Chief Executive Officer
Mary was appointed CEO of Side by Side in January 2010. Previously, Mary served as Side by Side’s Chief Finance and Administrative Officer (2008 to December 2009), and Chief Financial Officer (2000 to 2003). Prior to joining the agency, Mary consulted with major international banks and financial institutions in strategy, policy and business implementation in international investments and financial markets, following a 19-year career at Bank of America in international syndicated lending and investment management. She has consulted in the nonprofit sector and formerly served on the board of directors for the Marin Humane Society. Mary is a California native, and lived and worked in both New York and Latin America before returning to the Bay Area. She is proficient in Spanish and French and received her bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of California, Riverside, Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a master’s in business administration in Finance and International Business from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Director of Property & Risk Management
Karen joined Side by Side in 1997. As the Director of Property & Risk Management, she manages all aspects of the agency’s property and risk management protocols to fulfill the mission and strategic goals of the organization while complying with state and federal regulations, relevant accreditation standards, and best practices. Karen earned her BA in Speech and Communication Studies from San Francisco State University.
Executive Director, Sonoma and Napa County Programs
Bob brings more than 20 years of experience working as a youth advocate and counselor serving vulnerable youth in our community. Prior to arriving at Side by Side, Bob consulted on gang-related issues with a number of local agencies, including the County of Sonoma, the Santa Rosa and Petaluma School Districts, and the Sonoma, Petaluma, and Santa Rosa Police Departments. He also served on the faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College, where he taught psychology. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sonoma State University and is currently pursuing a PsyD degree in psychology.
Mary Kaye Gerski
Chief Program Officer
With more than 30 years of service in senior-level strategic planning, policy making and financial and program management, Mary Kaye oversees all of Side by Side’s programs across four counties. Mary Kaye ensures exceptional outcomes for clients, regulatory and contractual compliance, financial sustainability and the management and support of all program staff. Perhaps most importantly, she is the primary holder of the Side by Side mission, committed to furthering our reach so that our exceptional programs touch more youth and positively impact more young lives. She is a graduate of California State University, and holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Executive Director, Alameda County
Rebecca has been with Side by Side since August 2005, serving as Director of Transitional Housing Services before accepting her current position as Executive Director, Alameda County in 2017. Prior to joining Side by Side, Rebecca worked for three years in the foster care unit for the Department of Social Services in Cecil County, Maryland and provided outpatient mental health services for children, adolescents and their families, as well as inpatient mental health services for adolescents in a locked psychiatric facility. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland and is a licensed clinical social worker.
Director of Human Resources
Jaimie Knight joined Side by Side in 2017 as the Director of Human Resources. Jaimie is responsible for the leadership and administration of all human resource activities. This includes developing policies and practices that support the agency’s organizational development, employee-oriented and high performing culture, recruitment, hiring, training, and retention across all programs, functions, and counties of operation. Jaimie is an accomplished senior-level human resource professional with extensive cross-industry, tactical human resource experience in healthcare, hospitality, home health, and national and international law firms. She has devised and implemented comprehensive human resource strategies. She has diagnosed issues, evaluated trends and risk, and driven change initiatives. Jaimie completed her BS in Business Administration at Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and certified in healthcare compliance.
Noelle R. Moss
Director of Development
Noelle joined Side by Side in 2017 as the Director of Development. Most recently she served as Director of Development for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale in San Francisco and Development Manager for Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) in West Marin. Noelle also brings extensive experience in events management through her work with San Francisco Opera, USC and UCLA. Originally from New England, Noelle received her B.A. from Smith College and a Master’s in Communication Management from the USC Annenberg School.
Chief Operating Officer
Stacey joined Side by Side in October 2016. As the Chief Operating Officer, she oversees all operational functions, including finance, property & risk management, information technology, as well as human resources. A Certified Public Accountant with over 30 years of experience in a variety of industries, Stacey began her career in New York with Ernst & Whinney and has progressed through increasingly challenging positions in San Francisco, Oakland, and Marin that honed her skills in budgeting, planning, financial reporting, and financial policies. Most recently she served as Director of Finance and Operations at the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Stacey earned a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University.
Director of Communications
Amber came to Side by Side in 2017, bringing over fifteen years’ experience driving communications and marketing programs to build brand or issue awareness for nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, and socially-minded consumer brands, with an emphasis in recent years in serving children and families. Most recently Amber served as the Associate Director of Communications and Marketing at the Bay Area Discovery Museum/Center for Childhood Creativity, where she oversaw a comprehensive rebrand of the children’s museum and research organization. Prior to this, as Director of Communications at Common Sense Media, she directed integrated communications strategies across the organization’s consumer, research, and policy platforms. A former freelance writer, Amber has cultivated longstanding media relationships, secured top coverage, and fostered thought leadership. Amber holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Whittier College and an MA in Visual Criticism from CCA.
Executive Director, Marin County
Chris oversees Side by Side’s Marin-based programs, including the Irene M. Hunt School, ReStart substance abuse recovery program, and TAY Space. Chris has over thirty years of experience in non-profit management and holds a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance. She began her career as a direct service provider at rape crisis centers and moved into management and executive leadership positions, including working as a federal lobbyist. She comes to Side by Side from Kaiser Permanente, where she developed and managed multi-million dollar grant programs.
Director of Clinical Practice
As the Director of Clinical Practice at Side by Side, Larry is responsible for clinical and data outcomes as well as quality assurance and quality improvement. Originally from the Washington Metropolitan area, Larry started working as a social worker in New York City after receiving his MSW from Fordham University in 2002. In his 15 years of practice, he has worked as a therapist, program director, and clinical director in a variety of settings including psychiatric emergency services, HIV/AIDS service organizations, substance abuse programs, and medical and legal settings. In 2015, he received his MBA in marketing from Mills College in Oakland. Larry has spoken at national conferences and has been interviewed for national publications on mental health stigma in minority communities, advocacy for mental health services, and LGBTQ mental health issues. In recent years, he has been working on developing staff trainings for therapists and mental health workers as well as working on increasing diversity in the mental health field.