Natalie Ah Soon is a public health professional with over five years of experience working with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the area of health, healthcare, health promotion, health education, policy advocacy, and mental health on the local, state, and national level. She also has experience in community organizing, community building, and coalition building. Further, Ms. Ah Soon has experience working with community health centers and organizations that serve and meet the health and social needs of Asian & Pacific Islander American populations in the U.S. and U.S. jurisdictions.
Prior to joining RAMS, Inc., Ms. Ah Soon served as the coordinator/health planner for the Asian & Pacific Islander Health Parity Coalition in San Francisco where she led three API community workgroups to promote culturally and linguistically competent and holistic mental health programs, developed materials and resources for anti-stigma campaigns, convened coalition and steering committee meetings, and planned capacity building trainings. Ms. Ah Soon has extensive experience in providing culturally and linguistically respectful breast health education and health systems navigation along the breast health continuum of care with her recent work as a health education consultant with the Samoan Community Development Center in San Francisco and previously as the lead community health educator for the Samoan Breast Health Outreach Project with the California Health Collaborative – Bay Area Cancer Partnership in Oakland. Her master's degree fieldwork was at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) in San Francisco where she led a Pacific Islander coalition of 30 members to highlight and strategize on how to amplify the health and social needs of PIs in the SF Bay Area. Ms. Ah Soon has worked as a Program Assistant for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) Health Disparities Programs where she provided programmatic and administrative support. Additionally, she worked as a Health Educator Consultant for the SFDPH: Community Health Education Section on various community projects that focused on health education and health promotion in the areas of alcohol, youth and school health, nutrition and physical activities, and community engagement. As an internship project at SFDPH, Ms. Ah Soon developed a Samoan Cultural Competency Resource Guide for Providers on how to provide culturally and linguistically competent prenatal care to Samoan women of childbearing age.
Ms. Ah Soon's other roles include serving on the Executive Team for the Asian & Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health (APIC-APHA) as a Caucus Councilor. She also guest lecture at UC Berkeley and City College of San Francisco on PI health and social determinants of health. She has presented at national conferences and regional coalition convening. Ms. Ah Soon received her Master's in Public Health from San Jose State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education, with an emphasis in Community-Based Public Health at San Francisco State University.
She is fluent in Samoan and is a proud native of American Samoa.
Matthew Rizzie is the Employment Service Coordinator with Hire-Ability, a division of RAMS, Inc. As a coordinator, Matthew supervises the Employment Services program and provides guidance to the Employment Consultants in the program. Matthew came to Hire-Ability with experiences in the field of social services, financial services, and in the legal sector. In the social services field, Matthew has worked with people with developmental disabilities at one point in his career and then broadly in the community with first time homebuyers and with families facing foreclosure during the recent real estate crisis. In the private sector, Matthew has worked as a financial advisor with UBS Financial Services and then as a legal analyst with the law firm Severson and Werson.
Matthew earned his Juris Doctor degree from Humphreys University Drivon School of Law and is interested in social justice. In addition to his day-to-day work with individuals with barriers to employment, Matthew wants to shed light on areas such as workforce development, economic disparity, Americans with disabilities, and other issues often overlooked and underappreciated by our elected representatives because it isn’t politically expedient.
Julian Li is the Vocational Coordinator for the Employee Development, Work Adjustment, and Situational Assessment programs, which are Hire-Ability’s vocational training programs designed to serve individuals who need basic job preparation and paid work experience in a structured group setting. Julian has worked with the mental health population as a college student, volunteer, residential counselor and coordinator. Prior to his current role, Julian worked as an Employment Consultant at Hire-Ability, assisting individuals who want to be placed in the open job market while working closely with their case managers, psychiatrists, as well as other providers of their treatment team. Julian also supported and worked with homeless foster youths seeking mental health services. Julian received his B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
John Cabiles is the manager of the award-winning i-Ability Vocational IT Training Program, which provides on-the-job information technology (IT) training to consumers of Behavioral Health Services. For over 8 years, John has worked in the vocational rehabilitation setting, assisting a diverse range of people with finding jobs, building up their work skills, and developing the life skills needed to attain self-efficacy and independence. John is avidly active in community service, having served on the advisory board of the Bay Area Special Olympics Lions Club in Burlingame, as well as the board of directors of Designing A Difference, an apparel manufacturing company that trains and employs individuals with employment barriers.
John earned his B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of California, Irvine. This fall, he will earn his M.S. in Computer Information Systems from Boston University with a focus on Data Analytics.
Kristin Snell holds a Master's Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Planning, and has been working in the social services community in the San Francisco Bay Area for over ten years. Ms. Snell currently serves as the Coordinator of the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Program at RAMS; in this capacity, she facilitates and coordinates the entry level peer counseling course offered through RAMS and San Francisco State University, and oversees the development and planning of the advanced Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate program. Ms. Snell has previously held the role of MSW Administration Intern at RAMS, where she conducted a variety of organizational research, program evaluation and other administrative projects for the agency.
Prior to joining RAMS, Ms. Snell provided both direct and administrative services to diverse populations at various local community settings throughout the Bay Area. Ms. Snell completed her graduate and undergraduate studies in at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dennielle C. Kronenberg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works as Program Coordinator for SF TRACK, a partnership between Juvenile Probation, AIIM Higher, RAMS and other community partners. SF TRACK (Treatment Recovery Accountability Collaboration Knowledge) provides intensive outpatient substance use and mental health treatment to probation involved youth and their families.
Ms. Kronenberg concurrently serves as a bilingual Clinical Case Manager and Family Clinician with SF TRACK and previously worked in this capacity at the Mission High School Wellness Center, with the San Francisco Achievement Collaborative Team and with Family Service Agency of San Francisco.
Ms. Kronenberg earned her Master of Social Work from San Francisco State University with an emphasis on Social Action and change. She also holds a California Pupil Personal Services Credential to provide school based services for grades K-12.
Danni Biondini earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health from California Institute of Integral Studies. There, she also served as Clinic Manager of Clinic Without Walls, an innovative clinic providing mental health services to residents in public housing. Ms. Biondini earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.
Currently serving as the Coordinator of the Summer Bridge program, Ms. Biondini is also a Behavioral Health Counselor in the RAMS Wellness Centers Program providing integrated behavioral health services, on-site, at a San Francisco public health school. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern and brings her enthusiasm for working with youth to her new position as the Summer Bridge Coordinator and her direct services roles. Ms. Biondini is a native San Franciscan with a long history of community and mental health activism, and is particularly interested in questions of subjectivity, culture, and the bridge between psychodynamic theory and community mental health.
Emily Bridwell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently serves as Work Readiness Screening/Triage Unit Coordinator for the RAMS CAAP Counseling & Pre-Vocational Services. She supervises an extraordinary team conducting over 800 clinical assessments a month in conjunction with the San Francisco City and County Department of Human Services.
Ms. Bridwell comes to RAMS with twelve years of experience in social services including residential facilities, dual-diagnosis outpatient treatment, mentoring programs, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, and school-based therapeutic services. In addition to providing therapy, she has conducted exciting projects including the management of a start-up pilot mentoring program for youth in foster care, a re-design of the service delivery model for the City of Detroit Department of Human Services, and incorporating mentoring programs into Native American Pueblos.
Ms. Bridwell earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Michigan with a concentration in Interpersonal Practice, and her Bachelor of Arts from Colby College in Waterville, ME with a double major in Psychology and Theater & Dance.