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Kathryn McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer/President

Kathryn McCarthy, Esq., is chief executive officer/president for Pacific Clinics. Since joining Pacific Clinics in 2010, McCarthy has held various roles, including chief legal counsel, chief administrative officer and chief operating officer/general counsel. Before joining the agency, she spent 26 years in private legal practice, 14 of which she served as outside counsel to the agency. She was also the managing shareholder for the Hoge Fenton law firm. McCarthy is a member and past president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, fellow with American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley and former chair of its board of directors. She also served on the boards of The Health Trust, Silicon Valley Central Chamber of Commerce and Santa Clara University School of Law Board of Visitors. She was named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. McCarthy has a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law.

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James J. Balla, Chief Strategy Officer

James J. Balla, MBA is chief strategy officer, a distinguished leadership role, to further transition the agency to a managed care model of service delivery. With over 40 years of executive management experience, Balla has held numerous roles, including chief executive officer of Pacific Clinics, Portals and the Los Angeles office of the United Service Organization (USO). Balla has received numerous awards, including Pepperdine University's 40 over 40 Alumnus list and the prestigious George Award, honoring his business skills and entrepreneurial spirit. Balla served on the national Board of Unemployment Services Trust and is Chair of the Board of Quality Comp, Inc. Before his civilian career, Balla served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he received the Secretary of Navy Commendation Award. Balla has a bachelor's and Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University.

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Shawn M. Caracoza, Chief Operations Officer

Shawn M. Caracoza is chief operations officer, where he directs the strategy for operations and the development and implementation of all clinical and medical services. With over 25 years of experience, he has held various senior- and executive-level roles at different agencies, including the Children's Institute, The Guidance Center and Crittenton Services. Caracoza serves on the board of directors for the California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies, a statewide association of nonprofit agencies dedicated to providing mental health and substance use disorder programs and services. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Caracoza holds a bachelor's degree from Drake University and a master's degree from the University of Southern California.

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Jason Gurahoo, Chief Financial Officer

Jason Gurahoo is chief financial officer at Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, Gurahoo is responsible for all accounting and financial management decisions, investments and information technology. Gurahoo joined the organization in 2014, and his career has included positions in finance, accounting, treasury and audit at various companies, including Electronic Data Systems, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Amdahl Corporation, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. and Fujitsu IT Holdings, Inc. the latter where he held senior and executive-level positions. Gurahoo holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Florida, and a master's in business administration with concentrations in finance and management information systems from the University of South Florida.

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Lisa Alegria, Chief Development Officer

Lisa Alegria is chief development officer. In this capacity, she manages resource development and fundraising for the agency. With over 25 years of experience in fund development and nonprofit management, she specializes in solicitation strategies, corporate and foundation relations, capital campaigns, strategic planning, capacity building, board recruitment and engagement, research and grant writing. Before joining the agency, Alegria was president and chief executive officer at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, a nonprofit residential intensive treatment program for juvenile probation youth referred by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and juvenile courts. She completed the Stanford Business School Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders, UCLA Fundraising Certificate Program and the Long Beach Center for Philanthropy Planning Giving Specialist and Management Action Program. She has a bachelor's degree in business from Azusa Pacific University.

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Becky Boone, Chief Human Resources Officer

Becky Boone is chief human resources officer of Pacific Clinics. Prior to assuming this role, Boone held several leadership positions in Human Resources, including vice president of human resources. With over 30 years of related experience, Boone has held related roles in multiple industries, including technology, manufacturing and biotechnology. Before joining the agency, she worked as vice president of human resources with Objective Systems Integrators and human resources director with Fair Oaks Hospital and Arnold Magnetics Corporation. Boone is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), Northern California Human Resources Association and the Sacramento Area Human Resources Association. In addition, she is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Boone has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wayland Baptist University.

