Staff

 

Ken Goldstein

Executive Director

Ken brings nearly three decades of nonprofit experience to Recovery Cafe 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

Founder and Development Officer

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

Program Director

Lisa has used her impeccable organizational skills to advance the missions of several non-profits in the Bay Area over the last ten years. At the Café, she is committed to the success of our members on their journey of recovery and wellness. Lisa is a former AmeriCorps, Public Allies Fellow were she led public-private partnerships toward community development and innovative approaches to civic engagement. She is a graduate of San José State University with a degree in Sociology.

 

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 is a retired R.N. who has been part of the nonprofit world for more than twenty five years. Marianne has worked/volunteered with people facing grief and loss issues and also in the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS Communities. Being a long term volunteer, herself, she is especially appreciative of the kindness and compassion volunteers bring to the people they support. Marianne recruits, trains, schedules, and supports RCSJ volunteers, a position she defines as "The best job in the Cafe."

 

Tanya Bautista

Cafe 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 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.

 

Hollie Limbocker

Chef/Kitchen Manager

RCSJ has played a huge role in Hollie's own personal recovery. Being a dedicated member, taking various classes and volunteering in the RCSJ kitchen lead to her official position on staff! Hollie has run her own restaurant and catering business in the past. She also brings to us 20+ years of experience as a Silicon Valley Corporate Event Coordinator and Human Resources Executive Assistant. This enabled Hollie the opportunity to manage many Community Giving Campaigns to benefit such agencies as Second Harvest Food Bank, The American Red Cross, Family Giving Tree, & Next Door Solutions. Hollie combines her extensive Corporate and restaurant business knowledge with a social attitude and caring heart. All at RCSJ feel very honored to share her expertise with our community.

 

Rikki Lynn Vick

Employment Training Manager

Rikki recently received her BS in Sociology from Santa Clara University with a focus on race and class inequalities. With twelve years of experience in the service industry, she is excited to serve her hometown community through one of her greatest loves: coffee. Rikki previously volunteered at RCSJ while completing her studies. As Assistant Café Manager, she crafts new beverages, training programs, and events for the Café bar, while connecting with members of Recovery Café San Jose.

 

Denise Lai

Cook/Kitchen Assistant

Denise loves the challenge of cooking for folks who have made commitments to eat for their health. She has a love and a passion for preparation and serving in the culinary industry. Denise’s prior employment includes ten years at Hewlett Packard learning the electrical, plumbing, and carpentry trades, ten years assembly lead at Cisco Systems, fifteen years as a voluntary San Jose Police Officer Reserve, and fifteen years as a real estate investor.

 

Alan Madej

Chef/Kitchen Manager

After graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Alan spent the next 15 years immersed in the fine dining techniques and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area. With a love for comfort food and creative cuisine, he studied under many top chefs of the area. Today, he brings his love of a well balanced meal to Recovery Cafe SJ; a meal made of love and the idea that everyone deserves to feel special.