Our Board of Directors governs the California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association. Each board member is a voting member, with the authority and responsibility to establish vision and direction, develop policies and procedures, ensure adequate funding, and monitor and sanction California CASA’s activities.
Please read their biographies below:
CHAIR, JIM HATTER, president for BBVA Compass Bank in the Bay Area, heads commercial banking offices in San Francisco and San Jose. Jim has more than 20 years of increasing senior level experience in commercial banking, private equity finance and investment banking activities. Jim holds a B.S. in Investment Finance from California State University Northridge, and a M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, Malibu. Jim has served as a long-time volunteer and supporter of community affairs activities, including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Primo’s Run for Education. Additionally, he was active in youth sports as a coach and a manager.
VICE CHAIR, SHELLEY BROWN, a retired human resources executive, has more than 25 years experience influencing organizational effectiveness in major high technology companies. During the past 12 years, she has been an active community leader and volunteers with several nonprofit organizations, including Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. Since 2001, she has advocated for six children, helping one youth emancipate successfully from the foster care system, facilitating one child’s successful adoption and helping four children re-unite with their families. Currently, Shelley is a board member emeritus with the American Red Cross – Silicon Valley Chapter and serves on the American Red Cross National Philanthropy Board. She also serves on the boards for the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN), the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT), the Reddere Foundation and as a member of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education Advisory Board and the Krause Center of Innovation (KCI) Advisory Board. She received an undergraduate degree at Stanford University and her M.B.A. from UCLA. Shelley has been fortunate to travel all over the world and to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Mt. Whitney (CA), Yosemite’s Half Dome (three times), and to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail and many other trails in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
SECRETARY, JAN-YU WENG, a managing director and general manager at Applied Materials. In his >15 years at Applied, he has worked in several functions in operations, technical product support, marketing, and program management. In addition, he has been a lifelong martial artist with a rank of 7th Degree Black Belt. As the head coach for the Cupertino Kung fu Club, he has enjoyed sharing his experience, knowledge and passion. He also serves as a board member of the United States Shuai-chiao Association. For more than 20 years, Jan-Yu has influenced the lives of many young children by mentoring and serving as a role model, while adopting the principles of Kung-fu as it pertains to discipline, focus, commitment and aspiring to being a good citizen in the community.
TREASURER, MALCOLM C. GOEPFERT, CFA, joined the James Irvine Foundation in October 2009 as a Director of Investments. Working with the Chief Investment Officer and other investment staff, Malcolm is responsible for the sourcing, evaluation, recommendation and monitoring of the Foundation’s investment managers, investment opportunities and portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a Director of Investments with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; the Senior Investment Officer for private equity and real estate with the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio and as a Real Estate Investment Officer for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Malcolm holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
ADAM WALLACE, CPA, is a tax senior manager at RKE LLP with more than 14 years of experience. Adam currently serves some of LA and Orange County’s leading consumer business, manufacturing and financial services companies. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of CPAs. Adam completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Irvine, and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He earned a master’s degree in accounting at the University of Southern California and was awarded top student honors in his graduating class. In addition to his professional and family activities, Adam spends time playing drums in a popular, Orange County-based cover band, exercising, and cheering on the USC football team.
CLARK MENEFEE, MBA, is a director of sales for 8×8, Inc., a top provider of Voice Over Internet Provider (VoIP) telephony solutions for various small and medium-sized businesses. In his 15 years as a business development and marketing professional, he has worked in some of the top companies in the technology industry. Clark completed his undergraduate studies at California State University, Sacramento and graduated with a B.A. in Organizational Communication. He continued his educational pursuits at Saint Mary’s College of California, obtaining a M.B.A. with an emphasis on marketing. In addition to his professional and family activities, Clark spends time playing various sports, such as basketball and softball.
ELISA MENDEL, national vice president for HealthWorks & Product Innovation, at Kaiser Permanente, oversees their portfolio of products and services, designed to help employers improve the health and productivity of their employees through worksite programs and interventions. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 1986 and has held a variety of leadership roles. Elisa received her bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. In her off hours, Elisa spends as much time outdoors as possible, running, walking, hiking and traveling around the world.