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Myeisha Peguero Gamiño, Chief Communications Officer

Myeisha Peguero Gamiño is chief communications officer, where she directs the strategy for Pacific Clinics' public relations, communications and marketing functions. With over 20 years of experience, Gamiño has held roles in communications, government relations and corporate social responsibility at Fortune 500 companies, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Kroger Co. She was also an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. Appointed by Burbank City Council, Gamiño is vice chair of the municipality's Park, Recreation and Community Services Board. She is active on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles and the African American Board Leadership Institute. She received a bachelor's degree from Scripps College, a master's degree from Azusa Pacific University and is a graduate of University of the West's post-MBA program in finance.

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Eva Terrazas, Chief Public Policy and Advocacy Officer

Eva Terrazas is chief public policy and advocacy officer. In this capacity, Terrazas is responsible for leading and driving Pacific Clinics' public policy and advocacy agenda at the local, state and national levels. Terrazas has held various roles related to policy development, public affairs and community empowerment in multiple industries, including government and higher education. Before joining the agency, she worked as a director at the University of Southern California to establish the Center for the Study of Journalism and Democracy at the Annenberg School of Communications. Terrazas also serves as co-founder of Movimiento de Arte y Cultural Americana, an inclusive contemporary art space that incubates emerging Latinx and BIPOC artists. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science focusing on political philosophy from San Jose State University.

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Kim Wells, General Counsel

Kim Wells, Esq., is general counsel for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, she is responsible for the agency's exposure to legal risk, including litigation, compliance, contracting, board governance and advocacy in connection with proposed laws, rules and regulations. With 17 years of experience, Wells has expertise in health law and is an experienced civil litigator and trial attorney. Prior to joining Pacific Clinics, she led a private practice and served as an outside counsel for the agency. Before this, she was a partner in the Sacramento office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP. Wells earned a Juris Doctor from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.

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Shawn Aminian, Senior Vice President, Information Technology

Shawn Aminian is senior vice president of information technology at Pacific Clinics. With more than 20 years of executive management experience across many industries, Aminian has a proven track record of creating teams of diverse, motivated and committed professionals while consistently identifying opportunities for innovation and efficacy. Aminian has held various related roles at other agencies, including chief information officer (CIO) at Children's Institute International. During his tenure, he oversaw technology as the agency grew from 400 to more than 1,000 users and 40 facilities. Previously, Aminian spent 14 years as CIO for KCET-TV, a nationally recognized nonprofit television channel. Aminian was a finalist for the Los Angeles Business Journal‘s Chief Technology Awards in 2013 and 2017. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Kansas.

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Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Senior Vice President, Strategy, Innovation and Growth

Eleanor Castillo Sumi, Ph.D., is senior vice president of strategy, innovation and growth. In this capacity, Castillo Sumi is responsible for developing new partnerships and programs to support the agency's growth and commitment to communities across the state. A licensed psychologist, Castillo Sumi has published articles in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, among other publications. Additionally, she has spoken at various conferences, including Open Minds and California Alliance for Children and Family Services. She is a member of the Research and Evaluation Subcommittee for California's Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. Castillo Sumi is a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) and has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, where she was awarded Dissertation of the Year.

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Rachael Clausen, Senior Vice President, Administration

Rachael Clausen is senior vice president of administration for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing the integration of Uplift Family Services and Pacific Clinics. Prior to assuming this role, Clausen led the agency's information technology, contract, compliance, learning and development and facilities functions. Having worked at Pacific Clinics and its predecessor organizations since 1991, Clausen has held several roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including director and business analyst. Over the years, she has been a speaker at numerous conferences and forums to advocate for the adoption of electronic health records to improve coordination of care across the industry, including the National Behavioral Health Information Management Conference and Exposition. She holds a certificate in merger and acquisition integration (CM&AI).

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Angelica Cortez, Senior Vice President, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Angelica Cortez is vice president of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion responsible for advancing the agency's racial equity and justice agenda. Prior, Cortez was vice president of racial justice and equity at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and led investor relations and strategic initiatives. Cortez is the founder of LEAD Filipino, a Filipino American civic participation and leadership development nonprofit. She has received various awards, including the 2021 Woman of Influence, Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 under 40, 2018 Outreach Champion Award from the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women and Asian American Recovery Services' Sister-to-Sister Legacy Award. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco and a Doctor of Education from the University of Southern California in Organizational Change and Leadership.

