Board of Directors

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Susan Gordon Bird

Co-Founder

"I saw the suffering of several family members and young friends who at a time in their lives when everything should have been possible, just sat on the sidelines with depression."

Susan Gordon Bird, Co-Founder

Full bio coming soon.

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Liesl Pike Moldow

Co-Founder

“I experienced depression as a 15-year-old so I know what it’s like to feel that sadness that doesn’t go away —the dark emptiness that something is wrong.”

Liesl Pike Moldow, Co-Founder

Full bio coming soon.

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Annie Kim

Managing Director

"Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start."
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Annie Kim, Managing Director

Full bio coming soon.

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Chris Tanti

Founding Advisor

“I've seen the looks of hopelessness on the faces of youth at risk of harm.  They don’t have the energy to do anything about it. They feel shame, guilt, anger, and even rage.”

Chris Tanti, Founding Advisor

Chris Tanti is an experienced CEO within both the private and public sectors who can demonstrate experience both nationally and globally. Chris was appointed Safe Space Chair and Chief Advisor in 2017. He continues to be a support to the organization. Prior to this Chris was the Chief Executive Officer at Headspace-Australia for a period of ten years. Chris initially established Headspace as a provider of mental health services to young people, grew the organization and delivered revenue. He transformed the organization from the University of Melbourne to an independent not for profit, engaged multiple funding streams and expanded the clinical footprint nationally and internationally by 2016. Previously Chris was the General Manager of The Melbourne Clinic, Australia’s largest private mental health service. Before this Chris’s career included roles in mental health operations and youth alcohol and drug service delivery.

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Lesley Martin

Board Member, Former Managing Director

Lesley started as a volunteer developing the SafeSpace Youth Board, then she became the first Managing Director who played a major role in putting SafeSpace on the map. She retired in February 2020 and moved to the Board working on special projects.

Lesley Martin, Board Member, Former Managing Director

Lesley has served in many capacities in the education and mental health fields. During her tenure at SafeSpace,, Lesley spearheaded cutting edge initiatives including numerous school and community programs focused on teen mental health and the student led film production, New Generation New Conversations. Prior to her involvement at SafeSpace, Lesley served as middle and high principals at various schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. She coached administrators and teachers in K-12 public schools and taught middle school for ten years. Beyond her career, Lesley is passionate about children's education and mental health. She continues to serve on the SafeSpace Board, in addition to volunteering at local nonprofit organizations in Denver, CO. In her spare time, Lesley loves to hike, swim, ski and bake for friends and neighbors. Lesley holds a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College.

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Stephanie Brown, PhD

Board Member, Mental Health Addiction

"Stephanie Brown, Ph.D. is a pioneering theorist, clinician, researcher, author, teacher and consultant in the addiction field. As a psychologist, she directs the Addictions Institute, Menlo Park, California, an outpatient psychotherapy clinic."

Stephanie Brown PhD, Board Member, Mental Health Addiction

Full bio coming soon.

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Brad Robertson

Director of Finance

“I have family experience with drug addiction, suicide and other mental health issues such as bi-polar disorder.”

Brad Robertson, Director of Finance

Full bio coming soon.

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John Bautista

Board Member, Legal

“John Bautista, a member of Orrick's Board of Directors and Technology Companies Group, leads Orrick's international Technology Companies practice connecting Silicon Valley with Europe and Asia. Orrick is recognized for its work in the community and pro bono efforts and John is particularly interested in youth mental health issue. SafeSpace is a pro bono client of Orrick.”

John Bautista, Board Member, Legal

Full bio coming soon.

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Dina Jackson

Director of Technology

“After experiencing depression as a teen and seeing the suffering of friends and family, I want be part of the solution...ensure teens feel heard, families feel supported and create an community of hope.”

Dina Jackson, Director of Technology

Full bio coming soon.

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Kristina C.

