Michelle Alcedo, Director of Programs
Michelle oversees Openhouse community services, housing assistance, cultural humility training, and outreach programs bringing 16 years of nonprofit experience working with educators, social service providers, and community members. Since starting at Openhouse, Michelle has trained over 2,500 aging network providers throughout CA. As a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, (now SAGECare) Michelle worked with SAGE’s national partners to develop a training curriculum model to improve services and supports for LGBT seniors across the country. As a former member of the CA Mental Health Services Act Multicultural Coalition, she worked to integrate cultural and linguistic competence into the public mental health system and provided recommendations on the Mental Health Services Act components. In Fall of 2011, Michelle was appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to San Francisco’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force. Michelle is also on the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly (CASE), an advocacy organization that has informed and influenced public policy to meet the continuing and changing needs of the SF aging and disabled adult populations for over four decades.
Matthew Cimino, Director of Operations
Matthew has 20 years of corporate administration experience. He handles the day-to-day business including; organizational finance, governmental and foundational grant compliance, inter-departmental collaboration, and much more.
Amy Goodwin, Resident Services Navigator
Amy came to Openhouse in 2016 after earning her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from San Jose State University. With five years’ experience advocating for the mental and physical well-being of the community through case management and crisis intervention, she is delighted to join our team! In her capacity as Resident Services Navigator at San Francisco’s first LGBT-welcoming housing building located at 55 Laguna Street, Amy will help to cultivate a supportive environment where all residents are empowered during the aging process. Additionally, she will collaborate with non-profits in San Francisco to offer activities and presentations to those living at 55 Laguna, so if you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate to tell her about them! Amy lives with two cats who derive great satisfaction from knocking over cups of water and reclining on the bookshelf to watch the antics of the birds outside the window.
Abby Krumbein, Housing Coordinator
Abby is thrilled to join Openhouse as Housing Coordinator. She recently moved to the Bay Area from Washington, DC, where she worked as a Case Manager for people experiencing homelessness. It was in this role that she discovered she loved working with seniors. She brings additional experience in grant writing and grant management for environmental causes, and has a degree in environmental studies from the University of Michigan. She is looking forward to helping Openhouse clients secure affordable housing, at Openhouse’s new building at 55 Laguna and elsewhere. She will be offering affordable housing workshops, facilitating the housing resource group, performing outreach for 55 Laguna, and supporting clients in their housing searches.
Sue Martin, Interim Development Director
Manuel Martinez, Information & Assistance Specialist
Manuel brings to Openhouse 3+ years of Information & Referral experience in different communities since he first started as a volunteer and former Information & Assistance Specialist with the Aging & Disability Resource Center as a centralized model. Manuel shows dedication and commitment to serve seniors and adults with disabilities providing direct assistance with filling forms, translations and providing information and referral about housing, public assistance, benefits, health care, and more in both English and Spanish. He is thrilled to join the Openhouse team to work with the LGBT community as well as continuing to share his knowledge with all seniors and adults with disabilities in the neighborhood.
Jess Miller, Ed.D, Case Manager
Armando Paone, Education Coordinator
Armando moved to the Bay Area from New York City in 2012 and has been with Openhouse since June 2013. As our first Education Coordinator, he brings over thirty years’ experience in the areas of linguistics and education to our newly established Education Program. Having completed his graduate studies in Spanish Linguistics and Philology at the University of Granada (Spain), he received his M.A. in Spanish from the City University of New York, where he taught Spanish and Italian as a Graduate Fellow. He has also worked as a translator/interpreter at the New York World Trade Center and as Department Head of translators and interpreters at the private investment bank of Brown Brothers Harriman and Co. in New York.
Armando’s primary goal in establishing our Education Program is to “stimulate the intellectual curiosity of our community by keeping our intellect active and engaged while acknowledging the importance of learning in an LGBT senior-friendly environment”.
Fairley Parson, MSW, ASW, Manager of Community Engagement
Fairley joined Openhouse in 2011. She holds a master’s in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley with a focus in gerontology. She co-authored the Openhouse cultural humility curriculum and is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. As a trainer, Fairley teaches social service and aging network providers how to implement best practices into their work with LGBT older adults. In 2013 she was awarded a Legacy grant for professionals in aging for advanced training in Motivational Interview with older adults. Every day, Fairley supervises Openhouse Community Engagement staff and MSW interns to deliver emotional support, health and wellness, and continuing education programs. She facilitates the Openhouse Women’s Support Group and co-facilitates the Openhouse Grief Support series. She also develops partnership programs with community organizations across San Francisco. Since her 2011 hire, she has expanded the Community Engagement Program to provide over 100 hours of programming for LGBT seniors each month.
Fairley is passionate about the need for all people to examine ageism, as well as the need for training to address homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism within aging services. She says she feels privileged to work LGBT older adults and she calls on others to honor the diversity of our aging community.
Karyn Skultety, Ph.D., Executive Director
Sylvia Vargas, Friendly Visitor Program Manager
Sylvia relocated to San Francisco over 4 years ago from San Diego to be closer to family and to fulfill her dream of finishing her college degree. During this time she became a dedicated volunteer at Meals On Wheels and Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line, and Openhouse. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has been providing academic and emotional support to older and returning students at San Francisco State University. Sylvia is dedicated to advocating for and working with diverse populations especially the aging and capable LGBTQ community. As the new Friendly Visitor Program Manager, Sylvia will continue with the important work of matching volunteers with interested LGBT community members who could benefit from a volunteer visitor.
Lauren Yellow, Development Assistant