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. She has co-authored, “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. As a 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.

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

Rachael Tsukayama, Development Coordinator

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.

Beck, Training and Outreach Manager

Jana Rickerson, LCSW Support and Wellness Program Manager
In addition to her years of experience in social services, public health and HIV services, Jana previously served as a consultant and leader with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she worked on the local and national level to address the needs of foster youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She has extensive experience with diversity and cultural humility training, outreach and advocacy. Jana has an unwavering commitment to creating safe spaces for transformational dialogue and community building.

Duff Axsom, MA, Support and Wellness Program Manager
Duff has been active with Openhouse since 2015 as a facilitator of the men’s support groups. He is thrilled to bring his many years of nonprofit and mutual support work to our Openhouse community. Duff has been an activist for senior and disability issues and looks forward to being part of Openhouse and its long-time activism. He has been involved in many aspects San Francisco life since his arrival here in the “summer of love”.

Jessi Lawrence, Manager of Housing and Resources Program

Faire Faircloth, Activity Coordinator

Amy Goodwin, MSW, 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!

Kirk Lorenzo, Volunteer Coordinator

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

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”.

Aisling Peterson, Housing Coordinator

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