Multifamily Housing Developer,
Chair of the Board of Directors
Tom is an Independent Multifamily Real Estate developer with properties in Houston, Texas. He worked with Houston community leaders to revitalize a neighborhood that had been impacted by crime and blight. Tom was instrumental in developing a community revitalization plan (“Super Block”) creating a coalition of neighborhood homeowners, apartment owners, small businesses, City of Houston political leaders, the Near Northwest Management District, and the Houston Police department. Ultimately the City of Houston closed three large apartment complexes and razed two of the properties in the neighborhood. A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) was awarded in 2010 by HUD and the City of Houston to Mr. Miller and two additional adjacent properties. 1200 units in a three-block area were completely modernized and the community revitalized as measured by an 80% reduction in neighborhood crime. The neighborhood was transformed from “the most dangerous neighborhood in Houston” (as stated by Houston news reporters), to an affordable and safe community, and remains so today. Tom continues as a member of the Business Development Committee for Houston’s Northwest Management District. Prior professional experience was in the computer and telecommunications industry. He resides in San Rafael California with his wife Kate Keating.
Laura’s background is in the hospitality industry, in which she worked as a consultant to create successful concepts for restaurants and public spaces for major hotel companies worldwide. Her broad range of experience includes strategic business consulting, concept strategy and brand development, event planning, marketing and PR planning, chef/menu development, and market research. Laura has been involved with Raphael House since 2013 and she co-chaired the annual gala in 2015, 2016 and 2018 and joined the Board of Directors in 2018. Laura is a Bay Area native and loves living in San Francisco with her husband, Sloan, and her two children. She supports Raphael House and community organizations so that the San Francisco Bay Area can become a better home for all.
Charlie McEachron is the Chief Operating Officer at Drawbridge Realty, a real estate investment company headquartered in San Francisco, CA. Mr. McEachron is responsible for the oversight of portfolio management, investments, and operations at Drawbridge. He also provides strategic direction for Drawbridge’s capital markets activities. Prior to joining Drawbridge in 2006, Mr. McEachron served as a Director at Greco Development where he spearheaded the acquisition, capitalization, and management of urban infill commercial development projects in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to Greco, Mr. McEachron was a Strategy Consultant for Deloitte Consulting where he evaluated new business ventures and market expansion opportunities for Fortune 500 firms. Mr. McEachron graduated from Boston College with a degree in finance and holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Tom Poser serves Newmark in Northern California as a Senior Managing Director representing office and medical Tenants and Landlords. Tom is a native of the Bay Area and specializes in advising clients regarding workplace strategy, office space leasing, and the acquisition and disposition of office assets. Outside of working with traditional office space owners and occupiers, Tom has specialized experience in working with clients in the technology, healthcare, and life sciences industries. Prior to joining Newmark, Tom was with JLL for eleven years serving as an Executive Vice President representing office tenants. Before joining JLL, Tom was a Vice President with Commercial Realty Advisors, Inc. in San Diego where he represented both tenants and landlords in their efforts to buy, sell, or lease office and industrial properties. Preceding his Commercial Real Estate career, Tom was a professional basketball player in various countries across the globe. Tom earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara after spending his childhood in the Bay Area. Tom, his wife and their three children currently live in Marin County.
Moss Adams LLP
Liz is a partner at Moss Adams LLP in their San Francisco office and has practiced public accounting for more than 12 years. For the past 10 years, Liz has focused exclusively on serving not-for-profit organizations–performing audits, tax returns, and consulting. Liz is the Greater Bay Area Practice Not-for-Profit & Government group leader and also leads the Foundation Sector practice for the entire firm. She graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. Liz lives in Alameda, California, with her husband and two children
Fort Point Capital Partners
Ralph is the Managing Partner of Fort Point Capital Partners in San Francisco, a registered investment advisor providing wealth advisory and risk management solutions to individuals, families, and institutions across the United States. Ralph is also a co-founder of Cypress Point Capital Management, an alternative investment-focused investment management company, and LOG-e Risk Advisors, a Boston-based leader in options-based risk management strategies. Ralph has been involved a variety of philanthropic organizations in an advisory or fundraising capacity and is a graduate of Indiana University.
Chief External Affairs Officer
Orlando Harris serves as Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO) for Homebridge. Prior to joining Homebridge, Orlando was Executive Director of Career Services and Leadership Development at San Francisco State University. He has an extensive background in the corporate sector as well as higher education. Orlando held various individual contributor roles as well as leadership roles with IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Gartner and American Express. Prior to his arrival at SFSU he was the first Director of Corporate Relations at the University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management. He’s a graduate of Alabama A&M University and a Harvard Business School, Fall 2021 GMP Candidate.
Bethany Johnson-Kerner recently finished her Child Neurology training at UCSF and currently sees patients and is involved in basic science research. Bethany is committed to improving the lives of families both in the clinic and beyond, volunteering with local organizations that support housing, equal access to education and medical services. Prior to joining the board, Bethany was a weekly volunteer at the Children’s Evening Program at Raphael House from 2017-2019. Bethany graduated from Columbia University with an MD and Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, Jon.
