Advisory Board

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The CalSWEC Advisory Board

  • is a diverse statewide body of university, county government, advocacy, and community representatives who share mutual interests, goals, and concerns related to social work education, workforce development, in-service training, and evaluation and research in publicly funded health care and social services setting, and

  • supports CalSWEC’s Mission to facilitate and support statewide partnerships for the education and training of social workers to ensure culturally responsive, effective, and high-quality behavioral health and human services delivery to the people of California.

The Advisory Board operates under bylaws (version: February 4, 2021), adopted to formalize board and committee processes. In accordance with these bylaws, meeting agendas and minutes from the previous meeting will be posted 7 days prior to each meeting on CalSWEC's Advisory Board Packets webpage.


Upcoming Events and Important Dates: Schedule of meetings for 2023-2024

Oct 19, 2023

Permanent Committees, 10:00 am–12:00 pm | CalSWEC Advisory Board Meeting, 1:00–3:30 pm | DoubleTree San Francisco Airport, 835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010 | Registration Form expired

Dec 13, 2023

Special CalSWEC Advisory Board Meeting, 9:30–10:30 am (Virtual) | Registration Form expired

May 2, 2024

CalSWEC Advisory Board Meeting, 1:00–3:00 pm (Virtual) | Registration Form

If you would like advanced notification of CalSWEC Advisory Board meetings, please write to so you can be placed on the notification list. 

The CalSWEC Advisory Board members now include the following:

6 University Representatives

  • Tyler Arguello, Sacramento State University
  • Maria Gurrola, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Celeste A. Jones, CSU, Chico
  • Peter Allen Lee, San Jose State University
  • Nancy Meyer-Adams, CSU Long Beach (CalSWEC Advisory Board President)
  • One open seat

4 County Welfare Directors Association of California Representatives

  • Kari Beuerman, County of Marin Health and Human Services
  • Shelby Boston, Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services
  • Yvonnia Brown, Merced County Human Services Agency (CalSWEC Advisory Board Vice President)
  • Jennifer Claar, Riverside County Department of Public Social Services

4 County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California Representatives

  • Natalie Bolin, Tulare County Behavioral Health
  • Antonette Navarro, Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness (CalSWEC Advisory Board Immediate Past President)
  • Two open seats

1 California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Director or designee

  • Dave McDowell, California Department of Social Service

2 Representatives from statewide adult and aging services organizations

  • Kathryn Kietzman, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Healthy Aging Partnerships in Prevention Initiative
  • James Treggiari, Program Administrator, Adult Protective Services, CDSS

1 National Association of Social Work–California Executive Director or designee

  • Alex Brown, National Association of Social Workers–California

1 UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare Dean or designee

  • Linda Burton, Dean

1 Descendant or enrolled member of a California Tribal Nation(s) knowledgeable about California urban and rural Tribal communities

  • Vida Castaneda, Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Judicial Council of California

2 Regional Training Academy directors

  • David Foster, Central Training Academy, Fresno State University
  • Jennifer Tucker-Tatlow, Academy for Professional Excellence, San Diego State University (CalSWEC Advisory Board Treasurer)

3 Other stakeholder/funder representatives (i.e., NASW, representatives of state agencies, associations, commissions, and/or relevant foundations)

  • Percy Howard, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS)
  • Stuart Oppenheim, Child & Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC)
  • Jennifer Rolls Reutz, California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare and California Training Institute (CalTrin)

1 Representative of the CalSWEC Title IV-E Project Coordinators

  • Jenell Thompson, CSU Stanislaus

Helpful links

Materials from recent meetings (2017 and forward) can be found on the Advisory Board Agendas and Handouts webpage.

Messages to the Advisory Board may be sent to: