Kat Taylor: Is President of Good Samaritan's Board and her life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. Currently, she serves as CEO of One PacificCoast Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution she founded with her husband, Tom Steyer, to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.
Kat is a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs.
Kat also serves and has served on many non-profit boards including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Insight Prison Project, KQED, Co-Chair of “Building the New CuriOdyssey Campaign”, & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Frank DeRosa: Is the Treasurer of the Good Samaritan's Board, a former Board President and a Board Member for 26 years. He has remained committed to Good Sam's mission to assist immigrants in becoming contributing members to the Bay Area community, partly because his four grandparents immigrated through Ellis Island two generations earlier. When not at Good Sam, Frank is a developer of renewable energy power plants in the U.S. and overseas. He is the founder and former CEO of an independent solar energy development company, and was a leader of PG&E's renewable energy program. Frank is a recognized industry expert in state and federal energy policy, with testimony before Congress and State authorities on energy policy, facilities siting, and electricity regulation.
Secretary - Bob Hernandez: is a native San Franciscan, son of immigrant parents from Nicaragua. He attended Lowell High School and graduated with honors from City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of California Berkeley where he received his Master in Social Work. Bob is a passionate leader and has dedicated his life to improve the lives of Latino children, youth and families in San Francisco. Recently retired, Bob served as a clinical social worker in San Francisco’s Department of Public Health for more than twenty years providing leadership in the Children Services and Behavioral Health Division.
Bob currently serves as the President of Mission Council Board of Directors and is the founding board member of the Cesar Chavez Parade and Recognition Council. Bob has received many recognitions for his contributions among them, a Certificate of Recognition from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for Outstanding services to the Spanish Speaking Community of San Francisco, Certificate of Appreciation from the San Francisco Education Fund for San Francisco Public Schools and Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and Families. He also received an award from the Department of Human Services for improving services to the Latino community and earned a Lifetime Achievement and Community Service award from the National Latino Peace Officers Association-SF Chapter.
Bao-Tran Ausman: Was born in Vietnam during the war. In 1978, her immediate family decided to escape. Joining many other refugees who became known as the Vietnamese boat people- a term given to the Vietnamese who fled in large numbers following the Fall of Saigon- her family eventually made it to the United States in 1980 and settled in Sacramento. Having no money and not understanding English, her parents decided to enroll in college to earn their degrees, applied for welfare, and obtained subsidized housing.
As newly arrived immigrants, Bao-Tran and her family benefited tremendously from services provided by charitable organizations similar to Good Sam. Bao-Tran feels strongly that without such organizations like Good Sam, she and her family would not have been successful at improving and establishing their lives in their newly adopted country.
Bao-Tran joined Good Samaritan’s Board of Directors in 2009. She currently works as a Vice President in the community development arm of a major bank. She works to finance affordable housing development, to give back and enable low-income households to have affordable, safe, and high quality housing. In addition, as a parent with young children, Bao-Tran is interested in issues of quality and affordable childcare in San Francisco.
Kay Bishop: After graduating from Oregon State University, Kay moved to San Francisco and began volunteering through the Episcopal Church. Witnessing her dedication and passion for volunteering, Bishop Bill Swing asked Kay to participate at Good Samaritan Mission. Through her years of services as one of the founding Board Members, Kay assisted with the transition from Good Samaritan Mission to Good Samaritan Family Resource Center.In conjunction with her board duties at Good Sam, Kay serves on the board of directors for Cheetah Conservation Fund, Episcopal Church Convention,The Bishop Ranch, and Maria Kip Orphanage Fund.
Robert Cornwell: Helped develop Good Samaritan's current Family Resource Center building. He also negotiated Good Sam's partnership with Mission Housing Development Corporation to create 20 units of large family very low income housing on the Family Resource Center site. As President and Principal of CSG Advisors, Bob structured over $11 billion of transactions to support affordable housing, redevelopment, education and infrastructure projects around the United States.In 2010 he founded Build a School in Burma, which has completed 6 schools in that country and has 2 others under development. Bob was previously Director of Financial Management for the City of Denver, a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica and a Forest Service wilderness range in Colorado.
Alan Levinson: Advocating for immigrants and minorities since 1960, Alan joined Good Samaritan’s Board in the early nineties. For the past 17 years he has provided financial technical assistance to arts organizations and grant review to art funders such as Northern California Grantmakers, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, The James Irvine Foundation, Grants for the Arts, Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD), and Magnificat to name just a few. Alan can also be found volunteering and mentoring at Upwardly Global for the last ten years. Although Alan is relocating to Mexico, he will continue to serve on Good Sam’s Board of Directors because of the organization’s sustainability and effectiveness.
