Senior Staff Members
Arlo Bushnell, Development Manager
Monte Cimino, Director of programs
David Knego, Executive Director
Katie Barnes, Nurse Manager
Marqui LaPoe, Community Programs Supervisor
Michael McGinley, Case Management Supervisor
Susmita Shah, Behavioral Health Services Supervisor
Dr. Richard Zercher, Medical Director
Rachel Ainza, Principal Clerk
Tod Thorpe, Development Director
David joined the management team of Curry Senior Center as the Executive Director in February 2007. David has a history working with the Civic Center and Tenderloin neighborhoods since 1989. Most recently, David served as the Executive Director of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly. He successfully expanded the agency’s volunteer-based programs supporting homebound and isolated elders. David also worked at Central City Hospitality House, a community center for low-income and homeless adults. He is a board member of Coalition of Agencies Serving the Elderly and he has served on the program planning committee for the American Society of Aging. David holds a Masters of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University.
Monte Cimino joined Curry Senior Center in March of 2011. Before coming to Curry, Monte worked for Family Service Agency of San Francisco from 2008 to 2011. During his time at FSA Monte managed the Drop-In Center located upstairs from the Curry Clinic and eventually became Program Director of FSA’s Out-Patient Older Adult Services managing sites at 1010 Gough St. and 6221 Geary Blvd. Prior to working at FSA, Monte was a nursing home social worker for three years on a locked Dementia and Psychiatric Unit. Monte holds a B.S. in Psychology (1999) from Sonoma State University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Administration and Planning (2008). Monte is currently a weekend volunteer on the Dementia Unit at the San Francisco Jewish Home.
Dr. Richard Zercher
Dr. Richard Zercher has worked at Curry Senior Center since 1989 and has served as Medical Director since 1997. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1979 and completed his residency at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in 1982. Dr. Zercher was in private practice for five years prior to joining Curry in 1989. He also has served on the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco since 1990.
Michael McGinley began working as the Supervisor of Curry Senior Center’s Case Management Program in 2003. Michael has an extensive background working in community mental health and substance abuse services, having worked at San Francisco General, Baker Places and the Progress Foundation. He holds a Bachelors degree from Northern Illinois University, and a Masters in Social Work from NYU (1981). Michael is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and began practicing in San Francisco in 1981.
Susmita Shah is Supervisor of Behavioral Health Services at Curry Senior Center (CSC). She joined CSC in 2008 as Clinical Supervisor of Substance Abuse Outpatient Program. Prior to CSC she worked at Westside Community Services as Site Supervisor of a dual diagnosis program. Susmita is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over ten years of experience in the mental health field and nine years of outpatient program supervisory experience. She has Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology and Asian and Comparative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She maintains a private practice in San Francisco and serves on the Board of Trustees at San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.