Ken Goldstein, Executive Director


Ken brings more than 25 years of experience to Recovery Café SJ, including having been an executive director, board member, staff, volunteer, and consultant to many organizations serving marginalized communities, the homeless, and those facing addiction and mental health challenges. He earned a BA in Politics from UC Santa Cruz and a MPPA (Master of Public Policy and Administration) from CSU Sacramento.





Dana Bainbridge, Program Director and Founder


Dana is Pastor of First Christian Church, San Jose and has been an ordained minister for 22 years. She is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and has served on the staff and Boards of many non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity.  She has also worked as a project manager for a welfare-to-work program where she developed programs and community relationships to provide work experience and jobs for people stuck in the welfare system.  Dana holds Masters degrees from both Notre Dame University and Vanderbilt University.





Lisa Willmes, Café Manager  


Lisa is the glue that holds the Café together.  Her amazing gifts of welcoming, listening and supporting Café members make her the person nearly everyone looks forward to seeing when they walk in the door.  She also keeps us organized, and generates great activities in the Café.






Doug Lynner, Chef and Kitchen Manager


Doug knows that food - the way it is prepared and shared - is at the heart of the hospitality of the Café.  His creative approach to cooking and his compassionate approach to people makes him the right person for the job.  He can also be caught using one of his many other talents at a Café jam session or Open Mic Nite.




Christine Ferry, Behavioral Health Consultant


Chris brings 15 years as Director of Adult Custody for Santa Clara County's Mental Health Department.  She was an instrumental figure in opening the County Reentry Services facility in 2011 and brings a passion for creating hospitable space for those often unwelcomed.  Chris brings mental health expertise to our team and connects us with other behavioral health providers. 





Marianne Gallagher, Volunteer Coordinator


Marianne recruits, trains, schedules and supports an amazing team of 30 or more volunteers at the Café.  Her undying devotion to the members of the Café and her humor make her the kind of person you want to have on your team. 







Tanya Bautista, Assistant Café Manager  


Tanya is a recent graduate from CSU Monterey Bay with a BA in Psychology. She is pursuing her MA in Counselor Education and looks forward to working within the community. As assistant cafe manager she greets members and guests when they first enter by informing them about the Cafe. She brings positive energy, support, and promotes growth with members.






Andre Ellison, Resident Manager


Andre is a professional portrait artist who has served with USAF from Europe to Lockheed Martin's space program as an info systems operator. Andre has also worked in microbiology where he specialized in embryonic DNA insertion and implantation surgery leading up to monoclonal antibodies. Bit by the business owner bug he opened up an art business. Finally and currently assisting the Recovery Cafe reconstruct lives in their Reentry Housing program.