Advisory Board

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 2021-2022

Oct 21, 2021

Permanent Committees, 9:30-11:00 am CalSWECAdvisoryBoard Meeting, 1:00-3:00 pm (virtual)

Feb 10, 2022

Permanent Committees, 9:30-11:00 am CalSWECAdvisoryBoard Meeting, 1:00-3:00 pm (virtual)

Apr 28, 2022

Permanent Committees, 9:30-11:00 am CalSWECAdvisoryBoard Meeting, 1:00-3:00 pm (virtual)

CalSWEC stakeholders may listen to Advisory Board proceedings in real time and offer remarks during the open comment period. If you would like to participate, please write to so you can be placed on the notification list. 

The CalSWEC Advisory Board members now include the following:

6 University Representatives

  • Sarah Gehlert, University of Southern California
  • Maria Gurrola, CSU Monterey Bay
  • Carolyn McAllister, CSU San Bernardino
  • Nancy Meyer-Adams, CSU Long Beach (CalSWEC Advisory Board Vice President)
  • Susan Roll, CSU Chico
  • Jerry Shapiro, San Francisco State University

4 County Directors Association Representatives

  • Kari Beuerman, County of Marin Health and Human Services
  • Shelby Boston, Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services
  • Delfino Neira, Fresno County Department of Social Services

4 County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California Representatives

  • Antonette Navarro, Tri-City Mental Health Services (CalSWEC Advisory Board President)
  • Yvette Willock, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

 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
  • Kim Rutledge, California Department of Social Services

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

  • Deborah Son, 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)
  • Amy Levin, CSU, Northridge (CalSWEC Advisory Board Immediate Past President)      
  • Stuart Oppenheim, Child & Family Policy Institute of California

1 Representative of the CalSWEC Title IV-E Project Coordinators

  • Tracy Kent, CSU, Sacramento

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: