Our Staff
StarVista’s dedicated professional staff offer unparalleled prevention, early intervention, education, and counseling resources and services to more than 35,000 people throughout San Mateo County every year.


Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph. D.
Chief Executive Officer

650-591-9623, ext. 112,

Sara Larios Mitchell was appointed CEO of StarVista in October 2012, on the retirement of Michael Garb. She has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Golden Gate University, and a Doctorate in Transpersonal Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. With over 15 years of experience in clinical services, including early childhood, domestic violence, trauma, youth development, family support and counseling, Sara is strongly committed to the children, families and individuals of our diverse community, and to strengthening opportunities for everyone to transform their lives.

Dianette Washer
Chief Financial Officer

650-591-9623 ext. 113,

Dianette has worked in the non-profit sector in San Mateo County for over 20
years, with various programs and agencies that are now part of StarVista. Prior to joining FACES, Inc. in 1997, Dianette served as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center in Burlingame for 12 years. A native of Denmark, Dianette earned a B.S. in Accounting from Hayward State University.

Stephanie Weisner, LCSW
Chief Program Officer

650-591-9623 ext. 116,

Ms. Weisner is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. Since 2000, Stephanie has worked with foster youth, at-risk adolescents and families, and adults in community-based and residential treatment programs, partnering with local schools and criminal justice officials to identify and serve individuals most in need.

In October 2010, Stephanie joined StarVista as the Program Director of Transitional Youth Services, the Transitional Housing Placement Plus Program for emancipated foster youth. After three years of successfully leading her TYS team, Stephanie was promoted to Director of Wellness and Recovery Services in 2013, where she oversaw multiple programs serving adults with mental health and substance use issues, and individuals in crisis through StarVista’s Crisis Center. Throughout her work at StarVista, Stephanie has worked closely with the criminal justice, health, and school systems, building partnerships to strengthen and expand StarVista’s impact throughout San Mateo County. As Chief Program Officer, she works to support all StarVista staff in their abilities to effectively serve clients, grow professionally, and embody the values of StarVista in their everyday work. Stephanie is a warm and engaging leader, a true professional, an experienced and trusted clinician, and a solid administrator.

Clarise Blanchard, Ph.D.
Director, Department of Clinical and Community Services,
Diversity Committee Co-Chair
LGBT Committee Co-Chair

650-591-3739 ext. 151,

Clarise Blanchard is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who joined StarVista (then FACES) as Program Manager of the Women's Enrichment Center in August, 2000. Prior to that, Clarise served as a Supervisor at Pyramid Alternatives in Pacifica for 10 years, where she worked with adults, children and youth, and provided counseling for individuals struggling with addictions, mental health issues and domestic violence. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics, Clarise also earned an M.A. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Reno, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Northern California Graduate University.

Narges Z. Dillon MA, LMFT
Director, Department of Early Childhood and Family Services


Narges is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the current Director for StarVista's Early Childhood and Family Services Department. In her prior role she was the Program Director for StarVista’s Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Center, as well as the Child and Adolescent Hotline and Prevention Program. Narges joined StarVista in 2011 and throughout her career, Narges has worked in various school-based, community-based, and outpatient settings and is passionate about working collaboratively with families and schools to address the challenges of children and teens.

Peter Ehrhorn, M.F.T.
Director, Department of Youth Empowerment Services

650-591-9623 ext. 109,

Peter Ehrhorn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who joined StarVista as a trainee of the Insights Program in 2010. He received his Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2011 and worked as a mental health clinician for at-risk youth and their families for many years. Mr. Ehrhorn became the Program Coordinator of the Insights program in 2013, and shortly thereafter, was promoted to Program Manager of Your House South in 2014. He has a strong passion for empowering both staff and youth to reach their full potentials.

Robin L. Rudikoff
Director of Development & Marketing

650-591-9623 ext. 142,

Lindsay Stark, MA, LMFT
Director, Department of Wellness and Recovery Services

650-591-9623 ext. 125,

Lindsay Stark is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who joined StarVista in 2009. She received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy in 2010 and spent several years providing clinical services at StarVista's Women's Enrichment Center. In 2013, Lindsay was promoted to Program Manager of School Based Counseling Services. In that role, Lindsay and her team worked to bring mental health services and social-emotional support to more than 30 schools throughout the community, connecting with thousands of children and youth, who otherwise would not have access to support services. Lindsay is passionate about breaking down barriers to mental health care and making services highly accessible to all members of the community.


Program Staff

650-366-8433 ext.304

Child and Family Resource Centers 
650-579-0359 ext. 11 

Children's Place
Merle Saber, Program Director 
650-591-9623 ext. 116 

Counseling Center 
650-591-9623 ext. 119 

Crisis Intervention Suicide Prevention Center
650-579-0359 ext. 11 


Differential Response
650.579.0361 ext. 23

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Sarah Dobkin, Program Manager

Early Childhood Community Team
Eric Valladares, Program Manager 

First Chance Sobering Station & Outpatient Services
Janel Guinane, Program Manager 

Charlotte Ormond, Program Director 

Healthy Homes
Wendy Lair, Program Manager 

Alexi Arvanitidis, Program Manager 
School-Based Services
650-591-9623 ext. 125
Transitional Youth Services
Angela Powell, Program Manager
Women's Enrichment Center
Nancy Quiggle, Program Director
650-591-3636 ext. 13
Your House South
Darci Freeman, Program Manager 

Youth Development Initiative
Candice Newnes, Program Manager