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


Rev. Rusty Smith
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Tel: (415) 558-3001
rsmith@maitrisf.org

Rusty joined Maitri in 2019 as the Executive Director. He comes from a diverse non-profit background that spans over 30 years with a primary focus on serving those who find themselves on the margins of our society;  Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual/Transgender, people living with HIV/AIDS, End of Life, Health Equity/Chronic Illness, Inmates/Post Incarceration, Mental Health and Homelessness and the ongoing fight for full human equality for all. He is an openly gay Anglican priest with a background in liberation theology, philosophy and business.

Crystal Russell, LCSW, LCAS, MSPH
Program Director

Tel: (415) 558-3006
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.

Barbara Smith
Office Manager

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

Tomas Moreno
Development Manager

Tel: (415) 558-3003
tmoreno@maitrisf.org

Tomas is dedicated to making this a world to inherit. His passion is connecting people to the amazing causes working in their community so together, we can make things better little by little. He comes to Maitri after working at Bay Area non-profits St. Mary's Center and Planting Justice and working with international organizations including ONE and Oxfam America. He has dual BAs from Wofford College in South Carolina in Sociology and Government. In his free time, Tomas enjoys general nerdery, exploring the local food scene, and overreacting when he sees people's pets. 

Justin Richardson
Chief Financial Officer

Nursing Team


Yana Mikheleva, RN
Nurse Manager

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

Yana obtained her RN license from Unitek University of Fremont, California in 2018.  She has experience as a case manager in a hospice environment, as well as being a charge nurse for critically ill patients in a subacute environment. She is also currently in the process of completing a BSN program at Western Governs University. Before getting her RN license, Yana worked as an LVN in an urgent care setting, and also for a nurse registry that helped her explore and dabble in various clinical specialties. 

Outside of work, she loves traveling to different countries, exploring the outdoors, and eating all the food!  Yana loves animals. She and her husband live with a spunky adventurous kitty and are looking to expand their family with a pup in the near future. Yana hopes to sustain and improve the Maitri model of care and provide the kind of leadership that promotes a safe and respectful environment for all. 

 

Julian Kerr, RN
Clinical Supervisor

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

Julian is passionate about caring for patients through their medical and psychosocial hardships. He became an RN in 2015 and has traveled to various Intensive Care settings throughout the country as a bedside traveling ICU RN. He obtained his Associate Degree in Nursing from Miami Dade College in Miami, FL and is actively pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Prior, he has served as an LVN and a patient care technician in the hospital setting since 2009. He comes to San Francisco in pursuit of being a long term and active resident contributing to the best of this community. In addition to Nursing, Julian explores his creative side is an active abstract expressionist in visual art.   

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
Troy Furman, LVN
Registered Nurses
Yana Mikheleva, RN
Julian Kerr, 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.

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
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.

Chef/Cooks

Idel Dorleans
Diana Ramirez
David Sedalnick