Our Dedicated Team
Debra Gore-Mann, Executive Director
Debra has served as the SFCC Executive Director since March 2015. She was previously the Chief Development Officer of the 474,000 members Cal Alumni Association at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interest in youth development is reflected in the work she has done as consultant or volunteer with The Stride Center (Oakland), Tribal Solutions (Vancouver, WA), Alive & Free, Omega Boys Club (San Francisco), following her 11 years as Executive Director of Athletics at the University of San Francisco and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance & Business Affairs, Stanford University Department of Athletics and Recreation. Debra earned her B.S. at Stanford in Management Science and Engineering, and her M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Joe McKinley, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. McKinley joins SFCC with extensive experience as the Director of Operations and Training for the Stride Center in Oakland for over 12 years. After starting in 2004 with "Street Tech" as in instructor Joe has was promoted to Director of Training, serving 6 years in that capacity he was chosen as Chief executive Officer at EmpowerNet California a Stride Center Social Venture responsible for launching new training programs statewide. He worked as Lead Technical Trainer at Techskills in the heart of San Francisco’s financial district for three years where he implemented many new ideas in technical training. He has a number of technical certifications including A+, Cisco, Network+, and MCSE certifications in both Windows NT and Windows 2000 much of which was self-taught. He is now responsible for organizational training and workshops. He is noted for successfully mentoring over 400 students through the exam certification process and significant growth of the Stride Center model.
Tom Holcomb Jr., Director of Community and Career Development
Tom is a Western Kentucky native who moved to the San Francisco Bay area in May 2016 to start a job with the San Francisco Conservation Corps. He has 13 years of prior experience in the student development and counseling field prior to coming on board with SFCC. Tom’s career focus is on empowering, engaging and elevating Corpsmembers to new insight and helping them achieve their personal and professional goals. Tom embodies a holistic focus model and works closely with the case manager and supportive service/case conference team in order to help Corpsmembers thrive not only at SFCC, but beyond the Corps on the job. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Murray State University in Organizational Communication and Youth Non-profit Service in 2001, and in 2005 earned his Masters of Science degree from MSU in Human Development & Leadership with an emphasis in College Student Personnel Guidance. Currently, Tom is working on his certification in Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University in Palo Alto, California, and will be transferring to the SF State to work on his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a focus on Rehabilitation Counseling.
Adelaida Caballero, Office Manager
Adelaida came to SFCC in June 2017, and is excited to share her administrative experience and detail oriented skill set to support program administration and ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Adelaida was involved with the Crossroads program (Scared Straight), working with at-risk youth. She sat down with them one-on-one to get a deeper understanding of their background, offering counseling, advice and hope for a brighter future. She is grateful for the opportunity to support our Corpsmembers as they develop personally and professionally. Her experience in having a positive impact with troubled youth brought her to SFCC. Her hobbies include spectator sports (SF Giants baseball, Stanford Football) full and half marathons, hiking, traveling, reading and sailing.
Kisha Escudero, Case Manager
Kisha joined the SFCC team in December 2015 as a case manager. Kisha has over 17 years’ experience implementing supportive services in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, criminal justice and homelessness, and supporting various diverse populations throughout Northern/Southern California. Her life’s passion is meeting people where they're at while obtaining a better quality of life for themselves.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that SFCC has hired Mr. Lucas Grimes as our newest member of the Outreach and Recruitment team as our Recruiter!
Lucas joined SFCC with direct experience in community and educational experiences with projects where he worked with community based organizations, civic engagement and students from other cultures in learning English as a second language. He has a strong background in educational research and is currently working on his Masters part-time in Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental policy with San Francisco State University.
Nancy Serrano, Special Events Supervisor
Nancy works events at Fort Mason as well as the Presidio to manage all waste streams for Special Events. Previously, she worked at Lowes for 3 years to gain Supervisor experience. She is proud of the work SFCC does to improve the environment, as well as helping young adults build their work experience.
Mat Tago, Senior Service Project Manager
Mat has been with SFCC since he was a Corpsmember. When he first arrived, he was impressed by the love and dedication that our staff had for our youth: how dedicated they were in teaching and training each Corpsmember, and how dedicated the Corpsmembers were in achieving their goals.
Mat supervises a crew of 8 to 12 Corpsmembers on a daily basis, which includes teaching and training them about recycling and sorting at our facility in the Presidio, Recycling Operations Center (ROC). He also works with Corpsmembers on the tires and oil crew- going out and collecting waste tires and used oil in our community. Mat is in charge of certifying Corpsmembers in forklift training, while working at ROC. He is responsible in making sure that all Corpsmembers leave SFCC with good work ethics and a strong confidence that they can achieve anything with respect and hard work.
Jeph Talolo, Special Events Manager
Jeph was a Corpsmember at SFCC and graduated in 2010. After graduating, he worked for 3.5 years at a restaurant depot to gain supervisor experience, and was hired as a SFCC Special Events Supervisor in 2014. Jeph is now the Special Events Manager and is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all our city-wide special events. Dedication brought Jeph to SFCC, and he has always loved working for such an impactful organization.