Our Staff

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Pastors Tim & Katie Gavigan

Associate Pastors

tim@gtsf.org

Pastors Tim & Katie Gavigan

Associate Pastors

Tim and Katie were both born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Catholic families. Tim had trouble reconciling life’s realities with the God of his upbringing, and so turned to other world religions, hoping to find a spiritual match for the longing in his soul. It wasn’t until his mid-twenties that he slowly became convinced that the God of the Bible was the fulfillment of all his heart’s longings. It was during this time that he met Katie, who was also looking to make God a more central part of her life.

Tim joined the Glad Tidings staff in 2001. Tim and Katie can’t imagine living anywhere else in the United States. Tim loves all San Francisco trivia (ask him and he’ll tell you where the oldest buildings in the City are located!). He especially loves the Presidio, cherry blossoms, and Victorian architecture. Katie loves the year-round flowers, the sunny days, and the Bay Area’s breathtaking views. He and Katie never cease to be thankful for the diversity of culture, lifestyle, and cuisine (Thai food, anyone?) that the Fillmore, Hayes Valley, Pacific Heights, and yes, the Tenderloin has to offer.

They are so thrilled about the quality of relationships that are forming within the Glad Tidings community, and passionately convinced that through these relationships, San Franciscans will get a glimpse of the truth that God has designed each one of them for a life of purpose, meaning, and hope. Their imaginations are bursting with wonder at what San Francisco might begin to look like as more and more people begin to live in these life-giving relationships.

Katie and Tim love to wrestle out life’s most important questions with people who are looking to live the fullest kind of lives. Together we keep finding that people are most fulfilled when they live their lives for God’s purposes – to see His dreams come true for the world.

Some of Tim and Katie’s favorites:

  • Store: World Market, any up-and-coming coffee roaster

  • Movie: International-themed, Pride and Prejudice

  • Food: Tawan’s (Thai), Rotee (Indian)

  • SF District: North Beach, Noe Valley

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Virgina Eidman

Church Financial Department


Virgina Eidman

Church Financial Department

Virginia and Walter were raised on or near Native American Reservations here in Northern California. They have 3 children. The Eidmans have worked alongside the Beisers since the 1990s and agreed to follow the Beisers to GT where for the past 12 years and have worked in many arenas from fund raising to construction. They have been a tremendous help on many levels in our growth.

Virginia is a recent graduate of Glad Tidings Bible Institute [she encourages everyone to take a class on Tuesday nights!] She believes that God is looking for ordinary people who are willing to be available to help make a difference in San Francisco. “It is our heart’s desire that everyone in San Francisco would know just how much God really loves them.”

Their Favorites:

  • Missions Trips to anywhere in the world.

  • Playing Tourist Guide in San Francisco when friends come to town.

  • Eating Chinese food.

  • Sailing on the San Francisco Bay.



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Pastor Catherine Avenel

Senior Adult Ministries


Pastor Catherine Avenel

Senior Adult Ministries

Catherine was born in Canada and raised in a large family who remain close to this day. In the eighth year she received the Lord Jesus as her savior during a church service and later that year was given a “Word” that someday she was going to be in San Francisco. As a teenager she moved with her entire family to California as a result of her mother’s illness and need to be in a warmer climate. After the death of her mother she moved from Pomona, California to San Francisco with her father and all of her siblings; later married and raised her two sons.

After completing GTBI and receiving her license, she joined the staff at Glad Tidings Church. She has played an active role in the Seniors Ministry. The primary components of this are weekly services at a local senior retirement facility. She also participates with devotions and discipleship at GT and teaches at the adult level, training believers in their faith. Catherine has an active role in walking people through their painful pasts into a full life in Christ.

Catherine remains in San Francisco believing to be assigned by the Lord from the “Word” received when she was eight years old.



