Our Team

The Hanna Institute team is made up of social justice advocates, researchers, trainers, and community leaders. It’s a group that’s working together to change not just our corner of the world – but to make the world a better place, one community and one community member at a time.

Betzy Chavez / Research Specialist

Betzy Chavez has a long history in Sonoma County. A first-generation Latin/X college graduate who benefited greatly from programs like migrant education, she is passionate about helping other youth reach their post-secondary goals. She is a tireless advocate for educational equity and social justice with 15 years’ experience leading youth and family-centered academic and social service programs. Prior to her work with the Institute, Chavez was the Director of Strategic Partnership and the Director of School Programs and Education at La Luz Center.

At the Hanna Institute, Betzy works with partner organizations and school districts to help strengthen our community, ensuring that families and students have access to the resources, information and tools necessary to reach for a higher quality of life.

Dr. Daniela Domínguez / Research Director

Dr. Daniela Domínguez is the Research Director at the Hanna Institute in Sonoma Valley and the owner of On the Margins, LLC. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Psychology Department at the University of San Francisco, where she coordinates the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the Santa Rosa Campus. 

As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Domínguez works in the area of Latino/X mental health, immigration concerns, and LGBTQIA+ matters. Previously, her program of research has focused on understanding how immigrants cope with risks, threats, demands, and stress and use specific strategies to draw upon resiliencies to achieve positive health.

Erin Hawkins / Co-Director

Erin Hawkins joined the Hanna Institute as Co-Director in October 2018. A dedicated community health and social justice advocate, Erin previously served as Director of Community Health at the Petaluma Health Care District. She is a proud member of the Board of Directors of COTS, an active Rotarian, and deeply involved in efforts to improve health equity in Sonoma County.

Erin received a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science in Community Development from the University of California, Davis. She resides in Santa Rosa with her husband and two sons.

James Thompson / Lead Trainer

James Thompson is the Lead Trainer for the Hanna Institute. James has also served at Hanna as the Admissions Coordinator and continues to work in the clinical department. As an Associate MFT with an MA in counseling psychology, James works from trauma-informed systems of care approach and believes cultural awareness and equity are at the center for healing people and communities. He has professional experience serving youth in the juvenile justice system, schools, and in group home settings. He also participated in the development of the trauma awareness group (TAG) model in schools, which included consultation and coaching for other clinicians. An Oakland native, James is also a community activist and brings his equity and leadership skills to support communities in becoming more inclusive.

During his time away from Hanna, James enjoys outdoor activities, loves football and has countless dance parties at home with his wife and two daughters.

Jeremiah Presinal / Certified Trainer

Jeremiah Presinal has worked for Hanna Boys Center for five years. He is a certified trainer for Restorative Practices for the Hanna Institute and is also a site administrator and program manager for the residential department at Hanna. An alum of Holy Names University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Jeremiah has always prided himself in transforming lives through relationships, healing and laughter. He also holds a graduate certificate from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and is an advocate for Trauma-Informed Care. 

Jeremiah enjoys spending time with family and friends, participating in outdoor activities like camping, he is also an avid shoe collector that he has built up over many years, and he prides himself in his Dominican Heritage, indulging in traditional dancing and food when he can.

Nick Dalton / Co-Director

Nick Dalton is a mixed blood interdisciplinary artist of Creek descent whose cross-sector research, curriculum development, and implementation has explored the intersection of arts as healing, transcultural Social Emotional Learning and decolonizing community development with non-profits Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), iCreo, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, International Refugee Committee (IRC), Refugee Youth Coalition (RYC), New York Public Schools, Shanti Bhavan School, Teach For India and more. Nick also serves as Artistic Director of the arts and healing non-profit HEART WITHOUT BORDERS.  

Nick has an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts, with a concentration in Indigenous & De-colonial Arts from Goddard College, and a graduate certificate in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices.  Nick spends off hours creating merry making amongst nature alongside a wife partner and their dancing children.

Richard De León / Community Engagement & Research Coordinator

Richard De León facilitates community empowerment initiatives in Sonoma Valley. After spending time in large corporations, Richard served in several roles for Sonoma State University. He co-facilitated the SSU Faculty Retreat and the Sustainability Summit, using World Café to gather information to restructure General Education. Inspired by the joy of being an ally to youth, in 2017 he served as an Educational Opportunity Program Advisor to incoming SSU students from diverse backgrounds to support their empowerment and academic success. As an Organization Development professional, he has served corporations, non-profits, small businesses, community groups, and individuals.

With his parents having immigrated from Guatemala, Richard identifies as a proud Latino. Richard is the first in his family to graduate from college with a B.A. in Chicano and Latino Studies in 2005.  In 2018, Richard earned his MA in Organizational Development at Sonoma State University. Every day, Richard aims to be a better son, father, husband and an authentic human.

Tom Coughlan / Chief Development Officer

Tom Coughlan oversees all fund development as well as marketing and communications for Hanna. Tom has nearly 20 years of diverse experience in the areas of corporate business development, nonprofit fundraising, educational leadership, and teaching and coaching. Previously, Tom was President of St. Vincent de Paul Schools, a K12 program in Petaluma. Tom also served as Director of Development at De Marillac Academy, an educational and family service nonprofit that serves low-income residents in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. 

Tom received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a master’s degree from the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College, where he was named a Lasallian Educator Fellow.  He holds a certificate in nonprofit fund development from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, a certificate in leadership from the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College and is pursuing further leadership studies at the McGrath Institute, University of San Francisco.

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