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Jennifer D'Alvarez, Senior Vice President, Fund Development

Jennifer D'Alvarez is senior vice president of fund development for Pacific Clinics and oversees the development and management of annual campaigns, major donor cultivation and solicitation, planned gifts, events, direct mail appeals, grants, board relationship management, employee giving and volunteerism. D'Alvarez brings more than 20 years of experience driving fundraising strategies. Prior to joining Pacific Clinics, she served as chief advancement and communications officer at Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services. D'Alvarez is a member of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She also sits on the boards of directors for Yoga Haven and the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills. D'Alvarez is a Certified Fundraising Executive and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

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Kris Giordano, Senior Vice President, Administration

Kris Giordano is senior vice president of administration with oversight of the integration between Pacific Clinics and Uplift Family Services and the Head Start early education program. Giordano has over 25 years of experience and has led several functions, including information technology, claims administration, contracts, operations, safety and education programs. Before joining Pacific Clinics, she was chief operating officer for an intensive outpatient treatment services company and was responsible for a $30 million annual budget, physician contract negotiations and the licensing of facilities. Additionally, she held executive positions at VITAS Healthcare and RAND Corporation's Health Division as senior general manager and director of operations, respectively, with responsibility for the management of 650 employees and oversight of a $75 million annual budget. Giordano earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Denise L. Jackson, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Denise L. Jackson is senior vice president of human resources overseeing regional planning, recruitment, performance management and organizational management. Jackson brings more than 30 years of leadership experience as a human resource professional and has held executive-level roles at various publicly held organizations including Neiman Marcus, Walt Disney Company, Snyder Diamond, Republic Pictures and Digital Domain. In addition, she is also an adjunct instructor of the Human Resources Certificate Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Committed to the community, Jackson serves on the boards of Westmont College, Pasadena Humane Society and Monte Vista Grove Homes. She is a graduate of Westmont College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from American University.

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Laura Pancake, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations – Los Angeles / South Coast Regions

Laura Pancake is senior vice president of clinical operations for the Los Angeles / South Coast Regions, responsible for the oversight of all programs, including health navigation, employment training and placement, substance use treatment and housing. With over 30 years of experience, Pancake has co-authored research reports, including a study to reduce the early mortality of individuals with serious mental illnesses published in the journal Psychiatric Services. She also was a co-co-principal investigator in partnership with the University of Southern California to identify factors to rehabilitate individuals with schizophrenia. In 2019, Pancake was named one of Los Angeles Business Journal‘s Top Women Leaders in Healthcare. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from West Virginia University and a master's degree in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach.

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Gordon Richardson, Senior Vice President, Clinical Administration

Gordon Richardson is senior vice president of clinical administration for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, Richardson oversees various functions, including project management, outcomes and evaluations, quality assurance, health information management, clinical applications and employee training. Since joining the agency in 2011, he has designed and administered effective, high-quality and sustainable community-based programs that address child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, trauma and behavioral health challenges. In 2007, Richardson was named Social Worker of the Year by the Sacramento Unit of the National Association of Social Workers. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a certified Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) administrator in California. Richardson has a master's degree in social work specializing in policy analysis, planning, and administration from the University of Manitoba in Canada.

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Brian Thomson, Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations – Northern California, Central Valley and Inland Empire Regions

Brian Thomson is senior vice president of clinical operations for Northern California, Central Valley and the Inland Empire regions. Having worked at the agency and its predecessor organizations since 2007, Thomson has served in various clinical roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including executive director and clinical director. Thomson brings over 25 years of experience working on behalf of California's most vulnerable children. Before joining Pacific Clinics, Thomson worked for San Bernardino County Child and Family Services as a child welfare services manager. He also worked at Barbara Sinatra's Children's Center and Loma Linda Family and Child Treatment (FACT) program. He graduated from Loma Linda University with a master's degree in marriage and family therapy.

