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Advisory Board

The SDSU School of Social Work’s Advisory Board is comprised of directors and leaders of county and non-profit social service agencies serving the San Diego and Imperial County regions, and alumni from our programs.

The role of the Advisory Board is to work collaboratively with the School Director and faculty to promote the School’s focus on quality, cutting-edge education, research, and community engagement. This is accomplished through advisement on current and future trends and needs in social work practice; joint events, activities, and projects; and promotion of the School’s mission and goals to the broader community. The Board meets two times per semester and contributes to leadership activities that enhance student and community life throughout the year.

Alfredo Aguirre

Alfredo Aguirre

Alfredo Aguirre

Alfredo Aguirre, LCSW, is the Director of Behavioral Health Services of San Diego County and has served in the capacity of Mental Health Director since 1999. He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Network of Social Work Managers and as a co-chair of the Cultural Competence, Equity, and Social Justice Committee of the California Mental Health Directors Association. He also serves on the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch Council, a national advisory committee to the Children’s Branch of the Center for Mental Health Services under SAMHSA.

Kathi Anderson

Kathi Anderson

Kathi Anderson

Kathi Anderson co-founded Survivors of Torture, International.  She served as its first board chair before becoming its Executive Director.  She has had extensive experience in health care, human rights, refugee resettlement and higher education.   She was recently elected as the chair of the San Diego Refugee Forum and is one of the co-founders and officers of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.   She has also served on national boards of directors of Amnesty International USA, Center for Employment Training and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.

Jorge Cabrera

Jorge Cabrera

Jorge Cabrera

Jorge Cabrera is Senior Director for Casey Family Programs.  Casey is a national operating foundation based in Seattle, WA that provides direct services to foster youth and engages in collaborative and systems improvement efforts in partnership with the public child welfare system and other community organizations.   In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the direct services in the Casey San Diego field offices, Mr. Cabrera leads Casey’s Strategic Consulting work in San Diego and Orange Counties, California and in Puerto Rico.

Mary Case

Mary Case

Mary Case

Mary Case is the Executive Director of Crisis House, a landmark social service agency established in 1970 in El Cajon.  For 30 years prior she served as the Vice President of Programs of Father Joe’s Villages in San Diego, California.  Under her leadership, St. Vincent de Paul Village grew from a 100-bed shelter to a 900-bed rehabilitation center for the homeless in two cities.  Ms. Case is active in the community serving as founding member of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Homeless and past President of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless (2010-2013).

Nancy Gannon Hornberger

Nancy Gannon Hornberger

Nancy Gannon Hornberger

Nancy Gannon Hornberger is CEO of SAY San Diego. SAY San Diego provides multiservice solutions that strengthen youth, families and communities with a vision of opportunity, equity and well-being. Nancy is nationally recognized for more than three decades of experience in social justice, public policy, system reform and human service and received a commendation from President Bill Clinton in 1996. Prior to joining SAY San Diego, she was executive director of the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (1999-2013), and held leadership positions with the National Crime Prevention Council and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Nancy also serves the community as a member of the Leadership Table of the City Heights Partnership for Children, and the Citizen Review Panel and Prevention-Early Intervention Committee of the California State Child Welfare Council.

Alice Kennedy

Alice Kennedy

Alice Kennedy, MSW, is the Assistant Director for the County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency, Child Welfare Services (CWS). Ms. Kennedy has over 25 years of experience in the field of social work and graduated from San Diego State University. She holds a Master Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Administration. Ms. Kennedy’s breadth of experience includes operational leadership of more than six countywide program areas within Child Welfare; including the County of San Diego Adoption Program, Foster Home Licensing and the Child Abuse Hotline. Formerly, Ms. Kennedy held roles as the Child Welfare Services Ombudsman, Civil Rights Liaison and Department of Justice Grievance Hearing Officer.  She also previously served as Secretary of the San Diego Child Abuse Coordinating Council Child Fatality Review Team. Since 2008, Ms. Kennedy has worked as a trainer for the Public Child Welfare Training Academy (PCWTA) and in 2015 she began consulting and training for Southern Area Consortium of Human Services (SACHS) Leaders in Action.

Laura Mustari,

Laura Mustari,

Laura Mustari

Laura Mustari, LCSW, is the CEO of Home Start, a program in San Diego that works to prevent and treat child abuse and strengthen families in our community through a variety of evidence-based and trauma-informed quality programs. As a nationally recognized leader in her field, Laura was the founder of transitional living programs in San Diego for older homeless youth.  Laura currently serves as a Peer Monitor for Homeless youth shelter programs funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).

Dr. Natalie Pearl

Dr. Natalie Pearl

Dr. Natalie Pearl

Dr. Natalie Pearl is currently the National Director of Research for the GEO Group, a leader in the delivery of rehabilitative services within private prisons, half way houses and day reporting centers. Key areas of responsibility include facilitating third party research on offenders who utilize GEO services as well as the development and implementation of performance indicators. Prior to this role, Dr. Pearl was the Director of Research for the San Diego County Probation Department.

Kellie Scott

Kellie Scott

Kellie Scott

Kellie Scott is the SDSU Social Work Alumni representative. She is a double Alum with both her BSW and MSW from SDSU, and proudly serves as an officer for the Alumni chapter. She is the Program Coordinator for the San Diego/ Imperial Geriatric Education Center (SDIGEC) within the Academy for Professional Excellence. She is also an active member in the local Network for Social Work Management chapter and serves an the co-coordinator the Mentoring Program.

Lorie Van Tilburg

Lorie Van Tilburg

Lorie Van Tilburg

Lorie Van Tilburg, LCSW, is the Executive Director and founder of Southern Caregiver Resource Center (SCRC), established in 1987 as a private non-profit 501c3.  Since its inception, SCRC continues to be the leading provider of comprehensive support services to family caregivers in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Under Lorie’s leadership, the organization helps over 30,000 families annually who are caring for their frail older relatives or adults with brain impairments like stroke, head trauma, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

 

 

 

last updated: 6/22/2017