Leadership Team

  • Deanne Pearn, MPP

    Executive Director

    Deanne came to Contra Costa Interfaith Housing in Spring 2017.  Prior to coming to CCIH, Deanne Co-Founded First Place for Youth, a nationally recognized organization dedicated to ending poverty and homelessness among transition age youth.  Over 18 years, Deanne helped grow First Place for Youth from a two-person start up to a statewide organization with over 100 staff serving nearly 2,000 youth per year. She also helped change public policy and improve the systems of care responsible for serving these young people.

    Deanne holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. She is thrilled to be working in her home county with such passionate colleagues who are committed to helping our most vulnerable neighbors build paths out of poverty.

    Deanne lives in Central Contra Costa County with her husband and three children. She enjoys hiking the East Bay hills, camping, reading, cooking, and cheering too loudly at her kids’ games.

    Contact Deanne

    Phone: 925-944-2244
  • Bill Jones, LMFT

    Director of Operations

    Bill returns to CCIH with more than 20 years of experience working with underserved individuals and families at social service agencies. He earned a BA in Sociology/English at Tufts University, a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology at Golden Gate University, and a certificate as an End of Life Practitioner from the Metta Institute in Sausalito. He has also studied somatic approaches to trauma treatment and psychotherapy since 2006. Bill has worked as a case manager, psychotherapist, program manager, administrator, and clinical supervisor for social service and community mental health organizations, while simultaneously maintaining a private psychotherapy practice in Oakland since 2003.

    Bill lives in Central Contra Costa County with his partner and is involved in raising his godson. He enjoys reading, cooking/baking, meditation, hiking, and road trips around northern California.

    Contact Bill

    Phone: (925) 278-1789
  • Sara Marsh, LCSW, Ed.D.

    Director of Support Services

    Sara has been the Director of Support Services at CCIH since 2007. She earned a BA and 5th year teaching credential from San Francisco State University, a Master’s Degree in Social work from Smith College in Massachusetts, and a Doctorate in Education/Child and Family Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has worked in the child and family welfare field for over three decades. Sara trained as a post-masters fellow at the Menninger Clinic, and has done original research in the area of gender and oppositional defiance disorder treatment, eating disorders and the motivations of helping professionals. As a program director, supervisor and clinician, Sara has worked in community clinics, inpatient settings, school-based mental health programs and private practice. At CCIH, she continues to appreciate and develop the housing-based model of services as a particularly good approach for holistic, family centered support.

    Sara lives in West Contra Costa County with her partner, and has participated in raising four children. She enjoys walking, knitting, dancing, writing poetry, and reading.

    Contact Sara

    Phone: 925-278-1788
  • Christina McCarthy, BS


    Christina joined CCIH as the Controller in the winter of 2017.  She earned her BS in Accounting from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo.  She has over 10 years of experience working in accounting and finance.

    As a mother herself, Christina is happy to be part of an organization that does so much to help children and their families.  She believes all children should be given the tools they need to become productive and successful members of the community.

    Christina lives in Pleasant Hill with her husband, three children and their dog.  In her spare time, she volunteers at her children’s schools and with Girl Scouts, is on the PTA Board and local AYSO Board.  She also enjoys attending her children’s many sports activities.

    Contact Christina

    Phone: 925-944-2244
  • Elba Morales Goostree, MA

    Director of Development

    Elba has worked at CCIH since the Spring of 2013. She completed her Master’s degree in Systematic and Philosophical Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley where she was immersed in a strong interfaith tradition that advocated for marginalized groups.

    Elba enjoys working on the development team and creating communication avenues for the local community to learn more about that work that CCIH does. Elba loves being part of the team and seeing CCIH’s mission embodied in programming and staff.

    Elba lives in Oakland with her spouse and dog. She enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.

    Contact Elba

    Phone: 925-944-2247