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Pastor Michael Fondanova

Administration Pastor / Celebrate Recovery


Pastor Michael Fondanova

Administration Pastor / Celebrate Recovery

Born in Southern California, Mike moved to San Francisco in 2006. Within a year, he had hit rock bottom for the hundredth time in his life. Drugs, alcohol, anger, violence, and a complete lack of purpose dominated his life. He found Glad Tidings Church in 2007 where he encountered a group of people who loved God with all their hearts and welcomed him with open arms. More importantly, Mike felt God’s love in an unforgettable encounter that reignited a childhood passion for God that is developing into a life-long hunger for more of Him.

When Mike’s not leading our Celebrate Recovery group, working with our Missions Teams, and serving as our lead pastor’s right hand man, you can find him

  • enjoying long walks through the City

  • eating at one of his favorite burrito places

  • ounging in Golden Gate Park with the latest Christian fantasy novel on his kindle

  • playing the tourist with his younger sister, Angela

Mike is passionate about

  • seeking GOD and fresh discovery of HIM

  • singing worship from the piano

  • checking things off his bucket list like skydiving or bungi jumping

  • a short shopping trip that gives him everything he needs at a discount



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Pastor Enrique Rosales

Consolidation Pastor / City Lights


Pastor Enrique Rosales

Consolidation Pastor / City Lights

Enrique moved to the USA from El Salvador 11 years ago. No matter how difficult the challenge, Enrique’s attitude is ‘let me try’. As a result, he has quickly become irreplaceable in our ongoing facility upgrades and modification projects. He also leads City Lights the adults social networking group that meets on Friday nights! Enrique always has something fun to say and a great activities. He has a soft heart and enjoys working outside. He enjoys swimming, soccer, the TV series “Westwing,” and on his days off loves to drive along the local coastlines.



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Tabatha Beiser

Creative Arts Ministry


Tabatha Beiser

Creative Arts Ministry

Tabatha was born while Forrest and Christina were missionaries in Africa, and has lived in San Francisco for most of her years. She is a graduate of Zion Bible College majoring in Biblical Studies and International Missions. Summer Camps are the passion of her calling and she couldn’t imagine a better way to start her ministry than working with the people she knows and loves!



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Vanessa Collins

Director of Operations / Women’s Ministry


Vanessa Collins

Director of Operations / Women’s Ministry

Vanessa first encountered the FIRE of God under Pastor Forrest’s ministry at Living Hope Christian Center in the 90’s. She was baptized in the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, 1996. Further encounters with God’s FIRE at the Brownsville Revival propelled her into a lifelong pursuit of greater holiness and intimacy. She’s now embracing a lifelong call to the ministry and is passionate about seeing the FIRE of God spread to the ends of the earth.

Raised in a Christian home in Connecticut, Vanessa has spent more than half of her life in San Francisco. She discovered at 16 that there’s nothing better than a life spent in service to God (Romans 12:1-2).

Her favorites:

  • Savoring shrimp burritos at La Corneta

  • Staring in awe at the redwoods in Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Gardens

  • Indulging in some Peanut Butter Indulgence from Mitchell’s Ice Cream

  • Walking through Glen Park Canyon

  • Showing off San Francisco’s hidden gems to her mom, a new transplant

Vanessa coordinates women’s activities and would love to tell you more about what’s available for women at GT!



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Pastor Mary Doran

Early Childhood Pastor / City Lights


Pastor Mary Doran

Early Childhood Pastor / City Lights

Pastor Mary spreads joy wherever she goes! Her servant’s heart is always visible, whether she’s pointing young ones to Jesus or decorating GT for Christmas. God has had His hand on Mary’s life from a young age. He has captured her heart! Her first desire is for worship – in fact, you’ll often see her on GT’s worship team. She oversees the children’s department (ages 0-5) and applies 15+ years of child development experience to making the PowerHouse a happy training ground for future ministry leaders with a heart after God. She is on FIRE for Jesus and she longs more than anything to fulfill His plans for her life. What a gift she is to GT!

Favorite things about SF

  • Glad Tidings

  • FOG

  • The views all over the City

  • The diversity- in the people, the neighborhoods, the food

Plans for a day off include

  • Hiking near the water

  • Pretending to be a tourist in San Francisco

  • Gourmet burgers

  • Thrifting with my sister

  • Vietnamese coffee!



