Meet The Team


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Sherry Williams

Executive Director,

Since 1995, Sherry has dedicated her career to helping formerly homeless and low income people acquire affordable housing and jobs in the Treasure Island community. She has successfully collaborated with local non-profits and local government to develop a holistic and collaborative approach to innovative programs, practices and services that have resulted in improving the current quality of life for our residents while remaining focused on the future development of a thriving, sustainable environment where people feel safe and proud, families can thrive, and children can grow.


Vinicio Castro

Office Manager —

Vinicio has overall administrative and facility-related responsibilities for One Treasure Island and provides support to the Executive Director as needed. He is One Treasure Island Website Administrator, oversees Ship Shape facility rental usage and assists with technology such as our Salesforce database and teaching our computer classes for beginners.  


Alex Francois

Employment Project Manager —

For the past 15 years, Alex has dedicated his life to community service, by designing and implementing workforce development programs for general contractors, developers, and community-based organizations. Here at One Treasure Island, he is in charge of the Employment Program that will recruit and prepare low income San Franciscans to work in construction jobs as part of the redevelopment of Treasure Island.


Sherryl Hairston

Services Director —

Sherryl manages the Economic Self Sufficiency Program (ESSP) which includes the Ship Shape Business Assistance Center (BAC). She assists people with credit repair, budgeting & money management, banking options and also coordinates financial education workshops. She is also the person responsible for coordinating the weekly Food Pantry and is the VITA Tax Site Coordinator.


Minnette Simmons

Program Coordinator —

Minnette is the ESSP program assistant. She oversees the computer lab and assist clients as needed as well as manages the ESSP database. She also helps clients with their credit report and does one on one credit counseling, budgeting and help clients access bank accounts and/or learn about the different financial products and services available to them. She also works very closely with our job broker programs and ESSP Services Director in planning and scheduling other events for the program.


Tse Ming Tam

Programs Director —

Since 1986, Tse Ming has dedicated his career to addressing the inequities for people of color and disadvantaged communities. Tse Ming founded the SparkPoint Initiative, a one-stop financial service center for United Way Bay Area and was adopted by other United Ways across the country. Tse Ming was instrumental in leading the development of the Sector Workforce strategies, and building a national association, the National Network of Sector Practitioners (NNSP). The sector workforce strategy has been embraced by the Department of Labor (D.O.L.), and is imbedded into Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA). Tse Ming joined One Treasure Island because of his strong support of One Treasure Island’s vision of building a thriving, inclusive and equitable community on Treasure Island.

2018 Board Of Directors

The One Treasure Island Board is comprised of individuals from many different backgrounds who are dedicated to One Treasure Island’s mission. They provide One Treasure Island with diverse and knowledgeable guidance. 


+ Merle D. Malakoff

Active in affordable housing development and finance in San Francisco for the past 20 years. Currently, he serves as Director for Citi Community Capital, the affordable housing finance division within Citigroup.

Prior to Citigroup, Merle worked for 15 years as an affordable housing development project manager with a major nonprofit based in San Francisco and completed numerous new construction and acquisition rehab projects, including several that provide housing for formerly homeless persons. Merle also served on a San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ task force on the special needs of homeless seniors.

+ Rob Rich

Safety & Risk Management Director for Cahill Contractors. Rob first became involved with affordable housing as a student at Hastings in the early 1990's, and has worked for TNDC and the SF Mayor's Office of Housing. Prior to law school, Rob worked as a laborer and superintendent for a design/build firm specializing in complex, geo-technical construction.

+ David Schnur

David recently joined Mosaic Urban Development as Sr. Project Manager / Sr. Financial Analyst and has been working in the field of affordable housing development since 1999.

He was the Director of Housing Development for Community Housing Partnership and was a Project Manager for Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

+ Keith Spindle

Keith joined Catholic Charities in 2010, overseeing the finance and administration. He has more than 30 years of financial and operational experience serving in executive positions with Kapor Enterprises, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the San Francisco Opera.

Keith brings a strong portfolio of experience including financial planning, reporting, and analysis, budgeting, risk management, information technology, grants administration, fundraising, payroll, and business service functions.

+ Natalie Bonnewit

With seventeen years experience in real estate development, and eleven years experience with direct housing development experience, her consulting practice specializes in supportive housing development for the homeless and persons with special needs.

Ms. Bonnewit provides project management and owner’s representative services to a wide variety of service providers and non-profit developers.

+ Alison Chow

Alison Chow is a Global Manufacturing Science & Technology Engineer at Genentech, Inc. Alison holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Biotechnology from Northwestern University, and a Graduate Certificate in Product Creation and Innovative Manufacturing from Stanford University.

She has worked over 12 years in the biotechnology industry and is Lean Green Belt certified. She is passionate about developing creative solutions for significant problems.

+ Jyan Ferng

Attorney, TriNet. Jyan received a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2000 and specializes in employment and labor law.

+ Doree Friedman

Founder, president and operator of Fineline Construction since 1980. Fineline specializes in affordable housing projects and has a strong commitment to local hiring and to hiring people who have had barriers to employment and were living below the poverty level.

Doree was a board member of Tradeswomen, Inc. for many years. Tradeswomen, Inc. was the first organization for women in the trades in California. It was founded in 1979 to help fight discrimination against women in the trades, to promote the retention of women, and develop leadership qualities in their position in unions and their trades. Although Doree is no longer a board member, she continues to conduct a workshop at the annual Tradeswomen regional conference.

+ Nella Goncalves

Deputy Director at Beyond Emancipation and previosuly a senior program director at Catholic Charities CYO in San Francisco, Nella has worked with homeless and disadvantaged families for over 15 years. She received her degree in Human Development from U.C. Davis and Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor from the U.C.

Berkeley Extension Program. She has worked as a health and services coordinator and a youth program director for Hospitality House, as well as a drug and alcohol assessment counselor and aftercare counselor for Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers.

+ Barbara Gualco

Since 2003, Barbara has been the Director of Housing Development for the San Francisco Office of Mercy Housing California (MHC), an organization she joined in 1992 as a Senior Project Manager.

During her tenure, Barbara has worked on a wide range of developments including new construction, renovations, adaptive re-use of historic properties and mixed-use developments serving elders, the homeless and families. Her work has included providing training for numerous entry-level project managers. She is also on the Board of NPH.

+ Daniel Levine

Senior Vice President of Construction Services at the John Stewart Company, Daniel has been a registered Architect since 1979 and a licensed General Contractor in the State of California since 2004.

Prior to joining The John Stewart Company in 1997, Mr. Levine was an independent architect who specialized in building rehabilitation and renovation, with a heavy emphasis in multi-family residential and multi-story commercial buildings. Dan received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.

+ Joel Lipski

Joel has over 25 years of experience in affordable housing development and financing. Having joined the SF Mayor’s Office of Housing in 1990 he worked as a permit expediter, project manager, and eventually the Director of Housing Development in which role he oversaw all multifamily development financing with particular emphasis on housing for formerly homeless individuals and families.

Prior to joining the Mayor’s Office he was a General Contractor specializing in custom home-building and residential additions/remodels. Joel is one the co-founders of and currently serves as Board Chairman for Goat Hill, Inc., the parent company of Goat Hill Pizza. He has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.