Chiao-Jung is currently the director and administrator at Broderick Street Adult Residential Facility. She came to RAMS in 2014 and has since been providing high quality care including case management and counseling services to our residents/clients. She was a Mental Health Counselor at Broderick at Adult/Older Adult Outpatient Services before becoming a leader and mentor to both the clinical and non-clinical staff at Broderick in 2020. In 2023, she stepped up to become the director of Broderick Street. Chiao-Jung’s dedication to Broderick is unwavering. She serves with her heart, and communicates her expectations and boundaries clearly and with empathy.
Kristen Hay joins RAMS Hire-Ability with ten years of experience in employment services. Her previous roles have included work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Management Analyst with the County of San Mateo. She believes that employment can be a huge factor in a person’s overall well-being, and has seen the positive impact that a job can have on the lives of participants that she has worked with over the years. She obtained her BA from the University of Washington in English and Psychology and later completed her MSW through San Jose State University. She is committed to strength based models, trauma informed care, and culturally responsive practices. She is excited to serve the community through her role as Associate Director with RAMS Hire-Ability. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and reading.
Mory is a 1.5 generation Cambodian-American born in a refugee camp in Thailand and raised in Modesto, California. In 2008, she earned a BS in Health Sciences and in 2013 a Master’s in Public Health from SJSU. She dedicates her career to achieving health equity for vulnerable and marginalized community members. Since 2006, she has had the privilege and honor of working for and with low income underserved and unserved communities of color to support the facilitation of self empowerment, improvement of health and wellness through engagement and awareness, health education and advocacy, and celebrate culture and identity. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and camping in Northern California, bicycling with her family and she is a huge fan of cooking, dancing, and collecting records.
Patty Rodriguez brings over 15 years of administrative healthcare experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. She is passionate about community service and dedicated to public health.
Born in El Salvador and raised in San Francisco, she is familiar with the changing demographics and needs of her community. Through her work, Patty is committed to addressing the economic and social conditions and influences responsible for health inequities in the most vulnerable populations of San Francisco. She is also a small business owner in San Francisco and prior to RAMS, has held executive leadership roles in Operations for other CBOs.
Patty holds a Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is a mom of two and enjoys music, dance, and being surrounded by her family.
Dr. Shlomit Gorin started at RAMS as a practicum trainee and later transitioned to staff psychologist in the Adult Outpatient Clinic and supervisor in the Training Program. Her interests include immigration; intergenerational transmission of trauma; sex and gender; expressions of psychic phenomena via the body; the impact of material living conditions along with social, cultural and political forces on the individual; and the integration of disciplines in the humanities with psychoanalysis. Shlomit maintains a private practice in San Francisco providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and a master’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Northwestern University, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute.
Natalie Tuālemoso Ah Soon is a visionary and systems-changer committed to advancing health and mental health equity. She is a bold thinker and strong proponent of collaborative culture to achieve optimal health and mental health outcomes across the lifespan and
among all communities.
Natalie has most recently transitioned from her role as the Director of Population-Focused Programs into the Director of Community Engagement & Government Relations. She came to RAMS in 2014 and her journey here is unique. Her roles and programs are many firsts at RAMS and for Pacific Islander and Asian communities in the SF Bay Area. She directs two mental health prevention and early intervention programs in San Francisco County (2014) and Alameda County (2018). Both programs are in direct partnership with long-standing, trusted community-based organizations. In 2018, RAMS expanded its reach and services for the first time to Alameda County to replicate the community mental health promotion and prevention model of service, focusing on Pacific Islanders. Our efforts include the: Samoan Wellness Initiative anchored at Samoan Community Development Center, Filipino Mental Health Initiative-SF with the Filipino-American Development Fund/Bayanihan Community Center, Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative-SF, and the Pacific Islander Wellness Initiative anchored by Taulama, Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce, and Samoa Community Development Center.
Outside of her work at RAMS, Inc., Natalie is a co-founder and co-chair of the Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce in the Bay Area. This movement emerged out of a shared interest/passion to increase the visibility of Pacific Islander health needs and highlight their
assets/strengths to address health and social disparities. Natalie holds a Master of Public Health from San Jose State University and is a proud San Francisco State University alumna where she honed her passion for public health. Outside of clock-work and heart-work, she is a nurturing and protective mother and grandmother, charming spouse, caring sister, and cool aunty. She is a proud native of American Samoa and fluent in Samoan.
