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CalSWEC Program Staff

Michael Biehl, M.A., Ph.D.

Program Evaluation and Research Specialist, Title IV-E Program

Dr. Biehl has worked at CalSWEC since March 2017. As lead on the Title IV-E Program Evaluation Plan, he designs evaluation instruments, collects data, conducts analyses, and prepares reports and papers for publication. Prior to joining CalSWEC, he conducted longitudinal research on emotional development in childhood and later substance use as well as evaluation research on the effects of nutrition education on SNAP-Ed participants. 

Dr. Biehl earned his doctorate in developmental psychology at the University of California, Davis, M.A. in psychological research at San Francisco State University, and B.A. in developmental psychology at San Francisco State University. When not working, he enjoys going to film festivals, traveling, reading, and spending time with friends. Most of all, he loves hanging out and playing baseball with his son, Dylan.

Rose Chahla, M.A.

Assistant Director, Title IV-E Program

Ms. Chahla has been employed at CalSWEC since March 2016. As Assistant Director of the Title IV-E Program, she oversees statewide program and curricular coordination efforts, including CalSWEC Title IV-E Summit, the CalSWEC Student Information System (CSIS) database design and implementation, data compliance, and the CalSWEC Curriculum Competencies development. She also provides evaluation and research support. Prior to joining CalSWEC, Ms. Chahla was Manager of Employment Services and Interim Program Director of Upwardly Global, a national nonprofit focused on the workforce development and integration of immigrant and refugees.

Ms. Chahla earned her M.A. in educational psychology & counseling at the University of Minnesota and B.A. in psychology & education at Carleton College.

Hawkin Chan 

Digital Communications Specialist 

Mr. Chan joined CalSWEC in April 2021. He is a multi-disciplinary designer and communicator, with expertise in interactive design, social media and digital marketing. He has worked the gamut of clients, ranging from software companies, nonprofits to financial and technology firms. At CalSWEC, he collaborates with the Leadership Team to design and produce a variety of digital communication projects to promote the department's work and products for various projects and events.

Hawkin enjoys working in multicultural environments, and finds inspiration from traveling the world and immersing in local cultures.

Xi Chen, M.S., Ph.d. 

Program Evaluation and Applied Research Specialist, Integrated Behavioral Health 

Ms. Chen joined CalSWEC in August 2020. Xi worked at the Center for Community-Engaged Learning and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at Mississippi State University from 2015 to 2019. She worked closely and directly with faculty members, community agencies and student leaders from a wide range of disciplines to develop, implement and assess community-engaged learning programs and courses. In order to capture the effectiveness and outcomes of these programs and courses, she developed and implemented evaluation plans and research agendas through the collaboration with internal and external constituents.

Xi enjoys hiking, swimming, cooking, and playing with her two children.

Colleen Clark, M.S.W

Research Data Analyst, Efforts To Outcomes

Ms. Clark has been the Efforts To Outcomes (ETO) project manager since October 2016. She provides support to all aspects of the ETO database, including database development, database maintenance, training/technical assistance, data analysis, and customer support. Prior to joining CalSWEC, Ms. Clark was a child welfare instructor, statewide training specialist, program analyst, and county child welfare social worker.

Ms. Clark received her M.S.W. from Sacramento State University and B.A. in psychology from San Diego State University.

Carrie Cuy, M.A.

Distance Education Specialist, Technology and Instructional Design

Ms. Cuy joined CalSWEC in July 2020. She provides instructional design, course development and revision, LMS, and website support to the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program (IST).

Ms. Cuy previously worked at the Harvard University Division of Continuing Education where she specialized in distance education, accessibility services, and compliance and operations management. She earned her M.A. in International Economic Relations from American University. In her free time she enjoys running, open water swimming, and exploring parks and beaches in the Bay Area.

REBecca cook Dorman, M.P.H.

Project Manager, Integrated Behavioral Health 

Ms. Dorman joined CalSWEC in January 2019. She manages day-to-day activities for all Integrated Behavioral Health projects, including the MHSA (Mental Health Services Act) Stipend Program, the San Francisco Bay Area Integrated Behavioral Health MSW Training Program, the Northern California Substance Use Disorder Treatment MSW Training Program, and evaluation activities for Berkeley Social Welfare's Latinx Center of Excellence.

Ms. Dorman most recently was a time management consultant. Prior to that, she managed monitoring- and evaluation-related projects in the social sector. She earned both her M.P.H. and B.A. in psychology and anthropology at UCLA.

Gabriela Fischer, LCSW

Program and Policy Analyst, Title IV-E Program

Having joined CalSWEC in August 2018, Ms. Fischer researches local, state, and federal developments in public child welfare social work policy, education, and workforce development trends, and implements program improvements and updates accordingly. She works in collaboration with statewide child welfare social work partners to develop the CalSWEC Curriculum Competencies for Public Child Welfare and evaluates their implementation at participating CalSWEC Title IV-E schools. Prior to joining CalSWEC, Ms. Fischer was Title IV-E Project Coordinator for the School of Social Work at San Francisco State University.

