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.
Steve Gray, M.S., M.F.T.I.
Steve Gray currently serves as the Domestic Violence Liaison with the Contra Costa County Bureau of Children and Family Services. In this role, Mr. Gray coordinates the delivery of services to parents and children, conducts risk and lethality assessments, provides treatment planning, and collaborates with collateral agencies. Mr. Gray also provides consulting services in the fields of domestic violence and child welfare. His past experiences include serving in law enforcement for over 31 years, being a liaison to the Support Network for Battered Women in Mountain View, participating in Santa Clara County’s Death Review Committee, and serving on the City of Mountain View’s domestic violence task force. Mr. Gray has previously instructed about domestic violence dynamics to social workers, police officers and clinicians at St. Mary’s College and Cal State University Hayward, and served as adjunct faculty at Las Positas College in Livermore. Additionally, Mr. Grey has been a guest presenter on multiple occasions at Santa Clara County’s Annual Domestic Violence Conference.
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.
Kimberly Sanchez previously served as a Mentor Parent with Dependency Advocacy Center’s Mentor Parent Program. In her work, she provided guidance to parents involved with the specialized juvenile dependency drug court program, and had a particular focus in working with Spanish speaking clients. Ms. Sanchez empowered women by sharing her experience in the dependency system in order to build trust, and in turn was able to help clients navigate the court process, lead a sober life and use recovery support systems. Along with conducting various presentations, she attended the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges conference, representing the Santa Clara County Model Courts. Ms. Sanchez currently is employed with the Domestic Violence Intervention Collaborative advocating for victims of domestic violence with duties including group facilitation and coordination, court support, and administrative work. She is also leading a boundaries group at Cityteam Ministries. Along with her dedication to her work, she is furthering her education to become a Certified Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADAC).
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.
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