Vice President for Administration and Finance, California State University San Bernardino
Mr. Gardner currently serves as VP for Admin/Finance at CSU San Bernardino. He is responsible for managing the university’s over $250 million budget and maintaining the university’s infrastructure.
Mr. Gardner recently retired from Federal government service after serving for 31 years in a number of positions across several agencies. His experience includes serving as CFO at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CFO of the Transportation Security Administration, Assistant Commissioner for Budget at the Immigration and Naturalization Service, CFO of the Veterans Benefits Administration, Assistant Controller of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Deputy Inspector General in the Small Business Administration. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands and has an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Program Manager, CalOptima – Healthy Families Program
Ms. Gómez has been with the Healthy Families Program at CalOptima for 5 years. She is involved in multiple aspects of administration/operations and quality monitoring for the Program, as well as direct contact with beneficiaries of the Program. Ms. Gómez graduated from UC Berkeley and has a Master’s of Public Health from UCLA. She previously served as Sid Gardner’s, the president of Children and Family Futures, program assistant at the Center for Collaboration for Children, California State University at Fullerton, where she assisted in the annual Orange County Conditions of Children reports as well as in the production of Sid’s book, Beyond Collaboration to Results.
Vice President and Director of Public Policy, Phoenix House
Ms. Stanley-Salazar is the Vice President and Director of Public Policy for Phoenix House of California. Phoenix House is the largest non-profit provider of substance abuse services in the country, and California is currently its largest region. Prior to her current position, Ms. Stanley-Salazar was the Regional Vice President for Phoenix House California Region leading its growth from a worth of $5 million to approximately $50 million. She served as Chief Deputy Director of the State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs under the Directorate of Dr. Andy Mecca. She has extensive experience and expertise in increasing access through collaboration and integrated services to substance abuse treatment services to youth, adults and families. She has successfully championed (1) increasing the availability of substance abuse treatment for adolescents who have not yet come to the attention of the juvenile justice or child protective systems, and (2) establishing new treatment programs for women with children, allowing women on parole to regain custody of their children as they improve their parenting skills along with maintaining their abstinence.
Ms. Stanley-Salazar expertise includes: strategic planning; values clarification; developing operational procedures; program development and implementation; contract structure, negotiations and budget management; communication protocols; cross-system training; client confidentially rules; data and information systems management; screening tools; substance abuse assessment; children of substance abuser interventions and prevention programming; co-location of substance abuse and child welfare staff; child welfare, substance abuse or court programs; women’s comprehensive treatment; culturally relevant services; IV-E Waivers; funding of comprehensive services; and judicial systems of family/dependency and family drug courts. She has experience in operational, systems and policy levels.
Mr. Howard began his career in 1970 as a live-in care worker for a small residential facility for twenty emotionally disturbed teenage boys in Arizona. During his eight-year tenure with this agency he served as Program Director, Education Director and ultimately as Assistant Director.
From the private sector Mr. Howard moved in 1978 to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families. Mr. Howard worked in a variety of capacities with increasing responsibility within the Department over the next ten years.
He was the Program Administrator for the State’s Comprehensive Medical and Dental Program for foster youth, wherein he managed a 9 million dollar program of medical, dental and psychological services.
During his tenure with the Department he was the promoted to the position of Program Manager for Children’s Programs in Maricopa County. In this capacity he was responsible for both the programmatic and fiscal operations on a county level of child protective services, foster care, adoptions and day care.
His final position in Arizona was Program Administrator, wherein he was responsible for operating child protective service programs on a statewide basis. The Administration was composed of 654 staff with an overall budget of approximately 75 million dollars.
In all of these positions, Mr. Howard worked extensively with local, state, and other governmental and private entities in the fulfillment of the mission of the agency.
From 1985 to July of 1995 Mr. Howard served as Director of Children’s Services for Orange County, California. In this position, he was responsible for the administration of a variety of services to children, including Child Protective Services, the Orangewood Children’s Home, Foster Care and Adoptions. He was responsible for the direction of a staff of 900. His organization received and investigated over 30,000 child abuse reports each year, provided in-home services to approximately 2,000 families each month, and out-of-home services to approximately 2,500 children each month.
From 1995 to 2008 Mr. Howard served as the CEO of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation; a private nonprofit organization serving abused and neglected children in Orange County. The Foundation represents a unique public-private partnership, which has raised over $30 million dollars since 1980 for the construction and expansion of Orangewood Children’s Home (Orange County’s emergency shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned children) as well as for a variety of programs to improve the lives of children who have been victims of abuse. Mr. Howard used the strong base established by building of the Orangewood Children’s Home to expand its scope to encompass 14 programs delivered by a staff of 64 serving thousands of foster youth each year and an annual budget in excess of $8 million dollars.
From 2008 to 2010 Mr. Howard served as the CEO of the Orangewood Academy an effort of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation to create a long term boarding school type program for foster teens.
From 2010 to 2014 Mr. Howard served as the CEO for the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program of Orange County where he directed 33 staff who manage the activities of 750 volunteer advocates serving over 1,000 abused and neglected children each year.
Mr. Howard was the Founding Executive Director of the Orange County Alliance for Children. The Alliance is a consortium of 14 private non-profit agencies providing a comprehensive array of services to children and families in the foster care system.
Mr. Howard is retired and currently lives in Western North Carolina.