Louise Bourassa, RN, MS
Louise has been the Executive Director of CCIH since 2005. She has a MS in Nursing from the UC San Francisco and did post graduate study in management at NYU. Early in her career, she was a hospital-based RN in Long Beach, Hawaii, San Francisco, and New York. She developed an inpatient AIDS unit in Manhattan in the late 1980s, where she first learned about the issues of homelessness among people with special needs. For thirteen years prior to coming to CCIH, Louise was a consultant in the development and evaluation of supportive services models in housing and health care settings. Louise has a particular passion for creating sustainable models of supportive services and permanent housing for families, children, and those with special needs.
Louise lives in Central Contra Costa with her husband and has three sons. She enjoys gardening, sewing, scuba diving, and surfing.
Elba Goostree, MA
Deputy 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 husband and dog. She is enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.
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 West 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.
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.