Nora Houseman - President
Nora Houseman grew up in Washington DC, attending public schools there and leaving high school determined to further equity and justice in public schooling. Nora is currently a Supervisor in the SFUSD Office of Professional Learning and Leadership, focused on access and equity professional development programs and initiatives throughout San Francisco's public schools. For the previous eight years she was part of SF Community School K-8 (in the Excelsior), serving as a middle school math teacher for four years and as site principal for four years. Before that she taught in various public schools in Oakland and the Bay, and worked as a community organizer in the Tenderloin. Nora is deeply committed to rethinking individual and collective wellness and healing in public schools - for students, families, and educators - and shifting the mindsets, structures and supports available in order to create authentic, holistic, community-embedded wellness/healing practices and resources.
Rebecca Brinton- Administrative Coordinator
Rebecca is originally from Florida and moved to San Francisco in 2006. She has over 10 years of experience working with nonprofits on both the East and West coasts as both a staff and volunteer in a variety of fields. Her background is in marine biology, but she’s also enjoyed working with children and in healthcare in the past. Rebecca joined the Advisory Board at Community Well after using several of the services offered at the center throughout her journey to parenthood. Community Well became invaluable resource for her and her family, and she sought out to find an opportunity that would allow her to help this very special community continue to thrive. She is currently acting as the Board’s Administrative Coordinator and enjoying spending time raising her baby daughter with her husband.
Jennifer Navarro-Marroquin - Volunteer & Events Coordinator
Jennifer Navarro-Marroquin, Community Well founding partner, is currently the owner of her own financial services marketing business. She is a Licensed Financial Professional with a primary goal of sharing wealth building concepts & basic financial concepts with families so that they can thrive. She is also a Holistic Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Integrated Energy therapist, Rain Drop Technician, and Reiki I mpractitioner. Through her practice she has helped many individuals return home to their natural state of happiness and fulfillment. Currently she has found a way to weave both financial education and holistic arts together to create a unique and valuable service. She is inspired by Community Well’s beautiful vision of collectively creating and defining community, though the spiritual practices of giving and receiving from one another.
Catherine Marroquin - Marketing Coordinator
Catherine Marroquin, Community Well founding partner, has over 15 years of experience working with youth and their families in the Bay Area. She was born in San Francisco and is the daughter of Colombian Immigrants. Catherine worked with foster care youth for Juma Ventures in San Francisco as the Work Readiness Program Coordinator in 2001. After receiving her bachelors degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University in 2006, she continued community work with the Safety Network Partnership as a Community Organizer. In 2008, Catherine was hired at Mission Graduates as the College Connect Lead Counselor and was promoted to Director in 2010. She has also been studying Curanderia for the past 5 years with Tereza Iñiguez-Flores and integrates her teachings with the youth and families that she serves. Catherine is extremely grateful and excited to launch Community Well with a beautiful community that shares her dedication to healing her community and social equity.
James P. Martinez - Donor Coordinator
I returned to San Francisco after some forty plus years. While in Los Angeles I was in the Import/ Export business, early retirement, then ten years in Palm Springs very involved in the nonprofit sector, numerous Board seats, chairman for an organization helping farm workers and families, chair for Sun Line Bus Line, Ambassador to the American Heart Association, and the Clinton Health Initiative along with other involvement. Now I’m ready to help more nonprofits and raise the importance of Community Well.
Marna Armstead - Grants Coordinator
I am San Francisco born, raised, and still residing in the Bayview District. I am currently a doula with plans to study midwifery. I’m also a natural and traditional childbirth and breastfeeding advocate. I began my love affair with natural childbirth and the desire to support pregnant women over sixteen years ago after the birth of my daughter. My firsthand experiences in pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood provide a nurturing insight into this sacred and uniquely feminine experience. I assist women and support their families throughout pregnancy, childbirth, delivery, and postpartum care. Most of my professional work comes from working with my family business of print brokering. I worked closely with my father for over 15 years and took over the day to day responsibilities of the business after his passing in 2012. I’ve also spent the last 15 years as a freelance business consultant and graphic designer. I have over 20 years of clerical, administrative, and executive experience working in both the printing and graphic design industries. Although I earned my degree in Graphic Design at Academy Art University, I also collaborate on various outside projects in my community in Bayview and with my church. I also spend extensive time consulting, creating, copywriting, editing, promoting and implementing ideas and concepts both personally and professionally.
