Meet the Gubbio Staff
LAURA SLATTERY, Executive director
Laura has been the Executive Director of the Gubbio Project since 2010. Prior to that, she worked at Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service for 7 years as a nonviolence trainer, workshop facilitator and organizational coordinator. She is co-author of the workbook “Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living.” In addition to her work at Pace e Bene, Laura has experience as a chaplain, teacher, Catholic Worker, and military officer. She received her MA in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and her BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She lives with her spouse, Cile, in Oakland.
Tina Christopher, Project Manager
Tina was born in Hayward, but lived most of her life in Solano County; she moved here to San Francisco in April 2010. Tina has two grown sons and has recently remarried. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going on trips, and riding her motorcycle. She began working at The Gubbio Project April 2011 when she had a free day of no classes at CCSF. She had the opportunity to volunteer and thought, "Why not?!" She says "My life has been forever changed and there is no doubt that this is the path I am supposed to be on. I am thankful that I get to spend my days using my own life experiences and the knowledge I received from CCSF here at The Gubbio Project with my unhoused brothers and sisters. To share time with and learn more about the people in our community, to somehow be a help in making their day or their life better, and to be a part of their life is all a blessing and an honor."
John Brett, Site Coordinator
John grew up on a wheat farm far from metropolitan SF. He began work at The Gubbio Project in June 2016 after having slept on the floor of Saint John the Evangelist during a street retreat with The Faithful Fools. He's a seminarian and has chosen to work with The Gubbio Project as he continues his formation and discernment. He continues to work as a ministry assistant with the San Francisco Night Ministry and previously completed a Chaplaincy Residency at John Muir Health in Concord. Prior to seminary, John completed his BA in Spanish and Performance Studies at Dartmouth College and arrives to Gubbio with a background in non-profit work, having served as the director of a regional legal aid program in Washington State.
Ed Bowers, Hospitality Monitor
Ed has lived in the San Francisco Tenderloin for 14 years. He doesn't remember to much before that; though he remembers that he graduated with a "worthless" English major degree from the University of New York at Binghamton. He was married twice, and has written a few poems. Now, he says, "I am honored to work at a job that for me is from the heart instead of the wallet."
Leonard Gardiner, Hospitality Monitor
Leonard was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria in West Africa. He studied general education in Nigeria and received education in Human Services at the University of Phoenix. He came to the United States in 1982 and has been in San Francisco since 2008. He has lived in the Tenderloin for 3 years and has been at Gubbio for 2-3, starting out as a volunteer. He used to volunteer and work at Glide and The Living Room, also here in the Tenderloin. He has two boys: Evan, 27 and Lavarius, 19 who works at the Tenderloin Museum and is attending City College.
Megan Wilson, Development Specialist
Megan has worked in non-profit development, planning, management, and visibility for over 15 years, ranging from in-depth strategic planning and organizational development to grant writing and research. Beginning in 2014, Wilson and her partner/collaborator Christopher Statton launched their project "Better Homes & Gardens Today" to 1) Heighten awareness around “home” and the realities of homelessness; 2) Cultivate a dialog within communities and amongst disparate groups about housing instability; and 3) To raise money to benefit the Gubbio Project, the Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads, organizations all working to address homelessness in San Francisco. To date the project has raised over $10,000.
Porsha Dixson, Hospitality Monitor
Porsha is from San Francisco and has been a part of the Tenderloin for 23 years. She participated and was a part of the first group of graduates from the Code Tenderloin program. She has been at The Gubbio Project since December 2015. Currently, she lives in Bayview and has four boys. In her spare time she likes to be in the community. Lately, she is a part of the HOLD program at Hospitality House.
Drake Manalo, Vincentian Service Corps West Member
Drake was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received a BFA in Graphic Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL before making his way to San Francisco. After working full time at a tech startup there for two years, he chose to dedicate a year to the Vincentian Service Corps to immerse himself into The Gubbio Project's mission. Drake has a twin sister, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. He thanks his entire family for giving him the support and love he needs to extend that love to others.
Laura Hassel, Menonnite Volunteer
Laura was born and grew up in Essen, Germany. After her high school graduation she decided to go abroad and to do a year of service. She began working at The Gubbio Project at the beginning of September. Laura is a Hospitality Monitor as well as Donations Coordinator. In the past Laura already worked with unhoused people in a German non-profit organization and she also volunteered as a leader of a youth group in her hometown church.
Lisa Roncella, Hospitality Monitor
Lisa is a native of San Francisco and has been a resident of the Tenderloin from 2002-2008. During that time she attended mass at St. Boniface and became familiar with The Gubbio Project. After completion of a Peer Mental Health Certificate Program through Richmond Multi Services, I came to work at Gubbio as a Hospitality Monitor.
Gonzalos Guoron Tzian, Hospitality Monitor
Gonzalo is from Tecpan, Guatemala. There he received an education to be a community health worker and health educator. He worked for the impoverished communities in Guatemala for almost three years. Gonzalo also studied social sciences and worked five years in the Office of Human Rights in Guatemala. He has been in San Francisco since 2010, living in the Mission, where he loves working because there are many people from Latin America and other parts of the world. He worked outreach for clients with Mission SRO from 2010 to 2012. Then, in 2015 he received a certificate for a specialization in mental health at SFSU with one of their programs.He enjoys helping people to have better health, especially people struggling with addiction. In his spare time enjoys cooking delicious food.
RITA VIEria, Office manager and Hospitality Monitor
Bio and photo coming soon...