Debra K. Manners, President & CEO – Debra Manners joined Hathaway-Sycamores in 1987. She is a licensed clinical social worker and is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of all agency programs. She was born in Tacoma Washington and attended college at the University of Washington where she received a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Her professional career has been dedicated to working with children and families. She began working in a Children’s shelter in 1972. There she became interested in understanding the effects of abuse, neglect and abandonment. For most of her career she has worked in residential care as a child care worker, clinician, supervisor and program director. Her role at Hathaway-Sycamores has provided her the opportunity to expand her experiences through the development of new programs and collaboration with other public, private, and governmental agencies.
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Dr. Jeffrey Catania, Executive Vice President for Fund Development and Marketing Communications – As the senior staff member responsible for resource development, Jeff directs all efforts around private funding, government grants, and agency marketing and communications, including print and multimedia materials, event production and public relations. Over the past 35 years, Jeff has served in senior development positions at Vista del Mar Child and Family Services, Venice Family Clinic, Children’s Institute, Inc. and several other leading nonprofit agencies in Los Angeles. His accomplishments include the development and implementation of successful multimillion dollar fundraising and public relations campaigns, as well as leading strategic planning efforts that have resulted in significantly enhanced annual and major gift revenues, expanded donor bases and increased public recognition of agency activities. Jeff holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Southern California and an undergraduate Psychology degree from Occidental College.
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Joe Ford, Senior Vice President – Joe Ford joined Hathaway-Sycamores in 2012. He currently oversees numerous programs including the Transitional Shelter Care, Residential, and Transitional Independent Living programs. He has worked with youth in the Child Welfare system for 34 years. He started his career as a Crisis Management & Recreation Specialist working with youth at Pacific Clinics. Concurrently he began working at Five Acres where he served for 17 years in several roles beginning as a Residential Treatment Child Care Worker & Crisis Intervention Specialist and advancing to become a Director of multiple programs. Joe worked at the Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena for over 17 years and currently serves on their Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors for American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and on the City of Pasadena’s Human Services Commission. Joe has been recognized for his outstanding work with the following awards: the 2010 Professional of the Year award from United Advocates for Children and Families, the 2009 Linda Gueringer Award from LA County for dedications and advocacy for children and families and the 2014 NAACP – Pasadena Branch President’s Award.
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Jim Huser, Chief Financial Officer/Executive Vice President of Operations – Jim Huser joined Hathaway-Sycamores as Chief Financial Officer in November 2015. Previously he was a Senior Fellow with Community Partners, where he served as an executive advisor to Hathaway-Sycamores and other nonprofit organizations. Jim has held executive leadership roles in management consulting firms and in private industry, including Price Waterhouse, Cambridge Technology Partners and The Walt Disney Company. He played a key advisory role in the development of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, today one of the largest mental health networks in the United States; he continues to advise them on strategy and organization development. Jim has also served on the Board of Directors of several companies and nonprofit organizations, as well as a Trustee of a K-8 private school. He received his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and a BFA at the College of Design Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati.
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Dr. Jana Lord, Psy.D., Senior Vice President – Dr. Lord is responsible for overseeing the operations of mental health services provided by Hathaway-Sycamores in the Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley, Highland Park and the agency wide operation of Co-Occurring, Psychiatry and Psychological Testing departments. In addition to working for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services since 2007, Dr. Lord teaches graduate courses on Interventions with Children and Adolescents and Psychological Testing. She has also been in private practice since 2004 and specializes in loss and grief, anxiety and navigating life transitions. Dr. Lord is seasoned in conducting trainings for mental health professionals throughout Los Angeles County; Law and Ethics, Child Abuse, Crisis Management, Loss and Grief, and Differential Diagnosis. Dr. Lord received two Bachelor Degrees, Neuroscience and Psychology, from Muskingum University in Ohio and her Masters and Doctoral Degrees at California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles at Alliant International University.
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Dr. Gina Perez, Senior Vice President – Dr. Perez joined Hathaway-Sycamores in 2016. In her role as Senior Vice President she is responsible for the oversight of the agencies Clinical Practice, Strategic Planning, New Business Opportunities, New Initiatives, and Training, Research and Development. Dr. Perez brings over 22 years of professional experience to her work at the agency, most recently serving as Chief Program Officer at Five Acres, providing leadership in six program divisions including: Residential Treatment, Community-Based Services, Therapeutic Family Services, Permanency Programs, and the Therapeutic School. Prior to her work at Five Acres, Dr. Perez served as Corporate Director at Pacific Clinics where she oversaw quality service delivery for multiple programs and agency initiatives to include Prevention and Early Intervention, Birth to Five, Transition Age Youth, CalWORKs, and Volunteer Services throughout five county service areas. Dr. Perez has served as Co-Chair of the L.A. County Department of Mental Health SPA 3 Advisory Committee for ten years and as County-Wide Delegate for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health for two years. She began her career at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, serving as Director of Community Outreach Programs, and is an Early Childhood Development Specialist.
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Steven R. Shaw, Executive Vice President of Human Resources – Mr. Shaw is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, implementation, and administration of the agency’s Human Resources strategies and programs, including performance management, succession planning, compensation and benefits, learning and development, the sourcing and development of current and future managers, HR systems, and employee relations. He leads Human Resources strategies and tactics aligned with agency objectives and determines the practices that drive the culture of the agency to enhanced quality and service. He has over 30 years of Human Resources leadership experience in large and small, multi-faceted organizations in a wide variety of industries including, banking, entertainment, media, technology and publishing. Steve is a native of Los Angeles and earned his degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge.
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