Alexa Alcantara is the Curriculum Design Specialist for Strategies 2.0, and is based in the San Diego State University Social Policy Institute. Alexa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Ecology and a minor in Education from the University of California, Irvine in 2013. Prior to joining the SPI team in 2016, Alexa worked in the Behavioral Health field as well as with other San Diego Non-Profits. Alexa is dedicated to supporting and serving the San Diego community.
Alma Tovar serves Strategies 2.0 as an Events Coordinator at Children’s Bureau. Her responsibilities include negotiating contracts, providing logistical support for trainings and webinars and participating in statewide project workgroups. Prior to her position with Strategies 2.0, Alma worked as the Data Entry/Secretary for the Bridges for Newborns program, another project of Children’s’ Bureau. Alma has been with Children’s Bureau about 14 years. She is passionate about healthy nutrition and fitness and is an avid runner. Her favorite quote is, “Health is Our Greatest Wealth.”
Angelica Oberleithner is one of the Strategies 2.0 Directors and is based in the San Diego State University Social Policy Institute. Angelica brings more than 20 years of work experience in child welfare and prevention in various communities. This includes grassroots work in Guatemala, program and executive management in various non-profit organizations in Philadelphia, and work on systems level and statewide prevention projects in North Carolina. Angelica holds a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Vienna in Austria. She is fluent in German, English, and Spanish.
Anvi Dinh is the Strategies 2.0 Events Coordinator and Program Assistant at Children’s Bureau located in Anaheim. In her role, she provides support for training activities, data management, and communications. Additionally, she provides administrative support to the Director and Training and Consulting Specialists. She graduated from high school in Viet Nam and attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA. Anvi is also a wedding planner at her church in which she also participates in choir and worship ministry. She loves dogs.
Brynne Paschal is the Strategies 2.0 Training Program Support at the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Before joining Strategies 2.0, she served nonprofits in both the Sacramento and Orange County regions. Brynne received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy from the University of California, Irvine and is committed to community health and early intervention efforts. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting (terribly), and baking pies.
Carrie Collins is a Training and Consulting Specialist with Strategies 2.0 at Children’s Bureau. She provides training and consultation throughout the state to assist organizations and individuals in their work with family strengthening and prevention of child abuse and neglect. Carrie received her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Ashford University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. Her background includes 20 years in the Head Start and Migrant Head Start program in Parent Involvement and Leadership, and Staff Career Development and Training. She served two years in AmeriCorps providing pesticide safety training to farm workers throughout the state of Utah. Carrie and her husband share the joy of being parents to 4 grown children, and grandparents to 3 grandsons.
Emily Sulpizio is the Lead Curriculum Design & Development Coordinator for Strategies 2.0, and is based in the San Diego State University Social Policy Institute. Emily received her Master of Social Work Degree with a certificate in Human Services Management from San Diego State University (SDSU). She also has her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from SDSU with a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to joining the SPI team in 2016, Emily supported local social services agencies in research, curriculum development, and training and event coordination.
Enease Mansoorian is a Strategies 2.0 Training and Consulting Specialist, out of the Children’s Bureau office in Southern California. Enease has a background working directly with youth; helping them to meet their treatment goals through the use of behavioral interventions. As a behavioral specialist, she worked to help families develop individualized goals. Enease’s training background is as a crisis behavioral trainer. She trained families and caregivers on crisis intervention strategies. She holds a certification for therapeutic crisis intervention. Enease also serves as a Child Advocate for the Child Abuse Services Team. Enease’s Bachelor’s degree is from UC Irvine. She is pursuing her Master’s in Teaching and a Special Education Credential from USC.
Jose Ramos Jr. is the Director of Programs for Children’s Bureau Prevention Department. Jose has worked for Children’s Bureau since. Jose has a Master’s degree in Social Work. Jose oversees all prevention programs within the Children’s Bureau. His responsibilities include oversight of staff, evaluation, grant writing, and program evaluation. Jose is an Adjunct Professor at California State University, Northridge, in the Master of Social Work department and was an Adjunct Professor at Springfield College. Jose has taken on multiple leadership roles some include; co-convener for Services Planning Area 4 (SPA) – Metro, Leadership Member of Children’s Planning Council, Value School Board Member, California Family Resource Association Policy Council Member, NASW Policy Committee, HomeSafe Early Head Start Policy Council, and most recently the Regional Director for Region G of the National Association of Social Work (NASW) California Chapter. Jose is a father of 2 children. Mr. Ramos was born in Ecuador and came to the United States at the age of 10.
