Meet the MOVE staff

MOVE’s staff represents many communities. We are a diverse group of men and women dedicated to ending domestic violence and creating safety for survivors of violence and their children.

Our social/clinical analysis of domestic violence attracts both staff with clinical training and staff who are social change activists. Many of us are both. A partial list of the MOVE staff follows:

Dan Doyle

Dan Doyle is so “old timer” at MOVE that he’s like part of the furniture. He began as a volunteer in 1987 and has facilitated groups since ’89. He spent six years on the Board of Directors and has provided clincial supervision for staff and interns that past several years. Travel and writing are some of his other interests, including having spent much of the 80’s working as a bike messenger in Negril, Jamaica. Dan recently completed his first novel.

Shauna Fujimoto

Shauna Fujimoto has been with MOVE for 4 years, starting out as part of the first group of women to be hired to lead adult groups and is currently the Office Manager. Her interest in domestic violence began through her work at the Contra Costa County Bay Municipal Court and led her to a 2 year stint as a volunteer at Marin Abused Women Services, providing support for the 24 hour crisis line and in the emergency shelter. While completing her Master’s degree in Counseling, she realized she still had a strong passion and commitment towards ending domestic violence. She is pursuing her Marriage Family Therapist license and has an internship with The Family Service Agency of San Francisco, primarily working with victims of crime as well as individuals, families and couples. She also facilitates a support group through the Sansei Legacy Project that focuses on cultural and identity issues within the Japanese American community.

Herman Lee

Herman Lee is a native San Franciscan and first generation Chinese American. Herman came to MOVE as an intern in 1999 and recently joined the staff. Though youthful in his appearance, he has a wealth of knowledge. Herman has had experience working with youth, including in residential facilities. He hopes that his understanding of the development of children will help in his work with adults at MOVE. Herman received a BA in Psychology and a BA in Rhetoric & Communications from U.C.Davis and is currently working on a MS in Counseling at San Francisco State.

Charlene Mayer

Charlene Mayer came to MOVE as an intern in 1999 and has recently joined the staff. At MOVE she facilitates groups for adult men who batter and provides individual therapy. Charlene is currently working with other staff to further develop the Gay and Bisexual Program, including work in curriculum development and community outreach. She earned an MS in Counseling in May, 2000 and is working toward licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background in the treatment of substance abuse and dual diagnoses.

Mary McDermott

Mary McDermott began her work at MOVE as an intern in 1996 and later was appointed the Clinical Director of the MOVE Youth Program 1n 1999. Mary comes to MOVE with a masters degree in counseling as well as masters work teaching english to speakers of other languages, she has a background and interests in education, music and studio arts. Prior to her work at MOVE, Mary worked as an intensive in-home family therapist serving suicidal youth and their families. She has also collaborated with a collective of women to create a gender specific treatment program for adolescent young women with substance abuse issues. Mary hopes to combine her knowledge of gender specific adolescent issues, family therapy and domestic violence to continue to develop a community based program that empower youth in the ending of domestic violence.

Carole McKindley-Alvarez

Carole McKindley-Alvarez is the MOVE Adult Program Director. Her work includes facilitation of adult batterer treatment groups, training other social service agencies and criminal justice departments on the issues surrounding why men batter and the impact of the batterer’s behavior on themselves, their partners and children and community. She also created the child witness curriculum entitled working with survivors of sexual assault, disabled and emotionally disturbed adolescents, and provides self-defense training to women and girls. She is married and is the mother of three daughters. Carole is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at the Wright Institute.

Ras Mo Moses

Delmance “Ras Mo” Moses was born in Dominica, of African and Amerindian ancestry. He is a dynamic performance poet, master drummer, recording artist, composer, and theater director, as well as a teacher of Popular Theater and performing arts. He trains youth leaders, community and labor organizers, school teachers, anti-violence and health educators, and artists in the US and internationally. Ras Mo has helped groups of all ages, with themes ranging from street violence and sexual abuse to the historical and economic roots of community problems. He has published three books of poetry and released his second CD/cassette recording, Tchébé/Hold On, in 1998. At MOVE, Ras Mo coordinates community education for young people in high schools, middle schools and San Francisco’s juvenile jail. He is a father of two boys and two daughters.

Dean Peacock

Dean Peacock, currently the Director of Program Development, founded the MOVE Youth program and directed it until 1999. Since 1993, he has run intervention groups for men and boys who batter, worked in high schools and juvenile jails and other community settings and developed a number of curricula. He is a co-author of the Agenda for the Nation on Violence Against Women. Dean is a consultant to a number of national initiatives and works closely with men’s organizations internationally. Originally from South Africa, he has many years of experience as a community activist, co-founding the Anti Apartheid group Pupils Awareness and Action Group while in High School in Cape Town, and working on immigrant and civil rights, economic justice and other social justice issues here in the US.

Allan Silva

Allan Silva joined MOVE in 1997 after gaining experience and education in the health profession and an MA in Counseling Psychology. Allan has a background in improvisational acting, drama therapy, and political philosophy. A second generation Filipino-American, he has specialized in cross-cultural counseling approaches. For the last three years he has provided individual, group, and family counseling to young men at MOVE. Allan became Program Director of the Youth Program in 1999.