Our People

Maitri employs a small staff housed in the same building as the 15 patient rooms. This allows for a high degree of interaction between staff and residents in their meals, social activities and daily lives, and is the most rewarding aspect of working here. We also enjoy the friendship and dedicated services of many volunteers, including our board members. Our staff and volunteers actively participate in benefit events and resident activities. We are a tight-knit community and relish the opportunity to be professionally and personally involved with such a caring and venerated organization.

Administration


Anne Gimbel, M.A., LMFT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Tel: (415) 558-3001
agimbel@maitrisf.org

Anne was the Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Coachella Valley that includes Palm Springs. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has worked in both Chicago, her hometown, and Los Angeles. Anne had prior experience as the Executive Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a nonprofit that covered the entire state of Illinois for many years, and served as the Director of Development at Make-A-Wish Foundation in Century City and Geffen Playhouse during the fourteen years that she and her husband lived in Santa Monica. Anne also holds a certificate in nonprofit management and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Crystal Russell, LCSW, LCAS, MSPH
Program Director

crussell@maitrisf.org

Crystal has been active for years in program development in the fields of public health and social work, dedicated to serving marginalized and often forgotten populations, individuals with substance abuse concerns and mental health diagnoses, and persons with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions. She comes to Maitri from the Infectious Diseases Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was the Supervisor of the Social Work Team, working within the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grant to assure that patients receive appropriate and necessary services. She has a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master of Science in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, and specializes as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University. She most enjoys traveling with pups Kima and Franklin, and experiencing the culture, especially food, of new places.

Greg Christian
Facilities Manager

Tel: (415) 558-3014
gchristian@maitrisf.org

Greg has been serving Maitri’s mission since 2007 in resident care and, most recently, as Facilities Manager.  His diverse career background prior to Maitri includes work in design, aviation, and finance. Greg has a BS degree in Business and Aviation Management from Phillips University in Oklahoma. He was a flight and ground instructor for Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa.  After several flying jobs in the West and Alaska, Greg worked for Alaska Airlines in flight operations at SFO and with a mortgage software company in Sausalito.  Greg enjoys gardening, amateur astronomy, traveling, and is especially fond of his partner and pit bull terriers.

Nursing Team


Maggie Henry, RN , CHPN
Nurse Manager

Tel: (415) 558-3005
mhenry@maitrisf.org

Maggie has always wanted to work for Maitri and considers her current position as Nurse Manager her “dream job”.  Maggie spent her first clinical rotation at Maitri while attending the nursing program at the University of San Francisco and the support she received from the leadership team was so remarkable that she decided to dedicate her career in palliative and end of life care.  Maggie comes to us from Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco where she spent 10 years as a nurse consultant on the palliative care team and was mentored by the highly regarded palliative care physician,  Dr. Jeffrey Beane.  Maggie has a special interest in caring for the underserved community in her native city of San Francisco and received the prestigious Ida B. Cannon award for her dedication and expertise in upholding the values of social work.  On her free time, Maggie most enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, watching documentary films on any subject and studying the cosmos. 

David Vargas-Hernandez, LVN
Clinical Supervisor

Tel: (415) 510 322 1995
dvargas@maitrisf.org 

David has a passion for working in palliative and end of life care. As a Licensed Vocational Nurse, he’s worked at various levels of care in mental health and other nursing specialties before moving into leadership and management. He then was agency nursing supervisor and crisis program manager for Westside Community Services for several years before joining Zen Hospice Project as Nurse Manager. David lives in the east bay with his wife Patricia, currently in law school, 2 small dogs (Hanna & Lenni), and 1 small kitten (Doja).

Certified Nursing Assistants
Guadalupe Acevedo, CNA
Lucita Gaffud, CNA
James Koehneke, CNA
Tam Nguyen, CNA
Vannie Phan, CNA
Mary Anne Voss, CNA
Amalia Duran, CNA
Senait Gebrehiwot, CNA
Trance Harribel, CNA
Aziz Chakir, CNA
William Wohifeiler, CNA
Shayna Mitchell, CNA
Nurse Team Leaders
Diane Bunch, LVN
Ich To, LVN
Amy Chau, LVN
Scott Walker, LVN
David Tran, LVN
Nikki Kelley, LVN
Troy Furman, LVN
Registered Nurses
Valerie Robb. RN
Rebekah Smith, RN
Tess Gurrey, RN

Program Staff



Crystal Russell
Program Director

crussell@maitrisf.org

Crystal has been active for years in program development in the fields of public health and social work, dedicated to serving marginalized and often forgotten populations, individuals with substance abuse concerns and mental health diagnoses, and persons with HIV/AIDS and other chronic medical conditions. She comes to Maitri from the Infectious Diseases Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was the Supervisor of the Social Work Team, working within the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grant to assure that patients receive appropriate and necessary services. She has a Master of Science in Social Work and a Master of Science in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill, and specializes as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Her undergraduate degree is from Duke University. She most enjoys traveling with pups Kima and Franklin, and experiencing the culture, especially food, of new places.

Annemarie Heineman, JD
Social Work Case Manager
aheineman@maitrisf.org

Annemarie moved here from New York City in 1986. She began working in the HIV community in 1993 as a case manager for HIV+ inmates and parolees from the state prisons. She then worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and UCSF. Most recently, she was Manager of the Client Services Department at Project Open Hand for 8 years. She is very excited to be joining the Maitri team
Fran Blau, MA
Social Work Case Manager
fran@maitrisf.org

After a career in theatrical costume design and production, Fran returned to school at Naropa University in Boulder, CO for a master’s degree in contemplative psychology. Upon graduation she began working for a hospice in Denver where she did intake and bereavement counseling. Fran came to Maitri in 2001 and worked as the Intake Coordinator/Asst. Program Director until 2005. She is currently a Social Work Case Manager.
Paul Haugen
Per Diem Social Work Case Manager
phaugen@maitrisf.org

Paul is a long time resident of San Francisco. Paul comes to Maitri after several years as a Shanti peer support volunteer and personal caregiver. He is a recent graduate from CCSF’s Community Health Worker Program and firmly believes that learning gets more exciting with age. His favorite inactivity are getting his feet wet at Ocean Beach as often as possible.
David Valentine
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR


dvalentine@maitrisf.org

David has been a volunteer at Maitri since 1992.. David is a trained Community Health Worker and studied at the Community College of San Francisco. In his spare time he enjoys dancing, cooking and spending quality time with his partner.



Facility Superintendent


Ines DeLazarte
Michael Heath



Kitchen Staff


Ann Kong
Food Services Director
akong@maitrisf.org

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Ann Kong moved to the Bay Area in 1982 and continued to hone her food service skills while pursuing a 12-year B.A. program at various institutions. She finally obtained a degree in Humanities from the now defunct New College of California. After that, she owned a pig-themed restaurant in Berkeley for 3 years, where she made and learned from many mistakes. During that time, her father died of AIDS. Other life events also led her to Maitri and its kitchen in 1999, where she happily remains.
Sam Giacopazzi
Sous Chef
sprince@maitrisf.org

Sam Giacopazzi is a graduate of California Culinary Academy with 12 years of cooking experience. He has worked as a line cook at the Hilton Hotel and enjoys good food and fine dining.

Chef/Cooks

Idel Dorleans
Samuel Giacopazzi 
David Sedalnick
Jason Park
Axel Osterberg