Chief Executive Officer
Foothill Family Service welcomes its new CEO, Steve Allen, who officially joined the agency September 5, 2013.
Born in London, England, Steve was an active member of the community from an early age and, at 18 years of age, became a volunteer youth leader in his hometown. As an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, Steve majored in Youth and Community work and went on to successfully complete his post graduate studies in Social Work at the University of Liverpool.
Following a 10 year career as a probation officer and then manager of a center for high risk youth, he moved with his wife, Barbara, and two young sons to Pasadena, California.
Steve became the Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army, Southern California Division, where he was responsible for an array of social services programs, many of which were children, youth and family based, along with oversight of 700 full-time staff. He completed this very successful 16 year tenure at the Salvation Army, serving four years as the Executive Director of Development.
Most recently, Steve assumed responsibility as the Chief Development Officer for The American Red Cross, LA region, where under his leadership, local fundraising more than doubled in just three years!
Steve is excited to join Foothill Family Service and feels privileged to be appointed as the new CEO. He looks forward to continuing the quality traditions already in effect and providing leadership to support Foothill’s mission of building brighter futures for children and families
Tami Mitsumori-Miller, LMFT
Chief of Clinical Services
Tami Mitsumori-Miller joined Foothill Family Service in 2004 as a Clinical Coordinator for School-Based Services and was promoted in 2005 to Clinical Director for the El Monte site. Tami became the Associate Chief of Clinical Services in 2012 and in September 2014, assumed the role of Chief of Clinical Services. Tami received her bachelor's degree from Asbury College in Kentucky and her master's degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology in Pasadena, California. She has worked in the community mental health field since 1994 and has experience working with foster youth and providing intensive services to children and adults.
James Siegrist, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Jim Siegrist joined Foothill Family Service in 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Agency, Jim spent 10 years in various roles with MediaNews Group, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group. Jim also served as General Manager of the Torrance Daily Breeze and Chief Financial Officer of the California Newspapers Partnership. Prior to MediaNews Group, Jim worked at a number of startup companies in the healthcare and real estate industries as well as holding corporate and division level positions with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), the Los Angeles Times, and Thomson Newspapers. Jim obtained his MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) and also holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from USC.
Meg Howard, LMFT
Clinical Director, El Monte Family Center
Meg Howard joined Foothill Family Service in 2006 as a Clinical Manager for School-Based Services. In 2012 she was promoted to Clinical Director for the El Monte Site. Meg received her bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, Massachusetts and her master's degree from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. She has worked in Community Mental Health for more than 15 years. She has experience providing Intensive In Home Services, Wraparound Services, School/Agency Based services and Clinical Supervision.
Danette Lew, LCSW
Early Head Start Program Director / Clinical Director, El Monte South Family Center
Danette joined Foothill Family Service in 2005. She has led Foothill Family's start up and implementation of the Early Head Start program in the La Puente, El Monte and South El Monte, