Tanis has served as a YWCA CEO for fifteen years, with a highly successful track record of community-responsive mission impact. As a values-based leader, Tanis is focused on growing mission impact programs and advocacy through strong and empowered teams. Tanis joined YWCA Silicon Valley as CEO in 2014. Under her tenure she has enabled the development of a team that has deepened a quality continuum of programs and services and has grown YWCA Silicon Valley from $3.8M to almost $10M, with increased philanthropic engagement and advocacy. Tanis was recognized as a Silicon Valley Women of Influence, served as Co-Chair of the Santa Clara County Intimate Partner Violence Blue Ribbon Task Force, and serves on the Silicon Valley Council of Non Profits Leadership Team. Prior to taking the helm at YWCA Silicon Valley, Tanis spent 10 years as the Executive Director at YWCA Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she led the transformation of the agency from financial crisis to a flourishing, mission centered organization. The agency grew over 400% to become the largest women’s organization in Atlantic Canada with a budget of $4.2M and four facilities. Her advocacy to change policy and launch innovative housing programs was recognized by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Agency with a Best Practice Award.  Tanis is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Award for National service, and the YWCA Canada President’s Award.

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Lindsy Carpenter is a passionate social sector professional who is committed to creating programs and services that achieve deep impact for the communities she serves. Lindsy brings over 15 years of experience in economic empowerment, workforce development and women’s issues to her work, always pushing for increased mission impact in each role she holds. Lindsy currently serves as the Chief Program Officer at YWCA San Francisco and Marin. In this role, she is responsible for leading and managing a comprehensive array programs that drive towards the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Other prior roles include serving as Chief of Staff at the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, a national organization that empowers women to achieve self-sufficiency through self-employment, at the City of New York, most recently as an Executive Director for the Department of Small Business Services which helped approximately 12,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses start, operate and expand each year in New York City. Lindsy has a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU and a BA in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, is a proud alumni of the Allstate Foundation’s Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership Program with Northwestern University.

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Tenant Services Director

Anna, an immigrant from Hong Kong, came to San Francisco with her family when she was eleven years old. She lived in Chinatown and attended schools in San Francisco until the family returned to Hong Kong when Anna was sixteen. As Tenant Services Director for YWCA Apartments, Anna organizes resident events and finds community resources for the occupants of the Apartments, the majority of whom are Chinese immigrants. Prior to joining YWCA in 1991, Anna was a social worker for Golden Gate Regional Center, serving developmentally disabled clients from three to sixty-three years of age.

Anna holds a degree in developmental psychology from San Francisco State University, and has taken courses on Geriatrics and Gerontology through Ohio State University. She is a Certified Professional Service Coordinator, holds a California real estate license and is working on a master’s degree in social work. Anna is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, and understands Toisan, a spoken language in the southern part of Guangdong Province in China. She has worked at the Apartments since 1991.

Bette Gundersheim

Business and Community Outreach Coordinator

Bette has had a long career in advertising as an Account Executive and Media Buyer and has a strong relationship with non-profits including working closely with local school districts and foundations.

Bette’s primary responsibilities are to drive new clients into the Fifty+ program and develop partnerships with local employers to hire our clients.  She is committed to raising awareness of the value of the Fifty+ program throughout Marin County.  Bette will work hand in hand with the Client Employment Specialist matching clients with job lead requirements.

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Administrative Assistant

Gretchen joined YWCA’s staff in October 2010 and is based at the Marin Center in San Rafael, where she handles all administrative functions including office management and client intake. She has a Masters degree in psychology and enjoys working with and helping people. As a former FiftyPlus participant, her direct experience with the job search process makes her an invaluable member of the Marin team. Her business background includes banking, financial services, publishing and construction.

J. Franklin

Special Projects Coordinator

J. works with the excellent, dedicated staff of YWCA Apartments to attain and sustain best-in-class housing standards for residents.

In Boston, J. co-founded the Educational Development Group, Inc. (EDG, Inc.), a non-profit educational service provider to the diverse, progressive Boston Hotelworkers Union.  Arriving in San Francisco in 2007, J. has worked in supportive housing and mental health non-profits.  J. enjoys creating and fostering environments for social change.

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Facilities Director

Johnny Zhang has worked with YWCA since 1993. He is responsible for repair and maintenance of YWCA’s apartment building, which is funded by HUD and houses elderly and disabled tenants. He supervises his maintenance team to provide a safe and beautiful living environment for the ninety-eight apartment units and two child care centers located on site. He also performs repair projects as requested at both YWCA offices. Johnny is fluent in Cantonese and English.



Laura Eberly


Laura Eberly is a community organizer and former Licensed Clinical Social Worker who leads advocacy and racial justice efforts at YWCA San Francisco & Marin. She comes to this work from extensive community organizing and leadership development experience. As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, Laura also co-created and co-facilitates YWCA’s Inclusion Inventory. Prior to coming to YWCA, she organized supportive housing tenants in Chicago with Mercy Housing Lakefront’s Tenant Leadership program. There, she led campaigns and coalition work for economic justice and community building. Laura has a background in both non-profit and electoral organizing and a BA in Public Policy and MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

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Client Employment Specialist

Nancy joined YWCA in June 2009. Her main focus is ensuring job placement success for YWCA’s FiftyPlus clients. She guides clients through their job searches, providing career coaching and other job-readiness services and activities that lead to job placement. Nancy continues to provide support to clients after finding employment as well.

Nancy brings twenty years of corporate recruiting and human resources experience within various industries, including financial services, high-tech and healthcare. Nancy’s experience from an employer hiring perspective is helpful as she assists job seekers to prepare to successfully find employment. Nancy’s passion is helping women find employment and realize their potential.

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Administrative Assistant

Pauline is a classically trained musician with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Piano and Organ Performing from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Besides teaching piano professionally, she has worked as an elementary school teacher at Commodore Stockton located in San Francisco Chinatown, and as a YMCA afterschool teacher.

Pauline joined YWCA’s family in 2012. Her goal is to utilize her language ability and cultural background to help senior residents residing at the Apartments.

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Maintenance Tech

A native of China, Wei has been with YWCA since 2007. Wei is fluent in Chinese and is studying English to increase his speaking abilities. Wei has mastered skills in professional cleaning and housing maintenance.