Our Leadership Team
Karen Fies, Department Director
Since becoming Director in 2016, Karen oversees all aspects of the department’s work protecting vulnerable children and adults, and promoting maximum independence and the well-being of individuals and families. The largest County of Sonoma department, HSD employs almost 900 staff and has a budget of $335 million. She also represents the department in partnerships at local, Board of Supervisors, state and regional levels. In 2019, she was appointed to the Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee for California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Master Plan for Aging. She began her career with the County of Sonoma in 1986 as an eligibility worker. Karen has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Sonoma State University.
Angela Struckmann, Assistant Director
Angela joined Human Services as an Assistant Director in 2018, overseeing the department’s Human Resources and Information Technology functions, as well operations for the South County Center in Petaluma. She also serves on various committees in collaboration with both county and community partners. Angela has over 10 years of experience working in local county government human services programs, and 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Oscar Chavez, Assistant Director
Since 2013, Oscar has led the department's planning, research and evaluation team, as well as community and client engagement. He also leads the County’s Upstream Investments Initiative, a policy framework designed to encourage community organization’s use of evidence-informed practices and prevention-focused programs. He is a former director of Sonoma County Community Action Partnership.
Tina Rivera, Administrative Services Director
Tina joined the Department in 2018 to oversee the department’s finance and operations, including budgeting, accounting, contracts, procurement and general services. She was formerly the Chief Financial Officer for the State of Louisiana Department of Health. Her career spans 25 years in financial management, administration and accounting.
Paul Dunaway, Adult and Aging Division Director
Promoted to Division Director in 2017, Paul has oversight of the Adult & Aging Division program and services that promote the safety, independence and well-being of older adults, persons with disabilities and military veterans and their families. After joining the Department in 1999, most of his work was with the Family, Youth and Children’s Division. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he has M.A. in Counseling from Sonoma State University.
Felisa Pinson, Economic Assistance Division Director
With the department since 1998, Felisa was promoted in 2018 to Division Director. She oversees benefit programs helping every eligible individual and family access money for food, health care, dental care, financial assistance and other services to meet their basic needs. Felisa is committed to increasing the visibility of her division as a resource in the community and to strengthening the integration of her division within the department by ensuring that other divisions have access to Economic Assistance eligibility assistance. She has completed the Bay Area Social Services Consortium Executive Development Program.
Katie Greaves, Employment and Training Division Director
Katie is also the Director of the Sonoma County Workforce Investment Board. She oversees programs that provide job search, cash aid, supportive services and other employment and training services to individuals and families. Her division also provides services to businesses and employers such as hiring events, layoff mitigation, funding for new and incumbent worker training. Katie is passionate about collective impact and working across systems and institutions to promote opportunity, shared prosperity and healthy communities. She has a Master's degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University.
Nick Honey, Family, Youth and Children Division Director
Nick joined the division in 1996. As division director, he oversees foster care and child protection services programs, including the emergency shelter for foster children, that help to ensure the safety and well-being of children and teens who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. He has more than 35 years of experience in the child welfare field. In 2019, he was awarded Outstanding Director by the California Department of Social Services and the California State Foster Parent Association. His Master’s Degree in Social Work is from San Francisco State University.