Fr. David Lowell served as Executive Director at Raphael House from 1991 until early 2010. Before that he worked in the residential program for 5 ½ years as intake manager and coordinator of family services. He and his wife Elaine were members of the original religious community that lived and served in the shelter. Their two children were raised alongside the other families from infants until they went on to college. During the 1990s, following the rapid collapse of the Soviet Union, Fr David and Raphael House, in conjunction with the University of San Francisco and the Fund for International Non-Profit Development, hosted cohorts of NGO leaders from Russia, providing intensive training in non-profit development throughout that pivotal decade. Fr. David is a priest in the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), assigned to Holy Trinity Cathedral at Green Street and Van Ness. Since 2010 he has done pastoral transitions and interim work for parishes in the OCA, Diocese of the West. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, is currently on the board of directors of the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge, UK, where he and Elaine lived in 2013-2014. He first met Raphael House in 1973.
Perkins Coie LLP
Heather Sager’s extensive knowledge of California’s complicated statutory and regulatory requirements for employers is well-regarded by technology, retail, and finance clients alike, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. She has wide-ranging experience litigating complex wage-and-hour claims, as well as conducting wage-and-hour audits for clients grappling with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the California Labor Code, and the California Equal Pay Act.
Heather’s practice was established at the forefront of the wage-and-hour class and collective actions that are now commonplace throughout the country. She emphasizes proactive risk management to avoid litigation and employs efficient and aggressive strategies to help her clients minimize exposure when faced with class, collective, representative, multi-plaintiff, or single-plaintiff lawsuits. As part of due diligence, Heather also provides risk assessments of wage-and-hour exposure, as well as policy and procedure audits both pre- and post-merger.
Heather is active in counseling and training employers on workplace harassment prevention and unconscious bias and regularly conducts workplace investigations into allegations of inappropriate conduct. She is adept at helping startup clients understand the importance of compliant policies and practices beginning at formation and frequently advises clients on leave issues, employee classification, and independent contractor status, as well as strategies for preventing and addressing misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair competition.
Heather’s experience also extends to the traditional labor realm, where she has helped clients prevail in elections, obtained injunctive relief to stop inappropriate union conduct, defeated organizing campaigns, and appeared before the National Labor Relations Board on countless issues.
Terra’s background is in Digital Media and Technology. She has worked for several media technology companies from their earliest stages, including Twitter, Tacoda, and MySpace. Currently, she manages partnerships with Fortune 500 brands at Brat TV, a new age digital TV network producing content for Gen Z. Terra has been involved with Raphael House since 2014. She co-chaired the annual Gala in 2017 and 2018 and currently serves on the Development Committee. Terra graduated from UC Davis with a BA in Communications. She currently lives in San Francisco with her husband, Erich, and two children. Terra is passionate about her work with Raphael House, helping families out of homelessness and onto stability and independence.
Senior Director, Community Engagement
United Way Bay Area
Anton is so excited to join the amazing work of Raphael House. He has more than ten years of experience with capacity-building, funder retention, and partnerships engagement – and he cannot wait to bring his talents to the board. Anton has devoted most of his career to the intersection of social impact and nonprofits. His experience includes helping companies design a service model to fit their business model. Currently Anton works as a Senior Director, Community Engagement at United Way Bay Area and is an entrepreneur. In addition to his experience, Anton has built and facilitated revenue-generating programs and produced events to support emerging sectors and funder initiatives. He is passionate about supporting those suffering from poverty, racial injustices, creating a more equitable ecosystem for Bay Area families, and helping nonprofit leaders implement to sustainable best practices. He is continuously fueled by meeting passionate individuals where they are and learning about their superpower.
He is a Milwaukee-native, Oakland transplant, bike enthusiast, concert-goer, and loves a good chai latte. He is excited to join the Raphael House board to support their growth and fundraising efforts businesses, nonprofit leaders, and the communities they serve.
Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Karl Werwath serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Bank of the West and is a member of the Bank’s Executive Management Committee. In his role, he leads Information Technology, Information Security, E2E and Risk Operations, Enterprise Services, Process Reengineering, Project Management, and the Sourcing and Vendor Management teams. Previously, he held senior positions at Capital One Financial Corporation, including Managing Vice President /Executive Vice President of Commercial Bank Client Service and Digital Solutions; Retail and Direct Bank Digital Transformation; Retail, Small Business and Commercial Bank Operations; U.S. Credit Card Customer Operations and U.S. Credit Card Marketing Operations, in addition to other roles. Karl also held various roles at Motorola Inc., including Business Manager of White Oak Semiconductor in the U.S.; General Manager of the Energy Products Division in China; Operations Manager of the Industrial Electronic Division in England; and Product Manager of the Automotive Electronics Division in Italy and the U.S. Most importantly, Karl is the loving husband to Jeana and father to Scott and Katy. When not hard at work, you can find him on the bike
trails in Marin or walking his standard poodle, Nestle.