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Joseph Wong, Senior Vice President, Finance

Joseph Wong is senior vice president of Finance, overseeing Pacific Clinics' annual operating budget, cash management, financial grants and contracts management and financial planning. He ensures the agency's financial sustainability through planning, risk management, record-keeping and financial reporting. Having worked with Pacific Clinics for nearly 30 years, Wong has held various accounting positions with exceedingly greater responsibilities within the organization. Wong holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles.

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Pablo Anabalon, Regional Executive Director, Los Angeles – West Valley and Asian Pacific Family Center Divisions

Pablo Anabalon is regional executive director of Pacific Clinics' Los Angeles Region, overseeing clinical programs. With over 25 years of experience, Anabalon has held various roles at Pacific Clinics, including divisional director, program director and clinician. Additionally, he has led various internal committees to improve employee experiences and clinical outcomes, including Latino Services, Remote Work Project, Substance Use Disorder Committee and Cultural Competency Training Curriculum. Anabalon is a licensed psychologist with a bachelor's degree from Universidad de Chile and a doctorate from Biola University. Anabalon completed his residency internship at Boston University/Boston Medical Center.

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Chris Eggleston, Medical Director, Northern California, Central Valley, Inland Empire Regions & LynCentro Division

Chris Eggleston, MD is the medical director for Pacific Clinics’ Northern California, Central Valley, Inland Empire Regions & LynCentro Division. In this role, Eggleston oversees the medication support services in his regions, while also providing psychiatric evaluations and treatment to clients. Previously, he served as a child and adolescent psychiatrist for heritage-Uplift Family Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Emory University and obtained his medical degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine. A board-certified psychiatrist, Eggleston also holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of Texas, School of Law.

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Thaddeus Juarez, Medical Director – Los Angeles/South Coast Region, Portals and Child & Family Specialty Divisions

Thaddeus Juarez, MD is medical director for Pacific Clinics' Los Angeles/South Bay Region. In this capacity, he provides psychiatric evaluations and oversees medication service plans for clients. With over 20 years of experience, Juarez has worked directly with individuals providing psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy services. Before joining the agency, Juarez worked as the vice president and chief operating officer of LIFEGL0, a medical startup company. He earned bachelor's degrees in Latin and English studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. A board-certified psychiatrist, Juarez obtained his medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine.

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Marilyn Lambert, Regional Executive Director – Central

Marilyn Lambert is executive director of Pacific Clinics' Central Region. In this capacity, she oversees clinical programs in Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Madera Counties. With over 30 years of experience, Lambert has held various child welfare and mental health roles, including direct care and leadership positions providing services to homeless women, foster children and foster parents, survivors of sexual abuse and first-time offenders. Engaged in mental health advocacy, she completed the Women's Foundation of California's Women's Policy Institute and is currently a member of the Fresno County Children's Movement and the Fresno County Cradle 2 Career Partnership. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and received her bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in marriage, family and child counseling from California State University, Fresno.

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Alejandro Lucas, Regional Executive Director – Los Angeles, East Valley Latino Youth Program and Northeast Valley Divisions

Alejandro Lucas is regional executive director of the Los Angeles Region. With over 20 years of experience, he has held various roles in the nonprofit mental health industry, including Amanecer Community Counseling Service, where he created the first-ever online school-based client referral system in Los Angeles Unified School District and secured funding for the nation's first unaccompanied minor mental health program. Prior, he was an Emergency Response Social Worker with the Department of Children and Family Services. Lucas is a member of the Association of Community Human Service Agencies (ACHSA) Human Resources Alliance, the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and has guest lectured at California State University, Los Angeles. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Lucas has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Maria Murillo, Regional Executive Director – Inland Empire

Maria Murillo is regional executive director of the Inland Empire. In this capacity, she oversees clinical programs in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. With over 15 years of experience, Murillo has multiple certifications, including Triple P: Positive Parenting Program, Seeking Safety, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Teacher-Child Interaction and is a trained facilitator of Prepare/Enrich. Before joining the agency, she was the clinical administrator for the Mental Health Clinic Department for Family Services Association. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University's School of Education and Psychology.