JOHNNY MADRID a consultant living in New York City, is a research analyst with expertise in two areas: financial industry investments and market-linked structured products. Johnny began his career at Goldman Sachs and also worked at Sanford Bernstein, the Investment Advisory service of Lombardia Capital Partners, Varadero Capital and UBS. He graduated from Stanford University, where he received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and led the graduate public speaking program as head instructor. In his personal life, he serves as an executive board member for three nonprofit organizations. He is a member of New America Alliance, an association composed of more 100 prominent Latino business leaders. And he was featured in the October 2012 issue of Latino Leader magazine. As a former foster youth, Mr. Madrid has advocated on behalf of foster youth for more than 17 years. Johnny spends his free time on the move, by salsa dancing, scuba diving, snowboarding and urban biking.
KATY CARLSEN, MD, FAAP, had spent the better part of a decade in her fulltime pediatric practice when she realized that she wanted to do more to help children on a broader scale – particularly foster children. Her quest prompted her to leave Kaiser Permanente and led her to accept a position as the medical consultant for California Children’s Services within Placer County. She also became a volunteer assistant clinical professor with UC Davis Health System, training medical residents. She additionally went on to serve as a board member and past President of Ticket to Dream Foundation, a registered nonprofit organization that raises donations to benefit foster children.
Since 2000, Katy has taught and supervised residents in the UC Davis pediatric continuity clinic. In 2009 she became part of the UC Davis medical team supervising residents at Effort Inc. Oak Park Community Center, since renamed WellSpace Health. In addition to her medical work, Katy has served on several volunteer boards including Sierra Forever Families in the Sacramento region and as a Friends of CASA for Child Advocates of Placer County. Katy’s passion for improving the health care coordination of children and youth in foster care has guided her to work with her colleague Rachel Weinreb, MD, FAAP as co-chair of the Foster Care Committee for the California Chapter 1 of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which serves 48 out of the 58 counties in California. She is excited to serve as a board member of California CASA in order to help improve the lives of foster children and youth as only having a CASA can do.
KEATING RHOADS serves as President of Learning Strategies International, an educational consulting and assessment services provider. During his 40-year business career, he has held senior leadership positions in the newspaper industry, including at the Los Angeles Times, and various private equity backed companies and as Chairman and CEO of Tartan Textile Services, a nationwide service provider to the healthcare and hospitality industries. In addition to volunteering as an advocate, Keating served on the Board of Directors of CASA of Orange County and on the boards of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Times Mirror Foundation, the Blind Children’s Learning Center and the Laguna College of Art and Design, among other nonprofits. He received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. Keating describes himself as an “avid reader, terminal intermediate skier and doing whatever his granddaughter is up for.”
KEVIN GARDNER, a marketing consultant in Silicon Valley, has worked for 25 years in product marketing and marketing communications for semiconductors, networking and decision support software. A past president of the California CASA board of directors, Kevin currently serves on the board of Child Advocates, Santa Clara County’s CASA program. He also chairs the advisory board of the Outlet Program in Mountain View, which provides support for LGBTQ youth. He started his affiliation with CASA in 1996 when he became a CASA volunteer for two teenagers aged 15 and 17. Kevin worked with these young men until they emancipated from the foster care system. He continues the relationship by spending an afternoon each week at the park with his former CASA child’s 3-year old son. Kevin also enjoys hiking, biking and sometimes kayaking.
KIM MOORE is leading business development initiatives for Innovation Endeavors in the Bay Area with a focus to bridge the local talent, technology, and business communities. Kim is currently supporting the Innovation Endeavors-backed portfolio and strategic planning for its Value Creation Team in Palo Alto. Kim is focused on partnering with leading industry players in order to better understand their needs and give them access to the most innovative solutions and outstanding talent. Previously, Kim worked at Asana, Olive Grove Consulting, and Northeastern University.
After being adopted at the age of 16 and seeing two of her siblings not graduate high school, Kim founded a mentoring program REACH (Realizing Every Action Creates Hope) in 2010 and joined California CASA as a Board Member in 2015. Kim is committed to public policy, mentoring and mental health research to improve the lives of current and former foster children. Kim holds a B.A. from UCI, an Ed.M. from Harvard.
