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 12169400_10207905695504458_1455747998_o DAVID FOSTER, DIRECTOR David Foster is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 28 years experience in public child welfare as a social worker, supervisor, educator and administrator. He was Title IVE Project Coordinator for the CSU, Fresno Social work Program 1993-1997, founding member of the California Regional Training Academy Development and Implementation Project, and Academy Director since 1997. He also currently serves as Staff Director of the Central California area Social Services Consortium (CCASSC), a regional collaborative that links public human service Directors with research, policy analysis, and training support services.
 20151102_145612 (1) CHRISTINE MATHIAS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Chris Mathias currently leads the Bay Area Academy, a Regional Training Academy that supports the professional development of Bay Area social services, most specifically in child welfare.  She is the former Director of the Title IV-E Stipend Program at the California Social Work Education Center, a consortium of 22 schools of social work, county welfare directors, mental health directors, NASW and the California Department of Social Services. Previously, she worked with children in out-of-home care starting in 1986 first providing direct care, case management, family engagement, case planning and wraparound services. In the 1990’s she worked extensively in the area of staff and program development and training and education for direct care workers in the child welfare system.  Her work focuses on the strategic use of partnerships and the development, implementation and evaluation of the workforce development strategies and approaches to improve child welfare and social services.  She also provides technical assistance to developing nations in the areas of social work education, training and professional development.
 DSC_0086-1 EMILY KATZ, NORTHERN TRAINING SPECIALISTEmily Katz is a licensed MFT and earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from University of San Francisco. In the last 8 years she’s worked with late age adults as well as children and families within Child Welfare. Prior to being the Northern Training Specialist and currently the Regional Training Manager, she focused on permanency efforts for youth in foster care in San Francisco. In her spare time she loves to bake, cook and she’s an avid runner, finishing the Honolulu and San Francisco marathons. These days, you’ll most likely find her hiking in the East Bay with her Dalmatian.
 DSC_0061-1 KARRI BIEHLE, COACHING AND FIELD BASED TRAINING MANAGERKarri Biehle, MSW, CPCC, is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach and Coaches Training Institute Advanced Leadership Program graduate.  Karri has a passion for working with courageous leaders and cutting edge organizations that want to take their lives and workplaces to the next level.Focused on coaching, field-based training, leadership, organizational development, change leadership and program implementation, Karri has a well-earned reputation as a gifted front of the room leader and coach. She has the unique ability to cut through red tape and beliefs that hinder growth, clearing the way so organizations and individuals can identify and achieve their goals.Invested in her personal and professional development, Karri is a member of ICF, completed her coach training with The Coaches Training Institute, and has a Master’s in Social Work. She has partnered with numerous state public child welfare agencies in the U.S. and most of the public child welfare agencies in California around improving child welfare practice.  Karri has worked as a front-line county social worker and manager and as a consultant with the Annie E Casey Foundation and Director of the Putting Pride into Practice Project.  Currently, Karri is the Coaching and Field-Based Training Manager at the Bay Area Academy.
 Staff-Photo-Ventura-200x300 VENTURA CORTEZ, SMTP TRAINING ASSISTANTVentura Cortez has worked with the BAA Regional Project and Alameda Counties. He is currently working with San Mateo County as the San Mateo Training Project (SMTP) Training Assistant. He has a Rhetoric and Psychology degree from UC Berkeley.

Angela Giorgio joined BAA as the Southern Training Assistant in February 2014. In May 2015 she transitioned to the Regional Registrar Coordinator position. Prior to BAA she was an entrepreneur in business start-up and operations management. Her time off is spent with family, enjoying the outdoors, cooking and traveling.

 DSC_0037-1 RENEE LUQUE, NORTHERN TRAINING SPECIALISTRenee Luque is our new Project Coordinator for the San Francisco Training Project’s Parenting for Permanency College. Renee comes to us from Los Angeles County where she served the non-profit community mental health sector as a Full Service Partnership Clinician. Renee’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago.Outside of the office, Renee is enjoying her introduction to Bay Area living. She is most looking forward to exploring area State Parks and surrounding Wine Countries!
Rachel Mock is a Program Coordinator  with BAA.  She graduated in 2013 from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Asian American Studies and a minor in Psychology and Social Behavior.  With a background working with non-profits and a passion for social services revolving around children and families, Rachel is excited to be a part of the Bay Area Academy family.  In her spare time Rachel enjoys being around friends and family, playing Japanese taiko drums, finding new places to eat, and supporting the Oakland A’s!
 DSC_0098-2-2 ADREANNA RILEY, SOUTHERN TRAINING SPECIALISTAdreanna Riley has been the Southern Training Specialist, working with Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, since September, 2010. She joined the Bay Area Academy after two years as an ongoing social worker in Santa Cruz, and 12 previous years in CalWorks, case management of brain injured adults, and assessment, case management and mentoring of newer social workers at San Andreas Regional Center. Adreanna, her partner and their two children spend their spare time swimming in the ocean, reading, riding bikes and eating as many vegetables and chocolate chip cookies as they can.
Glenys Rodeback grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and went to California State University, Fresno to pursue her degree in business administration with a marketing emphasis.  While at Fresno State, she joined Pi Sigma Epsilon, a professional fraternal organization in sales, marketing, and management.  Through her studies at Fresno State, her association membership and experience working on campus, she gained valuable work ethic skills and administrative experience.  Glenys eventually moved back to the Monterey Peninsula and started work as an employment specialist for Monterey County Office for Employment & Training where she taught at-risk youth pre-employment skills training, career exploration, and work placement.  She is excited to be part of the Bay Area Academy team and supporting her alma mater.  Glenys believes that continual education and personal/professional growth are the keys to personal success.  Read a book, attend a training, browse the web or best of all – go outdoors!