Shari Wooldridge brings her diverse experience in operations management, social enterprise, strategic planning, and business development to her role as Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco. Her management and empowering skills have built strong relationships and efficient teams within the organization. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University, a Certificate in Business Administration from University of Berkeley Extension, and is currently finalizing her Project Management Certification. Shari has decades of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors as well as a deep understanding of the structure and governance of St. Vincent de Paul Society through her work as Director of Social Enterprise with SVDP Alameda County, where she oversaw operations in retail, business, and transportation . Shari has also been active in the local nonprofit community through her work with esteemed organizations, such as the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, where she is a twelve-year board member.
Estella M. Balauro brings to her work 17 years of extensive experience in non-profit accounting, specifically grants and government contracts management and monitoring. She earned her experience working for various non-profit organizations such as the YMCA of San Francisco and the University of California, San Francisco. She began working at St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco in 2015 and successfully earned her way up from Senior Accounting Specialist/Accounting Manager to being promoted to lead the Finance team as the Controller in 2019. She continues her commitment to maintaining the organization’s compliance in order to support the mission and vision of the Society. Estella holds a BS degree from California State University, East Bay, concentration in Finance and Corporate Management, and Associate’s Degree in Business Software Applications from Heald College. She also shares her accounting knowledge as a volunteer Bookkeeper for Badjao Bridge, a U.S. based non-profit organization providing educational aid for underserved children in the Philippines.
Director of Program Operations
Rachel is the newest member of the St. Vincent de Paul team having started in the middle of the pandemic. Rachel is a seasoned operations expert with over 20 years’ experience leading non-profit organizations of all levels. She has a track record of success creating and optimizing systems for durable and sustainable operations. She has deep experience managing staff and volunteers and has a passion for delivering visible, positive impact in the community. Rachel has two Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business with a concentration in non-profit management. In her spare time she helps non-profit community and regional theater companies fundraise and improve operations, enjoys doing Survivor challenges with her family and loves relaxing in her backyard hammock. Rachel lives in the East Bay with her husband, three teenagers and two old cats.
Director of Homeless Services
Lessy Benedith started working at the MSC homeless shelter in 2005 before 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 and Psychology from New College of California as well as a MA in Humanities and Leadership from Sonoma State University.
Lisa Devitt Handley
Director of Development
Lisa Devitt Handley oversees development operations at St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco. She has extensive non-profit experience in strategic planning and development with a particular focus on creating full life cycle development strategies that include associated communications, marketing, and program assessment. She has held senior development roles in private education and in art institutions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Lisa has extensive experience in driving social impact, which includes her previous role managing a global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and 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 her certification in accounting. 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 of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco's 100 employees.