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Agency Leadership and Boards


Ken Berrick, CEO

Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seneca Family of Agencies, a nonprofit agency dedicated to providing Unconditional Care to children and families through comprehensive mental health, education, juvenile justice, placement and permanency services. Since its founding in 1985, Seneca has developed innovative programs ranging from Wraparound and Intensive Treatment Foster Care, to integrated mental health services in schools, and a crisis continuum of care for youth and their families. 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, member of the CEO Council for the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, and serves on numerous policy planning groups in California at both the county and state-level. He is an elected member and President of the Alameda County Board of Education, and Past-President of the California County Boards of Education. In 2014, he was recognized by California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth as Advocate of the Year. In 2017, he was a recipient of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. He is co-author of the books, Unconditional Care: Relationship-Based, Behavioral Intervention with Vulnerable Children and Families (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Unconditional Education: Supporting Schools to Serve All Students (Oxford University Press, 2019).

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 and Washington state to provide the critical supports and services that children and families need to succeed in their homes, communities, and schools. Over the past twenty-two 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 over $125,000,000.  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. Her 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 and trainings specific to her role at Seneca. In addition to her successes here at Seneca Family of Agencies, Janet also is a mother to two wonderful boys.

Board of Directors

Neil Gilbert, Chair
Ken Berrick, President
Dion Aroner, Secretary
Geoffrey LePlastrier, Treasurer
Rochelle "Shelley" Benning, Member
Jeff Davi, Member
Gwen Foster, Member
Sylvia Pizzini, Member
Nancy Peña, Member

Bay Area Leadership Board
Rochelle "Shelley" Benning
Jamie Church
Jason Citron
Zach Cohen
Joanne Hagopian
Zach Hill
Venus Ke
Anders Mortensen
Dwayne Redmon

Central Coast Leadership Board
Jeff Davi, Chair
Kelly Davi
Linda Dorris
John D'Arrigo 
Wendy Eales
Gary Falkoff
Paula Faulkoff
Susan Guidotti
Nicki Pasculli
Miles Stearman
Kathy Tiffany
Gary Walter
Karen Worthington
Hiram Yanez 

Orange County Leadership Board
Geoffrey LePlastrier, Chair
Tammi Cluck 
Albin Gess
Roger Grad
Carl Neisser
William Pugh
Dean Riley 
Dustin Steeve
Vanessa Vigoren
Harry Winters

Southern California Advisory Board
John Evans, Chair
Jim Bieber
Mary Dirk
Patrick Dirk
Carole Geronsin
Hon. Evelyn Hart
Harald Herrmann
Ron Hodges 
Sinan Kanatsiz 
Erin Lastinger
Hon. Al Murray
Hon. Kris Murray
Pat Poss
Jim Riley
Tom Rogers
Ernesto Vasquez
Hon. Tom Wilson

Washington Leadership Board
Blake Lawson