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Pastor Amanda Weiss

Associate UNGD Pastor


Pastor Amanda Weiss

Associate UNGD Pastor

Amanda moved to SF after living all around the world and found SF to be the best city in the world! A graduate of Ball State University in Indiana, she found her true life’s calling here in San Francisco at GT.

Amanda is a graduate of our own GTBI. She has been a tremendous addition to our team here- investing day after day in our GT youth, supporting our lead pastor and jumping into whatever adventure the day brings! Amanda has a full heart that is ready to give in every situation. People are drawn to the light she shines so brightly. She is spontaneous and loves the diversity the City offers- diversity that is not found anywhere else!

Amanda’s favorite things about San Francisco are:

  • The view from Twin Peaks

  • Finding the best ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants , especially BBQ

  • Wandering through the shops in Japantown, striking up conversations in Japanese

  • Basking in the fog at Lands End



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Marcus Morrow

Student Ministries UNGD Pastor


Marcus Morrow

Student Ministries UNGD Pastor

Marcus was 8 when he came to GT. It was at his first kids camp that he caught on FIRE and found the courage to live right. Raised up with godly discipleship, his pursuit of a holy lifestyle forever changed the trajectory of his life. Statistics would say he should have joined a gang. Instead, Marcus is a Bible school graduate who knows that even a diploma can’t replace the FIRE. He has returned to GT and wants to be used to full capacity, in a way that’s only possible through the power of the SPIRIT.

Favorite things about SF:

  • The weather

  • The diversity, not everyone is the same

  • His family is here and GT

On his day off I most often I go to hidden locations and lookout places around the city, like twin peaks.



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Marvin Jordan

Student Ministries UNGD Pastor


Marvin Jordan

Student Ministries UNGD Pastor

Marvin Jordan was born and raised in San Francisco. His mother being a refugee from Eritrea during a thirty-year war traveled across the world and met her husband, a native to Geary, Indiana in Reno, California. Both having faith, Marvin grew up in Glad Tidings Church since he was two years old. Encountered God at the age of 10 and by 13 he was called into ministry Graduated from high school entering Zion Bible College (North point Bible College) for a year. Now he currently is under Pastor Forrest leadership as a staff member, enrolled in Glad Tidings Bible Institute and moving forward to be in God’s will.

His favorites:

  • Watching the sunsets in our city being new each day

  • Walking, Running or Biking riding throughout Golden Gate Park, discovering natures beauty

  • Tasting and trying all different types of food such as Indian, Thai, Mediterranean, Peruvian, Korean etc.

Marvin is an amazing young man who is passionate about God, teaching others to learn percussions. He is a real encouragement to the next generations, sharing with them how God is faithful and how the FIRE of God can change their lives!



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Sam Ali

Staff/ Kid's Pastor and UNGD


Sam Ali

Staff/ Kid's Pastor and UNGD

I fell in love with this big city because I have had tons of good memory with my family. Family has lived in the Excelsior district for generations, seeing the Forty-Niners play, Going to the Cow Palace, Visiting Embarcadero. Deep down inside of me I felt burden for people of San Francisco and in 2013 made a decision to pursue that goal and joined the Glad Tidings Staff soon after.

Favorites:

  • Love, love, love taking the Muni everywhere to different districts.

  • I love the different in cultures In San Francisco.

  • I absolutely love the restaurants in SF.

  • I love the hidden parks and hills in SF.

Samuel is outgoing, friendly, and loves to dance. He has a heart of gold, and often sings aloud to Jesus while he’s working. Sam gets along with everyone as soon as he meets them, and pours his heart out endlessly.



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Ramon Cossey

Staff/Art of the Covenant


Ramon Cossey

Staff/Art of the Covenant

Ramon is a San Francisco native and his family roots to back 3 generations. He loves taking time out to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. Ramon feels strongly called to San Francisco and is committed to seeing this city saved for God. Having been called to full-time ministry, Ramon is now on staff at Glad Tidings Church and enjoys working with children.

