Our Team

Aubrey Merriman

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining LifeMoves, Aubrey served as the CEO at Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County, where he led the agency through a period of unprecedented growth.

Aubrey was one of 15 researchers from throughout the country selected to attend the prestigious Community Fellows Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Aubrey moved to the Bay Area in 1999, accepting the ED position with Camp Fire USA, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. He then became the founding Silicon Valley Regional VP for Special Olympics Northern California & Nevada where he spent over 12 years, eventually becoming Chief Development Officer. Aubrey then became ED of Summer Search Silicon Valley, building the most diverse team throughout the national footprint of Summer Search.

A passionate proponent of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, Aubrey firmly upholds that organizations with demographically diverse talent pools and leadership teams perform better. Leveraging diversity as a competitive advantage can result in greater innovation and success. Aubrey translates this conviction through ABC: Acting as an inclusive leader to ensure an inclusive culture. Building a balanced leadership pipeline by striving to recruit, retain, develop, and advance leaders of color, and Committing to catalyzing conversations and conditions that foster collaboration across demographically diverse teams.

Aubrey is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Business, Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders and a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley (Class XXXVII). Aubrey was recognized with the Paul Harris Fellows Award from the South San Francisco Rotary Club and he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. Aubrey graduated summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Hawaii.

Aubrey resides in San Jose with his wife and three children and enjoys combining his passion for running and hiking with the enjoyment of listening to podcasts.

Aubrey Merriman

Chief Executive Officer

Katherine Finnigan

Chief Development Officer

As Chief Development Officer, Katherine oversees all private and public fundraising activities to support the LifeMoves annual budget. She leads a large Development team consisting of Grants and Contracts, Corporate Partnerships, Individual Giving, Marketing and Development Operations. Prior to joining LifeMoves, Katherine worked in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years in local, regional, and national organizations. Katherine enjoys being engaged in her community and volunteers at Sacred Heart Schools and other local non-profit organizations. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.S.W. in Program Planning and Evaluation from Temple University.

Katherine Finnigan

Chief Development Officer

Paul Simpson

Chief Financial Officer

Paul has his BA from UC Santa Cruz in Business Management Economics and an MBA from the Haas School at UC Berkeley. In addition to strong financial acumen, Paul brings a wealth of leadership qualities from his 20-year career in advising companies on financial strategies, acquisitions, and technology rollouts. In addition to his deep financial acumen and experience, the search team was impressed with Paul’s experience in Technology/IT/Data, fundraising, and strategy. His dynamic leadership style that values and promotes diversity, collaboration, accountability, and teamwork will also be a great addition to the LifeMoves team.

Paul also has a strong history of community service, having served on the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association Council, The Compton Community College Foundation, The Marin Academy Board of Trustees, and E3 – Education, Excellence & Equity. He is also the Founder and COO of BMG Basketball Academy and Prospects on Deck. Paul’s passion is in his belief that each person has amazing potential and systems need to be designed to propel people’s brilliance.

Paul Simpson

Chief Financial Officer

Brian Greenberg, Ph.D.

Vice President, Programs and Services

Brian Greenberg, Ph.D. manages the LifeMoves programs. He is a licensed psychologist with over 25 years of experience developing and managing behavioral health and housing programs. Prior to his current position, Dr. Greenberg oversaw research and evaluation, adolescent services, and development for 18 years at Walden House. Brian also serves as a clinical consultant for drug treatment programming and has published articles in peer-reviewed journals concerning his work with substance abuse treatment research and housing. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and his Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley, CA.

Brian Greenberg, Ph.D.

Vice President, Programs and Services

Denise Chilow

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

As Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Denise identifies strategic initiatives and partnerships, defines objectives and leads cross-functional teams to drive growth. In addition, she builds and grows the organization’s impact, visibility, value and thought leadership. With her strong community building skills, Denise identifies and engages with public and private financial and non-financial resources.
Prior to joining LifeMoves as a full-time employee, Denise consulted for LifeMoves and Silicon Valley Venture Fund (SV2). Denise spent over a decade at Legacy Venture, as Director of the Community where she built and managed Legacy’s diverse community of philanthropic individuals and foundations invested in Legacy funds. She worked with members to refine Legacy’s community strategy to provide effective ways to engage, connect and collaborate for a greater philanthropic impact.
Denise pursues broad and active philanthropic interests and is excited to focus on the great local need and help address the crisis of homelessness.
Denise is a native of Highland Park, IL and holds a B.S. in Business from Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in the bay area with her husband and has two adult children.

Denise Chilow

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Lorena Collins

Associate Vice President, Program Evaluation & Leadership Development

Lorena Collins has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit work, serving in the fields of homeless services, mental health, and drug and alcohol recovery treatment. As Associate Vice President of Program Evaluation & Leadership Development, Lorena provides vision, leadership, and operational support for all LifeMoves shelter site programs. Lorena also volunteers her time as a board member of Building Peaceful Families, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children, and has served as a long-standing team member of the Santa Clara County Superior Court STOP calendar, which works with convicted domestic violence offenders with mental health conditions. Lorena holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University, and has extensive experience conducting trainings in crisis intervention and mental health services. She is also fluent in American Sign Language.

Lorena Collins

Associate Vice President, Program Evaluation & Leadership Development

Jeff Galipeaux

Vice President, Human Resources

Jeff Galipeaux, SPHR, joined the LifeMoves team in 2018 to lead Talent Acquisition efforts. He now serves as the Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing all aspects of the people functions at LifeMoves, including employee relations, benefits, and talent strategy. Prior to joining LifeMoves, Jeff worked as the Director of Employee Benefits for the California Association of Nonprofits’ insurance subsidiary. Jeff is passionate about collaboratively crafting efficient, mission-driven, happy workplaces; and with helping people who are doing remarkable things to do those things with less risk and greater support. In his volunteering life, Jeff serves on several nonprofit boards, and is a founding board member of Indexical, a performing arts organization that showcases the work of new & emerging composers and musicians. Jeff holds a B.S. from Palo Alto University, and is currently completing an MBA from the Quantic School of Business & Technology.

Jeff Galipeaux

Vice President, Human Resources

Heather Griffin

Director of Shelter and Services, Santa Clara County

Heather started at LifeMoves over 8 years ago as a Case Manager. She has brought guidance, direction, and enthusiasm to every site she has worked at - whether a Case Manager, Associate Program Director, or Program Director! She now serves as Director of Santa Clara County Shelters & Services. Before LifeMoves, Heather worked as a Community Support Specialist at Crider Health Center and served in the Peace Corps for two years in Belize. Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and a Masters in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Heather Griffin

Director of Shelter and Services, Santa Clara County

Isabella Karabed, ASW

Senior Director, Regional Outreach Initiatives

Isabella Karabed joined LifeMoves in 2017 as the Program Director for Outreach Services. She managed the Homeless Outreach Team and worked with the team to support the unsheltered homeless clients in San Mateo County. She currently serves as the Senior Director for Regional Outreach Initiatives, overseeing all of our outreach programs, which include: the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), Family Outreach, Whole Person Care, Healthcare for the Homeless and Kaiser Outreach. Prior to joining LifeMoves, Isabella served as a Program Manager and Lead Case Manager at Downtown Streets Team. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, her MSW from Columbia University and is currently completing her Doctor of Social Work degree at University of Southern California.

Isabella Karabed, ASW

Senior Director, Regional Outreach Initiatives

Joanne Price

Vice President, Real Estate & Operations

Joanne has more than 15 years’ of experience with overseeing commercial real estate investment and development across multiple sectors, including commercial office, retail, residential and government. Jo's passion for real estate started when she first studied at the renowned Bartlett School of Architecture at the University College London, where she learned to embrace sustainable yet forward-thinking design while preserving deep cultural heritage by connecting with local communities through grass roots efforts. This philosophy has blossomed throughout Jo’s career and, coupled with a MSc in Project Management, makes her a highly collaborative, creative and tenacious manager known for resolving complex real estate issues. Jo aims to combine her wealth of experience to enhance and extend LifeMoves facilities to increase capacity for our clients and help address the crisis of homelessness in Silicon Valley. Jo grew up on a farm in Wales and traveled extensively before settling in California. She is also an active volunteer and Urban Land Institute (ULI) class facilitator.

