John Steinfirst, LCSW has been CEO of the well-respected residential and community based Fred Finch Youth Center in Oakland, CA. for 20 years, with programs throughout California. He has experience with an array of services for a variety of institutions, government and private agencies, with clients including but not limited to abused and neglected children, developmentally disabled and mentally disabled, co-occurring disordered, children, youth, and families, adults, the elderly and those with substance abuse problems. As a licensed and experienced mental health therapist, he can also assist in cases where suits have been brought against therapists for malpractice.
Bob Kelleher was the Director of Accreditation Services for the California Alliance. He has developed and implemented accreditation standards for Group Homes, Foster Family Agencies, Adoption Agencies, Non-public Schools and Mental Health Programs, while providing training on standards of care to executives and clinicians. Most recently, Bob was the Director of Quality and the Compliance Officer for one of the largest private mental health providers in California. He continues as a consultant in quality and compliance.
Cheryle L Roberts Smothers has worked in the foster care and adoptions field for over 20 years. She has worked at every position from social worker to program director for a private non-profit treatment FFA and Adoption Agency in Northern California. Currently, she teaches four classes at CSU Sacramento Division of SW and a class at Sacramento City College’s Sociology Department. She is also a registered Adoption Services Provider working with birth mothers who have relinquished their children to adoption, provides consultation to adoption agencies, and conducts home studies for a Foster Family Agency in Sacramento.
Matthew Madaus is a LCSW with over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field. He has held positions as CEO, Executive Director, Residential Treatment Director, Clinical Director, Director of Community Mental Health, Program Director, and other manager and clinical roles. He has experience working in special education schools, day treatment programs, crisis stabilization and inpatient units, emergency shelters, residential treatment facilities, and community-based programs in both California and Massachusetts. Mr. Madaus is currently a consultant to senior staff at child-serving agencies.