Ramon is excited about what God is doing in San Francisco and prays diligently for hearts and lives touched daily. On his days off Ramon prefers visiting the beach near the neighborhood he grew up in, enjoying the exhibits at the California Museum of Sciences, and listening to the seals at San Francisco’s famous Pier 39.

Favorites:

  • Restaurant: Roadside BBQ on 3rd Ave and Geary Blvd.

  • Location: Golden Gate Park’s Famous Windmills.

  • Touristy places. Yerba Buena Garden’s Waterfall, Pier 39, Union Square



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Thomas Seibert

Staff / Art of the Covenant


Thomas Seibert

Staff / Art of the Covenant

Thomas was born in Carmichael, California. In May of 2012, Thomas entered San Francisco Teen Challenge and began to embark on a lit path to redemption. It is at SFTC where Thomas began to change; hopes and dreams were rekindled, relationships were restored and an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ was born. Following his completion of the Teen Challenge program, Thomas joined the Glad Tidings staff in 2013.

Thomas is passionate about sharing the gospel. He is creatively gifted and wants to use his talents to glorify God and find new ways to reach people. He is relentless in dedication and has no limit on what he’ll do for people. Also, he has a heart to serve and a burden for the lost in San Francisco. Thomas loves the diversity and variety of cultural foods in San Francisco. He especially loves the scenic views and architecture around the city and enjoys spending time at Golden Gate Park, Lands End, Bernal Heights and the Marina. Thomas is ecstatic about what God is doing in San Francisco and is anticipating so much more.

Some of Thomas’s favorites include:

  • Movie: God's Not Dead, 1000ft Journey, The Secret Life of Walter Mittey

  • Food: Chaat Café in SOMA(Indian); Moonstar Buffet(Oriental), the Samovar Tea Lounge(located in Yerba Buena Gardens right behind San Francisco’s own Metreon)

  • Activities: Eating, Walking, basketball, hanging out with friends, music, and spontaneous adventures.



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Roxanne Lucas

Staff/ UNGD


Roxanne Lucas

Staff/ UNGD

Roxanne Lucas is quirky, lively and a go-getter. Having lived in the Bay Area for 23 years, she knows virtually everything there is to know about this majestic and colorful city and can give you directions ANYWHERE- making her the BEST tour guide ever. She graduated in 2007 from San Francisco State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design. She loves creativity and color, in all forms. Her heart for the community and passion for seeing lives changed is infectious. Being marked by the fire of God, she gave up her plans for a comfortable life of bi-vocational ministry and fully committed to see God move in San Francisco through Glad Tidings Church in 2014.

Favorite things about SF

  • I love SF so much that I’ve lived here for 18 years!

  • I like walking around SF and taking in the natural beauty.

  • It’s amazing to be able to eat Burmese food for lunch and a burrito mojado for dinner.

  • I have the privilege of being surrounded by the most creative and interesting people on earth. Our international city by the bay is awesome!

Roxanne’s favorite day off

  • On my day off you can find me drinking boba from Purple Kow or a coffee from any number of our amazing coffee roasters.

  • I will most likely be hanging out in the Mission or Hayes Valley, and eating something from Tartine bakery.

  • If it’s a free museum day, I’m definitely at the DeYoung or Legion of Honor.

  • I’m usually in the mood for an adventure and love seeing where the day takes me. I’ve driven down Ocean beach and on a whim ended up in Santa Cruz, that’s just the kind of spontaneous girl I am.



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Ruth Sonza

Staff / UNGD


Ruth Sonza

Staff / UNGD

What I love about San Francisco:

  • I get to see the fog roll in after a gorgeous, beautiful sunny day. Got to love SF weather!

  • I get the best of both worlds, I get to cruise down the coastline and watch the big ocean waves hit the shore and also have time to roam downtown San Francisco!

