Leadership Team

Yasi Safinya-Davies, Psy.D., Executive Director
(510) 574-2250, ext. 116

Dr. Yasi Safinya-Davies has been serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 2009. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology.

Her professional focus is specific to issues concerning women, the impacts of trauma, and severe/chronic psychological conditions. She began her endeavors with SAVE as a mental health consultant and partnering facilitator of SAVE’s 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Certification Training. Most recently, Dr. Safinya-Davies directed SAVE’s Clinical and Prevention Programs, and in October, 2015 was promoted to the role of Executive Director.

Paula Manczuk, CFRE, Director of Development
(510) 574-2250, ext. 106

Paula has extensive experience both in fundraising and working in nonprofit organizations. Since obtaining her first nonprofit job right out of college, Paula has spent her entire career working in the sector. She solidified her commitment to the field by obtaining her Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in 2013. This leadership-focused program helped Paula expand and refine her skills as a nonprofit professional.

After working in clinical and administrative areas of nonprofits, Paula became inspired to move into fundraising in 2006. Since then, she has tried her hand at all areas of fundraising, and enjoys wearing many hats in smaller shops. Doing so helps her stay close to the mission where she can see in the impact first hand. In 2015, she became a Certified Fund Raising Executive, demonstrating both her knowledge of the field and her commitment to fundraising ethically.

Kate Hart, Director of Programs
(510) 574-2250 ext. 114

Kate became interested in domestic violence awareness and prevention work in college while pursuing her BA in Social Work at Humboldt State University. Kate started her career as a volunteer for a women’s domestic violence program and soon joined its staff, overseeing the establishment of its first shelter house. In 1997, Kate returned to the Bay Area, joined SAVE and has worked in a variety of positions at SAVE. She has held her current position as Director of Programs since 2008. Kate is responsible for the oversight of direct client services programs, focusing on SAVE’s secondary prevention programs, including emergency services and The Alameda County McKinney Linkages Collaborative.

In addition to her BA in Social Work, Kate completed the City of Fremont’s Leadership Program in 2007 and completed the Blue Shield Strong Field Leadership Development Program in 2014. Kate is a passionate advocate for domestic violence victims, giving those who have been oppressed the freedom and opportunity to find their voice.

Jay Mehta, Controller
(510) 574-2250, ext. 103

Jay has over 32 years of experience in both the non-profit and for profit sectors in the field of accounting/financial management, business consulting, and working with CPA firms. He has a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) from California State University at Long Beach as well as a B.S. in Chemistry from Shivaji University, India.

Lorena Oliva, Director of Operations 
(510) 574-2250, ext. 107

Lorena has over 23 years of administrative experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, 10 of which were in non-profit women’s and family health care for a large organization. Lorena oversees administration, human resources and staff development, safety and disaster preparedness, and facilities and security management for SAVE. She is participating in the City of Fremont Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program (Class of 2015). Lorena is originally from El Salvador and is a long time resident of the East Bay.