Children's Council Senior Management Staff
Linnea Klee, Ph.D., Executive Director
Linnea Klee became Executive Director in 1993. Prior to coming to the Children's Council, Dr. Klee was Director of the Center for the Vulnerable Child at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California. She has specialized in health and mental health needs of children in foster care and child care policy. Earlier work included anthropological research on the effect of divorce and alcoholism on families, women's childbirth choices and the historical impact of infectious disease. She has been principal investigator on several federal grants and published numerous professional journal articles in these areas.
Dr. Klee completed her Ph.D in medical anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco in 1983. She holds a Masters degree in cultural anthropology and a BA degree in psychology. Dr. Klee can be reached through the Executive Assistant, Laurie Krane, at 415.276.2904 or email@example.com.
Michael Williams, MSW, Deputy Director of Programs
Michael Williams came to Children’s Council in January of 2009. He previously has worked at Casey Family Programs as a Community Programs Supervisor, Contra Costa Child Care Council as an Area Director, and United Cerebral Palsy as Executive Director. He also has worked in his hometown of Alameda as a community college instructor and as a summer preschool teacher.
Mr. Williams has served as the vendor representative on the Board of Trustees for Golden Gate Regional Center, and was part of a Department of Developmental Services service improvement task force. He earned his Master’s of Social Work Degree from San Francisco State University, with a focus in community and organizational development, and a BA in Psychology from Santa Clara University. Mr. Williams can be reached at 415.276.2942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donna Adkins, Director of Provider Support Services
Donna Adkins holds a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Disability Studies. She has worked in the nonprofit field for over 20 years, and has experience working with children with behavioral challenges and people with disabilities. In addition, she has provided training to police officers and to rape crisis volunteers on communicating with people with disabilities. Ms. Adkins has worked at a non-profit center at UC Hastings College of Law and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate. She is currently a San Francisco Board of Supervisors appointee for the State Council for Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Adkins can be reached at 415.276.2913 or email@example.com.
Tim Clark, Director of Administration
Tim holds a B.A. and M.B.A. in Business Administration and Management and has over 20 years of experience in business management and operations. He brings his expertise to Children's Council, where he is responsible for the Operations and IT departments of the agency. He also oversees risk management and strategic planning. Mr. Clark can be reached at 415.276.2938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farris Page, Ph.D., Director of Provider Services
Farris Page has worked as a mental health consultant and program director at the Children's Council since 1989. Previously, she worked in foster care, mental health and early childhood education. Dr. Page supervises staff providing training, mental health consultation and inclusive child care services for children with special needs. She can be reached at 415.343.3329 or email@example.com.
Stephanie Simcox, Director of Government Relations and Subsidy Payments
Stephanie Simcox has worked for Children’s Council for more than 20 years. She currently oversees the CEL and Subsidy Payments departments. She is also a member of the Board of CAPPA, a statewide association of agencies like Children’s Council. Ms. Simcox completed a B.S. in business administration/operations management from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She can be reached at 415.415.276.2922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryce Skolfield, Director of Public Policy and Communications
Bryce Skolfield joined Children's Council in the fall of 2006. Mr. Skolfield has led the agency’s traditional policy/advocacy strategies, including developing policy documents, building relations with the business and government community, and testifying at hearings. While he has a firm understanding of the conventional policy process, he has worked to incorporate emerging trends within multi-media, Web-based technology, and relevant communication strategies that appeal to much of today’s parent demographic. He has built upon the agency’s strong foundation to utilize social media and creative public awareness campaigns. These tools, when integrated with the policy process, can lead to meaningful experiences at the individual level and act as a powerful addition to the development of public policy.
Prior to Children’s Council, Mr. Skolfield was the Director of Public Policy and Civic Engagement at the Youth Leadership Institute, where he provided both the overall vision and day-to-day management of the institute's policy and civic engagement programs and campaigns. His experience includes working on statewide teen pregnancy, nutrition wellness and education budget and equity campaigns, providing training and consulting services to a wide range of audiences, and mobilizing non-traditional leaders in the policy development process. Before his work there, Mr. Skolfield was the Executive Director of the Eden Area YMCA in Hayward, CA, for three years, where his work carried an emphasis on providing strong programs in the realm of youth and family services including child care programs serving children 0-12 years old. He can be reached at 415.343.3385 or email@example.com.
Johan Uselman, Director of Finance
Johan Uselman joined Children's Council in 1994 as Assistant Controller. In 2002, he was promoted to his current position as the organization’s Director of Finance. Mr. Uselman has over 20 years of experience in accounting and auditing. Prior to his employment at Children's Council, Mr. Uselman spent six years as a controller of a French wine company. In addition, as a self-employed consultant, he provided tax and accounting services to nonprofit organizations.
Mr. Uselman possesses several years of experience volunteering on nonprofit boards of directors. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Uselman was a member of the Board of Directors at The Children's Book Press. From 2000 to 2002, he sat on the Board of Directors at Whitney Young Child Development Center.
Mr. Uselman holds a B.S. in Accounting from Golden Gate University. He can be reached at 415.276.2949 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Armando Zapote, Director of Family Services
Armando Zapote has been with Children's Council for over 19 years. He joined Children’s Council in the capacity of child care counselor for the GAIN program, and was promoted to program manager before becoming part of the senior management team. Armando played an active supportive role during Children’s Council’s expansion, and his contribution to creating a seamless child care system has been instrumental. As the Director of Family Services, Mr. Zapote works with his team of program managers to ensure quality service delivery to approximately 3500 families and their children in San Francisco.
Mr. Zapote worked in Mexico as an elementary school teacher and later as part of a team of educators, social workers, doctors, and mental health professionals to address the needs of children in the juvenile prison system. His interest in children’s issues has been extended to visits and studies of child care systems in countries including the Netherlands, Guatemala, Mexico, France, Germany, Turkey, Greece, and Egypt.
Mr. Zapote completed BA and MA degrees in education from Escuela Nacional de Maestros and the Universidad Pedagogica in Mexico City. He recently received a Certificate in Conflict Management from San Francisco State University. He has served on the Board of Directors for agencies including Aguilas and Our family Coalition, and has served on the EOC-Head Start Policy Council. Mr. Zapote can be reached at 415.276.2931 or email@example.com.