Welcome to Hope Solutions,
the new name for Contra Costa Interfaith Housing.

Leadership Team

  • Deanne Pearn, MPP

    Executive Director

    Deanne came to Hope Solutions in Spring 2017.  Prior to coming to Hope Solutions, she Co-Founded First Place for Youth, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness among transition age youth.  Over 18 years, Deanne helped grow First Place for Youth from a two-person start up to a statewide organization with over 100 staff serving nearly 2,000 youth per year. She also helped change public policy and improve the systems of care responsible for serving these young people.

    Deanne holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. She is thrilled to be working in her home county with such passionate colleagues who are committed to helping our most vulnerable neighbors build paths out of poverty.

    Deanne lives in Central Contra Costa County with her husband and three children. She enjoys hiking the East Bay hills, camping, reading, and cooking.

    Contact Deanne

    Phone: 925-944-2244
  • Alex Atkinson, MSW

    Chief Operating Officer

    Alex’s career started in 1991 in New York City, at an arts and leadership organization called CityKids. After earning a BA in Theater from NYU and an MSW degree in Social Work Administration from Hunter College, Alex worked at a Foster Family Agency in the Bronx as the Supervisor of the Adolescent Unit. He then moved to Oakland and served as the Director of Program Operations at the Family Support Services of the Bay Area.

    Alex then worked as the Director of Programs at First Place for Youth in Oakland, and moved to run the First Place office in LA, where he tripled the size of the program and led the office to be the highest performing region in the state. That led him to Casey Family Programs, where he served as the Senior Director of the LA Field Office, which provided secondary case management to families in the foster care system, and systems improvement services to Riverside and LA County’s Child Welfare Systems.

    Alex also ran his own leadership training and consulting business. He joined Hope Solutions in 2019 after a year in corporate philanthropy in Washington, D.C. and is so honored to work at an organization that is committed to our values and mission. He is also happy to be back in the Bay Area rooting for the home teams (go Giants!).

    Contact Alex

    Phone: 925-270-3123
  • Kristina Davis, aPHR

    Director of Human Resources

    Kristina joined our team in August 2018 as Operations Manager/HR Specialist and has recently been promoted to Director of Human Resources. Before coming to Hope Solutions, she worked for 20-plus years in the health and fitness industry, building high-performance teams. She graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources. Also, she has been awarded an aPHR certificate from the Human Resource Certificate Institute (HRCI).

    Kristina hails from the Central Valley and currently lives in Cordelia with her modern-day blended family and is a proud Air Force Mom. She enjoys spending time with family and loves to laugh. She believes if you look for the good in all things, you will find it.

    Contact Kristina

    Phone: 925-270-3165
  • Sara Marsh, LCSW, Ed.D.

    Director of Programs

    Sara has been the Director of Support Services at Hope Solutions since 2007. She earned a BA and 5th year teaching credential from San Francisco State University, a Master’s Degree in Social work from Smith College in Massachusetts, and a Doctorate in Education/Child and Family Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked in the child and family welfare field for over three decades. Sara trained as a post-masters fellow at the Menninger Clinic, and has done original research in the area of gender and oppositional defiance disorder treatment, eating disorders and the motivations of helping professionals. As a program director, supervisor and clinician, Sara has worked in community clinics, inpatient settings, school-based mental health programs and private practice. At Hope Solutions, she continues to appreciate and develop the housing-based model of services as a particularly good approach for holistic, family-centered support.

    Contact Sara

    Phone: 925-278-1788
  • Bill Jones, LMFT

    Director of Housing Programs

    Early in his career, Bill worked as a fundraiser for two different children’s museums, and he found his way into the field of mental health through watching friends pursue work in healthcare and the clergy. Bill earned a BA in Sociology/English at Tufts University, an MA in Applied Psychology at Golden Gate University, and a certificate as an End of Life Practitioner from the Metta Institute in Sausalito. After moving to the Bay Area in 1997, Bill has worked as a case manager, psychotherapist, program manager, administrator, and clinical supervisor for social service and community mental health organizations. Since becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2003, he has also maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland and has provided clinical supervision to graduate psychotherapy students enrolled at JFK University and California Institute of Integral Studies. Bill joined Hope Solutions in 2010 to provide direct case management and mental health services to families at Garden Park Apartments, and he helped launch the mental health intern program at GPA during his tenure there. Bill has also played a primary role in launching and growing Hope Solutions’ multi-site housing programs. In addition to enjoying his work for Hope Solutions and with private clients, Bill has been honored to serve on the Contra Costa County Health Care for the Homeless Co-Applicant Board since its inception.

    Contact Bill

    Phone: (925) 278-1789
  • Tanya Ford-Goins, MA

    Director of Housing Navigation

    Tanya Goins joined Hope Solutions in February 2016 as East County Program Manager and has recently been promoted to Director of Housing Navigation. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Patten University and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Holy Names University. Tanya has worked with under-served populations for over 15 years and has extensive experience in the foster care and social work industries. Tanya is passionate about helping families gain stability and self-sufficiency and she is a champion in providing young adults and families with stable, permanent housing and support. She uses humor and compassion to build relationships with clients and her management and community outreach skills enable her to develop fruitful partnerships with others.

    Tanya lives in Antioch with her husband and their three children. In her spare time, she enjoys music and doing stand-up comedy. She believes that where there is laughter there is also a release of pain and moments of smiles.

    Contact Tanya

    Phone: 925-266-2218
  • Christina McCarthy

    Director of Finance

    Christina joined Hope Solutions in March 2017.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo.  Before coming to Hope Solutions, she began her career in public accounting at Arthur Andersen LLP working for several years in both the San Francisco and Boston offices. She then took on a finance role in commercial banking at Wells Fargo in Boston.

    Christina spent many years volunteering extensively at local public schools as well as non-profits such as Junior Achievement, Girl Scouts, and AYSO youth soccer clubs. She has served on several non-profit boards, ran after school programs and fundraisers. It was this volunteer experience that drew her to a career move to non-profit finance. Christina is now a Certified Non-Profit Accounting Professional and is currently a graduate student working on a Master’s in Public Administration from Villanova University.

    Christina is happy to be back in Pleasant Hill where she grew up, serving the local community. She lives with her husband, three teenage children, and their dog.  She enjoys traveling with her family and attending her children’s sports activities.

    Contact Christina

    Phone: 925-944-2244
  • Suzanne Martin, CFRE

    Director of Development

    Suzanne joined Hope Solutions as Director of Development in August 2020. She is originally from New England and has been volunteering at social service organizations and raising money for under-served populations virtually her whole life. With a degree in Business Administration from Providence College, she worked as a computer programmer and database analyst while volunteering at numerous non-profits as a community organizer, board member and fundraiser. She made the career switch to community development and moved to the Bay Area in 1998. Suzanne earned credentials as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) at Indiana University/Perdue University Indianapolis. She is passionate about helping to level the playing field for all and enjoys bringing people together to cause positive change. Suzanne lives in Alameda with her two teenage sons. She co-founded a non-profit coffeehouse/ community center, is a Rotarian, a member of the Alameda Elks Lodge, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Golden Gate Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

    Contact Suzanne

    Phone: 925-944-2247