Our People

Maitri employs a small staff housed in the same building as the 15 patient rooms. This allows for a high degree of interaction between staff and residents in their meals, social activities and daily lives, and is the most rewarding aspect of working here. We also enjoy the friendship and dedicated services of many volunteers, including our board members. Our staff and volunteers actively participate in benefit events and resident activities. We are a tight-knit community and relish the opportunity to be professionally and personally involved with such a caring and venerated organization.


Anne Gimbel, M.A., LMFT
Tel: (415) 558-3001

Anne was the Regional Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Coachella Valley that includes Palm Springs. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has worked in both Chicago, her hometown, and Los Angeles. Anne had prior experience as the Executive Director of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, a nonprofit that covered the entire state of Illinois for many years, and served as the Director of Development at Make-A-Wish Foundation in Century City and Geffen Playhouse during the fourteen years that she and her husband lived in Santa Monica. Anne also holds a certificate in nonprofit management and a Masters in Clinical Psychology.
Su Yates
Development Manager

Tel: (415) 558-3003

Susan (Su) Yates was born in Buffalo, New York, which she tends to forget.  After a journalism career in Manhattan and Westchester County with Gannett Newspapers, Su earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Hunter College in Community Health Education, followed by a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii. She performed cutting edge and exciting professional work for leading health institutions in New York and Hawaii before moving to California.  Along the way, she honed her fundraising and grants writing skills to considerable benefit of nonprofit organizations in New York, Hawaii and California. She has one son, two dogs and a plethora of interests.

Max Zapchenk
Finance Manager
Tel: (415) 558-3002

Max manages accounting, payroll and human resources at Maitri. Max has served in the non-profit realm for the past eleven years in various Finance Manager roles for organizations such as Shelter Inc, Tides Center, and Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay. Recent accomplishments were streamlining the invoicing process for $11 million in government contracts; improving contract performance through analytical review and variance reporting; and, creating the methodology for importing high-volume accounting transactions. In the for-profit world, he served in various accounting analyst roles for Northern Trust, Dey Labs, and Bank of the West, among others. Max’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/accounting from DePaul University in Chicago, where he grew up. His interests are electro-mechanical engineering, woodworking, and home-improvement projects.
Greg Christian
Facilities Manager

Tel: (415) 558-3014

Greg has been serving Maitri’s mission since 2007 in resident care and, most recently, as Facilities Manager.  His diverse career background prior to Maitri includes work in design, aviation, and finance. Greg has a BS degree in Business and Aviation Management from Phillips University in Oklahoma. He was a flight and ground instructor for Spartan College of Aeronautics in Tulsa.  After several flying jobs in the West and Alaska, Greg worked for Alaska Airlines in flight operations at SFO and with a mortgage software company in Sausalito.  Greg enjoys gardening, amateur astronomy, traveling, and is especially fond of his partner and pit bull terriers.

Annemarie Heineman, (JD)
Accounting Coordinator

Annemarie moved here from New York City in 1986. She began working in the HIV community in 1993 as a case manager for HIV+ inmates and parolees from the state prisons. She then worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and UCSF. Most recently, she was Manager of the Client Services Department at Project Open Hand for 8 years. She is very excited to be joining the Maitri team.

Nursing Team

Nikki Kelley, LVN
Licensed Clinical Supervisor
Tel: (415) 558-3005

Nikki supervises our LVN Team Leaders/CNA staff. Nikki (a graduate of St. Francis Career College) is a LVN working on her RN degree at the University of Phoenix which she hopes to get in 2020. She has been a nurse at Baker Places, Our Lady of Lourdes Convent and Visiting Angels. Nikki has experience as a Case Manager and Program Manager at Community Options and United Cerebral Palsy.
Certified Nursing Assistants
Guadalupe Acevedo, CNA
Lucita Gaffud, CNA
James Koehneke, CNA
Tam Nguyen, CNA
Vannie Phan, CNA
Mary Anne Voss, CNA
Kelli Hall, CNA
Amalia Duran, CNA
Senait Gebrehiwot, CNA
Trance Harribel, CNA
Aziz Chakir, CNA
Christine Shank, CNA
William Wohifeiler, CNA
Nathan Burris, CNA
Shayna Mitchell, CNA
Nurse Team Leaders
Diane Bunch, LVN
Katherine Rae, LVN
Ich To, LVN
Amy Chau, LVN
Scott Walker, LVN
David Tran, LVN
Nikki Kelley, LVN
Caiza Navarro, LVN
Troy Furman, LVN
Registered Nurses
Valerie Robb. RN
Tami Redding, RN
Tess Gurrey, RN

Program Staff

David Valentine
Tel: (415) 558-3004

David has been a volunteer at Maitri since 1992.. David is a trained Community Health Worker and studied at the Community College of San Francisco. In his spare time he enjoys dancing, cooking and spending quality time with his partner.
Annemarie Heineman, JD
Social Work Case Manager

Annemarie moved here from New York City in 1986. She began working in the HIV community in 1993 as a case manager for HIV+ inmates and parolees from the state prisons. She then worked at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and UCSF. Most recently, she was Manager of the Client Services Department at Project Open Hand for 8 years. She is very excited to be joining the Maitri team
Fran Blau, MA
Social Work Case Manager

After a career in theatrical costume design and production, Fran returned to school at Naropa University in Boulder, CO for a master’s degree in contemplative psychology. Upon graduation she began working for a hospice in Denver where she did intake and bereavement counseling. Fran came to Maitri in 2001 and worked as the Intake Coordinator/Asst. Program Director until 2005. She is currently a Social Work Case Manager.
Paul Haugen
Per Diem Social Work Case Manager

Paul is a long time resident of San Francisco. Paul comes to Maitri after several years as a Shanti peer support volunteer and personal caregiver. He is a recent graduate from CCSF’s Community Health Worker Program and firmly believes that learning gets more exciting with age. His favorite inactivity are getting his feet wet at Ocean Beach as often as possible.

Facility Superintendent

Ines DeLazarte
Michael Heath

Kitchen Staff

Ann Kong
Food Services Director

Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Ann Kong moved to the Bay Area in 1982 and continued to hone her food service skills while pursuing a 12-year B.A. program at various institutions. She finally obtained a degree in Humanities from the now defunct New College of California. After that, she owned a pig-themed restaurant in Berkeley for 3 years, where she made and learned from many mistakes. During that time, her father died of AIDS. Other life events also led her to Maitri and its kitchen in 1999, where she happily remains.
Sam Giacopazzi
Sous Chef

Sam Giacopazzi is a graduate of California Culinary Academy with 12 years of cooking experience. He has worked as a line cook at the Hilton Hotel and enjoys good food and fine dining.


Idel Dorleans
Hideo Yoshida
Samuel Giacopazzi 
David Sedalnick
Jason Park
Robert Miller
Matthew Clarke