Board Members

Charlotte Tate, Ph.D., Board President (Program Committee)

Dr. Charlotte Tate has served on the Board of Queer LifeSpace for the past 3 years and conducts the program evaluation of the organizations clinical services. She received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology (summa cum laude) from Loyola University Chicago in 1999, a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree (in 2001), and a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology at the University of Oregon (in 2006).

Dr. Tate is currently an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University and Coordinator of the Social Psychology Master’s of Arts Degree.
Dr. Tate is an expert on the psychological study of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity, publishing over a dozen peer-reviewed articles in major academic journals. She also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Lesbian Studies and Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. As a trans woman who is also a butch lesbian, Dr. Tate is keenly aware of the value of community support for queer and trans* youth and adults. She is firmly committed to Queer LifeSpace’s vision to provide affordable mental health services to as many queer and/or trans* youth and adults in the Bay Area as possible.

Joaquin G. Castillo Arana (Fundraising/Communications Committee)

As a long standing supporter of LGBTQQI mental health services, Joaquin G. Castillo Arana was a community donor for New Leaf Services for Our Community and followed suit as a community supporter of Queer LifeSpace from it’s inception.

He transitioned in an official capacity to the QLS Board of Directors in July 2015 and is driven by the vision of the organization to provide mental health services to the most marginalized and under-served populations of our community. Joaquin engages the board to strategically implement business processe improvements that will best support the clinical work our amazing staff delivers as well as to the overall organizational mission of QLS.

Joaquin is a National Contract Manager for Genentech and earned his BA and Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Victoria Elizabeth Jones (Fundraising/Development Committee)

As a recent addition to the board, Victoria is very excited to be a part of Queer LifeSpace and supporting its mission. She brings extensive experience working with a variety of non-profits in marketing, events, and development.

Victoria earned her BA in History from California State University, Northridge, and would later earn her MA in Public History from the University of San Diego. Having focused on sociopolitical and socioeconomic issues in both instances, working and volunteering within her community and taking on important social issues, are what drive her passions. Victoria also brings a variety of skills from her diverse work background including her time in Veterinary medicine and the Entertainment industry.

With a brother who came out late in life and identifying as part of the community herself, Victoria understands deeply the need for resources and support for the LGBTQQII community. She is greatly looking forward to helping QLS successfully grow and help those who need it most.

Kristen Faye Burda (Fundraising/Development Committee)

Kristen Faye Burda began collaborating with Queer LifeSpace in October 2016 to raise funds and spread the word about QLS’s essential mental health support for our Bay Area queer community. She joined the board in February, bringing her experience in mental health non-profit management and grant writing to support QLS’s mission.

Kristen graduated from Yale University, magna cum laude, having earned a B.A. with distinction in theater studies. In Los Angeles, she concurrently pursued a professional acting career and a specialized educational career, tutoring high school, college, and graduate students with learning differences. Kristen then moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she worked in the mental health field as executive director of the Canadian Bipolar Association, establishing a bipolar-specific peer support program, managing support services, and establishing funding and collaborative partnerships to support those living with bipolar disorders.

She now works as a case manager at Conard House in San Francisco and will soon begin doctoral studies in clinical psychology at The Wright Institute. She aims to support others in their healing and recovery, to promote creative expression, and to advocate for effective, queer-friendly mental health services for our community in San Francisco and beyond.

Dhiraj Korwani (Fundraising/Communications Committee)

Dhiraj Korwani began with Queer LifeSpace in April 2017 as a strategic consultant for communications around fund-raising, media-presence and branding initiatives. As of May 2017 he has joined the board of members with 4+ years of international experience in digital marketing, collateral design, procurement, event coordination, content creation and blogging. He first began working in Sydney, Australia where he simultaneously pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

Upon moving back home to Dubai, he gained experience in Customer Relationship Management in the Textiles Industry over 5 years before completing a Master’s degree in International Business with a focus in Digital Marketing from HULT International Business School in San Francisco, USA. After working for Amana Healthcare (Dubai), he is currently pursuing a career in Marketing & Communications for Healthcare in the San Francisco Bay Area while serving at Zen Hospice Project as a contributing writer for their website and as an active member of the board at Queer LifeSpace.

Chris Holleran, MFT (MFC 46669), Board Secretary, (Program and Fundraising/Events Committees)

Chris Holleran, Board SecretaryChristopher received his BA from New College of Florida with a concentration in psychology and a focus on developmental research. He completed his graduate degree, a MS in Clinical Psychology, at San Francisco State University in 2005. Chris worked with low-income families and provided school counseling services through Family Service Agency’s Tenderloin Family Program.

Following that experience, Chris spent the next four years at New Leaf Services. While at New Leaf, Chris was put in charge of restructuring and managing the Intake Department for the Adult Substance Abuse Program.  Chris implemented and led a continuous quality improvement process throughout the program that focused on service specification, increasing programmatic diversity, fulfilling contractual obligations, and facilitating programmatic implementation.

Currently, Chris is implementing policy and procedures for the Intake Department at the SF Therapy Collective where he is also a therapist and co-founder.  He also acts as medical liaison for psychiatric services and monitors contracts and maintains relationships with insurance providers and Community Behavioral Health Services in the city of San Francisco.  With Chris’ extensive history in policy development and execution, we feel fortunate to have him on board as our Director of Operations and as Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Joe Voors, Marriage and Family Registered Intern (IMF 51538), Board Treasurer (Program and Fundraising/Events Committees)

Joe Voors, Board TreasurerJoe received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Francisco State University with a focus in Cognitive Theory and life span developmental theory. Joe then then went on to receive his Masters in Clinical Social Psychology from New College of California. Here he focused on psychodynamic and analytic therapy with a focus on the effects our society has on each of us and how we can affect our environment as well, especially as queer individuals.

Prior to his career as a therapist, Joe worked for 18 years in the private sector as a manager and director of operations in the high tech industry. Responsible for budgets in the tens of millions, Joe has extensive experience in formulating budgets, executing them and keeping the organization on budget. In addition to the requirements of ongoing fiscal management, Joe also worked as director of operations for a start-up corporation that eventually went public. With Joe’s extensive experience with the budgeting process, fiscal management and experience in starting and launching new organizations, Joe is well placed as Queer LifeSpace’s Director of Finance and as Treasurer of the Board of Directors.