Ken Choi has 20 years of hands-on and management experience and expertise in accounting, finance, and system administration in not-for-profit healthcare organizations. Most recently, Mr. Choi was the Fiscal Officer at On Lok SeniorHealth, a community-based program of all-inclusive care for the elderly. He has also served as a Senior Technical Financial Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, a Decision Support Analyst at Catholic Healthcare West, and the Accounting Manager at Davies Medical Center.
Mr. Choi holds an MBA in Accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), an IRS Enrolled Agent (EA), and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is recognized for consistently demonstrating diligence, effective leadership style, management competence, and cooperative efforts with internal personnel and external partners. Additionally, Mr. Choi is a long-standing resident of San Francisco and is bilingual in Cantonese. He is highly committed to community-based healthcare programs and services and is extremely familiar with healthcare and community issues that impact the client population which RAMS serves.
Angela Tang is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the social services community for about 15 years. Ms. Tang joined RAMS in 2004 and, as Director of Operations, works within management on activities relating to the agency's day-to-day operation, development & planning, and evaluation & quality assurance as well as represents RAMS on community coalitions & committees such as the Asians Against Violence. She serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Smith College School for Social Work (honorary appointment) and had served as an Online Program Advisor for Boston University School of Social Work.
Prior to joining RAMS, Ms. Tang provided direct services to diverse populations and conducted an array of administration projects in various community-based and public government settings including Hamilton-Madison House (NYC), an employee assistance program for a union of sheet metal workers (NYC), NYC Human Resources Administration/Dept. of Social Services - Office of Program Reporting, Analysis & Accountability, Asian Women's Shelter (SF), and Balboa Teen Health Clinic (SF). Currently, Ms. Tang also serves on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Roots, a volunteer-run organization that operates Roots: Him Mark Lai Family History Project - a program for Chinese Americans to research their family history and genealogy, study Chinese history and geography, learn about the Chinese American community, and visit their ancestral villages in the Guangdong province.
Ms. Tang received her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University with a concentration on Social Administration and earned her Bachelor of Social Work degree at San Francisco State University. Her areas of interest include macro-level, systems, and strengths-based theories & practices; organizational development; and program evaluation.
Trina de Joya is a bicultural and (somewhat) bilingual Pinay with over a decade of experience in the Human Resources field. Hired by RAMS in 2000, Ms. de Joya has served as Executive Assistant and Human Resources Manager, and is currently the Director of Human Resources at RAMS. Her experience includes regulatory compliance, employee relations, consultation and support with personnel management, recruitment, employee safety, and compensation. Prior to RAMS, she worked in ethnic television & print media and dabbled in the spoken word poetry scene. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences (minor in Asian American Studies). Her interests include obscure pop culture references, dog coddling, and the works of Neil Gaiman.
Dr. Rafael Perez-Espejo is a bilingual (Spanish-English) Board certified psychiatrist with over 25 years of experience. A Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has previously been named one of “America’s Top Psychiatrists” by the Consumer Research Council of America. He completed his medical degree in Spain, then finished residency training at Maimonides Hospital in New York City. The majority of his career was spent in Florida where he held such positions as Medical Director and Department Chair in hospital settings, as well as running a successful private practice. He has been accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration as an Aeromedical Consultant and is a private pilot. He is also experienced in Geriatric, Forensic, Addictions and Corrections medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Perez-Espejo enjoys golfing, nature-related activities and spending time with family.
Michael Badolato is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has worked with dual and triple diagnosed individuals in residential settings for over 15 years. Prior to coming to RAMS, he was Coordinator of the Residential Treatment Program at Westside Lodge. There, he utilized the Social Rehabilitation Model to foster recovery from addictions as well as assisting individuals to gain an increased sense of self-awareness and promote enhanced independent living skills. In New York, Mr. Badolato worked for the Partnership for the Homeless for four years as a Vocational Specialist. Additionally, he also developed and facilitated a life transition workshop as part of the federally funded Senior Aides Project. His workshop assisted senior citizens living at the poverty level who desired to re-enter the work force with making the transition to subsidized and un-subsidized employment. He also developed and co-authored "Seniors on the Move" a monthly newsletter designed to provide information and recognition to the programs participants as well as function as a vehicle for a sense of connectedness and belonging.