J. MICHAEL HUGHES, Esq, a juvenile law attorney, specializing in dependency, delinquency and adoption in Orange County, California, has represented and advocated for children and parents’ rights in more than 2,000 cases. He’s represented pro bono more than 100 Guardian Ad Litum cases and represented pro bono the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma in litigation involving Native American children. As a founding member of CASA in Orange County, he worked with the Junior League of Orange County to establish the program. For more than 25 years, he has served on the Orange County CASA Board of Directors as president, secretary and legal advisor. He has received the CASA Judicial Honoree Award and the CASA Children’s Champion Award. He is also a member of National CASA, ISPCAN (International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect) and the National Association of Council for Children. When Michael’s not working, he’s enjoying time with his family and spending time outdoors swimming, hiking and snorkeling.
PATRICIA MILJANICH, J.D. is the Executive Director and co-founder of CASA of San Mateo County and has been with CASA since 1999. Under her leadership the agency has steadily increased the number of children served and created numerous programs serving the special needs of children, most notably the first Spanish-language training for CASA volunteers in the nation. Patricia is an attorney and former elementary school teacher who served as the Executive Director of Legal Services for Children. She was an elected member of the San Mateo County; Community College Board of Trustees for 20 years and an appointed member of the First 5 Commission in San Mateo County. Patricia wants to contribute to the tremendous legal and technical assistance that California CASA offers the network, while enhancing the fundraising support and highlighting the life-changing role that CASA relationships play in the life of a child in crisis.
ROBERT SMITH, is a writer and court appointed special advocate. He is a former partner and consultant with AON Hewitt, an international consulting firm, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco; the USC Graduate School of Communication; and the California State University Graduate School, Fullerton. Robert is a past board president of CASA of San Mateo County and a former board member of Child Advocates, Santa Clara County’s CASA program. Robert has served as a CASA for 15 years, working with older CASA male youth to help them into jobs and independence. For fun, Robert hikes and bikes in the Santa Monica Mountains.
SHARON M. LAWRENCE, Esq, the president/CEO of Voices for Children (VFC), the CASA program of San Diego County, has served as the guiding force behind VFC’s dramatic growth. During her tenure, which started in 1997, VFC has grown from 10 employees, 150 CASA volunteers and a budget of $400,000 to 55 employees, more than 1,000 volunteers and a $4.2 million budget. Ms. Lawrence, with a B.A. from the University of Denver, received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and practiced as a medical malpractice defense attorney in San Diego prior to joining Voices for Children. She serves on a number of local and statewide committees focused on at-risk children and families. Sharon has received numerous awards and public recognition for her community service and leadership.
TONY PAPA, CEO of Ciralta, Inc., is a corporate advisor. He is also a partner in Tiro Partners LLC, a private holding company and the chairman of Impulse Communications, a provider of cloud-based business telephone services he co-founded in 1995. Tony works with impact investors and serves as a director for a variety of organizations. He is the immediate past board president of CASA of Santa Barbara County and continues to serve as a director and member of various committees. He has served as a director of companies in banking, telecommunications, publishing, on-line education, healthcare software, travel, environmental remediation, electronic game development, and real estate development. Born and raised in New York, Tony and his wife Sabrina moved to Santa Barbara in 1994. They have two adult children, Michael and Lindsay. Tony is an avid sailor, staff commodore of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and past chairman of the club’s Long Range Planning and Advisory Committee.
TRACY FAUVER is the Executive Director of Yolo County CASA. As a licensed clinical social worker, Tracy has worked with and advocated for vulnerable populations since her start as an undergraduate student in Washington, DC. Tracy served as a CASA volunteer for four years while coordinating a transitional housing program for homeless families. Ms. Fauver took over the Yolo program at a difficult time and has created a well-respected, highly collaborative, financially stable program. In her past six years as the CASA program director, Yolo County CASA has doubled its revenues and more than doubled the number of active advocates and children served. In her role on the California CASA board, Tracy envisions California CASA programs developing individual and collective strength in advocacy so that each community recognizes and supports the value of CASA which builds nurturing relationships to support children and build resilience for them and their families.