Christine Isana Garcia
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Christine Isana Garcia was appointed in October 2021 to the role of Chief Executive Officer at Side by Side. Prior to Side by Side, Dr. Garcia served as San Francisco Regional Director for Edgewood Center for Children and Families, where she managed a staff of nearly 200 and was responsible for an $18 million regional budget. Her visioning and strategic planning in that role included leadership in the areas of cultural humility, equity, and inclusion. A product of a bilingual, multiracial, immigrant family, Dr. Garcia brings a unique perspective to her work and the issues facing youth today.
Before coming to Edgewood, Dr. Garcia was Clinical Director at both the Masonic Center for Youth and Families in San Francisco and UCSF’s Young Adult and Family Center. Before coming to the Bay Area, she worked at Princeton University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where she provided clinical service, taught post-doctoral fellows, and served on committees focused on service to underserved students. As a clinical psychologist for more than 20 years, Dr. Garcia specialized in the issues of trauma, eating disorders, equity and diversity issues, and chronic mental illness in youth and families. Her clinical and teaching experience includes extensive work with survivors of sexual trauma, including foster youth, military veterans, and individuals and families with intergenerational histories of abuse. Dr. Garcia holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and a Doctorate in Psychology from Rutgers University.
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.
Director of Finance
Ben Edoukou comes to Side by Side with a deep background in finance that include stints at Airbus and Bosch, as well as serving as Chief Financial Officer at Global Children’s Rights. He holds an MBA from the University of Poitiers and an MA from ESCE Paris a Business School, both in France, and speaks seven languages which include French, English, and five African languages. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing soccer, running, cooking, and discovering new wineries.
Regional Director, East Bay
Rebecca has been with Side by Side since August 2005, serving as Director of Transitional Housing Services before accepting her current position as Regional Director for the East Bay 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.
Regional Director, North Bay
As Regional Director for the North Bay, Denisse Mendoza oversees Side by Side’s Community Counseling North Bay, TAY Space, and YouThrive programs. Denisse has a B.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Juvenile Delinquency from CSU Sacramento and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from USF. She is also dually licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling. Denisse came to Side by Side in 2013 as a Youth Specialist for the ACT/PRIDE juvenile justice program, became a Community Counseling Clinician in 2017 and was manager of the ACT/PRIDE program from 2018 to 2019 until that program was transitioned back to Sonoma County. Denisse became the Program Director for Community Services in Sonoma and Marin in 2021 and has significantly raised the profile of SBS’s Community Counseling program in Sonoma over the past two years and co-led the creation of SBS’s Raices Unidas initiative for Latinx immigrant families in Sonoma and Marin Counties. Prior to coming to Side by Side, Denisse worked in Sacramento County in residential care with youth on probation, is a trainer for Crisis Prevention Intervention and is a member of the California Latinx Psychological Association.
Noelle R. Moss
Director of Development & Communications
Noelle joined Side by Side in 2017 as the Director of Development and became the Director of Development & Communications in July 2019. 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.
Director of Human Resources
Tiffany joined Side by Side as the Director of Human Resources in 2019 and oversees all aspects of the agency’s human resources department. Prior to joining Side by Side, Tiffany brings over 10 years of both clinical and human resources experience, previously working as a HR Generalist for Buckelew Programs and a HR Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific, to her role at Side by Side. She has a track record of creating a positive work culture with sustainable practices to serve both employees and business goals that deliver on our mission to serve Bay Area youth. Tiffany strives to create an environment where workplace practices are fair, safety is valued and the strengths of employees are recognized while also growing the organization to deliver on our strategic plan. In addition to holding a license in Marriage and Family Therapy, Tiffany has a Bachelors in psychology and a Masters in Counseling from San Francisco State University.
Chief Program Officer
As Chief Program Officer since 2021, Larry oversees all programs for the organization, as well as clinical compliance, program development, and clinical outcomes. Formerly Side by Side’s Director of Clinical Practice and North Bay Regional Director, Larry has been responsible for clinical and data outcomes and quality assurance/improvement for the entire agency since 2017, as well as overseeing Community Counseling and YouThrive in Sonoma and Marin Counties and the TAY Space program in Marin. Larry received his Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University and an MBA in marketing and non-profit management from Mills College. In his over 20 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 organizations, and substance abuse programs. Larry is an advocate for mental health in BIPOC communities and LGBTQIA+ communities as well as a trainer on issues related to mental health stigma, and trauma-informed care and systems.