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Nathan Falstreau
Lived Experience Advisory Board

Nathan Falstreau is a Content Designer at ridesharing network Lyft, Inc. where he focuses on improving the driver experience. Previously a content strategist at Nextdoor, Nathan led an employee advocacy group that worked to build products and create initiatives serving unhoused neighbors. Before getting into tech, he worked as a journalist and was a regular contributor to Hoodline, the San Francisco Business Times, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

Nathan provides a unique perspective through his own lived experience with homelessness and addiction in San Francisco. In his free time he’s an aspiring fine artist.

Michelle Jarvis
Lived Experience Advisory Board

My name is Michelle R. Jarvis, I married my husband in 2022 who I met taking mental health groups at Sanctuary Centers. I have reunited with my 22 year old daughter thankful to be modeling mental wellness and recovery from drugs and alcohol.

My road in recovery ❤️‍🩹 is faith in Jesus, singing, sharing my talents, being a member at New Friendship Missionary Baptist ⛪️ Church and helping out others where I worked for 4 years as a Peer Specialist at the Mental Wellness Center. Now, I share my story and experience of being homeless, coming out of addiction, jail and psychiatric facilities to helping others find the quality of life in sobriety and mental wellness. I enjoy doing outreach to those in need or experiencing homelessness. I volunteer for FamiliesACT! a welcome Jail table at the main SB jail supporting visitors with their loved ones incarcerated advocating “Beds Not Cells” I participate in the Voice Hearing Network and Self-help groups. I am certified as a NAMI Peer 2 Peer trainer; in First Aid CPR; experience working with Santa Barbara County of Behavioral Wellness. I have my MediCal State certification as a Peer Support Specialist!

Todd Johnson
Lived Experience Advisory Board

Todd Johnson is dedicated to supporting vulnerable and unhoused populations, drawing on his diverse background in addiction counseling, psychology, and wellness coaching. Todd has devoted his life to assisting individuals in unpacking the root causes of their trauma and facilitating lasting and transformational change. Currently, Todd is the lead encampment specialist and case worker for Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Barbara, CA.

Neena Smith
Lived Experience Advisory Board

Born in Iran to Revolutionary Socialist parents deeply committed to fighting for justice and the rights of the people, I was raised amidst the fervor of demonstrations advocating for human rights in Iran. My father, a lifelong advocate for human rights, instilled in me the values of speaking up for justice, no matter the cost.

My family later moved to Germany, where our activism against the Iranian government continued. I vividly recall attending numerous gatherings with my father, learning firsthand the importance of standing up for the rights of our people. However, in 1986, as the situation became increasingly dangerous, my father made the difficult decision for us to leave Germany with only a few days’ notice.

Arriving in America as a teenager, I struggled to fit in and cope with insecurities and anxieties that shaped my early years. At just 13, I shouldered adult responsibilities, serving as a translator for my family and assisting my father in establishing a business to support our family.

Desperate to belong, I fell into a life of crime, addiction, and abuse. However, a life-altering overdose on methamphetamine led me to the brink of death. Despite doctors’ grim prognosis, I defied the odds and emerged from a coma, determined to turn my life around.

Faced with medical issues stemming from my past lifestyle, as well as legal troubles that threatened my freedom, I found myself at a crossroads. It was then that a federal officer extended a lifeline of hope, believing in my potential for change. With newfound determination, I embraced a program for rehabilitation, successfully completing it and earning my discharge from federal supervision.

My journey of transformation inspired me to pursue higher education and dedicate myself to helping others overcome adversity. Today, I work tirelessly in the field of rehabilitation, driven by a profound sense of purpose to support and uplift those facing similar struggles.

Every day, I strive to be a beacon of hope for others, knowing firsthand the power of redemption and second chances. My life’s mission is to pay forward the kindness and support that rescued me, empowering others to believe in their ability to overcome obstacles and thrive.