Honorable Patrick E. Tondreau (Ret.) – Board Chairperson
Patrick E. Tondreau was appointed to the Superior Court of Santa Clara County in 2002. He was a judge in Juvenile Court from 2006 until 2019, serving in both the Dependency and the Juvenile Justice Court. He was the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court from 2008 until 2018, and supervised the Juvenile Justice Division from 2008 until 2017. Judge Tondreau served as a member and Chair of the Juvenile Court Judges of California, and was a member of the Family and Juvenile Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council. He chaired a statewide Task Force on Juvenile Competency and a Task Force on Dually Involved Youth. Judge Tondreau served as the Dually Involved Youth Judge in Santa Clara County and chaired its Executive Committee from 2008 until 2019. He was a former President of both the Santa Clara Bar Association and the Silicon Valley Law Foundation. Throughout his legal career, he participated on numerous committees, projects and task forces, including the County’s Human Trafficking Commission and the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.
AnnaLisa Chung, J.D.
AnnaLisa Chung is a founding member of DAC and formerly the President of its Board of Directors. She is the organization’s Chief Executive Officer and participates in a number of systems level committees dedicated to the implementation of best practices and improvements to the dependency court process in Santa Clara County. Ms. Chung began her career in the dependency arena as a staff attorney from 2001-2004 and a supervising attorney from 2004-2008. She has represented hundreds of indigent parents and children in Santa Clara County’s dependency court and has provided child welfare related trainings to attorneys, social workers, and other legal professionals both locally and nationally Ms. Chung was formerly the co-chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Juvenile Dependency Subcommittee and a member of its Family Law Executive Board. She participated on the Santa Clara County Blue Ribbon Commission and spearheaded efforts to plan Santa Clara County’s first National Reunification Day celebration in 2010. Her previous legal experience includes Family Law and Civil Transactional and Litigation work. In 1994, Ms. Chung received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. She received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1997.
Preeti Mishra, J.D., C.W.L.S.
Preeti Mishra is a founding member of DAC and serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Board. Her current work at DAC includes being the Mentor Parent Program Director and having extensive involvement with the Finance/Operations side of the organization. She has previously been the Supervising Attorney of one of the main law offices, Family Legal Advocates. Ms. Mishra has been dedicated to the Juvenile Dependency field since 2001 and is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist through the National Association of Counsel for Children. She has also been a voting member of Santa Clara County’s Child Abuse Council, and during her commission, held roles as the Treasurer and the Allocations Committee Chair. Her past nonprofit experience includes being the Deputy Director at Exhale, and her previous legal work consists of varied positions in the Family Law field. Ms. Mishra received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Rhetoric with a minor in German in 1994. In 1998, Ms. Mishra was awarded a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
Colette Farabaugh, BCS
Colette Farabaugh is recently retired from a career in Information Technology. Her last position, 17 years at Roche Pharmaceuticals, was Manager, IT Operations. Ms. Farabaugh brings both organizational and managerial experience to the Board. Since retirement Ms. Farabaugh has volunteered at several Santa Clara County non-profits, including Next Door Solutions, Cinequest, and InnVision. Ms. Farabaugh received her B.S. in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Jaime E. Lopez, M.S.W., LCSW
Jaime Lopez was the Assistant Director of the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) for the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency from August 2006 through December 2015, when he retired. He was responsible for the management of multiple departments and over 500 social work and support staff. Services that the Department provided included the Child Abuse Referral Hot Line, Receiving and Assessment Intake Center, Emergency Response, Differential Response, Dependency Investigation, Family Reunification, Family Maintenance, Placement and After Care services. Mr. Lopez graduated with a Masters of Social Work from the University of California Berkeley, School of Social Welfare, in 1978 with a concentration in Gerontology. In 1984, he began work for Santa Clara County Mental Health first as a line clinician in an adult mental health clinic after which he was promoted to clinic manager over multiple sites and programs for children and families. He was elevated to the position of Family and Children’s Division Director in the Santa Clara County Mental Health Department where he served for eight years before moving to Social Services as the Assistant Director for DFCS. During his career, Mr. Lopez was involved in numerous county, State and Federal system collaborations and projects with Juvenile Probation, First 5 Santa Clara County, County Office of Education, School LInked Services, Santa Clara County school districts, Santa Clara County Mental Health, Dependency and Delinquency Courts, Alcohol and Drug Services, Public Health, and many Community Based Organizations. He has been a licensed clinical social worker in California since 1980.
Kathryn Schlepphorst, J.D.
Kathryn Schlepphorst has been practicing Family Law since opening her own practice in 1994 in San Jose. In 2000 the firm became Schlepphorst & Emede, P.C. Julie Emede was appointed to the bench in December 2009. In April 2010 Ms. Schlepphorst joined Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel. In March 2011 Ms. Schlepphorst reopened her office and is still practicing in the areas of Family Law, Guardianship and Juvenile Dependency. Ms. Schlepphorst is an active member in the Santa Clara County Bar. In Ms. Schlepphorst was a member the State Bar Family Law Executive Committee for three years and served as an advisor. Ms. Schlepphorst has been honored with the Henry B. Collada Award for her contribution to the Santa Clara Family Court in 2010. She has also been recognized as the 2008 Salsman Award for her long and dedicated service to the Santa Clara County Bar Association. In 1994, she received the SCCBA Barrister of the Year award for her dedication in providing Pro Bono services. In 1994, she also received the California State Bar Wiley Manual Award for providing and enabling legal services for the poor.Ms. Schlepphorst has been named Northern California Super Lawyers since 2008. She has taught many classes in both the family and juvenile law though out her career. Her service to the Community includes current membership on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Contemporary Art and a past member of the Board of Directors for the American Musical Theater.
Ann Whyte, J.D.
Ann Whyte retired from Child Advocates after being involved as a volunteer or staff member since 1987. She currently volunteers for them. She also spent five years as a conflicts attorney representing parents involved in juvenile dependency proceedings. Ann has extensive board experience and has helped to launch various programs. She has served on both large and small boards and has held a variety of positions on those boards. She currently is an active member of the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Council, two other smaller boards, and is an Honorary Life Member of the American Cancer Society Board. Ann received her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from Loyola University, Los Angeles. Ann is also always willing to share pictures of her four grandchildren, who are the light of her life.
Dana Bunnett has more than 25 years’ experience innovating and collaborating in the non-profit sector. She is the current Executive Director of Kids in Common, managing their programs and activities to advocate for children, and assure the achievement of agency goals and vision. She has previously been the program manager for the American Red Cross in Palo Alto, a member of the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Commission, a volunteer education rights holder, a facilitator of the Santa Clara County Children’s Agenda, and a member of the Dually Involved Youth Initiative. She has a passion for and proven leadership of improving outcomes for children and families.
Laura Champion is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with certification in chemical dependency treatment and over forty years of experience in the fields of behavioral health, social services, juvenile justice and organizational development. She has an extensive background in wraparound, crisis stabilization, as well as Integrated and blended funding models of care. She enjoys the facilitation of strategic planning, providing comprehensive training/coaching/technical assistance and motivational speaking. She is the sole proprietor of Champion Consulting Services, LLC.
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