164 years serving the San Francisco Community

Our Executive Team provides leadership that keeps our programs and services focused on Epiphany Center's Mission and Values, and on moving forward to benefit all those it serves.

Sister Estela Morales Sister Estela Morales

Sister Estela Morales

Executive Director

Sister Estela Morales, MSW, began working for Epiphany Center in 1989 and has been the Executive Director since 2008. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wayne State University, she brings 30 years of supervisory experience in social service agencies to the program. Prior to her time as Executive Director, she directed day care for young children as well as residential programs for young children and adolescents. She has 18 years of experience working with special needs infants and their parents and served on a primary health care project in Lima, Peru. She also worked with migrant workers in central California and is bilingual Spanish.

Deborah L. White Deborah L. White

Deborah L. White

DIRECTOR OF IN-HOME SERVICES

Deborah L. White served as Program Coordinator of Epiphany Center’s In-Home Services Programs from 2008 to 2014, when she was promoted to the position of Director, In-Home Services.  She has 14 years of experience in nonprofit social services and proven effectiveness in the management of prevention and early intervention family strengthening programs.  Deborah graduated with honors from Holy Names University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services.  She is a member of the National Honor Society in Psychology.

Suzi Desmond Suzi Desmond

Suzi Desmond

Director of Adult Services

Suzi Desmond, M.S. joined Epiphany Center in 2014 in the capacity of Adult Services Program Director. Suzi has a Master’s of Science Degree in counseling (MFT) with significant coursework in research psychology and criminal justice. Suzi’s professional experience includes working with highly complex, co-occurring cases involving substance abuse and mental health disorders. She has worked with this population in London, England as well as throughout Northern and Southern California.

Suzi's belief is that addiction is usually a symptom of underlying trauma, she embraces trauma-informed care and a holistic approach in the addiction recovery process.  Suzi has presented at a National Symposium addressing issues of recidivism and preventive strategies targeted at reducing recidivism rates. Suzi has served as an expert panelist on Human Trafficking in the Bay Area. Further, she has authored published works on trauma, addiction, and recidivism.  She has also contributed to published work on the importance of recovery programs for those struggling with addiction and was cited in a recently published guidebook for prison ministry.

Mary Rhoades Mary Rhoades

Mary Rhoades

Director of Fund Development

Mary Rhoades has over 15 years of leadership and executive experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sector.  Mary joined Epiphany Center in 2014 as the Director of Fund Development. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Mary worked in corporate accounting and management.  Mary is an organization and fund development professional with extensive experience in fundraising, event management, branding, strategic planning and marketing. Mary is an avid swimmer and has a great passion for social justice and Epiphany’s mission. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Diane Sutton Diane Sutton

Diane Sutton

Director of Human Resources

Diane Sutton brings over 15 years of human resources, benefits and payroll experience working with companies in the retail, printing, public relations and solar industries. Diane has managed human resources for employees located in several states and global locations such as India, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, Panama and Brazil. Diane graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and is affiliated with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Northern California Human Resources Association (NCHRA). Diane also serves on the board of directors for a faith-based non-profit in Oakland, California.

Deminika Spears Deminika Spears

Deminika Spears

DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S SERVICES

Deminika Spears, M.A/ M.S, began working for the Epiphany Center in 2017 as the Director of Children’s Services. In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration, and another Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Mills College, she brings 10 years of experience working directly with at-risk/low-income families supporting educational advocacy and empowerment.

Deminika is a certified Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) Trainer. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, and continues to be an advocate for educational programs that support children and families.