Mr. Badolato received his B.A. from Fordham University in New York and an M.A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. He is also trained in Psychodynamic, Gestalt, and Transpersonal therapies & approaches, healing with a holistic viewpoint that seeks to integrate Mind, Body, and Spirit. He is deeply committed to creating environments that uphold humanistic principles as the foundation for true growth and healing. Mr. Badolato also maintains a private psychotherapy and consultation practice in San Francisco and Petaluma.
Ms. Castorena-O’Keefe has over 20 years of management experience, primarily in the Vocational Rehabilitation Services field. As the Director of Hire-Ability Vocational Services, Ms. Castorena-O’Keefe manages and supports a team dedicated to enhancing San Francisco residents’ lives through Vocational Skills Training and Competitive Community Job Placement.
Prior to joining RAMS, Ms. Castorena-O’Keefe managed (for about 10 years) Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) within the San Mateo Human Services Agency, which serves residents with disabilities and/or barriers to employment; she also held positions within VRS as the Marketing Manager and Job Development Specialist. Ms. Castorena-O’Keefe began her career as a Career Counselor/Placement Director and eventually Corporate Director of Career Services for Heald Colleges over 20 years ago.
Ms. Castorena-O’Keefe obtained her B.S degree from San Francisco State University. She has lived in San Francisco for over 30 years and is dedicated to serving and strengthening her community.
Ms. Sinaga comes to RAMS with substantial hands-on and management experience & expertise in the human services, vocational services, and the peer-based services sector, particularly in community not-for-profit settings. She has worked with diverse underserved populations in the San Francisco Bay Area who are facing multiple barriers, by providing & coordinating supportive community services so that individuals can effectively utilize their strengths, be empowered, and obtain & sustain employment which can lead to improved quality of life.
With over 20 years of community services, Ms. Sinaga has significant experience in leadership roles of vocational and peer employment programs. She formerly served as the RAMS Director of Vocational Services. During her tenure, the RAMS Hire-Ability Vocational Services program achieved great accomplishments such as outstanding reaccreditation surveys, commendable external program reviews, and the successful expansion & implementation of program services. She is a strong advocate for consumer training & peer employment and consumer empowerment as well as promoter of the wellness & recovery principles.
Prior to RAMS, Ms. Sinaga was the Director of Employment Services at Toolworks, Inc. (San Francisco) holding responsibility for the overall quality and delivery of employment services, supporting individuals with disabilities, low income, and/or formerly homeless as well as new immigrants. She has also held positions at Kainos Home & Training Center in Redwood City and Family Housing & Adult Resources in San Bruno. Furthermore, Ms. Sinaga is an alumnus of the Leadership San Francisco, an affiliate of the SF Chamber of Commerce, which aims to strengthen the leadership, communications, and collaborative skills of its participants.
Kristin Chun is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, born and raised in San Francisco. As the Director of Behavioral Health Services for the Wellness Centers Program at RAMS, she manages the behavioral health services that are provided on-site at the 15 high school-based Wellness Centers located throughout San Francisco. She is also overseeing implementation of San Francisco Achievement Collaborative Team (SF-ACT), an innovative, afterschool intensive outpatient treatment program for youth on probation. Since joining RAMS in 2000, she has provided services working as a clinician for RAMS school-based services at George Washington High School and the Wellness Centers at John O'Connell High School. Ms. Chun has also worked with adults with severe mental illness as a RAMS trainee, provided consultation to the pre-school community through the Fu Yau Project, and has served as a Change Agent responsible for fostering the integration of mental health and substance abuse services within the agency. As a former student of the public school system in San Francisco, she remains committed to serving at-risk youth in the community. Ms. Chun completed her graduate degree in Clinical Psychology at New College of California.