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Andrea Aramburú, M.A.

Project Manager, Title IV-E Program

Ms. Aramburú joined CalSWEC in May 2023 as Project Manager for the Title IV-E Program, supporting program implementation, including CalSWEC Title IV-E convenings and events, and evaluation and CQI efforts. She was most recently at a tech startup, Voltron Data, as an Operations Analyst. Prior to that, she was a Project/Policy Analyst at UC Berkeley in Residential & Student Service Programs for eight years.

Ms. Aramburú received her M.A. in International Relations. She loves to climb, knit, and spend a lot of time outdoors. She hates cooking but loves watching it on TV—the British Bake-off is amazing!

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. 

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

Ms. Chen joined CalSWEC in August 2020. Her current position is Training and Evaluation Specialist with the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program (IST), where she assists with evaluation efforts and training development and improvement. Her responsibilities include engaging in evaluation, research, and dissemination of best practice in social work, and analyzing, preparing and summarizing the collection of information and data from the five training academies across California. Before moving to IST, Xi worked with the IBH unit as Applied Research and Evaluation Specialist, where she was involved in evaluation and research projects for MHSA, APS, LCOEBH programs.

Prior to joining CalSWEC, Xi worked at the Center for Community-Engaged Learning and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement at Mississippi State University, collaborating 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. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology from Mississippi State University, and her M.S. from University of Bridgeport.

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.

Marjorie Delgadillo

Project Manager, Title IV-E Program

Ms. Delgadillo joined CalSWEC in October 2022. As Project Manager of the Title IV-E Program, she builds relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including university and public child welfare agency partners, to coordinate and implement statewide social work education and child welfare workforce development efforts. She also regularly reviews and updates program policy while providing technical guidance on program implementation.

Prior to joining CalSWEC, Ms. Delgadillo has dedicated her professional career to authentically uplifting the often marginalized lived experience of undocumented and foster youth. She has spent the last few years consulting, providing cross-sector connections, contributing talent and passion to local nonprofits as well as philanthropists urging us all to make an investment for a more equitable community.

Ms. Delgadillo earned her B.A. as first generation scholar from Dominican University of California in Humanities and Latin American studies. She is a member of the SF Foundation Koshland Civic Unity Fellows, Marin’s Boards and Commission Leadership Institute as well as United Way’s Leaders for Equitable Opportunities.

Athena Georganas 

Senior Database Coordinator

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.

Jennifer James, M.A., PH.D.

Project Manager, Adults and Aging Services Program

Dr. Jennifer James joined CalSWEC in May 2023 as Project Manager of the Adults and Aging Services (AAS) Program. In this role, she manages all training, evaluation and community capacity building projects associated with the AAS unit at CalSWEC, including the launch of the statewide Adult Protective Services (APS) MSW Training Program and ongoing follow-up and program evaluation for the pilot regional Bay Area APS MSW Training Program. Prior to joining CalSWEC, Dr. James was the Special Projects Coordinator at the Thompson Policy Institute on Disability at Chapman University, where she worked on projects supporting equitable access to education, meaningful employment, and independent living for individuals with disabilities. In addition, Dr. James has taught all levels of college composition at Orange Coast College, Cerritos College, and Chaffey College. Her experiences working with students with disabilities while teaching composition fueled her desire to pursue her Ph.D.

Dr. James earned her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Disability Studies from Chapman University, and received both her M.A. and B.A. in English from California State University, Fullerton. In her free time she likes to garden, read, and hike with her dog, Joey

Phyllis Jeroslow, Ph.D., LMFT, M.F.A.

System of Care Policy Analyst, 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 statewide 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 invigorate interdisciplinary and prevention practice by spearheading the implementation of California's Integrated Training Guide, which is a blueprint for cross-disciplinary workforce development and empowered family and youth engagement in a system of care environment.

Dr. Jeroslow’s published works regarding social welfare policies and poverty alleviation appear in The Oxford Handbook of Family Policy Over the Life Course (2023), The Routledge Handbook of Poverty in the United States (2015), and the Social Policy Review (Policy Press, 2013).

