Staff

Staff
Board of Directors
Faculty

Interim Executive Director
Janis Brewer

  
Janis Brewer has over 25 years experience in the Bay Area nonprofit community, most recently as an interim executive director for many Northern California non profits of all sizes. She has also been an executive director of a large national health nonprofit based in San Francisco.
Specializing in interim management, Janis leads nonprofit organizations through management changes so that operations and program delivery are uninterrupted, and manages the efforts of staff, board, volunteers and community partners in moving the organization’s mission forward.
Originally from the Midwest, Janis has lived in the Northern California since 1975 and received her undergraduate fine arts degree from California College of the Arts and her MBA from Golden Gate University. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two cats.
  

Clinical Director
Renee M. Lindquist, LCSW
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Renee Lindquist is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the mental health field formally for 22 years and has been involved in social justice work since the early 90's, during the AIDS crisis. She has worked in many settings,   primarily focusing on working with oppressed and marginalized groups. She has extensive experience in Community Mental Health working with adults around issues of trauma, grief, and addiction from a relationally oriented perspective. In addition, Renee has a private practice in Oakland where she works primarily with the LGBTQQIP community. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Smith College School for Social Work with a research interest in Animal Assisted Therapy and its effectiveness when working with clients who have experienced developmental trauma, through an Intersubjective lens.
  


Administrative and Marketing Assistant
Amber de Joya

Amber was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. in 2002. She graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012 with a BA in Fine Arts. When she is not offering support to the Women's Therapy Center, she illustrates children's books for writers on the Autism spectrum. Amber is an avid supporter of feminism, equal rights, the LGBT movement, and BLM.