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Patrick Schmalz

Executive Director

Patrick Schmalz earned a BS in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University then worked in a variety of financial and administrative roles in both for profit and not for profit organizations, while earning an MBA from Loyola University Maryland, as well as a currently inactive CPA credential from the great state of Maryland, before joining Meals on Wheels San Francisco in 2016 serving as Chief Financial Officer.

Lois Dutton

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.


Estella Balauro

Director of Finance

Estella M. Balauro brings to her work over 15+ 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 Controller position in 2019, and Director of Finance in 2022. 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 recently obtained her Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certification in April 2022. 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.


Lori Van Tassell

Director of Program Operations 
Lori Van Tassel comes to St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco after spending 20 years in the for-profit world serving as the Vice President of Operations for one of the largest pension funds in Sweden. Prior to her role as Vice President of Operations, she worked as a paralegal and legal administrator.
In 2018, she had the opportunity to change her professional direction and choose to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector, specifically focused on helping those experiencing trauma in underserved and marginalized communities. She joined St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco as a Family Advocate/Children’s Case Manager for Riley Center in August 2019 after volunteering with the organization for several months. She was then promoted to Lead Family Advocate and took on the role of working with children and families at the Community Office and shelter, providing services for survivors of domestic violence. In her current position as the Director of Program Operations she is able to use all of her operational and management skills in combination with her passion for helping others. 
Lori earned a bachelor's degree from Grand Valley State University in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Business Administration.

Salvador Barr

Director of Homeless Services

As the Director of Homeless Services for the St. Vincent de Paul of San Francisco, Salvador is committed to partnering with City agencies to support homeless efforts at defining and reaching both short and long-term goals and systematically increasing each client’s self-sufficiency through workforce development, support services, case management, healthy meals, affordable housing, and financial independence. Previously, Salvador worked as an Immigration Attorney in Seattle and San Francisco. In addition, for years, Salvador supervised and facilitated the compliance of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act for the San Francisco Unified School District, servicing over 9,000 public students. Salvador graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Followed by earning a Master's Degree in Science Education Social Counseling at National University and completing a Juris Doctorate in Law at Whittier College.