Judi Sherman has been providing consultation, capacity building, and research to best practice for change agents in nonprofit organizations and local and state government for over 25 years. She works with community-based family resource centers, their public and private partners, cross-sector coalitions, networks, and community change initiatives.
Leda Albright is a Director for Strategies 2.0 at Children’s Bureau of Southern California. Prior to working with Strategies 2.0, Leda was the Executive Director of a family resource center in Costa Mesa, CA. She has extensive experience with collaboration among community, county, and state agencies. One of her most challenging and fun tasks at Strategies was the development of a 5 minute eLearning module on Mobile Device Security. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Bethel Graduate School of Theology, Riverside, CA. Leda loves traveling, especially to Hawaii.
Lori Clarke is the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Director for Strategies 2.0, and is based in the San Diego State University Social Policy Institute. After serving as the lead facilitator for the Child Welfare Services Redesign that brought Differential Response to California, she continues to provide training, consultation, and facilitation statewide and nationally on a wide range of health and human services issues. Beware the dominoes in Lori’s office that serve as a daily reminder of the need and opportunity to align and integrate partner efforts.
Lucy Hernandez is a Strategies 2.0 Trainer with over 20 years as human service professional and administrator managing multi-million budgets. She has developed teams and professional staff in public agencies & non-profits in CA for almost 20 years, developing recognized programs & models in CA. As a professional, she has lead over 200 employees in building strong, effective, and innovative community programs for low-income and vulnerable residents in both rural and urban communities, receiving state and national recognition. Lucy’s passion is training and building communities using a collective impact model and supporting local efforts to build awareness, community engagement & leadership development to succeed as one! Lucy has a Bachelor’s of Science from CSU, Chico and currently in the Executive Masters in Business Administration Program at Sonoma State University. You will always see Lucy with a cup of coffee when training! She loves her coffee.
Lydia Marquez is a Strategies 2.0 Training and Consulting Specialist, out of the Children’s Bureau office in Southern California. Lydia has over 20 years of experience in case management, early childhood education, and parent coaching. She has worked as a case manager for children and families at Regional Centers in northern and southern CA. Her training background includes Dr. Brazelton’s Touchpoints Approach and reflective practice. She has skills in curriculum development and in designing child development playbooks. Lydia’s Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Washington, in Seattle. She will receive her Master’s degree in Human Development in May from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena.
Masha Keller is the Evaluation and CQI Coordinator for Strategies 2.0, and is based in the San Diego State University Social Policy Institute. Her responsibilities include creating evaluation plans, overseeing data management and analysis, as well as designing data collection instruments. Prior to joining SPI, Masha worked as an Applied Research Analyst at the San Diego Association of Governments. Masha holds an MSc in Politics and International Studies with a specialization in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University in Sweden and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Masha is fluent in Russian and semi-fluent in German. She loves long distance running, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Melanie Patton is the Operations Coordinator for Strategies 2.0, and is based in the San Diego State University Social Policy Institute. Melanie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and is interested in pursuing her Master’s of Social Work Degree in the near future. Prior to joining the SPI in 2016, she worked in a variety of positions in San Diego that allowed her to build solid operational and project management skills. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering locally within her community and internationally to support families in need.
Michael Williams is Strategies 2.0 Director at The Child Abuse Prevention Center. Michael has more than two decades of experience in organizational leadership and service to families, most recently as Deputy Director for Programs at the Children’s Council of San Francisco. He also has worked at Casey Family Programs, Contra Costa Child Care Council, and United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate, and taught a course in human services at College of Alameda. Michael has a Master of Social Work degree from San Francisco State University, with a focus on organizational and community development. Having lived and/or worked in Los Angeles, Tuolumne County, Santa Clara, Napa, San Francisco, Richmond, Oakland, and Alameda, Michael feels a personal investment in communities throughout California. He now lives in Sacramento with his wife, son, and too many pets. He is also a proud parent of an adult son and daughter. In his free time, Michael enjoys running, gardening, reading, and watching his son play basketball.
Dr. Ron Brown is one of the Chief Executive Officers for Strategies 2.0 and is the President & CEO for Children’s Bureau of Southern California. Ron is responsible for all aspects of their 21 sites throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Ron joined Children’s Bureau in 2000 where he managed the operations of Children’s Bureau’s foster care, adoption, mental health, and child abuse prevention programs. Under his leadership, these program grants and contracts grew from $11 million to over $30 million annually and now serve more than 34,000 children and parents. He has been an integral part of the development of Magnolia Community Initiative, Children’s Bureau’s collaborative effort of over 70 organizations seeking to improve the well-being of vulnerable families and community outcomes in a targeted area of Los Angeles. Ron’s previous background was in healthcare development and management. He holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.
