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, Manager, Training and Case Supervision
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 the day-to-day management of volunteer recruitment and training, supervises case supervisors and manages a caseload of CASA 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.
Lisa Spinali, Chair
Nonprofit Strategy Consultant
Jeremy K. Strauss, Vice Chair
Assistant General Counsel, NEC Corp of America
Elizabeth Carey, Treasurer
Philanthropy and International Development Advisor
Matthew S. Rechtin, Secretary
Associate, Lazard Freres & Co.
Commercial Real Estate
CB Richard Ellis
Vice President, Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
DLA Piper US LLP
Growth Team Director
Miller Law Group
California Pacific Medical Center
Asymmetry Capital Management
*Board members may be contacted via the SFCASA Office at 415.398.8001
Bethany Davidowski, Manager, Training and Case Supervision 415.398.8001 x101
Soyeon Davis, Program Assistant, x100
Amy DiBenedetto, Controller and Operations Director
Erika Dirkse, Program Director, x106
Renée Espinoza , Executive Director x110.
Janey Kemp, Case Supervisor, x104
Paul Knudsen, Director of Development x108
Judy Rutherford, Case Supervisor, x103
Alexandra Stanley, Case Supervisor, x105