Renée Espinoza, Executive Director
Renée joined the SFCASA team in February 2013. She brings to SFCASA more than 20 years of non-profit and for-profit executive management experience.
Erika Dirkse, Program Director
Prior to her August 2011 appointment as Program Director, Erika served SFCASA for three years as a Case Supervisor. Erika is a graduate of Michigan State University and a doctoral candidate in the history of science.
Currently Erika is working to expand CASA advocacy and mentorship services to pre-emancipation and emancipation-age clients in the context of the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB12). Together with other members of the dependency community, including First Place for Youth, California Youth Connection, SF ILSP, San Francisco Human Services Agency-Family and Children’s Services, the John Burton Foundation, and members of the dependency attorney panel, Erika is part of a vibrant local workgroup committed to strengthening countywide interagency collaboration among service providers, consumers and advocates to promote a clear, mutual understanding of Extended Foster Care and best practices, improved accessibility and consumer experiences, and shared accountability. Their objective is to better understand the strengths and needs of emerging adults in foster care and provide for greater opportunities and facilitate better outcomes for these young adults. In collaboration with Seneca Family of Agencies, HSA-FCS, and Casey Family Programs, Erika is also focused to maximize the impact of a CASA volunteer to improve identification and cultivation of permanent, supportive kin- and non-kin adult connections for youth both in foster care and preparing to exit foster care.
Bethany Davidowski, Case Manager & Training and Recruitment Specialist
Bethany has experience in counseling, case management, volunteer program development, implementation, recruitment and training. Bethany received her B.S. in Psychology from Brown University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She is responsible for both the day-to-day management of volunteer recruitment and training, and she also supervises a caseload of CASA matches.
Jeff Perry, Education Advocacy Coordinator
Jeff served as an SFCASA Case Supervisor from 2004 to 2007, and stepped into the Education Advocacy role in the fall of 2007. Jeff received his B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland and his M.S. in Educational Counseling from San Francisco State University. He holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and is a National Certified Counselor. Jeff serves as the primary SFCASA liaison to education-related community groups and for school agencies and districts. Jeff sits on the SFUSD Foster Youth Services Program Steering Committee and the San Francisco AB490 Implementation Workgroup. He also represents SFCASA at the Annual California Foster Youth Education Summit in Sacramento, in addition to other education-focused community meetings. Jeff coordinates the Educational Advocacy training program for SFCASA volunteers.
2013-2014 Board of Directors*
The SFCASA Board of Directors, a dedicated group of community volunteers with a broad range of talents and professional backgrounds, provides the San Francisco CASA Program with a high level of governance, fiscal oversight, compliance, and accountability.
Cori English, Chair
Commercial Real Estate, CB Richard Ellis
Elizabeth S. Brown, Vice Chair
Paralegal Coordinator, Schiff Hardin LLP
Director, KPMG International Development Assistance Service
Associate Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Assistant General Counsel, NEC Corp of America
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson
Director of Marketing, Eventbrite
Associate-Technology Investment Banking, Lazard Freres & Co, LLC
Associate, Curiale Hirschfeld Kraemer
Owner, Light Me Up, Turn Me On, a commercial lighting store
Registered Nurse, California Pacific Medical Center
COO of Asymmetry Capital Management
*Board members may be contacted via the SFCASA Office at 415.398.8001
Bethany Davidowski, Case Manager & Training and Recruitment Specialist, 415.399.6133
Amy DiBenedetto, Controller and Operations Director
Erika Dirkse, Program Director, 415.399.6137
Renée Espinoza , Executive Director 415.399.6121.
Jeff Perry, Educational Advocacy Coordinator, 415.399.6128
Paul Knudsen, Development Director 415.399.6130
Janey Kemp, Program Assistant, 415.399.6136
Judy Rutherford, Case Supervisor, 415.399.6135