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The #ChildrenCanThrive  campaign seeks to transform our response to the public health crisis of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their long term effects.

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Our Team

Our truly integrated approach brings together a team of experts in primary health care, mental health and wellness, research, policy, education, and community and family support services to meet children and families where they are and help them lead healthier lives.

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, MPH, FAAP
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Youth Wellness (CYW).
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Mark Cloutier
Executive Director

Mark Cloutier is the Executive Director at the Center for Youth Wellness. He is responsible for strategic direction, coordination and oversight for all aspects of the CYW’s operations including fiscal planning, operational and budget planning, clinical programming, policy, communications, community relations, and staff and Board recruitment.
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Robert Benavidez
Vice President of Finance, Talent and Operations

Robert is the Vice President of Finance, Talent, and Operations. He is responsible for the oversight and direction of human resources, financial management, operational activities, technology, strategic initiatives, and organizational learning and data for the Center for Youth Wellness.
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Susan Briner, MD
Vice President and Medical Director

Dr. Susan Briner joined the staff of Center for Youth Wellness (CYW) on January 19, 2016, as Vice President of Programs/Medical Director.
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Chris Padula
Vice President Development and Communications

Chris is the VP of Development and Communications. He serves as the leader of the CYW’s Development and Communciations teams.
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Monica Bucci, MD
Director of Research

Monica is the Director of Research. She brings many years of expertise in research and clinical neurology and neuroradiology practice with a primary focus on neuroscience and brain plasticity.
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Lisa Gutierrez Wang, PhD
Director of Clinical Programs

Lisa is the Director of Clinical Programs. She has a diverse background in clinical supervision and program implementation.
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Carol Hunter, CPA
Director of Finance and Operations

Carol Hunter is the Director of Finance and Operations. She is responsible for management of the Finance department ensuring the accurate and timely reporting of agency results both internally and externally.
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Sara Marques
Director of Policy

Sara is responsible for directing CYW’s policy work, including supporting a multi-sector statewide partnership focused on addressing ACEs and childhood trauma and supporting cross-sector integration of ACE-informed perspectives into practice.
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Mario Moreno
Director of Grants and Contracts

Mario is the Director of Grants and Contracts. He oversees grants management processes, policies, systems and quality improvements
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Damali Robertson
Director of Institutional Giving

Damali is the Director of Institutional Giving, responsible for leading our foundation, corporation and government fundraising efforts.
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Lola Trovao, SPHR
Director of Human Resources

Lola is the Director of Human Resources primary role and provides overall strategic and administrative direction of how employees contribute to the company’s success.
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Claire Willhite, LMFT
Associate Clinical Director

Claire is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her therapeutic work focuses on trauma-informed care and she specializes in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
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Margie Carrascal Villanueva
Bilingual Care Coordinator

Margie is a Bilingual Care Coordinator who works with the clinical team to ensure patients are properly introduced to CYW’s services.
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Alison Channon
Communications and Social Media Manager

Alison Channon is the Communications and Social Media Manager at Center for Youth Wellness. She is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications and digital advocacy plans that further CYW’s goals.
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Perry Chen
Therapist, LCSW

Perry is a therapist in the clinical program. He is responsible for caring for the patients’ behavioral/mental health through individual, family, and dyadic therapy.
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Kate Effland
Development Manager

Kate Effland is the Development Manager, supporting institutional giving and fundraising efforts.
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Abel Embaie
Staff Accountant

Abel is The Staff Accountant At CYW. He graduated from Washington State University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He has over 7 years of professional experience in the private and governmental sector performing several financial and business reporting functions.
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Janelle T. Fine
Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents

Janelle is the Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents and has over 10 years of experience working as an Executive Assistant in the nonprofit sector.
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Cynthia Flores
Bilingual Care Coordinator

Cynthia is the Bilingual Care Coordinator within the clinical program at Center for Youth Wellness.
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Rebecca Grant
Development Associate

Rebecca is the Development Associate for the Center for Youth Wellness. She works to provide high quality support and management for a range of Development activities including Major Donor cultivation and stewardship, project management, donation processing and data management, event coordination and other administrative needs of the department.
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Kadiatou Koita
Research Associate

Kadiatou (Kadi) is a research associate in the Research Department. In her role, she is providing critical support in various research projects on ACEs and toxic stress.
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Stephanie Larumbe, BA
Clinical Programs Assistant

Stephanie is the Clinical Program Assistant.
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Lynne Lathbury
Executive Assistant to the CEO & Executive Director

Lynne Lathbury has over 15 years of experience in C-level Executive Assistance.
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Amanda Medrano

Amanda is a bilingual Spanish-speaking clinical psychologist. As part of our multidisciplinary team she provides individual, dyadic, and family therapy to the families served by the Center for Youth Wellness.
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Janet Noble Maxwell
Wellness Nurse

Janet is the Wellness Nurse at the Center for Youth Wellness. She is responsible to educate families about the impacts of ACEs and toxic stress on health and wellness, coordinate specialty care appointments, and provide consultation on attaining, maintaining or recovering optimal heath.
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Debby Oh
Research Associate

Debby is a Research Associate at the Center for Youth Wellness. She is responsible for synthesizing and critically evaluating the research surrounding ACEs as well as communicating findings to our staff and the larger medical community.
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Kim Pierson

Kim is the Main Floor Receptionist at the Center for Youth Wellness. She oversees the entire building and ensures all visitors and contractors are welcomed and checked in. She also manages the Multi-Purpose Conference Room calendar on the main floor in the building and handles general information emails from the public.
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Sukhdip Purewal, MPH
Research Associate

Sukh is a Research Associate in the Research Department and manages the Community Research Board.
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Lydia Vincent-White
Community Engagement Manager

Lydia is the Outreach Coordinator who works in the Strategic Initiatives Department and staffs the Community Advisory Board.
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Yunji Lee
Grants and Contracts Intern

Yunji is a Grants and Contracts Intern with Center for Youth Wellness.
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2016 Conference on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Awareness to Action
October 19-21, 2016     San Francisco
Center for Youth Wellness presents the 2016 Conference on Adverse Childhood Experiences: Awareness to Action. Details and registration information is forthcoming. Click more info to learn more.