Ms. Fischer earned an M.S.W., a B.A. in psychology, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley. When not at work, she loves to cook, knit, and travel.

Athena Georganas 

Database Analyst

Ms. Georganas joined CalSWEC in February 2019. She manages and maintains CalSWEC databases for both the Title IV-E Program and MHSA Stipend Program. Using these databases, she provides data reports and analyses to support program operation and evaluation efforts.

Ms. Georganas earned a B.A. in studio art at Humboldt State University, where she was an administrative support coordinator in the Department of Social Work. She loves hiking and landscape photography.

Phyllis Jeroslow, Ph.D., LMFT

Training and Curriculum Specialist, Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

Since joining CalSWEC in January 2004, Dr. Jeroslow has coordinated the development of the first statewide Common Core Curricula for Child Welfare Workers and Supervisors and produced 11 Symposia on Fairness & Equity Issues in Child Welfare Training & Education, using workforce development to advance social justice and well-being for children, youth, and families. She seeks to further interdisciplinary practice by spearheading the implementation of California's Integrated Training Guide, which endorses child and family teaming and joint trainings among child-serving systems. Before working at CalSWEC, Dr. Jeroslow exhibited her documentary films at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, at the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Natural History in New York City, and in the Los Angeles International Film Exposition. Additionally, she was a family conferencing specialist, supervisor, and reunification worker for San Francisco County's Children and Family Services.

Dr. Jeroslow earned a doctorate in social welfare at the UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. in documentary film making at UCLA, an M.S. in educational psychology at California State University, Northridge, and a B.A. in psychology and anthropology at the University of Michigan.


Training and Curriculum Specialist, Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

Barbara Lankamp-Kochis, who joined CalSWEC in January 2020, provides support for the Common Core and Supervisor Core Training Projects. She spent the previous decade as a psychotherapist working directly with youth, families, and adults in the Bay Area, specializing in treating trauma occurring in childhood, as well as anxiety and eating and attachment disorders. Additionally, she taught continuing education classes for psychotherapists and created educational programming for parents.  

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Ms. Lankamp-Kochis obtained her B.A. at the University of Guelph and her M.A. in psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking and being in nature with her husband and dog.

Shay O'Brien, M.S.W

Training and Curriculum Specialist, Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

With CalSWEC since November 2015, Ms. O’Brien collaborates with experts and stakeholders to develop statewide child welfare services training curriculum materials and keep those materials up-to-date. She also supports the Quality Parenting Initiative work throughout the state. She brings 15 years of research experience in education, public policy, and program evaluation, and social justice and community development work with homeless women and children, survivors of sexual and domestic violence, transition-age foster youth, and the LGBTQIA community.

Ms. O’Brien obtained an M.S.W. at the University of Kansas and a English and creative writing from Emporia State University. Outside of work, she loves to take her dog, Fig, to the beach and on long hikes in the woods.

Suhel Pathan

Sr. Salesforce Platform Solutions Engineer

Since September 2018, Mr. Pathan has been involved in the ongoing build and maintenance of the CSIS (CalSWEC Student Information System) Salesforce platform. This includes management of the current system's architecture and processes, implementing operational guidelines for data management, and ensuring overall data integrity and security moving forward.

As a Salesforce Certified Administrator, Certified Advanced Administrator, and Certified Developer, Mr. Pathan has been working in the Salesforce ecosystem for about eight years, including for such Fortune companies as, Oracle, T-Mobile, and NetApp. Most recently he was involved in end-to-end implementation of Salesforce CRM and its integration with all the backend systems at a startup in the South Bay.

Mr. Pathan earned a B.S. in business management and psychology at Palo Alto University. A spiritual person for whom his family always comes first, Mr. Pathan also enjoys an active lifestyle. He was a national-level cricket player and was drafted to play Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2001.

Katie Perry, M.S.W.

Project Manager, Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

Ms. Perry joined CalSWEC in August 2021 as the Project Manager for the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program. In this role, she oversees project deliverables for curriculum development, evaluation, and information technology. Ms. Perry believes that collaboration amongst the state, counties, and statewide training partners is key to ensuring successful workforce development.

Prior to joining CalSWEC, Ms. Perry worked in various roles within the Children and Family Services Division of the California Department of Social Services for seven years. This trajectory has informed a multi-faceted vision and understanding of the implications for both micro and macro social work. She earned her M.S.W. from the California State University, Sacramento, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of San Francisco.

In her free time, Katie enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and their rescue dog Nala

Esmi Ramirez, M.S.W.

Training and Evaluation Analyst, Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

Ms. Ramirez has been at CalSWEC since March 2015, assisting with evaluation efforts and curriculum development and revision for the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program. Before joining CalSWEC, she was a research intern and course liaison for the University of Michigan Department of Psychology’s Detroit Initiative program.

Ms. Ramirez holds an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In her free time, she loves taking long "wisdom walks," learning about health and nutrition, and spending time with her daughters.

Daphne Short, M.S.W.

