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2018-2019 Board of Directors 

Edward C. Rusnak, Board President: Ed is the co-founder and a Managing Partner of Private Wealth Financial Partners, a comprehensive planning firm affiliated with Lincoln Financial Advisors. Ed lives in Danville with his wife and daughter.  He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with an MBA in Finance and BS in Industrial Engineering.  Ed has over 20 years of experience as a corporate executive.  He is a member of Tri-County Apartment Association and volunteers in the local community and St. Isadore’s Church.



Dr Olivia Herriford, Board Secretary and Treasurer: Olivia is Program Manager for City College of San Francisco’s tech apprenticeships, getting more women, African American, and Latinx students into high-demand tech jobs.She is also contributing faculty at Walden University where she mentors students developing doctoral dissertations. Olivia is Founder/Executive Director of Women Sharing Wisdom Institute, a nonprofit that provides business-planning workshops for women microbusiness owners and leadership development for NGO and student leaders in East Africa. A fourth generation Californian, Olivia lives in Walnut Creek.




Giselle Teixeira, Marketing Committee Chair: Giselle is the Program Manager for Go-to-Market Strategy at Google Cloud where she focuses on new product launches and building the sales strategy for new markets. Giselle was a previous Consultant for Deloitte for Technology Strategy and Analytics. She holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. In her spare time Giselle travels to visit family in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Mia Zinni, Business Development Committee Chair: Mia is an award-winning Architect licensed in New York currently working at IwamotoScott Architecture in San Francisco. Additionally, Mia is a faculty member in Architecture at UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, where she teaches advanced studies in design and research of Domestic Violence Shelters. She was awarded the McKim Prize for excellence in design from Columbia University where she received her Masters in Architecture.  Prior to Columbia, Mia attended UC Berkeley where she received her Bachelors of Art in Architecture with high honors. Mia worked with Sanitation Health Right in India on the design and organization of a Women’s Community Facility in-conjunction with public toilet block facilities for the women of Nimua, Bhiar India.


Sophora Acheson, Executive Director: Sophora Acheson received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University in 2011 and soon became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Those affected by traumatic events, especially women, have always been a driving force in her work and education. Sophora found an opportunity to work on two incredibly important issues in 2009 that intersected both trauma and women’s issues, this experience ultimately fueled her passion in domestic violence and human trafficking work. Since then, Sophora has counseled abused and trafficked women, men and children, assisted the state in developing the standardized training for DV counselors, operated large residential DV and HT shelters, opened the United States first adult male trafficking shelter, oversaw the development and build of permanent supportive housing projects, and created some of the first trauma-informed care facilities for trafficked adults. Sophora joined the staff of Ruby’s Place in 2009 and was appointed the Executive Director in 2018

Management Staff

  • Sophora Acheson, Executive Director
  • Maureen Tiongco, Chief Financial Officer
  • Maria Pittier, Director of Finance
  • Katie Burrill, Director of Clinical Services
  • Cindy J. Ortega, Director of Programs
  • Helen Ayala, Shelter Coordinator
  • Tania Garcia, Human Trafficking Outreach Specialist