Leah Chalofsky - Scheduling Coordinator
Leah Chalofsky is a psychotherapist who has launched her private practice at Community Well. Leah’s therapy practice focuses on reproductive and maternal health, anxiety, recovery from trauma, domestic violence, and adolescent challenges. Prior to becoming a therapist, she taught reproductive health to middle schools and high schools and coordinated a program that brought teen parents into schools to talk about their experiences. She feels grateful to have joined Community Well because it has allowed her to be a part of a community of practitioners who are working together to create a shared vision of holistic wellness. Leah feels inspired by the work being done by all the providers at Community Well, and looks forward to growing her practice in different areas. For more information about Leah’s therapy practice, visit www.leahchalofsky.com.
Alli Cuentos - Practitioner Coordinator
Alli Cuentos, Community Well founding partner, is a birth and full spectrum doula, family educator and early learning consultant. She has worked in schools, resource centers and community based programs across San Francisco for the last 15 years. Her background in visual art, dance and somatics grounds her daily life and work in beauty and movement. Alli believes in people power and has grown up with a commitment to movement building and social justice. Alli lives in the Excelsior together with her partner, two kids, friend and parents. She is inspired by the collective vision in creating a safe and healing space in the city, where she and others can share their full selves with pride. www.danzaclara.com
Jennifer Moran - Facilities Coordinator
Jen Moran, Community Well founding partner, is a holistic massage therapist and doula who completely loves her work. She prepped for it by studying a variety of things- psychology at UC Santa Barbara, special education at San Francisco State, bodywork and energywork at The World School of Massage and Holisitc Healing Arts, and doula training through Doulas Of North America. Jen also has strong spiritual practices that guide her and her healing path. She has worked as a teacher for Oakland Unified School District and has always been committed to working with families. When she became a certified holistic massage therapist in 2000, she began actively envisioning a healing and wellness center in her future. So she is incredibly grateful and inspired to be working with people of such integrity and whole-hearted dedication to Community Well. Jen enjoys seeing her baby daughter Ava grow up with Community Well since they pretty much were born at the same time! Aside from work, she loves spending time with Ava and her husband Alan and playing outside. For more info about Jen's work: www.mamadoulajoy.net
Ebony Espiritu, RN - Maternal Health Coordinator
Ebony Espiritu is a licensed Registered Nurse and San Francisco Native. She has also trained and worked as both a Labor and Postpartum doula around the San Francisco Bay Area and draws from her various skill sets, knowledge and experience and create a supportive and empowering environment for her clients. She is also a student at UCSF earning her Women’s health Nurse Practitioner/ Certified Nurse Midwife licenses.
Eric Cuentos - Community Partnerships Coordinator
Eric has over 15 years of experience of working in nonprofit organizations as a staff, volunteer or board member--the majority of the time in San Francisco--working on issues of education, civic engagement of immigrant communities, economic development and neighborhood planning efforts. He is currently the Director of the Parent Partner Program at Mission Graduates. Living in Mission Terrace and with his children going to school in the Excelsior, Eric is very committed to supporting the growth of strong institutions that support the health and wellness of the neighborhood.
José-Luis Tekun Mejia - Youth Services Coordinator
José-Luis Tekun Mejia transformed his life to serving as a tool for social change through: youth development, participatory action research, policy advocacy, trauma recovery, leadership development, base-building, and community organizing. Surviving the conditions that claimed the lives of family and friends, José-Luis works to bring the resilience of people most affected by issues to the center of transforming their lives and communities. Recent positions include director of programs with Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, steering committee member of the Child Health Equity Collective (CHEC), associate director with Transitional Aged Youth San Francisco (TAYSF), and co-chair of the Children’s Fund Community Coalition. Currently José-Luis is part of a team of consultants with Funding the Next Generation, a speaker with the Mental Health Association of SF’s Sharing our Lives Voices and Experiences (SOLVE) program, and launching an independent consulting practice in memory of his cousin Pepe (R.I.P.)
Kathryn Rizzo - Scholarships & Mini-grants Coordinator
Kathryn has been working in education and community building for over 8 years in a variety of contexts including schools, museums and bilingual enrichment programs. She is currently an elementary school educator and a core member of her school’s student support team, working closely with colleagues to meet the emotional, behavioral, social and academic needs of all students. Her training in mindfulness, restorative practices and the S.E.E.D program (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) anchor her teaching practices and pedagogy. As an educator, it is her belief that our country’s current school system is not its future, and that we must shift our educational programming and culture to equip students with skills and mindsets that will prepare them for the complex world they will inherit. Kathryn believes that approaching education through holistic, mindful, and wellness based practices, not only strengthens ourselves and our students as individuals, but is essential in working towards a more equitable, safe and joyous future for our collective community.