Project Director, Efforts to Outcomes 

Since February 2017, Ms. Short has overseen the Efforts to Outcomes software-based solution utilized by counties to track county-specific "gap" data not tracked in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System and required for the state reporting. She came to CalSWEC with 17 years of direct practice and management experience in public child welfare.

Ms. Short earned her M.S.W. and B.A. in liberal studies from California State University, Stanislaus. Outside of work, she loves reading, crocheting, knitting, and traveling. Any other free time she may have is filled with her son's  extracurricular activities.


Training and Evaluation Specialist, Child Welfare In-Service Training Program

Aisha Siddiqui leads the Common Core evaluation activities and the Macro Evaluation Team, having joined CalSWEC in January 2020. Previously, she was Evaluation and Grants Manager at Girls Inc. of Alameda County, where she oversaw the program evaluation cycle for the organization's eight programs and collaborated with program staff to use evaluation data and research to ensure high-quality and high-impact programs. Additionally, Ms. Siddiqui led its Alumni Achievement Project, creating data tracking systems for alumni and evaluating long-term alumni outcomes. Prior to Girls Inc., Ms. Siddiqui worked at the Stanford University School of Medicine evaluating the effectiveness of the school's faculty development and diversity programs.

Ms. Siddiqui is inspired by the resilience of young people living in dis-invested communities and is dedicated to using data, evaluation, and creativity to support systems that serve marginalized communities. She earned her M.P.P. from the University of Southern California and two B.A.s, in politics and in global economics, from UC Santa Cruz.

Mauricio Alexander Wright

Distance Education Specialist, Technology and Instructional Design

Mr. Wright joined CalSWEC in April 2015 as online Learning Management System (LMS) administrator, instructional designer, and developer and deliverer of Common Core 3.0 online training material for all California's regions and counties. He is also a videographer, capturing live events and training materials for In-Service Training and Title IV-E and for the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) to assist with building the library of Just in Time training resources for foster parents in the state.

Mr. Wright previously worked for the Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education (BRCOE), where he was a media production specialist and instructional designer. He earned his B.A. in cinematography from San Francisco State University and is an avid enthusiast of technology, education, and community engagement.

CalSWEC Administrative Staff

Barbara Stewart Anderson

Fiscal Assistant

Ms. Anderson joined CalSWEC in November 2007 and assists with all fiscal matters, including vendor set-up, travel reimbursement, purchase orders, supplies, and reconciliation.

Previously, Ms. Anderson was a bank teller and customer services representative. She loves baking and making crafts.

Ore Carmi, M.S.

Administrative Assistant

Mr. Carmi joined CalSWEC in February 2017 and provides general administrative support and specialized support for the Integrated Behavioral Health program and for evaluation and research staff.  For a decade, he worked as an Administrative Assistant at UC Berkeley before taking a break to earn his M.S. in ecology and systematic biology from San Francisco State University.

Mr. Carmi holds a Bachelor of Music in piano from The Juilliard School. When not at work, he enjoys exploring nature and playing the piano.

Shifra Gaman, M.A.

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Gaman has been an Administrative Assistant for CalSWEC since January 2010. Currently, she supports the administrative needs of the Leadership Team. Previously, Ms. Gaman worked for Alameda County’s In Home Supportive Services as an Executive Secretary.

Ms. Gaman obtained an M.A. in Spanish from UC Berkeley and A.A. in secretarial science at Laney College. She loves working for UC Berkeley and being a grandmother.

Sheela Jhaveri, M.I.A.

Research Administrator

Ms. Jhaveri has supported and overseen post-award administration of some of CalSWEC's grants since June 2018. A UC Berkeley veteran of many years, she has also worked at various nonprofits in the Bay Area, most recently Destiny Arts Center as Development Administrator.

Ms. Jhaveri earned a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University and a B.A. in cultural and social anthropology at UC Berkeley. Her creative side finds expression in concocting healing remedies from plant medicine for friends and family, creating jewelry for customers through her Etsy shop, and spending time in her garden.

Yvonne Kabuoro

Research Administrator

Ms. Kabuoro supports and oversees the pre-award and post-award administration of the Title IV-E contracts. She joined CalSWEC in November 2019 with eight years of grant accounting experience working for the Ministry of Health, Kenya and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Atlanta Project. Most recently, she was an Office Coordinator at Telecare Age Wise Program in San Diego for three years. 

Ms. Kabuoro has a B.S. in International Business Administration from United States International University Africa in Kenya and a Certified Public Accountant license from Strathmore University School of Accountancy, also in Kenya. She loves to travel, hike, and take nature walks

Shalvena Sharma, B.A.

Office Assistant

Ms. Sharma has been an Office Assistant for CalSWEC since February 2021. Currently, Shalvena works closely with the In-Service Training Team to support CalSWEC in updating their electronic documents in order to make them accessible per ADA Remediation standards. Prior to joining CalSWEC, Shalvena was earning her B.A. in Psychology and Legal Studies with a minor in Linguistics at UC Berkeley where she worked a variety of student jobs.

Outside working hours, Shalvena is a homebody who enjoys spending time with her dog and watching crime thrillers.