Our Senior Team
The senior management team brings to our children and our mission a cumulative 68 years of clinical practice, 49 years of non-profit management, 51 years of financial and human resources management, and an insatiable passion to help each child fulfill his or her promise.
Chief Executive Officer
Josh Leonard joined EBAC as Executive Director in 2013. Josh has more than 20 years of experience working at non-profit organizations providing child welfare and mental health services to vulnerable children, youth and families. He has previously worked as the Chief Program Officer at Sunny Hills Services and as Executive Director at Bay Area Youth Centers. Josh is widely recognized as a leader in developing an array of services available to youth transitioning out of foster care in Alameda County. He has a long history of advocacy including serving as the plaintiff in "Leonard v. Wagner" in which the San Francisco Superior Court held that the State of California was illegally discriminating against foster youth with disabilities.
Chief Operating Officer
Tammy joined the Human Resources team at EBAC in 2010, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from both the public and private sectors. She was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in July 2014.
Committed to EBAC’s mission and vision, Tammy joins the senior team and looks forward to assisting the agency in reaching its goals. A self-described “people person”, she finds the work of human resources rewarding and challenging.
A resident of the Bay Area, Tammy is committed to Building Brighter Futures and Stronger Communities in the community in which she lives and works.
Chief Financial Officer
Roger A. Ailshie
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Roger A. Ailshie is a Certified Public Accountant who joined EBAC as CFO in 2016. Roger has over twenty-five years of total experience which started at a Regional CPA firm. From there, he worked as an Auditor for the Federal Government’s Defense Contract Audit Agency. Roger then moved to a large non-profit corporation for 15 years holding numerous different positions until finally becoming the Corporate Controller. Roger than provided CFO/Controller services to Native American Organizations before spending the last several years in a similar non-profit to EBAC during which the organization more than doubled in size. Roger graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Baker University.
Chief Program Officer
Laura Valdez joined EBAC in 2016 as its first Chief Program Officer. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Laura’s social justice framework embraces the intersection of multiple oppressions, and is rooted in her life experience as a daughter of Mexican immigrants and queer Chicana. With 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofit administration, public health, public policy, and grassroots organizing, Laura brings a broad range of skills with her passion for social change including significant volunteer and community involvement. She has served as a board member or active volunteer in twenty-five organizations.
In 2001, she had the special honor of being an official delegate to the World Conference against Racism, Homophobia and other Forms of Intolerance held in Durban, South Africa. In 2013, Laura was selected for The Pipeline Project 21st Century Fellows Program, a year-long program for LGBT people of color in senior management roles at LGBT organizations. She is also a LeaderSpring Fellow having completed a two-year, on-the-job leadership training program for nonprofit executive directors. As a National Urban Fellow, she earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the City of New York's Bernard M. Baruch College.
Director of Continuous Quality Improvement
Director of Continuous Quality Improvement
Director of Development
Julie West joined EBAC as Development Director in October 2010. Previously, she worked for six years with the American Lung Association in California in regional and statewide development positions and ultimately as the Executive Director for the Greater Bay Area region. Julie brings to EBAC broad development experience and expertise including individual donor development, special event development and management, and corporate and foundation partnerships. Before her work with non-profits, she spent a decade in information systems sales and product marketing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.
Director of Family and Community Wellness
Kristin Wagner, LCSW
Kristin Wagner joined EBAC as Program Director of Circle of Care/PALS in 2008 and became the Director of School and Community Services in 2011.
Kristin’s interest in social issues and social justice was nurtured at the College of William and Mary, where she received her BA in Sociology in 1990. Her social work career began in Chicago, where she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1992. She became a licensed clinical social worker in California in 2001.
As a resident of the bay area since 1992 and a current resident of Oakland, Kristin has a strong desire to impact her community through high quality, family-oriented service provision. Prior to coming to EBAC, Kristin gained extensive experience working in community-based non-profits, first as a direct service provider and later developing and directing programs.
Director of Intensive Behavioral Health
Nang Cao, LCSW
Nang Cao joined EBAC in 2010 as the Program Director for Oakland Day Treatment program. He was promoted to Associated Director of Clinical Services in 2013, overseeing the Counseling Enriched and Intensive Counseling Enriched classrooms, prior to assuming his current position as Director of Intensive Behavioral Health services in 2015.
Nang’s interest in social issues stems from his personal experiences of growing up in the United States as an immigrant. He earned his MSW form University of California at Berkeley in 1996 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2000. He has extensive experiences in community mental health through his professional experiences as a residential counselor, case manager, clinical social worker, clinical supervisor, and AB3632 coordinator.
His specializations include therapeutic counseling for children, adolescents and their families, special education, milieu treatment for children, substance abuse counseling, and mental health service for Asian-American communities. In his spare time, Nang teaches at a community college, works for the Board of Behavioral Sciences, provides trainings to title IV-E program recipients, and volunteers as Board member for non-profit agencies.
Senior Program Director
School Based Behavioral Health - North Region
Melanie Wartenberg, MFT
Melanie Wartenberg, MFT joined EBAC originally as the Clinical Coordinator for the Circle of Care/Prevention and Life Skills Programs (COC/PALS) in August 2009 and has held several different positions, advancing towards her current role as the Sr. Program Director of North Region School Based Behavioral Health Services Division.
Melanie obtained her BA in Psychology from The University of Delaware and MA in Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University. She became a Licensed MFT in 2005. Melanie has worked for over 25 years in non-profit work with children and families impacted by trauma in many forms and settings including medical trauma in pediatric HIV/AIDS work; in residential and day treatment settings; with foster/adoptive children; and families traumatized by community violence and the negative impacts of oppression, poverty, racism and disenfranchisement. Melanie was the Founder and Director of Camp ALWAYS, a post adoptive family camp, receiving an Adoption Excellence Award from the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2003. She was also a Director for over 15 years of the Family Program of Grief and Growing, an annual bereavement retreat. Melanie is deeply connected to the complexity, beauty, and struggles of Bay Area communities and can’t imagine living or working anywhere else.
Senior Program Director
School Based Behavioral Health - South Region
Meg Howard, LMFT
T2 Center Director
Jen Leland, MFT
Jen Leland joined the EBAC team in April 2012. She is a licensed MFT with an extensive background in community mental health programs including working as a residential counselor, street outreach worker for sexually exploited minors, case manager, home-based family therapist, clinical supervisor as well as directing multiple programs for various non profit and county public health agencies.
Jen is connected to the vision and values at EBAC and loves her continued work in specialized milieu settings-focusing on the most vulnerable communities and providing the richest opportunities for transformation. In addition to overseeing the intensive school-based day treatment programs and counseling enriched classrooms, she is responsible for coordinating agency-wide and specialized clinical trainings for EBAC's dynamic staff.
We believe that if we build strong children, there will be fewer adults to mend.
13 dedicated programs
61 years of service
21,000 children and families served every year
"EBAC provides a safety net for the students who are most at risk of failure, catching kids who typically fall through the cracks. EBAC is very good at addressing whatever is distressing them and looking at how those stressors affect their ability to succeed in school." Barbara McClung
Program Manager, Integrated Student Support Services