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 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

Dr. Davis has been Director of the Integrated Behavioral Health Program since September 2015. She directs the statewide MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) Stipend Program, which supports and trains over 150 MSW students at 19 California schools of social work/social welfare each year. Additionally, she is Principal Investigator for and directs the San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Stipend Program, which supports and trains up to 30 students annually at four Bay Area MSW programs. Finally, she directs the evaluation of Berkeley Social Welfare's Latinx Center of Excellence.

Dr. Davis has long focused her work on addressing health disparities through research, policy, and practice. Her workforce development activities at CalSWEC continue her efforts to help social workers better meet the health and behavioral health care needs of marginalized and underserved communities.

Dr. Davis earned her M.S. in social administration from Case Western Reserve University and Ph.D. in social work from the University of Southern California.



Tenia Davis

TENIA DAVIS, M.S.W.

Director of Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

Ms. Davis, who joined CalSWEC in 2013, served as Interim Director of the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program since June 2018 and also served as Interim Team Lead of Evaluation and Research (E&R) for that program since February 2018. She was appointed Director of the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program in November 2018. 

In her new role, Ms. Davis leads the program that focuses on the development of the public social services workforce by facilitating collaboration between the regional training academies and by providing technical assistance to improve training outcomes for public child welfare professionals. 

Previously, Ms. Davis served as training and evaluation specialist for E&R, managing day-to-day operations of the evaluation agenda for the Common Core and Supervisor Core Training Programs; facilitating the evaluation agenda of the statewide Macro Evaluation team, and chairing the National Human Services Training Evaluation Symposium Steering Committee. 

Ms. Davis earned an M.S.W. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.



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.


Michelle Perez-Robles

Michelle Perez-Robles, M.A.

Office and Events Manager

Ms. Perez-Robles supports CalSWEC by managing office operations and events. Prior to joining CalSWEC in June 2018, she was Events and Engagement Coordinator for CENIC in Berkeley and Office Manager and Project Coordinator for NC-SARA in Boulder, Colorado.

Ms. Perez-Robles earned an M.A. in strategic communication and a B.A. in organizational development at Regis University. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the Bay Area, and doing anything fitness related.



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.