilderson, PhD
Chief of Research and Evaluation
Dina has over fifteen years of experience in the social services field in both direct service and administration. She has worked with at-risk youth in various settings including residential, counseling, and psycho-educational programs. She has been part of the Bay Area homeless youth service provider community since 1998, and has been with Larkin Street since 2002. Dina oversees agency information gathering and reporting systems, evaluation of program services, and outcomes measurement. In addition she coordinates the agency’s knowledge leadership activities that extend Larkin Street’s impact through dissemination of best practices and technical assistance. Dina received her PhD in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University.
Extended Senior Management Team
Irene Casanova, MA, MSW, Director of Engagement
Jay Robertson, Director of Facilities and Housing
Jaime Fountain, Associate Director of Programs
Martha Mar, Director of Larkin Street Academy
Haley Mousseau, Associate Director of Data and Reporting
Chelsea Ross, Director of Public Funding
View the biographical sketches of the 2014-15 Senior Management Bios.