Who We Are & What We Do

Oakes' focus is to serve local children with mental health need. Thanks to you, our families, our community, and all of our supporters, in 2023 we will be celebrating our 60th Anniversary helping San Francisco children. If you are a parent or caregiver interested in help for your child through any of our programs, reach us through the Caregivers link above or our contact information below.


Oakes Children’s Center is dedicated to

providing education and mental health services to youth with emotional and/or developmental challenges and to their families, particularly in underserved communities. Our goal is to foster the social, emotional and educational growth necessary for children to continue learning and fully realize their potential. We fulfill our mission by providing individualized education, innovative and culturally- responsive therapeutic services, comprehensive assessment, and clinical


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Linda Wohlrabe, MSW, Interim Executive Director

Dr. Holly Oswald, PsyD. Clinical and Training Director

Partnership and Outpatient Program Director, TBA


Lawrence Villegas, Finance and Operations

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Oakes Children's Center Board of Directors

Lisa Freeman, Co-Chair            

Group Product Manager, Guidewire Software

D. Austin Hare, Co-Chair          

Attorney at Law, The Law Offices of D. Austin Hare

Jeffrey Ralls, Vice-Chair          

Senior Strategy Manager, Arm Treasure Data

Nathan SooHoo, Treasurer      

Business Development, Facebook

Frixos Michael, Member            

CPA, Controller, McKesson Corporation

Nicole Roger, Member                

MFT, Lawyer Assistance Program, State Bar of California

Akin Mousse, Member                

Software Engineer, Bloomberg LP

If you are interested in joining our Board, please see our Board Member Application here.

Oakes' History

Oakes began in 1963 as the San Francisco Children's Center preschool for autistic children set in Parnassus Heights. Over time, we began to serve young children with mental health diagnosis and, by 1970, became Oakes Children's Center, a school serving children and youth with severe emotional disturbance. In addition to our School and Outpatient services, in 1988 our program expanded to include a Clinical Training Program for graduate students in psychology and social work. Our Partnership Program started in 2004 with the aim to reach students in San Francisco public schools. Clinicians from both our Outpatient and Partnership Programs are currently serving over 250 clients and classrooms in 62 elementary, middle, and high school sites. With increasing attention to early intervention, and increasing developmental delay and mental health diagnosis, Oakes’ Outpatient Program doubled the number of clients served in 2019-2020. Oakes hopes to develop new mobile programs to continue our reach into the community.