Sarah Soul, Executive Director
Sarah has a long history as a political activist, teacher, and psychotherapist. During the 1990s, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies with a minor in Black Psychology.
At that time, she began working on immigrant & farm worker rights issues in her home town in the San Joaquin Valley. As a public school teacher, she organized migrant farm worker parents & facilitated access to education for their children. She oversaw large community mural projects celebrating Cèsar Chavez and worked to provide a less hostile environment for migrant farm worker families in her town.
After a decade of teaching, Sarah felt the calling to work in psychology & obtained a Masters degree from USF in Counseling Psychology. She has worked in various nonprofit agencies throughout the Bay Area serving families individuals, children, and couples as a psychotherapist and program manager.
Sarah has been involved with Queer Life Space since its inception. As an intern she saw clients for over five years @ QLS and after licensure, continued to stay involved by being a volunteer supervisor and attending events. Sarah brings with her a wide range of skills and a clear passion for community organizing and queer mental health advancements.
Chris Holleran, Director of Operations
Christopher 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 Tenderlion 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.
Stacey Rodgers, Director of Communications
Stacey received her BA in Communications and Psychology from University of Evansville, Evansville, IN, and her master’s in Clinical Psychology at New College of California in 2005. Since then, Stacey has worked providing mental health and substance abuse therapy to the LGBTQQI community in both private practice and at New Leaf Services in San Francisco, CA. Most recently, Stacey has been providing individual and group therapy at the SF Therapy Collective, which she helped co-found in October 2010. She additionally heads up the outreach program for this organization.
Prior to shifting her career focus to clinical work with the LGBTQQI community, Stacey held various positions in office and account management for 12 years with local and national companies such as Fed Ex, We Work It Entertainment Group and Corporate Communications Broadcast Network. While employed at these organizations, Stacey gained experience and expertise in electronic and print communications, contributions to company publications, marketing materials, websites, and client/community engagement communications. Stacey’s passion for making mental health services more accessible to her community, along with knowledge on how to develop, implement and maintain Queer LifeSpace’s vision of connecting with the local community, has made her an invaluable part of the senior management team.
Joe Voors, Director of Finance
Joe 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.