The FFYC Board of Directors appointed Tom as President and CEO in October 2012 after his service as the Interim Chief Operating Officer in FFYC’s Southern California region where he initiated the development of the Fred Finch Youth Center’s residential dual-diagnosis program and spearheaded the growth of additional programs. Today, our Southern California Division houses seven programs, over 140 staff, and serves over 400 children, youth, and families daily.
Tom’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, a Master’s of Social Work from San Diego State University and a certificate in non-profit management from Chapman University. Tom has over 30 years of experience in clinical and leadership roles serving youth and families at various mental health and social service agencies. Before joining FFYC, Tom held esteemed leadership positions at a number of child and family service agencies.
Along with years of professional experience, Tom brings a personal commitment to improving the lives of youth, families, and communities. Tom’s volunteer involvements include board membership with the California Alliance of Child and Family Services as their president and membership on the Alameda County Council of Mental Health Agencies executive committee. He was formerly on the board of directors of San Diego County Department of Health and Human Services, the San Diego Association of Non-Profits, the Foster Care Youth Advisory Committee of San Diego County in the Office of Education, and the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Susanna brings her leadership experience from social service and community organizations to her role at FFYC. Prior to working at FFYC, she held leadership positions at Kids’ Turn and California Specialty Hospital. Susanna joined FFYC in 2003 and was the Transition Age Youth Division Director and the Interim Chief Operations Officer before taking her current position in 2013. She earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Harvard University and her MSW from University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Chapa comes to Fred Finch after a distinguished career in government and higher education, most recently as senior clinical consultant and liaison with the National Hispanic and Latino Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (NHL MHTTC), Universidad Central del Caribe, Puerto Rico; executive dean and dean for strategic development for the California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, and more than 16 years in senior positions across the US Department of Health and Human Services. She continues to serve on several national advisory committees including the National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, the Johns Hopkins Press Health Equity in America committee, and the National Integration Academy Council.
Teresa is a life-long advocate for mental health and wellness, health equity, and eliminating health and behavioral health disparities, integrated behavioral health, cultural and linguistic competence, and workforce development.
Ed has over 24 years of healthcare senior executive experience in hospital, physician group, managed care organizations, and federally qualified health centers. He’s member of HFMA, MGMA, CalCPA and CICA. He earned his EMBA from Golden Gate University.
Lois grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, earning a BA in history and an MA in education. She later graduated from Golden Gate University, School of Law. She has a background working in human resources for both the public and non-profit sectors, with over 20 years serving in leadership roles. Two activities she enjoys most are spending time with family and friends, and volunteering to help improve her community.
Joining Fred Finch Youth Center in 2009, Tim has more than 20 years’ experience in business management, development, training, and systems implementation. Leading the agency’s Administrative and Information Technology efforts, Tim is responsible for the quality, accuracy, integrity, and privacy of the agency’s client record systems, both physical and electronic. With this agency-wide perspective, he also chairs the FFYC’s Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, where his bachelor’s degree in psychology and passion for quality mental health provision combine to ensure consistent quality improvement for all participants.
Julie has years of experience in fundraising and business development specializing in corporate sponsorships, events, and donor cultivation. An advocate and caregiver by nature, she began her professional life at the age of 19 by providing wound care for pediatric and adult burn patients at the University of Kansas hospital while working on her bachelor’s degree. Upon moving to the San Francisco Bay Area she studied wine which led her to several entrepreneurial endeavors focusing on event marketing, corporate communications, and project management. She has worked for both non-profits and companies on strategic giving and has collaborated with notable organizations such as the Smithsonian National Zoo, Google, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Humane Society, and Brain Injury Network. She has a soft spot for domesticated animals and serves on The Milo Foundation’s board of directors. She is excited to lead an ever evolving culture of philanthropy at FFYC to continue our mission and grow our services.