Team

Staff is comprised of licensed occupational therapists, clinical social workers, and therapists, all who specialize in child, adolescent and family mental health. Occupational therapists (OTs) receive extensive training in the social and biological sciences, which uniquely equips them to evaluate the strengths and needs of an at-risk youth population. Our staff works as a cohesive team to holistically address the needs of our youth. We also receive valuable input from our advisory board, who volunteer their expertise to support bay area youth.
LEADERSHIP
Colleen Devine, MS, OTR/LDivision Director, received her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters from San Jose State University. Colleen has worked in the field of adolescent community mental health for twenty years and expanded OTTP from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 1999. She has succeeded in building capacity to currently serve over 600 youth annually in San Francisco.  As OTTP-SF Division Director, Colleen is passionate about providing quality mental health services to disenfranchised youth, and continuously develops innovative programs using our unique occupational therapy model.
Natalie Crittendon, MS, OTR/L, CYT, Occupational Therapy Clinical Services Supervisor, holds a MS in Occupational Therapy from San José State University and a BFA from Hofstra University.  Natalie serves as the lead OT on both the Career Awareness Program as well as the girls’ OT group at the Juvenile Justice Center.  Natalie is also a team OT for OTTP’s contract with the Family Mosaic Project.  Natalie’s long-term commitment to serving urban youth has informed her approach, which delights in sharing the ongoing possibilities of hope, connection, play, and care.
Erika Moore, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Head of Service, has her BA in Psychology from Sonoma State and a MSW in Social Work from San Jose State; she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).  She has over 15 years experience working with at-risk children and youth in Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco counties and over the last 14 years has held either a clinical supervisor or director position at several different non-profit agencies.  Erika has been with OTTP since 2012.
PROGRAM SUPERVISORS
Sean Cochrun, MSW, ASW, ISCS Program Supervisor, embarked on his higher educational path to study Sociology as an undergraduate then decided San Francisco State University’s School of Social Work MSW program was the way to go. He has had a thousand roles in his work with youth over the years and most currently is enjoying OTTP’s collaborative approach towards empowerment and youth development in clinical practice.  When cramped on MUNI or stuck in traffic he is pondering how community development impacts youth and families. His remaining time is spent digging in the dirt, selling fruit, driving up and down the coast staring at the ocean, and being busy with family, friends, his dog, records, typewriter and bike.    
Katie Gordon, MS, OTR/L, FMP Program Supervisor received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from San José State University in 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Davis.  She has provided client-centered and occupation-based occupational therapy services for youth in the community-based mental health setting at OTTP-SF since 2011.  She is dedicated to the model of care of developing growth-promoting activities built upon strengths and interests. 
Simmin Joy Holland, MS, OTR/L, Clinic Partners Program Supervisor earned a MS in Occupational Therapy from
San Jose State University, as well as a BFA in printmaking from the California College of the Arts and a BA in sociology-anthropology from Skidmore College.  She serves youth who are in need of mental health services or at risk of becoming involved with the Juvenile Justice System, in both 1:1 and group settings.   Also a Certified Yoga Teacher, Simmin enjoys supporting youth in discovering their strengths and developing their passions.
Sarah Hui, OTD, OTR/L, School Based Supervisor/Vocational Specialist, completed her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California. The focus of her work was on program development in community based mental health at OTTP Los Angeles. At OTTP-LA, she was the team leader for a school district and also provided group, family, and individual OT to youth and adults. She has always been passionate about mental health and received a BS in psychology at Santa Clara University prior to completing her MA and OTD at the University of Southern California.
Rachel Pechter, MS, OTR/L, Vocational Specialist Supervisor, received her Masters of Science in occupational therapy from San Jose State University in 2003 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC Berkeley. She has practiced occupational therapy in both a community-based mental health setting and inpatient psychiatric hospital.  She currently works at OTTP serving youth in the Family Mosaic Project as well as conducting groups with youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
CLINICIANS & STAFF
Veronica Arjona, MFTi  holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from her home country Colombia, and an MFT from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Veronica is an eager learner, and is trained in Family systems, Integral and Transpersonal psychology . After several years of working with underserved children  and  hospital settings in Colombia, Veronica decided to continue her education and immigrated to the United States for new and different ways to create therapeutic space.   Veronica received  her Master in counseling psychology with a concentration on Expressive Art Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and started to work with OTTP- SF supporting the ISCS and school based program. Veronica’s approach attempts to use Gestaltic psychotherapy and Expressive Art based practices to support clients mainly in the Latino community in San Francisco. Veronica provides services in both Spanish and English. 
Ellen Azevedo is an Administrative Assistant at OTTP. She is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing at SFSU. She loves being part of the OTTP team and feels very lucky to be able to help support staff in the wonderful work they do!