Alicia Lieberman, PhD: Has served on the Good Samaritan board since 2006. She is the Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair of Infant Mental Health, Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Child Trauma Research Program, San Francisco General Hospital. She directs the Early Trauma Treatment Network, a center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She is a member of the board and a past president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, and the author or senior author of several books for parents and clinicians, including Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children: Repairing the Effect of Stress and Trauma on Early Attachment; The Emotional Life of the Toddler; Losing a Parent to Death in the Early Years: Treating Traumatic Bereavement in Infancy and Early Childhood; Don’t hit my mommy: A Manual for Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Young Witnesses of Domestic Violence, and Psychotherapy with Infants and Young Children: Repairing the Effect of Stress and Trauma on Early Attachment, as well as numerous articles and chapters. She is senior editor of DC: 0-3 Casebook: A Guide to the Use of Zero to Three’s Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood. Her contribution to federal bodies include serving on the 2012 Attorney General Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence and on the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine Committee on Integrating the Science of Early Childhood Development, which resulted in the publication of the influential From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood, and has been a member of NIMH grant review committees. She is the author of numerous articles and chapters about infancy and therapeutic interventions in the early years. She lectures extensively in four continents and is a consultant to government agencies and private foundations nationally and abroad.
Vangie Lopez: Is a product of the Mission District of San Francisco and feels honored to be able to continue her connection through serving those who live in that community. Her parents migrated from Mexico to the United States, looking for a better life for their children and settled into this amalgam of cultures and backgrounds. Her ties with Good Sam go back to when her mother-in-law took piano lessons at the center as a child.
Vangie currently serves as a Spanish-speaking trainer in the Mission District for low-income women who are seeking to become financially independent by starting their own small-businesses, even travelling to Santiago, Chile to conduct a program. Through her company, Heart @ Work, she also works with non-profits as a mentor and coach, along with working as a consultant for Diversity and Leadership. Bringing her extensive background in human resources for global financial services organizations, Vangie has chaired the Good Samaritan board’s Human Resources Committee since 2008.
Vangie and her husband Mike volunteer as homeless shelter cooks and servers, visiting the homebound, and singing in church choirs. They also enjoy traveling to Hawaii to visit their daughter and are thrilled to be expecting their first grandchild.
Alejandro (Alex) Martin: joined Good Samaritan in late 2012, bringing the Board his passion for developing sustainable communities. He is currently a manager of public affairs at First Solar, where he focuses on the development, construction, and operations of the world’s largest utility-scale solar power plants. Previously, Alex developed and ran the marketing communications department at NextLight Renewable Power, a leading solar development company, and has held multiple education-related positions throughout California. As Director of Education Services at Optimum Performance Institute in Los Angeles, Alex helped 18 to 26 year-old participants of a clinical boarding center develop critical independent living skills, and he is most proud of the low-income migrants students, ages 5 to 12, that he was able to educate and empower during his two years at Woodland Unified School District near Sacramento, California.
Born in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, Alex moved to the U.S. in 1986, grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, and received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. He has called the SF Bay home since 2001.
Beth Richardson: Joined Good Samaritan’s board in 2012, bringing insight from her years as a family law attorney. Beth currently practices at the law firm of Heath-Newton in San Francisco, where she focuses in high-asset dissolution cases and custody disputes. Beth’s strong advocacy for families and children extends beyond her legal practice, and includes prior volunteer work for San Francisco’s TALK Line Family Support Center and her current work on the board of Good Samaritan.
Sandra Vivanco: The product of a Peruvian‐Colombian fusion, Sandra moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s to complete her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley. She later graduated with honors from Columbia University’s GSAPP. She has practiced architecture in Japan, Portugal, Italy and Brazil and has taught at Barnard and Columbia in New York, UC Berkeley and CCA in the Bay Area, Escola da Cidade in São Paulo and Universidad Ricardo Palma in Lima. Sandra Vivanco is author to several articles on Latin American 20th century architecture ‐ specifically the post war condition in Brazil – including chapters in Transculturation, Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America and Baroque New Worlds. In addition to leading the San Francisco based firm, A+D (Architecture+Design) Sandra is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Chair of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. While A+D is better known for their public work in communities of color, several of their residential projects are featured in two recent books: San Francisco Modern Homes and Casas en la Ciudad, Architectural Houses. Sandra was selected Architect of Community as one of 10 Architects to Watch featured in California Home & Design magazine in 2010.
Charmaine Yu: Was a deputy public defender in San Francisco who worked closely together with many members of San Francisco’s immigrant community. During her tenure as a public defender, she learned that the needs of children and families were an important component of serving a thriving San Francisco community. That experience led her to join Good Samaritan Family Resource Center’s Board of Directors in 2013. She is now an attorney at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP, representing Bay Area individuals and entities in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the county.
Charmaine lives in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband. When they're not here, they prefer to be traveling in Central and South America.