The Agency’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to supporting our mission. Our board members serve without compensation, and the work of the committees on which they serve plays an integral role in our ongoing development.
If you are interested in applying for membership to our Board of Directors, please send your letter of interest to Cheryl Smith, CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Board:
Brenda Davis B.A. M.S.
Board President, member since 2007
Brenda was founder and principal of a computer consulting firm, Application Associates, which specialized in technical documentation, instructional design, needs analysis and training. Clients included large corporations as well as government entities. She has also spent 30 years in the educational environment teaching at every level, from elementary through college, as well as adults. Brenda holds a BA from the University of Houston, and an MS in Special Education from the University of Kansas.
Brenda is currently on the Board of American Bone Health. Brenda joined the Family Support Services Board of Directors in 2007.
John R. Robbins SIOR, FRICS
Board Vice President, member since 2002
Board Vice President Mr. Robbins has been in commercial real estate for over 30 years. He is the CEO of Carpenter/Robbins Commercial Real Estate, Inc., a national real estate brokerage and consulting company representing private sector companies and Government Agencies. He has held senior management positions in commercial brokerage and development with national companies, and, over the course of his career, has negotiated several million square feet of transactions for individuals, corporations, and government, as well as developed over 1.5 million square feet of commercial properties.
Mr. Robbins has been an instructor in real estate at the University of Denver and Golden Gate University. He holds an MBA and a BS in Industrial Management from California State University, San Jose. His professional affiliations include the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). His Board affiliations include: (Current) Family Support Services, SIOR Northern California, (Past) UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science, College Preparatory School, NAIOP.
Board Treasurer, member since 2011
David is a seasoned finance executive, with leadership roles in both startups and large global organizations. He has held long tenures with MUFG Union Bank, Washington Mutual, and Ernst & Young LLP. He is a CFA Charterholder and Certified Public Accountant.
Jane Henderson, Ph.D.
Board Secretary, member since 2015
Dr. Henderson, now retired, spent more than 30 years crafting and implementing California public policy in the areas of child welfare services, family support services, K-12 education, child development, and juvenile justice. She was the founding Executive Director of First 5 California, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the California Department of Education, and staff director of the state Senate Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families.
Member since 2018
Before retirement, Lois spent her career in law firm management, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of Fenwick & West, a multi-office technology and life sciences firm based in Silicon Valley. Lois serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a foster youth in Contra Costa County and serves on the Session (governing board) of Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church.
Kirk L. Dobbins, Esq.,
Member since 2016
Kirk L. Dobbins, Esq. is Vice President and Regional Counsel for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest in Portland, Oregon. He has a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP), Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I) and Certified Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC) professional. He has executive experience in for-profit and non-profit corporations, and served as counsel for the federal government and in private firms. He is a member of several state bars and holds leadership positions in national professional associations.
Janette E. Drew
Member since 2017
Janette is Director of Operations for Sustainable Contra Costa. Formerly she was in commercial banking & finance with extensive experience in credit risk management, asset management, portfolio administration and business management. Janette is currently on the board of Portico Benefit Services. She has held various leadership roles in public corporations as well as nonprofit entities.
Member since 2008
Jason Foster is the Director of MUFG Union Bank Financial Reporting, his primary responsibilities pertaining to statutory reporting required by U.S. federal banking regulators, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Japanese statutory bodies. Jason is an alumnus of Arizona State University with degrees in comparative religion, economics, and statistics.
Member since 2012
Jeffery Gary is the President of WorkCompTV, a worker’s compensation industry consulting firm. He is a retired manager of worker’s compensation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. In 2006, he was honored with Manager of the Year for The City and County of San Francisco. Jeffery is the past President and current board member of the San Francisco Industrial Claims Association. With a BA from USC, majoring in Film and Television Communications, he is also a professional photographer.
Member since 2018
Brooke worked over 45 years in Corporate Information Technology, specializing in areas of systems, software application consulting management/implementation running worldwide consulting organizations. She worked for Netopia, Inc. as Sr. Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and Motorola, Inc. as Sr. Director thru 2013, responsible for worldwide delivery of Internet control applications (overseeing a staff of 100+ technical resources in U.S., Europe, South America, Russia and China). She is a graduate of Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business. Since her retirement, Brooke is focused on helping at risk children in the Alameda County area by becoming a member of the Board of Director for Children’s Support League of Alameda and Contra Costa County. She also served as the Secretary Board of Directors 2013-2018 for The First Tee of the East Bay.
Tamara Morgan, Esq.
Member since 2013
Tamara is a Bay Area native with a lifelong interest in mentoring girls and young women. Her passion for supporting, guiding and nurturing vulnerable, at risk individuals and families has led her to serve on the Boards of Directors of Family Support Services and HealthRight360 and to launch local charitable drives and endeavors in partnership with her adult daughters. Tamara is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley (Legal Studies, B.A.) and Stanford Law School (J.D.). As an in-house attorney for Kaiser Permanente she manages employment litigation and provides strategic leadership of the Legal Department’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.
Member since 2018
Shay Rogers is responsible for supporting various department initiatives and projects, and providing logistical support for the Coalition of Diversity Leaders meetings and other strategic ND&I events.
As Event Planning Manager, Shay Rogers coordinate all National Equity Diversity and Inclusion meetings, councils and conferences. Shay has been with Kaiser Permanente for 12 years, and has extensive experience as an executive support specialist in IT, National PR and Communications, and National Patient Care Services, before joining National Diversity and Inclusion in January 2015. Shay is on the board of WE@ KP (formerly known as KP Women In Technology (KP WIT) and KP Women Embracing Life and Leadership (KP WELL)), Oakland Teen Empowerment Program, and a member of the Scholarship Committee for Kaiser Permanente’s African-American Professional Association (KPAAPA).
Karen E. Wilson
Member since 2015
Karen is a Partner with Mowat Mackie & Anderson LLP (MMA), a full-service CPA firm in Oakland. Karen leads the firm’s international practice and focuses on complex individual, trust, and non-profit tax consulting and services. Prior to joining MMA, Karen worked with accounting firms PwC and Ernst & Young in their expatriate and foreign national tax groups, as well as Wellspring Group CPAs in Washington state, focusing on assisting high net worth individuals with their charitable planning. Karen is an alumnus of the University of Washington Foster School of Business (Business Administration, Accounting Concentration) and is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS. She currently serves as the Financial Advisor for Peninsula Chapter DeMolay and is an active member of Financial Women of San Francisco and ProVisors in San Francisco.