Joanne Price

Vice President, Real Estate & Operations

Eve Stoller, LCSW

Senior Director, Clinical Services and Training

Eve Stoller, LCSW, joined the LifeMoves team in 2017 to build and manage its Master of Social Work (MSW) Internship Program, providing supervision and education to a large cohort of MSW students. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Services and Training, overseeing two graduate-level internship programs and the Education Department, and providing clinical support and training to program staff. Prior to joining LifeMoves, Eve was a therapist and then clinical supervisor for an evidenced-based therapeutic team addressing teenage delinquent behavior and psychiatric issues on family and systems levels. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her MSW from Columbia University.

Eve Stoller, LCSW

Senior Director, Clinical Services and Training

Jacob Stone

Director of Shelter and Services, San Mateo County

Jacob began his career with LifeMoves in 2008 as Facility Coordinator at First Step for Families. Since then, Jacob has held the role of Program Director at multiple shelter sites. Prior to his current position, Jacob held the role of Director of Impact & Learning, where he led the agency's data-related initiatives and managed cross-functional efforts to evaluate programmatic outcomes. Jacob holds a Bachelor’s degree from Quincy University in Illinois.

Jacob Stone

Director of Shelter and Services, San Mateo County

Amy Wright

Vice President, Philanthropy

As Vice President of Philanthropy, Amy engages with individual donors to raise funds needed to support the successful programs at LifeMoves. Prior to joining LifeMoves in 2004, Amy worked in the private sector for more than 25 years in strategic marketing and investor relations in international telecommunications, internet communications, and software development companies based in Silicon Valley. Amy enjoys being engaged in her community as a board member for Jasper Ridge Farm and volunteers at other local nonprofit organizations. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Amy Wright

Vice President, Philanthropy

Camille Gonzalez Kennedy

Vice President, Philanthropy

Camille got her start in the nonprofit sector in 1992 when she joined the team at the Boston Living Center, a community center for people living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining LifeMoves, she served as the Senior Director of Advancement Strategy at the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Avenidas in Palo Alto, and the Executive Director of Random Acts of Flowers, Silicon Valley. Camille holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and attended Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music and has an undergraduate degree in Public Affairs from Baruch College.

Camille Gonzalez Kennedy

Vice President, Philanthropy

Joe Stockwell

LifeMoves Board
CEO, Odyssey Management Capital

Patrick Heron

Vice Chair
LifeMoves Board
Managing General Partner, Frazier Healthcare

Greg Eckert

LifeMoves Board
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Julie Gruber

LifeMoves Board
EVP, Global GC, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Gap Inc.

Pastor Paul Bains

President and Co-Founder, WeHOPE

Sarah Boisseree

MBA Candidate, Class of 2020, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Christina Corpus

Captain, San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

Scott Goree

Sr. Director, Worldwide Distribution, Nutanix

Elizabeth Funk

Founder and CEO, Dignity Capital

Tiffany Hong

Chief Administrative Officer for the Office of the President, Franklin Templeton Investments

Martha Joseph

Senior Associate of Development, Tipping Point Community

Ahmed Khatib

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor, Merrill Private Wealth Management

Lauren Koenig

Philanthropist, Mentor, and Volunteer

Amanda L. Riddle

Partner, Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi, Nastari & Riddle LLP

Melissa Selcher

Vice President, Brand Marketing and Corporate Communications, LinkedIn

Gene Todd

Executive Vice President and Head of Regional Markets, Fiduciary Trust International

May Topper

Marketing Consultant, Former VP of Marketing, Oral-B

Pamela Weiss

Philanthropist, Writer, Community Activist

NextGen Ambassador Circle

“NextGen provides a unique opportunity to address the increasingly dire situation of homelessness through active engagement from a younger generation motivated to address our society’s most pressing issues.”

