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.
Milan J. Havel
Director of Finance
Milan has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting industry. He has worked for various non-profit organizations as a senior financial officer. He holds an MBA degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and also a Ph.D. degree in Organization and Business Management. Milan started, as a director of finance, at St. Vincent de Paul Society in October 2018.
His hobbies include hiking, camping, and outdoor activities. Milan lives with his family in the North Bay.
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 in 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.
Director of Program Operations
Ulises Zatarain has over 12 years of experience in Community Development and Institutional Advancement. Throughout his career Ulises has implemented a variety of economic development, educational, cultural and social programs for a multitude of non-profit organizations and institutions. Ulises previously served as the Development Director for Puente de la Costa Sur in San Mateo county, California, where he oversaw all fundraising and institutional advancement efforts. He was a Program Director at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. overseeing youth education and public outreach programs. He was also VP of Community Programs for The Resurrection Project in Chicago where he implemented education, economic development programs, as well as oversaw community engagement. Ulises has experience in Academia, as an Adjunct Faculty professor teaching Literature, History, and Humanities courses at the St. Augustine College in Chicago. Ulises also has a Master of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University, and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University.
MSC Shelter Program Director
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.