Name: Elizabeth
Position Title: Executive DirectorEmail:

Phone: 415-274-1970 x0021

Credentials: Elizabeth came to HIFY initially as Director of Finance and Administration in 2008. When HIFY’s Executive Director left the organization for health reasons, she ably stepped in and continues to lead the organization, and has over 22 years of Non-Profit Program Management and Finance experience at health & social services organizations.

She has held various positions including Finance and Personnel Director, Program Manager, Fiscal Officer, Director of Finance and Administration among others. She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University at Hayward, a certificate of Non-Profit Management and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Name: Sheena

Position Title: Bilingual Health Educator


Phone: 415-274-1970 x0020

Credentials: Sheena Joined HIFY as a Peer Health Educator in 2006. She was a Peer Health Educator at HIFY for 2 years. In 2007 she also got the opportunity to hop on board with WORLD (Women Organized to Respond to Life threatening Diseases) as one of their peer health educators. Sheena then took a maternity leave for a year, and had the opportunity to come back to HIFY as the Bilingual Health Educator. She has been here for almost 5 years.

As she returned to HIFY after her 1st child she became very interested in teen pregnancy. Sheena now is working on a curriculum for youth on pregnancy options and parenting. She is very passionate in the work that she is currently doing. She feels there is a strong need in the Latina/o community on sexual health, as well as in the young community on teen pregnancy. Sheena is also very interested in working with kids with mental, and some physical disabilities, and hopes to work with both populations at some point.

Why is she at HIFY? Sheena is at HIFY because she believes in empowering youth to make better choices than the ones she has made. She believes that adults could help youth by communicating with them in their own language, and by being open on important health topics.

Name: Leslie

Position Title: Grant Writing and Reporting Consultant


Phone: 415-274-1970

Credentials: Leslie Minot has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years supporting fundraising, research and writing, and program evaluation efforts in organizations addressing health, youth development, LGBT civil and human rights, and environmental justice. This includes stints as Development Director at the then International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (now OutRight Action International) and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.

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Why is she at HIFY? She is here because she wants to help HIFY leverage data strenghten programs outcomes and advance HIFY’s mission.

Name: Rob

Position Title: Lead Health Educator


Phone: 415-274-1970

Credentials: Robert has worked with California Youth since 1990 when he first got into community outreach working as an after-school peer counselor in high school which inspired him to start a similar group at his church. Graduating from FIDM lead him to successful but dissatisfying career in fashion and he felt the need for purpose and was drawn to Social work. He got a counseling position in 2010 at Larkin Street Youth Services in SF’s Tenderloin at the Lark Inn, their dedicated Emergency Shelter and later moved to Lead Counselor of the G-House Transitional Living Program. He developed varied but interconnected programs such as Life Skills; to budgeting courses; to Cooking and kitchen safety classes; but always some fun is needed so he started a D&D gaming group night at both shelters. His life’s journey was thrown off course in 2012 he survived a house fire that caused 75% burns across his body and put him into a 6 week coma; when he awoke he had a new respect the preciousness of today. This lead to him working as a Burn Survivor group facilitator in 2014 with the Phoenix Society of Burn Survivors; where he continues to volunteer. Returning to higher education he completed his AA in History and Education from CCSF and has he heads on his path getting his teaching credentials from SFSU he stays appreciative of the life he is lucky enough to still enjoy. He brings his unique life experiences and inner city upbringing to help build up the youth he teaches to learn ways to value personal surviving trauma and how doing so develops inner strength. He often says “It gets better. That doesn’t mean it get easier.

Hobbies: Rob enjoys dancing, listening, and making, beats and rhymes. He also likes playing D&D and other co-op games with friends. Finding solace on his path to physical recovery he regularly works out at and does kinesiology and he can be found riding his 10 speed bike through the hills of SF.

Why is he at HIFY? Robert understands the value of self-worth and that achieving an identity that a person can be proud to claim is a different journey for everyone but that the goal is always the same- be a better you tomorrow than who you are today. He is inspired to help all youth but has a dedicated focus on helping young men to critically ponder aspects of our nation’s notions of masculinity and by doing he helps dismantle rape culture, prevent sexual assault, and end homo/transphobia, and the power of an inclusive community.