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 behaviorally health challenged 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.
Dr. Carrie Lara, PsyD – Clinical Director, Head of Behavioral Health Services
Dr. Lara is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked in various clinical settings including community behavioral health outpatient clinics, nonprofit organizations, and hospitals. Her experience includes working with chronic behavioral health challenges, crisis evaluations and interventions, assessment, clinical supervision, and teaching/training. Dr. Lara has specializations in working with trauma, adoption and foster/relative care populations, transitional aged youth and developmental and learning disabilities.
She is an award-winning author of two children’s books focused on cultural identify development. Her first book Marvelous, Maravilloso published May of 2018, was awarded the NAPPA (National Parenting Product Award) in 2019, won 2nd place in the category Best Children’s Education Book of the International Latino Book Awards in 2019, listed on the 2019 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for young people list, and included in the Little Free Library Action Book Club. Her second book The Heart of Mi Familia was published November 2020 and so far has been listed a 2021 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Dr. Lara truly enjoys writing and continues to work on future projects.
Allen Wales – Community Development Coordinator
Allen’s background includes education (teaching in HS and college), administration, and sales and marketing. He has a BA, MAT, and a year of Economics graduate work. He has lived in Santa Rosa for 33 years and both of his daughters graduated from Montgomery High School.
Meghan Murphy, MSW – Youth Housing Director
From her Masters in Social Work to her Peace Corps in Africa and her position as Program Director for Face to Face where she received Sonoma County’s Distinguished Service award, Meghan has consistently managed to find the right mix of talent, effort, planning and execution.
Thai Gallo – Administrator and Program Director, Brown Street and E Street
Thai 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 behavioral health profession. At CSN, Thai facilitates client groups, monitors medication, and assists clients in improving their life skills.