Meet the Gubbio Project's staff!Laura Slattery, Executive Director, has been the Executive Director of the Gubbio Project since 2010. Prior to that, she worked at Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service for 7 years as a nonviolence trainer, workshop facilitator and organizational coordinator. She is co-author of the workbook “Engage: Exploring Nonviolent Living.” In addition to her work at Pace e Bene, Laura has experience as a chaplain, teacher, Catholic Worker, and military officer. She received her MA in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and her BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She lives with her spouse, Cile, in Oakland. Tina Christopher, Program Manager, was born in Hayward, but lived most of her life in Solano County; she moved here to San Francisco in April 2010. Tina has two grown sons and has recently remarried. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going on trips, and riding her motorcycle. She began working at The Gubbio Project April 2011 when she had a free day of no classes at CCSF. She had the opportunity to volunteer and thought, "Why not?!" She says "My life has been forever changed and there is no doubt that this is the path I am supposed to be on. I am thankful that I get to spend my days using my own life experiences and the knowledge I received from CCSF here at The Gubbio Project with my unhoused brothers and sisters. To share time with and learn more about the people in our community, to somehow be a help in making their day or their life better, and to be a part of their life is all a blessing and an honor."
Ed Bowers, Hospitality Monitor, has lived in the San Francisco Tenderloin for 14 years. He doesn't remember to much before that; though he remembers that he graduated with a "worthless" English major degree from the University of New York at Binghamton. He was married twice, and has written a few poems. Now, he says, "I am honored to work at a job that for me is from the heart instead of the wallet."
Megan Wilson, Development Specialist, has worked in non-profit development, planning, management, and visibility for over 15 years, ranging from in-depth strategic planning and organizational development to grant writing and research. In addition, she has extensive experience with program development, community organizing, and social and economic justice activism. Megan is also a visual artist and writer whose work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally, including projects in Indonesia, Japan, India, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Beginning in 2014, Wilson and her partner/collaborator Christopher Statton launched their project "Better Homes & Gardens Today" to 1) Heighten awareness around “home” and the realities of homelessness; 2) Cultivate a dialog within communities and amongst disparate groups about housing instability; and 3) To raise money to benefit the Gubbio Project, the Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads, organizations all working to address homelessness in San Francisco. To date the project has raised over $10,000.
John Brett, Site Coordinator, grew up on a wheat farm far from metropolitan SF. He began work at The Gubbio Project in June 2016 after having slept on the floor of Saint John the Evangelist during a street retreat with The Faithful Fools. He's a seminarian and has chosen to work with The Gubbio Project as he continues his formation and discernment. He continues to work as a ministry assistant with the San Francisco Night Ministry and previously completed a Chaplaincy Residency at John Muir Health in Concord. Prior to seminary, John completed his BA in Spanish and Performance Studies at Dartmouth College and arrives to Gubbio with a background in non-profit work, having served as the director of a regional legal aid program in Washington State.
Drake Manalo, Vincentian Service Corps Member was born in Cleveland, Ohio and received a BFA in Graphic Design at DePaul University in Chicago, IL before making his way to San Francisco. After working full time at a tech startup there for two years, he chose to dedicate a year to the Vincentian Service Corps to immerse himself into The Gubbio Project's mission. Drake has a twin sister, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. He thanks his entire family for giving him the support and love he needs to extend that love to others.
Laura Hassel, Menonnite Volunteer was born and grew up in Essen, Germany. After her high school graduation she decided to go abroad and to do a year of service. She began working at The Gubbio Project at the beginning of September. Laura is a Hospitality Monitor as well as Outreach Coordinator. In the past Laura already worked with unhoused people in a German non-profit organization and she also volunteered as a leader of a youth group in her hometown church.
Porsha Dixon, Hospitality Monitor
Leonard Gardiner, Hospitality Monitor