Staff

 

Ken Goldstein

Executive Director

Ken brings more than 25 years 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

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 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.

 

Doug Lynner

Chef and Kitchen Manager

With a background in catering and nutritional health, Doug seeks to provide a full, balanced and nutritionally supportive diet to aid RCSJ members in achieving their healthy living and recovery goals. Doug is a well-known composer/performer/educator in the international electronic music field and through his pioneering electronic music magazine, Synapse, helped to create the electronic music community that thrives today.

 

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

Assistant 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 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.

 

Bridget Hager

Assistant Cafe Manager

Bridget is a recent graduate from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She is a committed social justice activist in the midst of her year of service with Recovery Cafe San Jose via the Jesuit Volunteer Corps!