Staff

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.

Management

Sara Larios Mitchell, Ph. D.
Chief Executive Officer

650-591-9623, ext. 112, smitchell@star-vista.org

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, dwasher@star-vista.org

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.

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

650-591-3739 ext. 151, cblanchard@star-vista.org

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.

Sarah Poulain, M.A., M.F.T.
Director, Department of Early Childhood and Family Services,
Diversity Committee Co-Chair

650-344-3909 ext. 17, sarah.poulain@star-vista.org

Sarah Poulain received her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2005 and has worked as a family counselor for families in crisis for many years. She began at StarVista in December 2005 as a Mental Health Clinician in the Healthy Homes Program, became the Program Coordinator of the Learning Together program in 2007, and was promoted to Program Manager of the Learning Together Program in 2010.

Stephanie Weisner, LCSW
Director, Department of Wellness and Recovery Services

650-401-8617 ext. 21, stephanie.weisner@star-vista.org

Stephanie Weisner began her career at StarVista in October 2010 as the Program Director of Transitional Youth Services, the Transitional Housing Placement Plus Program for emancipated foster youth. Ms. Weisner is a licensed clinical social worker who received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. She has worked with foster youth, at-risk adolescents and families in community based and residential treatment programs since 2000. Stephanie is a warm and engaging leader, a true professional, an experienced and trusted clinician, and a solid administrator.

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

650-591-9623 x109, peter.ehrhorn@star-vista.org

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.

Program Staff

Archway
Randy Yano, Senior Program Manager
650-366-8433 ext.304

Child and Adolescent Hotline and Prevention Program
Narges Dillon, Program Manager
650-567-5437

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

Counseling Center
Sarah Burdge, Program Director,
LGBT Committee Co-Chair
650-591-9623 ext. 119

Crisis Intervention Suicide Prevention Center
Narges Dillon, Program Manager
650-579-0359 ext. 11

Daybreak
Sabina LaCosse Harris, Program Manager
650-364-4633

Differential Response
Terry Podesta, Program Manager
650.579.0361 ext. 23

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Sarah Dobkin, Program Manager
650-554-1229

Early Childhood Community Team
Eric Valladares, Program Manager
650-464-3256

First Chance Sobering Station & Outpatient Services
Janel Guinane, Program Manager
650-689-5597

GIRLS
Charlotte Ormond, Program Director
650-312-5506

Healthy Homes
Meisha Vella, Program Manager
650-344-3909 Ext. 21

Insights
Alexi Arvanitidis, Program Manager
650-366-8436

School-Based Services
Lindsay Stark, Program Manager
650-591-9623 ext. 125

Transitional Youth Services
Tina La Perle, Program Manager
650-401-8617 ext. 21

Women's Enrichment Center
Nancy Quiggle, Program Director
650-591-3636 ext. 13

Your House South
Darci Freeman, Program Manager
650-367-9687

Youth Development Initiative
Candice Newnes, Program Manager
650-401-7755