Janelle Buccat MS OTR/L Occupational Therapist grew up in San Francisco and has a passion for serving at-risk youth. After obtaining her B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, she served as a volunteer at OTTP prior to pursuing her Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She provides group therapy for youth in the juvenile justice system and services for youth ages 5-24 years old in the community and school-based settings. Janelle also has experience in behavioral therapy and inpatient rehabilitation. Some of her most valued interests include urban culture, art, and music that she likes to incorporate into her client-centered interventions.
Rita Chawla, M.Ed., OTR/L has a Bachelors in Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and a Masters in Education from Eastern University. In addition to her background in OT, she has several years of experience as an elementary school teacher, youth programs director, and behavioral therapist. She currently serves youth in need of mental health services or at risk of becoming involved with the Juvenile Justice System in the School-Based and Secondary Prevention Programs.
Edwin Cheuk, Accounting Manager, received a BA in Finance and an MBA from San Francisco State University. Edwin spent most of his earlier career years in Retail Management in the San Francisco Bay Area. Edwin joined OTTP in 2008 and is currently managing the billing/accounting services and cost reporting.
Genevieve Cyrs, MS, OTR/L received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Illinois University and her graduate degree in occupational therapy from Boston University. Genevieve has expertise in mental health and currently serves as the lead occupational therapist operating the Youth Workforce Development Program at the Juvenile Justice Center in San Francisco.
Maggie Jo Green, MS, OTR/L earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Marist College in New York. Maggie is passionate about the youth populations OTTP serves and values a collaborative approach that draws from strengths and interests to achieve vocational and occupational goals. Currently, Maggie works with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Family Mosaic Project teams. Maggie has taken a few improv classes for fun, enjoys drawing and using her pocket sized water color set in her teeny sketchbook. She also likes hiking with her hound dog Bobbie and snacking on cheddar whales.
Christine Haworth, MA, OTR/L first became passionate about working with disenfranchised urban youth while in the occupational therapy program at the University of Southern California. After graduating, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, during which she worked to further encourage social development within juvenile detention facilities, community awareness of disabilities, and the development of programs for female empowerment.
Michelle Lessans, MSW, ASW received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University and her graduate degree in social work with a focus on at-risk youth from the University of Denver. She has been working with youth since 2005, and has been with OTTP since 2012. Michelle is a clinical case manager and social worker in the ISCS program, supporting at/in-risk youth in San Francisco through community-based supportive services.
Nikki Mathews, MS, OTR/L, Vocational Specialist  received her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelors Degree in Health Science at Dominican University of CA. Nikki is currently working on the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, where she helps transitional aged youth find jobs that embrace their strengths. Ever since she can remember Nikki has been passionate about helping people find what gives them meaning in life. When she is not out in the community or in the office she can be found working with the elderly, hiking, doing yoga, and making greeting cards. Nikki's main motto in life is "safety never takes a holiday". 
Alicia Lofgren Maness, MS, OTR/L, RYT is a San Francisco native. She obtained a BA in English Literature at Barnard College and an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. Career highlights include being a fiction editor, a web designer,  a yoga teacher, discovering OT, and integrating all of her experience to advocate for youth at OTTP.  Alicia is committed to an integrative approach that celebrates strengths, explores intrinsic motivation, and encourages spirit. She has presented on mindfulness in relation to neuroscience, spirit, chronic pain, and mental health.  
Colleen McNeil, MS, OTR/L, b.c.a.b.a is a Bay Area native who received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Francisco State University and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State.  In addition to her background in OT, she has 10 years of experience as a behavioral therapist.  She presented a poster, “Concurrent Validity of the Adult Sensory Processing Scale and the Adolescent/Adult Sensory Profile”, at OTAC and AOTA conferences. In her free time, she enjoys watching roller derby, hiking, reading, drawing, and dog sitting.
Joe Spring, MS, OTR/L, Vocational Specialist, recently moved here from Spokane, WA and is enjoying trying to learn his way around the city.  He graduated from Eastern Washington University with his graduate degree in occupational therapy and also holds a BA in History.  He has worked as a firefighter, commercial fisherman and most recently as a school-based occupational therapist. He can be found in the community or the office working alongside his dog in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Youth Workforce Development programs.  In his spare time he enjoys watching submarine movies, reading Kurt Vonnegut novels, gardening, and playing rugby.
Julia Wong, MS, OTR/L received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dominican University of California and holds a Bachelor of Science from UC Santa Cruz. She is currently working with at- risk youth in the Family Mosaic Project. Julia serves as a lead occupational therapist at Log Cabin Ranch in La Honda working with youth involved in the Juvenile Justice Center. She has presented her thesis at The First Year Experience Annual Conference on her special interest in the transition to college of first generation students.
Debra Wong, Data Entry Verifier-Operator, received a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. She has a background working supporting legal, accounting, and IT support. She is currently working on getting her Nutrition Assistant certificate at City College of San Francisco. She works at OTTP to support accounting services.

