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Agency Leadership and Boards

AGENCY LEADERSHIP

Ken Berrick, CEO

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency that provides school-based, community-based and residentially-based services for children with serious emotional issues and their families.  Since its inception in 1985, Seneca has provided unconditional care and support to thousands of children struggling with learning disabilities and life circumstances that interfered with their capacity to succeed.  Seneca currently partners with families, school districts, and counties throughout California to provide the critical supports and services that children and families need to succeed in their homes, communities, and schools.  Mr. Berrick is a Governor’s Appointee on the California Child Welfare Council, a two-time former President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services and serves on the Board of the California Council for Community Mental Health Agencies. He is a Past-President of the Alameda County Board of Education and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. He is co-author of the book, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families, and his advocacy work on behalf of children, youth and families includes serving on numerous policy planning groups at both the county and state levels.  
 

Katherine West, COO

Katherine West, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Seneca Family of Agencies, became involved in the agency in January of 1996.  Since its inception in 1985, Seneca has provided unconditional care and support to thousands of children struggling with learning disabilities and life circumstances that interfered with their capacity to succeed.  Seneca currently partners with families, school districts, and counties throughout California to provide the critical supports and services that children and families need to succeed in their homes, communities, and schools. Over the past eighteen years, Katherine has played an integral role in the dramatic expansion of our school-based and community-based services for court dependents, court wards, and young people referred by county mental health departments. Well versed in the financial sphere, Katherine has successfully managed Seneca’s consistently increasing budget, which now sits at $80,000,000.  Prior to her role at Seneca, Katherine was chief financial officer for Families First, which provides comprehensive treatment programs for youth in Northern and Central California. 
 

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, Janet performed financial and OMB 133A audits for various agencies with budgets ranging from $500,000 to $35,000,000 annually. This 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.  In addition to her successes here at Seneca Family of Agencies, Janet also is a mother to two wonderful boys and has held several positions on PTA School Boards. 


Board of Directors

Neil Gilbert, Chair
Ken Berrick, President
Crosby Allison, Vice President
Dion Aroner, Secretary
Andrew Kahn, Treasurer
Jeff Davi
Geoffrey LePlastrier
Steve Riter
Alan Ross


Kinship Center Leadership Board – Monterey County

Tracey Chappell, Chair
Jeff Davi
Kelly Davi
Linda Dorris
Wendy Eales
Frances Greenberg
Susan Guidotti
Sandy Haney
Kristina Howard
Turi Kozel
Richard Murnigan
J.P. Puette
Debbie Resch
Barbara W. Thompson


Seneca Orange County Leadership Board

Albin Gess, Chair
Marc Boiron
Sharyn Buffa
Marice DePasquale
Mary Dirk
Roger Grad
Sam Hamontree
Erin Lastinger
Geoffrey LePlastrier
Jeff Lerch
Hon. Al Murray
Carl Neisser
William Pugh
Dustin Steeve
Harry Winters

Seneca Orange County Advisory Board

John Evans, Chair

Hon. Marian Bergeson
Jim Bieber
Christine Bock
Patrick Dirk
Mike Faddoul
Hon. Evelyn Hart
Harald Herrmann
Don Jacobs
Hon. Kris Murray
Jim Riley
Tom Rogers
Julie Schisler
Ernesto Vasquez
Hon. Tom Wilson