While our volunteers are also key staff, these are the full-time folks
Development & Communications Manager
A San Diego native who grew up in Virginia, Kalynn returned to the best coast and found a new home in San Francisco after completing his studies in economics and French at the University of Mary Washington. Since moving to the Bay, he has worked in nonprofit event planning and operations. He is excited to bring his communications and project management experience to Clinic by the Bay.
A San Francisco native, Viela was born and raised in the Excelsior/Outer Mission. She has worked in local brokerage operations for the last 30 years, primarily in staff and project management.
Karen has been a registered nurse for 30 years. Her background and experience includes Oncology, Pain Management and Emergency Nursing. She has worked as a Nurse Manager for 14 years at Seton Medical Center; in the Regional Block Suite for 8 years, followed by the Emergency Department for 6 years. She has been with Clinic By the Bay since July 2016.
David brings more than 30 years of clinical experience to our patients. David has practiced emergency medicine, internal medicine and occupational medicine in hospitals throughout the Bay Area and in private practice. Most recently, before working at the Clinic, he served as the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Seton Medical Center.
Born in San Francisco and a native of the Mission district, Alan has always had a passion for helping others. He attended the University of California Santa Cruz where he earned his bachelors in chemistry. After graduating, Alan moved back to San Francisco and joined the clinic as a volunteer Spanish interpreter. After a year at the clinic, Alan was offered a permanent position. In his free time, Alan loves to travel and be outdoors.
Volunteer Program Manager
Henry has a dynamic background with diverse experiences ranging from urban at-risk youth development to organic farming. He has previously worked with Peace Corps as an Agriculture Extension Agent in Paraguay, where he learned to speak the indigenous language of Guarani as well as Spanish.
Lead health Coach
Kara Lugtu is a first generation Bay Area native committed to improving her community and changing the world. An eternal optimist and advocate for the historically disenfranchised, she is committed to decreasing health disparities across the Bay Area. Kara lives a life of adventure, and firmly believes people have a right to live their adventure with a fulfilled and healthy life.
David offers more than 20 years of experience managing various non-profits, serving communities in need, and working with volunteer groups worldwide. His career has been dedicated to serving a vast array of constituencies, including individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, queer youth, the working poor, at-risk youth, and the Black community around HIV/AIDS. David lived and worked abroad for several years, serving the U.S. Peace Corps — recently, he was the Director of Management & Operations for Peace Corps in Lesotho, and from 1997–1999 he was a volunteer in Kazakhstan. He has one son, Kyle, whom he adopted out of the foster care system.