Dr. Philippe Rey first joined Adolescent Counseling Services in 1998 as Caravan House Program Director. After three years at Caravan, he became a member of the executive team as Associate Director and has now been the agency's Executive Director since 2004. Philippe was born and raised in the French-speaking region of Switzerland and came to the United States in 1984 to attend the University of California at San Diego. In 1997 his doctorate in clinical psychology with a concentration in child and family therapy was conferred by Alliant International University in San Diego. Before pursuing graduate studies and a career in psychology, Philippe graduated from business school in Sion, Switzerland. Philippe operates an "Underground Dining" establishment which has served as a cultivation & fundraising vehicle for ACS since 2011.
Jennifer has 17 years of experience working in both non-profit and corporate environments. She was an editor at a leading legal publishing company and Marketing Manager at a national law firm. In 2000, Jennifer returned to the non-profit world, working as a development consultant for Stanford University. After this, she was hired by the Family Violence Law Center in Oakland, CA as a Development Coordinator. In 2005, Jennifer joined ACS as its Grant Writer and is now the agency's Foundation and Corporate Grants Officer. Jennifer has also severed as a development consultant to various non-profits located throughout CA and as a federal grant reviewer. Jennifer received her B.A. in Literature, with Honors, from UCSC and her J.D. from Golden Gate University Law School. Jennifer enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her husband and two children.
Anthony joined Outlet in 2003 to fearlessly coordinate and implement the many Outlet programs and services. With a Master’s degree in Health Education from SUNY Cortland, Anthony is a whiz at program design and evaluation. He took the director position of Outlet in the fall of 2008 and continues to provide support, leadership and education while performing all director responsibilities. Originally from upstate New York, Anthony resides in the Bay Area enjoying his cup of coffee and the beaches of Santa Cruz.
650.424.0852 x107Gilbert is a recent college graduate who has grown up on military bases across the globe but calls Fairfield, California home. They hold a B.A. in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies, and Evolution, Ecology & Biodiversity as well as a minor in Art History from the University of California, Davis. In their time at UC Davis, they worked with the Peer Education program at the campus Women's Resources & Research Center as well as with BRIDGE: Pilipinx American Outreach & Retention, to create spaces for dialogue, education, and healing around issues that affect the Filipinx American and LGBTQ+ communities on the UC Davis campus. As Outlet's Program Coordinator, they hope to aid in the healing and empowerment of LGBTQ+ folks across various backgrounds in the Bay Area. Gilbert enjoys cuddling with their dogs Aberforth and Molly when they have the chance to visit home.
Ruben is originally from South East Los Angeles and graduated from UC Davis with a degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He has years of experience as a community organizer for the Chicanx/Latinx community, and has worked to educate and empower folks through programming that centers community development, cultural knowledge, gender & sexuality, as well as health & wellness. Ruben has worked with various LGBTQIA Latinx support groups throughout California, like Bienestar, the Ventura LGBT Youth Group, and Yik'al Kuyum, and hopes to help heal and empower this historically underrepresented community. Ruben loves loves books, video games, and pop culture! So he'll be your trump card on any trivia night!
Ben (They/Them/Theirs) graduated Suma Cum Laude from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Sociology and a Minor in LGBTQ Studies. They have pursued the field of Youth Development through nonprofits like Hidden Villa, where they managed and facilitated experiential education programs for teens in the outdoors. They develop curriculum designed to encourage self-exploration, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Ben is a community collaborator on issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ experience, including strengthening social support for LGBTQ+ youth and increasing access to medical and mental health services. They strive to challenge cultural perceptions of sexual and gender diversity, mental health stigma, and human relationships to the environment.
Christine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 10 years of experience in providing services in various community behavioral health settings as a clinician and administrator. Many of these years had been devoted to serving at-risk children, youth, and families. Moreover, she has had extensive experience in providing culturally competent services to the Asian communities in Chicago and San Francisco. In recent years, her interest in affecting change on a macro level has led her to assume administrative roles on several behavioral health programs. She has led new initiatives in the area of peer counseling services, as well as managed the operations of an outpatient mental health program. She is excited to be at ACS to empower youth through the promotion of mental wellness. Christine lives in Foster City with her husband and her 2 and 4 year old daughters.
This is Katie's seventh year with ACS. She has been the Site Supervisor at Terman Middle School, Jordan Middle School and Redwood High School in the past. Her prior experience includes three years at Esther B. Clark, a school for students with emotional and behavioral issues, at Children's Health Council in Palo Alto. Katie also has a private practice in Menlo Park working with adolescents and their families. Katie enjoys yoga and hiking, grew up in Palo Alto, and attended Gunn High School.
Kin has been a psychotherapist since 2002 and has over a decade of experience working with adolescents and their families through the Wellness Initiative, a school-based mental health program in San Francisco. As an immigrant from Hong Kong, Kin is passionate about integrating psychotherapy with the Asian culture. He has a strong interest in Relational-Psychodynamic Theories and the applicability to the Asian-American population. In addition, he maintains a private practice in the Peninsula where he provides supervision and psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families on a long-term basis. Kin is also bilingual in Cantonese.
Deborah has been working with families and teens since 1991. Prior to joining ACS, Deborah worked at Family and Children Services where she provided court-mandated therapy to parents of high-risk children. She also spent 5 years as a program manager for JFCS Parents Place where she worked with First 5 of Santa Clara County in the development and implementation of early literacy, health, nutrition and kindergarten readiness initiatives. Deborah has been in private practice since 2013 providing individual and family therapy with adolescents and young adults. She also offers parent education in positive parenting, adoptive parenting, and post-adoption concerns. Deborah is a certified practitioner of the TEAM method of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy developed by Dr. David Burns. Deborah enjoys tennis and hiking.
Over the past 16 years, Charlotte has gained extensive experience working as a therapist in elementary, middle and high schools, with both mainstream and Special Education programs. She worked for nine years at EMQ Families First as a Clinician in a School Program for Emotionally Disturbed Teenagers, and as a Clinical Coordinator for School-based and Intensive Transition Services. Her career has fueled by a love for children and adolescents and for the teamwork that takes place at schools. Charlotte has been trained in many different evidence based approaches and is especially fond of mindfulness. As an immigrant, she also treasures cultural diversity and awareness. Charlotte is from Denmark which has fostered a love affair with potatoes and salty licorice.