Meet The Staff
The staff at CSN is creating a compassionate, healthy, and safe Sonoma County community by empowering people at risk as they gain dignity, achieve stability and realize their highest potential every day. We do this through an agency culture that values compassion and accountability first.
Tom Bieri, MFT - Executive Director
As Executive Director of Community Support Network for more than five years, Tom has leveraged his leadership experience including clinical work and senior management expertise, to position CSN as Sonoma County’s leader in supportive housing. As a community leader, he is exceptionally skilled at building model programs and sharing them with other community agencies serving similar populations. Tom serves on the Sonoma Continuum of Care of Homelessness Board of Directors and is the Co-chair of the Homeless Youth Task Force and the Best Practices and Integrated Health Committees. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Tom’s experience with the client population, as well as his leadership skills make him a strong asset for CSN and the community. Tom participated in a year-long Leadership Development Program for Executives Serving Transitional Age Youth, put on by Compass Point in 2009.
Rita Larson - Director of Social Rehabilitation
Rita’s career has spanned nearly 30 years of working with mentally ill populations, including adults, children and teens. Now approaching 20 years with CSN, Rita began her tenure as overnight staff at a residence before becoming a Residential Counselor, Program Manager and finally, Director of Social Rehabilitation. She is certified by Department of Health Services and California State Community Care Licensing.
Cindy Strauch - Finance Director
Cindy is a financial analyst and accounting professional with extensive experience in planning and reporting, budgeting forecasting, P&L analysis, cost accounting, and new product introduction business support. Before working at Community Support Network, Cindy was the Senior Financial Analyst at Agilent Technologies for more than ten years.
Jean Clifford - Human Resources, Safety/Volunteer Coordinator
Jean, a Sonoma county resident for most of her life, oversees all human resources functions, agency safety, and volunteer coordination at Community Support Network. With 18 years of Human Resources experience, she has worked in health, education, and quality control. As a certified Human Resources Administrator, Jean has deep experience in HR procedure, policies and laws, wages, benefits, and disability, and staff recruitment.
Wayne G. Mitchell - Event and Capital Campaign Coordinator
Wayne has 25 years of experience fundraising for non-profit organizations. He has held leadership positions at Sonoma County non-profits dedicated to homelessness and affordable housing including Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Santa Rosa, and Committee on the Shelterless.
Pat Murray - Finance Assistant
A native of Sonoma County, Pat has been an accounting professional for over 40 years. She began managing basic bookkeeping at her family’s small business in Santa Rosa in her teen years, going on to study accounting at Santa Rosa Junior College and earning her certificate in accounting through LaSalle Extension University in Chicago, Illinois. Pat began work at Wells Fargo Mortgage Company in Santa Rosa while still in high school. Over the next 23 years, she was promoted to Payroll Specialist and Senior Financial Systems Analyst at the San Francisco branch of Wells Fargo Bank. Before joining the finance team at Community Support Network, Pat owned and operated Answering & Mailbox Center in Sebastopol for 20 years.
Calla Cohen, MSW, ASW - Transitional Age Youth Program Coordinator
Calla manages CSN’s Sanctuary House program, which includes its day-to-day operations as well as development, implementation, evaluation, and refinement of program objectives. With more than fifteen years of experience in social work, child development, and child psychology, Calla uses her knowledge and expertise to benefit children and youth in Sonoma County. Before coming to work at CSN, Calla worked in Napa County as a Clinic Coordinator & Behavior Consultant, for Comprehensive Autism Services & Education (CASE), as a Family Coach for Social Advocates for Youth, and a Social Work Intern at Sonoma County Behavioral Health, as well as Windsor Unified School District School Psychology Office.
Sheri Bright - Director of Supportive Living Services
Sheri Bright oversees CSN’s supportive living homes: Grand Avenue, and Stony Point Commons. Under her management, in a report released by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission in April 2015, the Stony Point Commons program received the highest ranking out of the 18 Sonoma County programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Sheri’s combination of work experience, which includes communication and team building skills, enhances the CSN client community.
Acacia Ennis – Program Director, A Step Up
Acacia Ennis manages the social rehabilitation and residential programs at our A Step Up home in Cotati. With her degree in General Education from Western Nevada College and Santa Rosa Junior College, Acacia has been working as a counselor and direct care staff, facilitating groups and evidence-based programs with young people and adult clients for more than a decade. Previous employment includes Eagle Valley Children’s Home, and Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada. At A Step Up, she oversees staff training and schedules, day-to-day program operations, and ensures the County Behavioral Health contract implementation, fulfillment and reporting.
Thai Gallo – Administrator and Program Director, Brown Street and E Street
Thai Gallo supervises social rehabilitation and residential programs at two CSN homes. Thai’s work and education experience includes Child Development training at Santa Rosa Junior College and more than ten years of experience working with clients in the mental health profession. At CSN, Thai facilitates client groups, monitors medication, and assists clients in improving their life skills.