Advisory Board

We Receive Valuable Input From Our Advisory Board,
Who Volunteer Their Expertise To support our
Growth, vibrance, and depth

Elizabeth Cara,  PhD, OTR/L, MFCC received her Certificate of Proficiency in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Santa Clara University, a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. Dr. Cara's clinical experience is primarily in mental health, infant mental health, and geriatric physical and mental health. She is the co-editor and co-author of a popular text, Psychosocial Occupational Therapy: A Clinical Practice, currently in its 3rd edition. 

Bryant Chow is the founder of Webflow, and a supporter of SF non-profits. After growing up in a tough family, he's committed to bringing happiness and opportunities to underprivileged youth. In his free time you can find him mountain biking in Marin or golfing with his friends. 

Rebecca Lueck, LCSW has twenty years of experience providing counseling and mental health services to youth.  She received her Masters in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and worked in child welfare in the District of Columbia for four years before moving to California in 2001.  Rebecca was previously the Clinical Head of Service for OTTP from 2006 to 2009.  She has many passions; she is an avid sailor, reader, and road biker.  

Karina Rosinzonsky, OTR/L graduated from Dominican University of California in 2002 and began her OT career at OTTP-SF as a case manager. Throughout her many years at OTTP, she has worn many hats and has been central to coordinating our internship program. She has been working at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Pediatric Department for over 10 years. In addition to OT, her passion lies in dance and choreography, as well as traveling. Karina is bilingual in Russian/English and has been learning Spanish, Hebrew and sign language.

Julia Soffa runs Product Operations and Communications for Adobe Advertising and Media Solution. Prior to her work at Adobe, Julia worked at the Juvenile Justice Center of Philadelphia as therapeutic staff. She's worked in non-profit marketing and research for the human rights and donor advised funds organizations. In her free time, she’s watching live music or exploring flora and fauna in the bay area. 

Chi-Kwan Shea, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor of the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, CA. She received a Joint Doctoral degree in Special Education from the University of California Berkeley and San Francisco State University, a Masters Degree in Health Care Management from California State University Los Angeles, and a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Texas Medical Branch. She has been affiliated with OTTP since 2000, serving in various capacities, including clinical consultations and conducting research studies in collaboration with the clinical staff.

Sam Wang, CPA manages revenue recognition and analytics for Opera Software’s global advertising units. Sam is a California licensed CPA and currently pursuing his MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In addition to his passion for supporting disadvantaged communities, Sam is also a technology enthusiast, an avid world traveler, and a culture lover.