  • I love that this city is full of culture and diversity! I can walk down the streets of this beautiful city and enjoy the food, the language and the way of life.

What I love to do on my day off:

  • walk down to Mitchell’s to grab fresh, homemade chocolate ice cream on a waffle cone

  • jog along Ocean Beach under SF sun and cruise on down to Lake Merced

  • take photos of people and nature, especially at cool spots overlooking the ocean during the sunset

Ruth is a fireball who has a passion for preaching and seeing lives transformed. She is more than likely the most passionate and energetic person in the room and will turn the most mundane day into an extraordinary adventure. Giving up her ambitions for professional photography, Ruth joined staff in July of 2014. Being raised in Glad Tidings and San Francisco, she determines to see the youth of this city living lives fully sold out for God.



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Abigail Sonza

Staff / Art of the Covenant


Abigail Sonza

Staff / Art of the Covenant

Abigail was born in the Philippines and grew up in San Francisco. Her family and her has been part of Glad Tidings ever since she was twelve. After the Philippines 2014 Missions Trip she decided to pursue God in a different level and answer God’s calling in her life. She is now a youth group leader and is working diligently to see this city saved.

Favorite things about SF:

  • I love seeing different ethnicities and cultures all around San Francisco.

  • This city is full of diversity, by walking to Japan Town to North Beach to the Sunset District …you get to see different faces and experience San Francisco’s finest neighborhood.-San Francisco is the best city for foodies like me. Best city to dine and enjoy different cuisines.

What I like to do on my day off:

  • During my free time I love to jog and get a fresh breath of San Francisco’s air by Ocean Beach, Lake Merced and around the Golden Gate Park.

  • Hike the trail of Land’s End and enjoy the scenery that this beautiful city can offer.

  • End my day with getting two scoops of Bi-Rite ice cream and relax by Dolores park with my two dogs.

Abbey is one of the most positive people I have ever met and she adds something to the staff that is very needed. She is an environment changer and mighty woman of God. She gave up a rising career at a popular hotel in San Francisco to pursue the call of God on her life, I admire her courage and determination. She came into staff with a FIRE and it continues to grow everyday. I can see how she prays with passion and inspires and encourages the people around her. She has a true heart for people and is always ready to minister to anyone in need.



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Emily Holland

Staff / UNGD


Emily Holland

Staff / UNGD

Emily felt the call to ministry very early in life and is passionate about serving others and sharing the love of God. She is an active leader in our Underground youth group and goes out of her way to make herself available to them. She is a vibrant addition to the GTDI staff and moved to San Francisco in August of 2014. She hails from the panhandle of Florida and is enjoying getting to know the amazing city of San Francisco. Don’t be surprised if Emily greets you with a big smile and hug the first time she meets you. And you can often hear her beautiful voice echoing throughout GT as she worships God.

Emily’s favorite things about SF:

  • How diverse the city is

  • The countless food options

  • Boba and burritos by the beach

  • Walks around the city

  • Exploring new coffee shops



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Angela Fondanova

Staff / Art of the Covenant


Angela Fondanova

Staff / Art of the Covenant

Angela was raised in southern California with her mother and two brothers. She attended the university of California, riverside and obtained a bachelors degree in liberal arts with a concentration in ethnic studies and art history. After college she went on a missions trip to mexico with her aunt who has been on the mission field for over 30 years. She stayed there for a year and a half and then returned to the states where she got in an accounting office. In june of 2015 she went on a missions trip with glad tidings church and felt the call of god on her life and left her job shortly after.

She moved in july of 2015 and her favorites are:

  • I love the living in San Francisco where there is always something to do, you never get bored. My favorite site is the city at night, from treasure island or golden gate bridge.

  • I love experiencing different cultures all over the city, getting to see how each area has it’s own community throughout the city.

  • I love how many places to go and different things to do, like go to the orchestra, movies, site seeing all over the city, the beach, hikes.

On my day off I like to spend time with my brother, we go discover new restaurants throughout the city, there is never a lack of cuisine to pick from. And every place is good. We discover new places all over the city together and walk; park, beaches, and woods.

  • I also love ice cream, so I love having so many different ice cream shops around the city like mitchelle’s, bi-rite, and smitten’s; not to mention all the other great desert places around the city.

  • I love going out with my diverse room-mates and doing things together that would never think to do on my own. It’s always an adventure; I like trying new things and discovering things that I like that I thought I wouldn’t.

Angela is passionate in worshiping God. She has a beautiful giving heart, and lives beyond herself. She goes above and beyond for others, and lived in Mexico for missions for one year and a half to serve others. Angela is deeply in love with God and pursues His heart to live and serve this city.



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James Kaikainahaole

Staff / City Lights


James Kaikainahaole

Staff / City Lights

James grew up in Honalulu, Hawaii as an orphan. He grew up hating God because he knew God created families and he didn’t have one of his own. He was adopted by 3 different families then at age 11 was placed in a reform school. At age 28 he was kicked out if Hawaii and came to California. He went through 5 different rehab centers until miraculously delivered him from addiction of drugs and alcohol. He came to Teen Challenge and saw something in Pastor Forrest that made him come back. Now he is serving as part of GTDI.

Favorite things about SF:

  • The 49ers

  • Glad Tidings

  • The weather

On his days off he likes to read books about deliverance.



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Henos Haile

Staff / UNGD


Henos Haile

Staff / UNGD

Henos decided to go to Teen Challenge to stop his drinking addiction once and for all. After graduating from Teen Challenge he wanted more of God and decided to go the 2013 mission trip to the Philippines with Glad Tidings. He was forever marked and changed by this mission trip and decided to stay at GT afterward. Going back to his regular job and working he felt that he needed more discipleship. He felt he had to give it all up and join GTDI to mature as a Christian.

Favorite things about SF:

  • The ocean

  • Running up the hills

  • The views

On his days off he like to be active and go outdoors.



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Rebekah Wright

Staff / UNGD


Rebekah Wright

Staff / UNGD

Rebekah was born in Japan, but moved to Reno. When her parents got divorced she moved to San Francisco with her mother and her younger sister. She heard about Glad Tidings Church from a great aunt of hers at age 9 and has been coming ever since. She touched the Fire of God at age 14 and was called into ministry at age 17. She was encouraged by one of her youth leaders to finish an internship in Alabama with Pat Schatzline. Now she has returned to Glad Tidings where she first met God and is serving God as a part of GTDI.

Favorite Things about SF:

  • There are always new places to hike.

  • The unpredictable weather

  • The creative people and endless types of foods.

Her dream day off would be to be able to sleep as much as her heart desired and then spend the rest of the day with friends eating different types of foods; and the sun would never go down.



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Yolanda Ontiveros

Staff / UNGD


Yolanda Ontiveros

Staff / UNGD

Yolanda was adopted by a Filipino/American pastor’s family and grew up working in the church her parents pastored. She was born in San Francisco but raised in Los Angeles. She used her creativity in a career as a hair stylist. She got touched by the Fire of God at the 2014 annual fire conference at Glad Tidings and decided to give up her career and pursue God’s call on her life at GTDI.

Favorite things about SF:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge

  • The ocean breeze

  • The Ferry Building

Her favorite day off includes reading a book at the beach and eating Filipino food with friends!



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Breanna Weaver

Staff / UNGD

breanna@gtsf.org

Breanna Weaver

Staff / UNGD
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Zack Lisle

Staff / UNGD

zack@gtsf.org

Zack Lisle

Staff / UNGD
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Katrina Johnson

Staff / UNGD


Katrina Johnson

Staff / UNGD


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Emily Panariello

Staff / UNGD


Emily Panariello

Staff / UNGD


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Marisa Villanueva

Staff / UNGD


Marisa Villanueva

Staff / UNGD


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Shelsea Cook

Staff / UNGD


Shelsea Cook

Staff / UNGD


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Marvin Tehandon

Staff / UNGD


Marvin Tehandon

Staff / UNGD

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