Governance Board

Project ABC’s Governance Board is a group of esteemed individuals and leaders who represent the leadership of city, county, state, and nonprofit organizations serving children from birth through five years old in Los Angeles County. On the Project ABC Governance Board, these representatives come together with family members to influence policy change, and to work to transform systems in order to provide coordinated, family-friendly services. The Board meets several times throughout the year to collaborate and provide direction to Project ABC.


Governance Board Members


Bonnie Armstrong

Consultant and formerly Senior Director, Strategic Consulting
Casey Family Foundation


William Arroyo, M.D.

Regional Medical Director, Children’s Systems of Care
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health


Philip Browning

Director
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services


Sam Chan, Ph.D.

District Chief, Family and Community Partnerships
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health


Maribel Chavez

Community Organizer
For The Child


Richard Cohen, Ph.D.

Project Director, Project ABC
Children’s Institute, Inc.


Tedji Dessalegn

Regional Administrator, Torrance
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services


Jonathan E. Fielding, M.D.

Director
Los Angeles Department of Public Health


Dilys Tosteson Garcia

Executive Director
CASA of Los Angeles


Larry Gasco, Ph.D.

Chairman
Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission


Fran Goldfarb, M.A., M.C.H.E.S.

Director of Family Support, USC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


Madelyn Gordon

Executive Director
Grandparents as Parents


Cynthia HardinG

Director, Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Program
Los Angeles Department of Public Health


Leslie Heimov, J.D., C.W.L.S.

Executive Director
Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles


Greg Lecklitner, PH.D.

District Chief, Child Welfare Division, Children’s System of Care
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health


Connie Lillas, Ph.D.

Consultant
Early Childhood Mental Health


Kathy Malaske-Samu

Director, Office of Child Care
Los Angeles County Chief Executive Office


Jacquelyn McCroskey, D.S.W.

John Milner Professor of Child Welfare
USC School of Social Work


Marie Poulsen, Ph.D.

Chief Psychologist, USC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


Jeanne Smart, R.N., M.S.N.

Director, Nurse-Family Partnership
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Marvin Southard, D.S.W.

Director
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health


Charles Tadlock

Regional Administrator, South County
Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services


Shannon Whaley, Ph.D.

Director, Research and Evaluation
PHFE WIC