Leadership

CalSWEC Leadership Team

CalSWEC Center Director Kimberly Mayer

Kimberly S. Mayer, M.S.S.W.

Center Director

Ms. Mayer is responsible for providing leadership and vision for CalSWEC’s programs and operations representing a portfolio of $60 million in grants and contracts. As CalSWEC enters its 28th year, Ms. Mayer will be leading the development and implementation of initiatives that build on the organization’s long-standing legacy of professionalizing the state’s social work workforce. 

Ms. Mayer has led several workforce development projects promoting collaboration between public mental health, education, and providers, including peers. For the past 25 years, she has worked in a variety of human services leadership positions, including county government, a private consulting firm, and nonprofit management settings. She served as Director of Workforce Development at the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions (CIBHS), leading projects with the California Department of Health Care Services, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), and counties. 

Ms. Mayer earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and graduate degree from Columbia University School of Social Work.



CHRISTOPHER CAJSKI, M.A.

Director of Technology and Instructional Design

Mr. Cajski has served as Director of Technology and Instructional Design since August 2016. He is responsible for orchestrating CalSWEC’s efforts related to educational technology and distance education, such as online courses, systems, platforms, processes, and resources.

Mr. Cajski has over 20 years of experience in web-based training, most recently in leadership and consultant positions at eLearning companies. He earned his M.A. in education at Stanford University.



E. MAXWELL DAVIS, Ph.D., LISW

Director of Integrated Behavioral Health Program

E. Maxwell Davis, PhD, LISW joined CalSWEC as the Director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Program in September 2015. She currently directs the HRSA-funded San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Training Program and the ACL-funded Adult Protective Services MSW Training Program, which will launch statewide in 2022 after the recent completion of its two year regional pilot. She also directs ongoing follow-up for California's statewide Mental Health Services Act Stipend Program for MSW students, which CalSWEC led for 14 years, and program evaluation of Berkeley Social Welfare's Latinx Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health. 

Dr. Davis' clinical and scholarly work have long focused on addressing health disparities through the integration of primary and specialty health care, substance abuse, and mental health services. Her workforce development projects focus on preparing social workers to better meet the health and behavioral health care needs of marginalized and underserved communities.

She earned her B.A. from Smith College, her M.S.S.A. from Case Western Reserve University, her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, and she completed an NIMH postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA.



Mavis Njoo-Lau

Mavis Njoo-Lau, M.A.

Director of Finance

Ms. Njoo-Lau joined CalSWEC in October 2011 as a research administrator, a position she held until she was promoted to Fiscal Lead in July 2018. She was named Director of Finance in October 2018. She oversees the fiscal team and manages all aspects of pre-award administration, including proposal review, submission, and award setup. She also monitors and maintains over $100 million post-award grant management activities in accordance with campus policies and agency requirements, including overseeing all financial operations and financial planning and structure.

Ms. Njoo-Lau previously worked as an account and budget supervisor at Camp Adventure Youth Service at the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned an M.A. in community health education.


Vanessa Rezos

Vanessa Rezos, MSW

Director of Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

Ms. Rezos joined CalSWEC in 2017 and currently serves as the Director of Child Welfare In-Service Training. In this role she leads a statewide collaborative for in-service training and continuing professional education of public child welfare staff, working in partnership with the California Department of Social Services and Regional Training Academies. 

Prior to joining the CalSWEC team, Ms. Rezos served in several social worker roles in Contra Costa County’s Children & Family Services including Emergency Response, Court Services and Staff development. 

She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Cal State East Bay along with her Masters in Social Work, where she was a Title IV-E stipend recipient. As an immigrant from Lima, Peru, and fluent in Spanish, Vanessa has always believed in giving back to the communities that raised her in the Bay Area. 



CAROLYN SHIN, LCSW

Director of the Title IV-E Program

Ms. Shin joined CalSWEC in April 2011. Currently Director of the Title IV-E Program, she oversees contract negotiation and implementation between the program's funder and the participating universities.

Ms. Shin's previous experience includes direct service and administrative roles working with child-, youth-, and family-serving organizations, and social justice.

She earned her M.S.W. at the University of California, Berkeley and B.A. in American Civilization at Brown University.