Board Members

  • Karen Parnell, President

  • Marcus Amaro, Treasurer

  • Mitali Perkins, Secretary

  • Kacie Stratton, Executive Director

  • Ginnie Daniel

  • Chris Coon

  • Esther Li-Bland




Kacie Stratton | Executive Director

A former elementary and middle school speech-language pathologist, Kacie is passionate about developing leaders in under-resourced communities.  Kacie has a strong vision for coming alongside whole families and assisting them to achieve their full potential.  Kacie is the founder of The GreenHouse, a nonprofit organization in Sacramento where she served as Executive Director for ten years.  She joined the Harbor House team in September 2015 and is excited to be working with our beautifully diverse families, as well as our supportive donors, congregations, community partners, and staff.  She and her husband have three elementary-aged sons who daily keep them on their toes.


Guadalupe Del Toro | Olive’s Closet Clerk

Lupe has been with Harbor House for over 35 years. As a clerk of Olive’s Closet, she loves helping families find affordable children’s clothing.  Most people know that Lupe speaks fluent Spanish but they don’t know that Lupe would like to fly a plane!




Maria Del Toro | Custodian & Family Services Assistant

Maria is our amazing Custodian and also serves as our Family Services Assistant.  She was once a child in the Harbor House program and now lovingly serves our families and facility with her bright smile and dedicated work ethic.  Maria attended Laney College and would like to see all of her children (and those at HH!) get a college education. When she is able, Maria likes to volunteer with her children’s school to help the kids of Oakland flourish.




Tam Thi Ho | Food Box Coordinator

Tam is the Food Box Coordinator and has been with Harbor House since 2010. Tam attended the Administrative College in Saigon, Vietnam, and has an AA degree from Laney College. She enjoys working with the families at Harbor House each week. She also enjoys soccer, ping pong and tennis.  Tam loves flowers and would like to have a garden full of them!




Tsehai Netsereab | Office Manager

Tsehai joined Harbor House as an Office Manager in August 2018. Being passionate about development work that can bring change in people’s lives, she worked in various international organizations including the United Nations. Tsehai has a Masters in Economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She enjoys playing Sudoku and knitting.




Sharon Jan | Director of Elementary Programs & Volunteer Coordinator

In August of 2016, Sharon joined the Harbor House team where she puts her efforts toward designing an enriching, academic program for our elementary students. She values youth education and loves books, which draws her to the classroom. In 2014 she graduated from with a B.A. from Pomona College, moving to the Bay Area shortly after. Sharon is a creative cook and all around lover of food, a great gift if you want to brighten her day!



Ashly Nation | Director of Teen Programs

Ashly joined the Harbor House Team in October 2017. She is an Oakland native that is very passionate about empowering young people in Oakland to use their God-given gifts and talents to be agents of change in their communities. Ashly received her B.A. in Biblical Studies from SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary, and is pursuing her M.A. in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. When not at Harbor House, you may find Ashly at Oakland Street Fairs & Festivals, playing board games, eating out with friends, or helping churches reveal the love of God to their communities.


Tim Perkins | Assistant Youth Coordinator

Tim joined Harbor House in early 2018. He has heart for working with kids and teenagers. Tim provides support to our elementary programs as the kindergarten and first grade class leader, helping our youngest students build their skills in literacy and math. He earned his B.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California. In his free time, he likes to walk his two dogs, go to the gym, and play video games with his friends.