Shari Wooldridge brings a diverse experience in operations management, social enterprise, strategic planning and business development. Her management and empowering skills have built strong relationships and efficient teams. Shari holds a BA from San Francisco State University, a Certificate of Business Administration from University of Berkeley Extension and is finalizing her Project Management Certification. Shari has decades of experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors and a deep understanding of the structure and governance of St. Vincent de Paul Society through her work with SVDP Alameda County as Director of Social Enterprise, where she oversaw retail, business, and transportation operations. Shari is active in the local nonprofit community through work with esteemed organizations like the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, where she is a twelve-year board member.
Director of Finance
Justin Eliot runs the Society’s Finance & Accounting Department and serves as the primary contact for all of the Society’s fiscal concerns. He has worked to enhance the Society’s accounting practices and financial reporting through the implementation of policies and streamlined systems. Prior to joining the Society, Justin honed his non-profit finance and accounting skills at the Institute for OneWorld Health and the Trust for Public Land. Before entering the non-profit realm, he worked in private capital management. He received his BA from Central Michigan University and has an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Lisa Devitt Handley
Director of Development
Lisa Devitt Handley has extensive non-profit experience in strategic planning and development, with a particular focus on creating full lifecycle development strategy with associated communications, marketing, and program assessment. She has held senior development roles with schools and art institutions like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Lisa has extensive experience in social impact, and managed a global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and associated corporate foundation.
Director of Human Resources
Lois Dutton has worked in the non-profit sector for over 30 years. Lois holds a PHR certification in addition to accounting certification. She has worked in Business Management at various non-profits in the Bay Area including Bishop O’Dowd, Jesuit School of Theology, Pacifica Foundation, and Heald College where she was awarded Business Manager of the Year in 1992. While at Pacifica Foundation, she took part in the strategic planning to handle the union uprising where she successfully negotiated union bargaining contracts and took on CFO duties. Lois has successfully managed people for over 20 years. Since 2009, she has managed the HR needs for our 100-employee organization.
MSC Program Director
Lessy Benedith started working at the MSC homeless shelter in 2005, transitioning to her present role as Program Director in January of 2007. Prior to that, Lessy worked at the University of California, Berkeley in the disabled student program as an attendant for five years.
Riley Center Program Director
Emmanuel Carrie has over 15 years of experience including program supervision, case management, and evaluation roles with organizations focused on supporting domestic violence survivors, youth, senior citizens, and people with intellectual disabilities. He holds a BA in Humanities with emphasis in Education & Psychology from New College of California as well as a MA in Humanities and Leadership from Sonoma State University.