Karyn Skultety, Ph.D., Executive Director

Karyn is the Executive Director of Openhouse. She has a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts and specialized in geriatric psychology. She spent her early career providing clinical care, research and education at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

Prior to joining Openhouse in February 2017, Karyn worked for nine years at the Institute on Aging and served across the agency in clinical, educational and administrative leadership roles. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Health Services overseeing the IOA’s PACE program and Psychology and Counseling Services.

Michelle Alcedo, Director of Programs

Michelle oversees Openhouse’s Community Engagement, Support and Wellness, Resources and Referrals, and Cultural Humility Training programs bringing 17 years of nonprofit experience working with educators, social service providers, and community members. Since starting with Openhouse in 2007, Michelle has trained over 2,000 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 to improve services and supports for LGBT seniors across the country. She has co-authored and edited, “Best Practices in LGBT Elder Healthcare,” a publication funded by The California Endowment and “From Isolation to Inclusion,” Openhouse’s LGBT Cultural Humility Training Curriculum. Recently, she worked with the San Francisco Department of Human Resources to develop an online training module to serve as an entry point for city staff to learn more about LGBT aging issues.

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, facilities and construction management, governmental and foundational grant compliance, staff support, and much more.

Natalie Summers, Mission Engagement

Charles Renfroe, Mission Engagement

Kelly Harris, Mission Engagement

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!

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.

Jess Miller, Ed.D, Case Manager

Ariel Mellinger, MSW, Program Coordinator, Support and Wellness Programs

Chalwe Mwansa, Program Coordinator, Community Engagement Programs

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”.

Sylvia Vargas, Manager of Community Engagement Programs
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.

 

 

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