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Agency Leadership and Boards


Ken Berrick, CEO

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive mental health, education, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Since its founding in 1985, Seneca has developed innovative programs ranging from Wraparound and Intensive Treatment Foster Care, to integrated mental health services in schools, and a crisis continuum of care for youth and their families. Mr. Berrick is Governor-appointed Commissioner on the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. He is also a Governor’s Appointee on the California Child Welfare Council, where he co-chairs the Behavioral Health Committee, tasked with developing best practice recommendations to guide policy and inform statewide efforts to effectively address the behavioral health needs of children involved in or at risk of involvement in the child welfare system. Mr. Berrick is a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both the county and state-level. He is an elected member and Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. In 2014, he was recognized by California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Advocate of the Year. In 2017, he was a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. He is co-author of the books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Unconditional Education (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Leticia Galyean, COO

Leticia Galyean, LCSW is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Seneca Family of Agencies. Leticia joined Seneca in 2001 and throughout her time at Seneca, she has helped to design, launch, implement and evaluate family-focused programs serving over 17,000 families annually throughout California and the state of Washington. As COO, she has oversight over all agency financials, contracts, and administrative departments, including: Accounting, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, Seneca’s Institute for Advanced Practice, Quality Improvement, Quality Assurance, and Data, Evaluation, and Strategic Initiatives. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences on Seneca’s Unconditional Care treatment model and innovative use of data evaluation tools. As a result of these opportunities and experiences, Leticia has developed a unique breadth and depth of expertise in directing programs and operations that serve children and families utilizing a strengths-based, individualized, culturally competent and family-focused approach.

Janet Briggs, CFO

Janet Briggs, Chief Financial Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies, began her endeavor in finance by achieving her bachelors’ degree in Business Economics with an Accounting Emphasis from the University of California Santa Barbara. Janet began her career in Public Accounting working in various industries gaining extensive experience in accounting and business management and then specializing in providing audit and accounting services for various not for profit social service agencies as a CPA. Her in-depth understanding of accounting issues and regulations unique to not for profit agencies has distinguished Janet as a knowledgeable source and leader for this company. Since coming to Seneca in 2002, Janet has supervised and trained an ever-growing accounting staff on various accounting policies and procedures pertaining to Seneca programs. Not only does she review and monitor numerous county and state contracts, Janet also oversees all fiscal activity for over 60 programs in 12 different counties. Attending monthly fiscal program meetings, Janet is dedicated to effectively communicating with directors and managing the financial integrity of Seneca. In an effort to constantly improve practice and management skills, Janet regularly attends conferences and trainings specific to her role at Seneca. In addition to her successes here at Seneca Family of Agencies, Janet also is a mother to two wonderful boys.

Board of Directors

Neil Gilbert, Chair
Ken Berrick, President
Dion Aroner, Secretary
Geoffrey LePlastrier, Treasurer
Rochelle "Shelley" Benning, Member
Jeff Davi, Member
Gwen Foster, Member
Sylvia Pizzini, Member
Nancy Peña, Member

Bay Area Leadership Board
Rochelle "Shelley" Benning
Jamie Church
Jason Citron
Zach Cohen
Zach Hill
Venus Ke
Anders Mortensen
Dwayne Redmon
Hong Thatch
Stephanie Gaywood

Central Coast Leadership Board
Jeff Davi, Chair
Linda Dorris
John D'Arrigo 
Wendy Eales
Gary Falkoff, MD
Paula Falkoff, RDMS
Susan Guidotti
Nicki Pasculli
Miles Stearman
Kathy Tiffany
Gary Walter
Karen Worthington
Hiram Yanez
Joe Desmond

Orange County Leadership Board
Geoffrey LePlastrier, Chair
Tammi Cluck 
Albin Gess
Roger Grad
Carl Neisser
William Pugh
Dean Riley 
Dustin Steeve
Vanessa Vigoren
Harry Winters

Southern California Advisory Board
John Evans, Chair
Jim Bieber
Mary Dirk
Patrick Dirk
Carole Geronsin
Hon. Evelyn Hart
Harald Herrmann
Ron Hodges 
Sinan Kanatsiz 
Erin Lastinger
Hon. Al Murray
Hon. Kris Murray
Pat Poss
Jim Riley
Tom Rogers
Ernesto Vasquez
Hon. Tom Wilson
Sharyn Buffa

Washington Leadership Board
Blake Lawson