Sally Price is the Senior Instructional Design/Developer for Strategies 2.0. She comes by way of Intel, where she had done instructional design for more than a decade. Prior to Intel, Sally helped build the data infrastructure for the California State Legislature. She holds a Master’s in Education, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Colorado. Sally is continuously looking at ways to make our online resources more interactive, as well as collaborating on our Content and Delivery teams to create new, innovative approaches to the learning opportunities we offer.
Senta Burton is a Strategies 2.0 Trainer with over 25 years of experience working with child welfare, juvenile probation, private and court-mandated adoptions, addiction, and domestic violence programs. She currently works for The Butte Foster Kinship Education Program as the lead trainer for the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Program. Senta is the mother of six children, four of whom were adopted through the child welfare system. Senta’s passion for training and advocacy stem from her own desire to assure that members of the strengthening family field are provided the information that was not readily available to her when she was foster parenting children who experienced trauma. Senta holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Drug and Alcohol Studies from Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health from California State University, Chico. Participants of Senta’s training have expressed an appreciation for Senta’s open, down-to-earth, humorous, non-judgmental, nurturing approach.
Shane Meserve serves Strategies 2.0 as a Training and Consulting Specialist at Children’s Bureau, representing the Central Valley region with pride. She received her Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge and B.S. in Liberal Studies from Northern Arizona University. She has spent her career serving school age children in the nonprofit sector running after school and summer camp programs. She grew up in Bakersfield, lived in Visalia, Sequoia Lake near the Kings Canyon National Park, the San Fernando Valley and now, Ventura. She has two nieces that she loves to spend time with, and likes hiking, camping, and traveling.
Sheila Boxley is one of the Chief Executive Officers for Strategies 2.0, and has served two decades as President & CEO of The Child Abuse Prevention Center. The CAP Center has grown from one local agency with three employees in 1997 to a state-wide agency with 50 employees, 400+ AmeriCorps and VISTA members, a 25-member Board, and over 350 partner agencies. Sheila collaborates with multi-disciplinary partners and sits on numerous local and statewide committees focused on child abuse prevention and national and community service. She serves as an appointed member of the California Child Welfare Council, Voices for National Service Steering Committee, Essentials for Childhood Leadership Team, California Alliance for Public Safety Steering Committee, California AmeriCorps Alliance, Funding the Next Generation Advisory Committee, and others.
Stephanie Biegler is Chief Program Officer for Strategies 2.0 at The Child Abuse Prevention Center. For nearly 20 years, Stephanie has developed, managed, and evaluated The CAP Center’s evidence-based home visitation, family resource center, youth development, and child abuse prevention programs. She presents at state and national conferences on Child Death Review Team structure, findings, and recommendations that have decreased preventable child deaths and findings from the Birth & Beyond Home Visitation AmeriCorps impact evaluation. Stephanie has written too many successful grants to count, including local, state, federal, and private grants. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her 3 grown sons, and her dog.
Steve Hornberger is one of the Chief Executive Officers for Strategies 2.0, and the Director of the San Diego State University Social Policy Institute. He has more than 25 years of senior-level experience in human services, community building, program development and management, training, and technical assistance. Steve is nationally recognized for cross system collaboration and community centered approaches to improving community life. He was elected into the NASW Pioneers in 2008 for leadership, innovation, and success in his career. Steve believes that everyone should be educated, healthy, and well with a sense of belonging, purpose, and opportunity to achieve their aspirations.
Troy Nichols is the Strategies 2.0 Senior Training and Consulting Specialist at The Child Abuse Prevention Center. Troy is a graduate of James Madison University where he received a B.S. in Psychology. He has worked in the child welfare field for over 20 years doing technical assistance, coaching, and training in the areas of organizational sustainability, integrated services, leadership, collaboration, community impact, youth engagement, policy implementation, and adherence, and client focused practices. In Troy’s previous position, he provided foundational education and development to at-risk children, youth, and families, specifically in minority communities and urban settings. Troy is known around the office as “the guy who owes me a snickers”.
- Alexa Alcantara
- Alma Tovar
- Angelica Oberleithner
- Anvi Dinh
- Brynne Paschal
- Carrie Collins
- Emily Sulpizio
- Enease Mansoorian
- Jose Ramos Jr.
- Leda Albright
- Lori Clarke
- Lucy Hernandez
- Lydia Marquez
- Masha Keller
- Melanie Patton
- Michael Williams
- Ron Brown
- Sally Price
- Senta Burton
- Shane Meserve
- Sheila Boxley
- Stephanie Biegler
- Steve Hornberger
- Troy Nichols