Our Staff

Jason Beers, President and CEO
jason(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0068

Jason brings with him over a decade of experience in strategy development, program implementation, outcome-based evaluation, information system management, and financial management. Prior to OA, he was Vice President and Branch Manager of Old Republic Exchange. Jason earned a Bachelor's degree in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University.

Ali Balick, Program Director
San Francisco, San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties
ali(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0062

Ali is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before joining Operation Access in 2008, she double majored in Spanish and Latin American Studies and graduated with a B.A. from Smith College. During undergrad she spent a year studying in Buenos Aires at the University of Buenos Aires. Alison lives in the East Bay and hopes to continue working to help the Latino Community in the Bay Area.

Scott Benbow, Development Director
scott(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0059

Scott has worked with grantmaking foundations to improve organizational capacity and with nonprofit organizations to strengthen the impact of programming and fundraising. During the 1990s, he served as an attorney in developing democracies in Ethiopia, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. He studied political science at the University of Maine and law at Columbia University. He enjoys running, SCUBA diving, visiting art museums, and seeing films.

Lauren Brunner, MPH, Planning & Evaluation Director
lauren(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0051

Lauren grew up in Sacramento, CA before graduating from Princeton University with a B.A. in Psychology and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. Lauren then studied at Tulane University, obtaining her Masters in Public Health, focusing in program design and monitoring and evaluation of public health programs. Lauren later lived and worked for over two years in rural Guatemala, serving as a Maternal and Child Health volunteer in the Peace Corps from 2013 - 2015. Lauren enjoys traveling, sports, and good food.

Janice Cheung, Program Assistant

Information & photo coming soon.

Antoine de Fridman, Operations & IT Manager
antoine(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0073

Antoine was born in Cambridge, MA, and grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the Metropolitan University, and later, a B.A. in Creative Writing and a M.A. in English Composition from SFSU.  Before joining Operation Access in 2010, he worked for the Consulate General of Venezuela serving the Venezuelan community on the West Coast. He likes cooking and is learning Afro-Venezuelan percussion and Venezuelan folk music.

Ben DeSnyder, Volunteer and Intake Coordinator
ben(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0087

Ben was born and raised in Holliston, Massachusetts. Before joining Operation Access as an AmeriCorps Fellow in 2016, Ben graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Spanish Language & Cultures, focusing on healthcare accessibility in Central America. Ben lives in the East Bay and enjoys cooking, playing music, and spending time outdoors.

Sandrena Frischer, Program Manager 
Marin & Solano Counties
sandrena(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0079

Sandrena was born and raised in Marin County, Ca. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies, focusing on international development, global health, and education. Prior to joining Operation Access, Sandrena returned from serving two years with the Peace Corps in Ecuador, where she worked at a foster home for girls and with local community groups on community health education initiatives. She loved her time in Ecuador but is thrilled to be back in the Bay Area supporting the local community. In her free time, Sandrena enjoys inventing recipes and trying new foods, travel, and the arts, especially ceramics and photography.

Marisol Gomez, Program Coordinator 
San Francisco, San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties
mgomez(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0055

Marisol, "Mari," was born in Acapulco, Mexico and raised in the city of East Palo Alto. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2010 with a BA in Feminist Studies, Politics, and Social Change. Prior to joining Operation Access, Mari worked at Westcoast Children's Clinic, a children's mental health clinic located in the jovial community of Fruitvale in Oakland; she supported the community and staff during her time there. Mari enjoys eating, playing soccer, rock climbing, being outdoors, camping, and spending time with her two and four legged loved ones.

Andrea Gonzalez, Program Assistant
andrea(at)operationaccess.org/ ph: (415)733-0085

Andrea grew up in Berkeley, CA, and graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Health Education. Before joining OA, she mentored and tutored High School students in the SF Bayview neighborhood through a non-profit called College Track. Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and friends, anything makeup and beauty related, as well as spending time on arts and crafts.

Angelica Gutierrez, Program Manager 
Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
angelica(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415)733-0080

Angelica is a Bay Area Native with a BA in Global Business & Finance. However, her passion to help people led her to complete Community Health Worker and Medical Interpreting programs at City College of San Francisco. She has had a variety of positions throughout her professional career both in the US and in Nicaragua. She draws from these experiences to make a difference in her community. As a member of the Aztec Dance group Xitlalli - Xolotl she is able to embrace tradition and have a cultural awareness that further drives her desire to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Elise Hilsinger, Program Coordinator
Marin, Napa, Solano & Sonoma Counties
elise(at)operationaccess.org/ ph: (415)733-0054

Elise is a Bay Area native who graduated from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Human Biology and Spanish, with a focus on health & healing of indigenous peoples in the community. She also studied healthcare systems & health accessibility while living and studying in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, and as a former volunteer for OA. Prior to joining the OA team full time, she lived and worked as a Marketer/Coordinator and English teacher in Santiago, Chile. Elise enjoys cooking and eating, spending time outdoors, swimming, yoga, and dance, and spending time with loved ones.

Marisol Ponce de Leon, Communications, Finance, & Administration Manager
marisol(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415)733-0279

Marisol is responsible for financial reporting and accounting, hr, communications, IT support, and can usually be found behind a camera at events and surgery sessions. Prior to joining OA, she served as a Staff Assistant/Donor Services/Intern Coordinator for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington, DC. Marisol is a Massachusetts native, and has a B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College, Northfield, MN. She has lived in the SF Bay Area for over 10 years, and enjoys going to shows, spending time with family and friends, photography, cooking and making up cocktail recipes, and relaxing in the park or at a café with a good book, and a pour over coffee.

Daniel Rabkin, Program Manager 
Napa & Sonoma Counties
daniel(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0004

Daniel, originally from Cincinnati, OH, graduated from Hampshire College with a B.A. in Journalism. Before joining OA in 2008, Daniel spent 2.5 years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where he worked with Mayan community members on projects in Food Security, Appropriate Technology, and Small Business Development. Previously, he worked as a Legal Assistant in New York, representing public assistance recipients at Fair Hearings. He has traveled, worked, and studied in various places around the world, including Israel, Spain, and Central and South America.

Marilyn Sanchez, CHITM, Program Coordinator 
Alameda & Contra Costa Counties
marilyn(at)operationaccess.org / ph: (415) 733-0278

Marilyn was born and raised in Pittsburg, California. While obtaining her associate degree she volunteered at various organizations in Contra Costa including her church and parish St. Peter Martyr in Pittsburg, La Clinica de La Raza in Pittsburg, and Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek.  She also volunteered with OA as an interpreter. She studied art and architecture in Paris, France as well as translation and interpretation at the National Hispanic University in San Jose. Marilyn has an A.A in Math and Science, is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter through the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) and is currently working towards a B.S. in Health Sciences. Marilyn loves spending time with her family and is quite the dancer.