Before joining CalSWEC, Dr. Jeroslow exhibited her documentary films in Paris at the Georges Pompidou Centre, in New York City at the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Natural History, 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.

Christina Lacey

Events Coordinator

Ms. Lacey joined CalSWEC in August 2022 as Events Coordinator to plan and organize a variety of events to further CalSWEC's mission and reach. Christina first entered the world of social welfare by providing direct services to refugees and migrants in the Southwest. In her previous position, she worked as a Program Manager for a nonprofit that supports social justice organizations from around the world.  

Ms. Lacey enjoys making art and exploring all the delicious cuisines of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Allison Lowery, M.P.A.

Program Evaluation Specialist 

Ms. Lowery joined CalSWEC in November 2022 as the Program Evaluation Specialist for the Title IV-E Program. She has seven years of evaluation and research experience working with public and non-profit organizations in the fields of behavioral health, human services, education, early childhood development, and health programs. Ms. Lowery started her career working with youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems in 2004. She has content expertise in childhood trauma and trauma-informed care gained through working as a Program Coordinator and Evaluator for a trauma assessment program for children. Ms. Lowery has experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies as well as experience with designing and implementing data collection tools. She is experienced in evaluation planning as well as implementing both internal and external evaluations. She also has experience managing research studies at the university level. 

Ms. Lowery received her Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Program Evaluation as well as a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University.

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 B.A.in 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.

Martina Parashkevova, M.A.

Project Manager, Integrated Behavioral Health Program

Ms. Parashkevova joined CalSWEC as the IBH Project Manager in June 2023. Martina came to CalSWEC from the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and the Engineering Research Support Office at UC Berkeley, where she managed research programs and supported postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, and volunteers. Prior to working at Berkeley, Martina conducted social science research in Yosemite National Park for several years.

Martina is a certified Salesforce Administrator and is passionate about optimizing business systems and processes. She also enjoys the outdoors and exploring different cultures and places, which is reflected in her studies. She earned her M.A. from the University of Cumbria, England in Transcultural European Outdoor Education and her B.A. from the University of Connecticut in Sociology and Anthropology.

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 Salesforce.com, 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. 

SHALVENA SHARMA, B.A.

Project Policy Analyst, Technology and Instructional Design

Ms. Sharma has been with CalSWEC since February of 2021. Having worked closely with the Child Welfare In-Service Training Program, Shalvena is now part of the Technology and Instructional Design team providing accessibility support, LMS technical assistance, and maintaining curriculum materials.

Prior to joining CalSWEC, Shalvena was earning her B.A. in Psychology and Legal Studies with a minor in Linguistics at UC Berkeley.

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.

AISHA SIDDIQUI, M.P.P.

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

Ms. Siddiqui joined CalSWEC in January 2020 and currently leads the training evaluation activities on the In-Service Training team. 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 deliver high-quality and high-impact programs. 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 children and families living in disinvested 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 her B.A.s in Global Economics and Politics from UC Santa Cruz

Michael Sumner, M.A., Ph.D.

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

Dr. Sumner rejoined CalSWEC in September 2022 as Training & Evaluation Specialist in the In-Service Training Program (IST) working on Common Core and other IST projects. They have worked in many areas of the child welfare system, including multiple evaluation roles at CalSWEC from 2017 to 2019, the Bay Area and Central California Training Academies, and Contra Costa County’s Employment & Human Services Dept. Throughout their career, Dr. Sumner has used data and analysis to shed light on systemic barriers to opportunity and worked with communities to co-create meaningful change.

Dr. Sumner received their doctorate in psychology from New York University and a B.A. in psychology from Rutgers College. Their interests include using a growth mindset to learn new things, creativity, being in nature, and supporting the ability for all people to be safe and have authentic joy.

Mauricio Alexander Wright

Manager, Learning Management Systems, 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