– Oshue Gatanaga

“My life was changed by the right intervention at the right time. NextGen allows me to use what I’ve been given to stand for those still waiting.”

– Lauren Tcheau

“After connecting with NextGen, I knew this was a group of like-minded people who are driven to make lasting change for the most vulnerable residents of the Peninsula. I’m grateful to be part of this motivated and caring community!”

– Devin Garnick

Meet LifeMoves NextGen Ambassadors

Vanessa Bell

Data Committee Chair, NextGen

Kristin Chesnutt

Ambassador, NextGen
Dolby Laboratories

Terry Drinkwater

Data Committee, NextGen
University of California, Berkeley

Ruth Ferguson

Advocacy Committee, NextGen
CA State Assembly

Devin Garnick

Ambassador, NextGen
Stanford Arts

Ohshue Gatanaga

Programs Committee Chair, NextGen
Columbia University

Cristian Macavei

Ambassador, NextGen

Bladimir Martinez

Data Committee, NextGen

Jazmin Moledina

NextGen Co-Chair
Dodge & Cox

Phi Nguyen

Data Committee, NextGen
Cisco Meraki

Angelica Pritchard

Programs Committee, NextGen
Stanford Medical

Ken Rakestraw

Programs Committee, NextGen
Sares Regis

Lupe Rojas

Marketing Committee, NextGen
Fast Forward

Emelia Sheikh

Ambassador, NextGen
Pure Storage

Kai Stockwell

Advocacy Committee Chair, NextGen
Sand Hill Property Company

Lauren Tcheau

NextGen Chair
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Tabitha Tcheau

Ambassador, NextGen
Stealth Startup

Sydni Topper

Data Committee, NextGen

Stephanie Yanaga

Marketing Committee Chair, NextGen

William L. Butler

CEO and Founder, W. L. Butler

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

U.S. Representative, California’s 18th

Rod Ferguson

Co-founder and Venture Capitalist, Panorama Capital

Monica Ip

Partner, Evidentia Consulting, LLP

Christine Krolik

Former Board Chair, InnVision Shelter Network

David Lichtenger

Managing Partner, Intrepid Capital

Stevan Luzaich

Secretary | Partner, Corey, Luzaich, Pliska, De Ghetaldi, & Nastari

Jillian Manus

Managing Partner, Structure Capital

Marcia Pade

Former Board Chair, LifeMoves

William V. Regan, III

Former Board Chair, LifeMoves

Congresswoman Jackie Speier

U.S. Representative, California’s 14th Congressional District

Kaiser Outreach Case Manager | Programs

Jose Lupercio

Program Aide | Programs

Leah Chang

CONNECT Case Manager | Programs

Tasha Fifer

Safety & Security Manager | Real Estate and Operations

Shawntrice Gilbert

Programs Coordinator | Programs

Anneliese Gretsch

Operations Manager | Real Estate and Operations

Samantha Haase

Grants & Contracts Manager | Development

Joel Hanson

Sr. Director Regional Outreach Initiatives | Programs

Isabella Karabed

Children's Services Coordinator | Programs

McKenna Mogan

Gateway Shelter Manager | Programs

Kojo Pierce

DEI & Belonging Definitions


Everything that makes us who we are, seen and unseen

The full range of staff differences both visible and invisible including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, generation, socioeconomic status, education, citizenship status, religious affiliations & beliefs, mental or physical ability, communication styles, national origin, political beliefs, language, and cultural norms, traditions, and values.


Celebrating & embracing all backgrounds

The active practice of celebrating and embracing staff of all backgrounds, identities, abilities, and perspectives to feel accepted, safe, empowered, supported, and affirmed to be their authentic selves at work.



Eliminating barriers

Eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of communities and individuals most impacted by systemic oppression. We achieve equity by ensuring that everyone has support and access to the resources they need to be successful.




A culture of trust, where all voices are heard

Fostering a workplace where all people are recognized for their inherent worth and dignity, talents, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of living without feeling the need to change, alter, or assimilate. Belonging is a real sense of fitting in as yourself and feeling like you are an important member of the team.