Sonja has extensive experience in managing and overseeing programs providing services to both youth and adults, and specifically working with homeless populations including homeless veterans in rapid-rehousing and securing permanent and supported living housing. Sonja’s most recent position before joining RAM, was as Director at Homeward Bound of Marin, overseeing the shelter programs and case management services for homeless individuals seeking shelter services in Marin County. Sonja’s prior experiences as a Director and Manager at Glide Memorial, Swords to Plowshares further strengthens her expertise in handling complex issues involved in crisis work and trauma-informed behavioral health services. In addition to these work experiences, Sonja was also the Director of Programs for the California Police Activities league, spearheading multiple statewide projects with the objective of fostering positive relationships between youth and police officers. Sonja currently oversees our Peer- Based Services Crisis Response & Street-Based Services which includes a novel program, integrating peers in a co-responder model to address non-violent behavioral health crises in San Francisco and reducing law enforcement engagement in these situations.
Sonja obtained her bachelors degree in Human Development and a minor in Criminal Justice from Cal State, East Bay and was nationally selected for the prestigious National Urban Fellowship (NUF) which led to her obtaining her Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York. Sonja was born and raised in Oakland, California and has three other siblings. In her spare time, Sonja enjoys cooking, attending festivals, travelling and spending time with friends and family.
Michele Alexia was born & raised in San Francisco and for over 20 years has served our community working with programs that assist seniors, homeless youth, and people with disabilities. Ms. Alexia joined RAMS in 2002 and has worked within the mental health community performing vocational counseling & training, program development, advocacy, and management. Currently, as Associate Director of Vocational Services, Ms. Alexia oversees programs that promote empowerment and community inclusion through training, employment, and internship opportunities in the community. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
A San Francisco native, Nicole is dedicated to championing collective health and equitable social systems for communities of the Bay Area. Nicole first joined RAMS in 2015 and played an integral part in the start-up of the Division of Peer-Based Services. As Operations Manager for the program from 2015-2018, Ms. Ng supported many aspects of the program’s development including: building infrastructure to support employment and training of peer providers within the agency, helping to establish RAMS first peer-run wellness center, and overall co-creating a culture of compassion and trauma-informed community support as a foundation for client services. As Associate Director of Peer Counseling & Support Services, Ms. Ng is excited to continue contributing to the mission of expanding peer support services in San Francisco and advancing the peer provider profession.
In her clinical training, Ms. Ng holds a Master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies and is a registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist working towards full licensure. She has received training from RAMS Fu Yau Project and Liberation Institute in San Francisco. Additionally, Ms. Ng brings a decade of professional experience from the business world and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Economics from UC Davis.
In her personal time, Nicole enjoys urban hikes through the city, scoping out local eateries, cooking, and yoga.
Richard (Richie) Zevin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked at RAMS since 2007 and has worked in the behavioral health field since 2002. Richie has been with the RAMS Division of Peer-Based Services since its inception in 2015, serving first as Clinical Manager and then as Associate Director of Peer Counseling Programs. In these roles with the Division, Richie has provided supervision, clinical consultation, and training for peer-identified staff, interns, and students while cultivating and maintaining collaborations with community partners across more than 30 sites within the system of care. He has assisted with the launch and implementation of innovative new programs in San Francisco, including overdose prevention efforts and an alternative to law enforcement response for behavioral health emergencies.
Prior to his time with the Division of Peer-Based Services, Richie worked as a Behavioral Health Counselor across multiple RAMS programs serving adults, youth, and families. He was the Program Manager for SF-ACT, a school-based treatment and diversion program for justice-involved youth, and received the 2014 RAMS Rising Star/Leadership Award for Outstanding Service. Richie brings a strengths-based and collaborative approach to the Division, advocating for culturally responsive and trauma-informed services that are driven by community needs, along with a model of staff support that fosters professional growth and sustainability.
Richie received his Masters in Social Work from UC Berkeley. In his time outside of work, he is endlessly interested in discovering and exploring the hidden gems, urban wilderness, and public libraries of his beloved San Francisco.