Merrie graduated from U.C. Davis in 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Since then, she has gathered experience in behavioral health assisting adults in re-entry as well as working with children with autism. With Home Match, Merrie is excited to support older adults with their housing needs and goals. In her free time, Merrie enjoys spending time with her pug, exploring new places and restaurants in the Bay Area, and cooking new recipes.
Languages: English, Tagalog
Rosanna Aragon was born and raised in Contra Costa County. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from U.C. Merced. She has years of customer service experience and enjoys connecting with new people. Rosanna loves helping others in any way she can and looks forward to further pursuing this passion in her work through Home Match. Outside of work, her hobbies include trying out new boba milk tea shops and spending time with loved ones.
Languages: English, Spanish
Azalea graduated from CSU Monterey Bay receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies. Since then, she’s gained incredible experience working at multiple non-profits and non-governmental organizations, both locally and globally. She has a unique background managing a variety of service based programs and projects and is dedicated to serving underrepresented communities. With a passion for social justice, food sovereignty and inclusivity, she is honored to support her community with Home Match. In her free time, Azalea manages her small business growing microgreens and selling at farmers’ markets.
Languages: English, Spanish
Alfonso Gutierrez is a current master’s student at California State University East Bay in Public Administration. Alfonso’s previous roles include working as a Case Manager with homeless or at risk people. On Alfonso’s down time, he enjoys jogging, reading, watching horror movies or anime, and spending as much time as possible with his two dogs.
Gregory Bailey has been a professional in social work for well over a decade. His career work spans the educational field, equity and inclusion, restorative practices, and consulting work with the homeless population. Greg has devoted his life to the service of others in an effort to make a positive impact in his communities.
Greg is also a published author. His first novel, an autobiography focused on relationships entitled “Am I The Only One Crazy?” was released in 2014. He resides in Hayward, California, and continues to pursue his education while working on his second novel.
Luke completed his BA in International Relations at San Francisco State University and his MA in Human Geography at the University of British Columbia where he also taught as a Sessional Lecturer and advanced to candidacy in the Human Geography PhD program conducting research on the history of cities and critical pedagogy. Luke’s participatory research into health and wellbeing in urban communities led him to transition from his university career into non-profit community work with organizations in Vancouver, BC, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Luke brings a deep understanding of the history of cities and urban planning to bear in developing creative solutions for contemporary urban issues like housing shortages and environmental degradation. Outside of work Luke carries on his passion for philosophy and poetry in conversation with the liminal spaces between natural and urban landscapes.
Sarah Silva was born and raised in San Francisco. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and has been working in community mental health, with an emphasis on serving populations diagnosed with severe mental illness, substance abuse, incarceration histories, and chronic homelessness. Before joining Home Match, Sarah served for five years as the Program Director of a residential mental health rehabilitation program in San Francisco.
During Sarah’s downtime, she enjoys dancing (Salsa and Zumba) and is always trying to do more yoga. Sarah loves spending time with friends and traveling. Sarah loves food, especially Italian, and enjoys trying new recipes. Additionally, Sarah recently got a new puppy, Francesca aka Frankie, and is looking forward to spending more time in nature.
Languages: English, German
Lucie received a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and a Master of International Forestry with a focus on community forest management from the University of British Columbia. She has 14 years of experience working for non-profits in diverse environments, and a passion for engaging with the public via varied mediums. Though Lucie’s studies and career have been diverse, they have all been grounded in service to and strengthening of communities. In her down time Lucie enjoys walking in the woods, spending quality time with friends, and exploring philosophy across disciplines.