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Amy Sanchez, Regional Executive Director, Los Angeles – LynCentro, Portals and Child & Family Specialty Divisions

Amy Sanchez is regional executive director of Pacific Clinics' Los Angeles Region overseeing clinical and wellness programs. With over 20 years of experience, Sanchez has held various roles dedicated to helping children, young adults, and families' wellbeing, most recently as the chief operating officer for a behavioral health and foster care services nonprofit. Amy has served as the board chair for the Community Impact Alliance, a network of over 60 providers serving the East Los Angeles region. She also has served as an adjunct faculty member for USC's School of Social Work Virtual Academic Center. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Fullerton and a master's degree in social work from the University of Southern California.

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Mary Sheppard, Regional Executive Director – Capitol

Mary Sheppard is the regional executive director of the Capitol Region with oversight of behavioral health and foster care programs in Contra Costa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Stanislaus Counties. Sheppard has over 20 years of child welfare experience and has held various related positions, including family therapist, social worker practitioner for family reunification efforts and wraparound family specialist. Before joining the agency, Sheppard worked for the California Department of Social Services in the Children and Family Services Division and oversaw the implementation of all child welfare services programming, including integrating child welfare and behavioral health. Sheppard is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and received a bachelor's degree in Integral Liberal Arts from St. Mary's College of California and a master's degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento.

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Don Taylor, Regional Executive Director – Bay Area

Don Taylor is the regional executive director of the Bay Area for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, he oversees the clinical programs in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties, plus neighboring counties, through our foster care and adoptions program. Having nearly 30 years of experience in mental health, Taylor has served in various clinical roles with progressive levels of responsibility, including director, clinical manager, clinician and family specialist, as well as led the regional quality assurance and improvement team. Prior to joining Pacific Clinics, he worked at nonprofits in Rhode Island and Chicago. Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and received his master's in social work from San Jose State University.

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Wassy Tesfa, Executive Director, Pacific Clinics Head Start

Wassy Tesfa is executive director of Pacific Clinics Head Start. In this capacity, she oversees Pacific Clinics' early education programs including Head Start, Early Head Start, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships and state preschool. An advocate of early education, Tesfa sits on the board of directors for the Region 9 Head Start Association's and co-chairs the public policy and government affairs committee. She completed the Head Start Fellows Program in Washington, D.C. and earned a certificate in negotiation mastery from Harvard University. Tesfa received a master's degree from Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany.

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Jacquelyn H. Torres, Regional Executive Director, New Business

Jacquelyn H. Torres is the regional executive director of new business. In this capacity, she is responsible for implementing new and innovative programs that expand Pacific Clinics' work and commitment to wellness in communities. Having worked at the agency since 2008, Torres has held various roles, including senior clinical director where she provided behavioral health care to support individuals in crisis, including unhoused families and children who have experienced significant trauma. Through her work with the agency, Torres has gained expertise in school-based mental health, behavioral health integration and multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), a framework designed to address academic, behavioral and social-emotional learning. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Torres has a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University.

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Scott Fairhurst, Vice President, Outcomes & Evaluation, Analytics & Training

Scott Fairhurst, Ph.D., is vice president of outcomes and evaluation, analytics and training for Pacific Clinics. In this capacity, he facilitates improving clinical outcomes by focusing on training in evidence-based practice, measuring clinical progress and promoting a mission-driven culture of improvement. Having joined Pacific Clinics in 1998, Fairhurst has held various roles with progressive levels of responsibility working with children and adolescents whose behavior was considered intensive. He co-authored scholarly articles and presented research at conferences across the country. Fairhurst earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Houston.

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