My name is Kristina. I'm a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Mateo where I attended St. Matthews Catholic, Saint Ignatius College Preparatory and then went on to The University of Arizona where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Communication and Psychology. Shortly after, I went on to work in NYC to work in real estate. A few months into the "real world," my life came to a screeching halt on October 30th, 2016. My sister, Aliya Rose Cullinane, took her life.

It was truly the worst day of my entire life, waking up to a call from my dad confirming the news that my baby sister was gone. Even writing this now is difficult, hard to believe, something I never wanted to accept. I miss her every day and will forever live with the grief in my heart, but through the communities like Safe Space, I understood better the silent battle my sister fought. I want so badly to bring her back, but since I can't go back in time and changed what happened, I will continue to share her story, her light, and remind everyone that they are loved. I hope I can do by reliving the most painful day of my life to rewrite someone else’s story by sharing my sister’s because I wouldn’t wish this pain, loss, or grief on anyone.

I moved back home shortly after as I could not grieve alone across the country away from my family. I needed them. I needed a community like Safe Space, and there are so many things that came into my life after my sister left that I needed to feel close to her again. Currently, I am working as a Real Estate Agent alongside my dad, who is forever my superhero. I am continuing on my 4th year as a Raiderette, following in the footsteps of my beautiful mother ( Raiderette circa 1980), my role model! I also teach some fitness classes, but since quarantine, I have taken it virtually! All of this has helped immensely with my mental health recovering from the loss of my beautiful baby sister, whom I know is watching over us all.

Now more every day, mental health is so essential to our world. In a year of isolation and social distancing, it's worn heavy on many, and I’m here to remind everyone that you don't have to go through it alone. We all have mental health, and the more we talk to each other about it, the more we learn about our own. Mental health does not have one answer or vaccine that will cure-all. It's an ongoing battle, but it's one that we can fight and overcome together.

I'm honored to be a part of Safe Space. Since I've gotten more involved with the community, I've learned so much about my mental health through the youth board. They have gifted me a new perspective on the grief and loss of my sister. I am so proud of each of the young adults I've seen growing so much throughout my past three years with Safe Space. Truly incredible!

Kristina Cullinane

Board Member

“We all have mental health, and the more we talk to each other about it, the more we learn about our own. Mental health does not have one answer or vaccine that will cure-all. It's an ongoing battle, but it's one that we can fight and overcome together. ”

Our Partners

Thoughtful coordination of services is critical.

At SafeSpace, we believe that youth benefit greatly from a cohesive continuum of care that spans from early intervention and prevention to acute inpatient services. While more than $120 billion is spent annually on mental health disorders, much of this care is disjointed and not focused on early intervention and prevention or just not accessible. For this reason, we are teaming up with partners to assist us in providing quality clinical care.

We believe these alliances will ensure that any clients who walk through our door will have access to the appropriate level of care.

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Want to become a partner?

SafeSpace chooses its clinical partners and non-clinical partners carefully. We require that they both have a focus on youth between the ages of 12 to 26 and the ability to provide programs for all socio-economic backgrounds, and offer hours of operation that are convenient for the community they serve. Here are some other specific requirements:

If you’re interested in becoming a SafeSpace partner, reach out to our Managing Director, Annie Kim, annie@safespace.org.

Non-Clinical Partners

  • A minimum of three years of experience working with teens and young adults
  • Will offer best practices in its category, and several communication options to meet the needs of the age group it serves. i.e. (text, email, phone, a bi-lingual option)

Clinical Partners

  • A sliding scale payment option and variety of insurance options.
  • Provide evidence-based therapy, and option of off-site therapy, and emergency service option
  • Mandates continual education programs for its employees to keep them up to date on scientific advances.
  • Works with SafeSpace to ensure the clinical environment is warm and friendly·    Offers therapeutic programs that are suitable for the community it serves.
  • Offers a bilingual option based on the needs of the community.
  • Has a long-term vision to work with SafeSpace to service multiple communities throughout the U.S., and expand services beyond the current moderate continuum of care.