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Our Staff

Sarah Wilson – Executive Director

email Sarah  |  (310) 452 – 1223, ext. 403

Sarah has a passion for utilizing her skills in leadership and administration to serve at-risk women and children, equipping women to break the cycle of poverty and dysfunction, and creating long term health and wellness for future generations. Sarah has almost 15 years’ experience working in non-profit and church administration; serving as Harvest Home’s Executive Director since 2013. Her educational background includes a B.S. in Social Work and an M.A. in Administration. Sarah enjoys any and all cultural events—from opera to roller derby—and traveling the world when time and money allow.

 

Stephanie Moss, MSW – Director of Programs and Operations

Email Stephanie  |  (310) 452 – 1223, ext. 401

Stephanie is passionate about diversity, systemic transformation, and empowerment. She has 10 years experience working with high-risk populations in community-based, family-centered services which are culturally-competent and innovative. She received an Master in Social Work degree from USC – with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning, and Administration. She enjoys being competitive, eating organic foods, sipping lattes, dancing to Stevie Wonder, and family night with her husband and daughter!

 

Ashley Chase – Case Manager

Email Ashley  |  (310) 452 – 1223, ext. 101

Ashley graduated from Biola University with a degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Child Development. She is currently earning a Master of Social Work degree from USC. Ashley’s experience includes case management for a Residential Re-Entry Center, House Manager at Harvest Home, and longtime volunteer at local children’s hospitals.  She is driven by her passion to impact the lives of individuals in Los Angeles through counseling, assistance and social services with dedication that reflects the love of Christ.

 

Samyra Davis – House Manager

Email Samyra  |  (310) 452 – 1223 ext. 103

Samyra is a woman that seeks out justice and truth. Receiving her BA in History from Azusa Pacific University, Samyra uses her analytical skills as a way to learn from, teach, and relate to those of all walks of life.  Passionate about children of God knowing their worth, Samyra enjoys empowering and encouraging men, women,and children in any way that she can. Samyra also enjoys backpacking, the mountainous outdoors, and cracking open a good book.

 

Earleen Kennedy, MFTI – Alumnae Program Coordinator

Email Earleen  |  (310) 452 – 1223 ext. 402

Earleen recently graduated Pacific Oaks College, completing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy – specializing in African American Families (AAMFT). She has a BA in Human Development – with a specialization in Play, Language & Literacy and has received several certifications which include; Special Needs, Early Childhood Education, and CPR/First Aid Training. She actively supports community-based programs and beyond, recently supporting and training Early Childhood Educators in a local organization (HOM) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Earleen has 10+ years experience working in early childhood education, which led to her strong belief in collaboration between family and community and her eagerness to bring together her professional and personal experience to the families in the Harvest Home Alumnae community.

 

Sarah Foss – Volunteer and Operations Manager

Email Sarah  |  (310) 452 – 1223 ext. 102

Sarah is a Los Angeles native with a heart for those in need. Before joining Harvest Home this year, Sarah spent the last 10 years as a professional photographer as well as managing a small business with her husband. Raised by parents in ministry, Sarah strives to serve those in need and to be an encouragement to others. In 2009, while volunteering with her church’s mothers group, Sarah was introduced to Harvest Home and was immediately drawn to our mission. Sarah is passionate about coordinating volunteer resources to meet the needs of the women and children of Harvest Home. When she isn’t at work, Sarah loves spending time with her friends and her husband and kids.

 

Marilyn Raffensperger, M.Ed, PhD, MFTI – Therapist, Emotional Well-Being Program

Email Marilyn

Marilyn is full of hope and sees strength and beauty in every pregnant woman who walks through Harvest Home’s doors. Marilyn is passionate about social justice and is keenly aware of the many challenges that homelessness and poverty bring to families. Marilyn has a counseling degree as well as a PhD in Health Sciences. She used to live in New Zealand where she worked as a therapist, researcher, and community worker. Marilyn enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern (IMF 77001) | Supervised by Stefani Reitter (LMFT 50714)

 

 

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