Leadership

Christine Isana Garcia

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.

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Karen Bischoff

Karen Bischoff

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.

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Benjamin Edoukou

Benjamin Edoukou

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.

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Rebecca Hathorn

Rebecca Hathorn

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.

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Noelle R. Moss

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.

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Tiffany Vigil

Tiffany Vigil

Director of Human Resources

Tiffany joined Side by Side as the Director of Human Resources in 2019. She oversees all aspects of the agency’s human resources department. Prior to joining Side by Side, Tiffany worked as a HR Generalist for Buckelew Programs and a HR Manager for Thermo Fisher Scientific. A California native, Tiffany has a passion for creating a positive work environment and supporting employees to deliver on our mission to serve local youth. In addition to a license in Marriage and Family Therapy, she also holds a bachelors in psychology and a masters in Counseling from San Francisco State University.

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Larry Woodland

Larry Woodland

Interim CEO and 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.

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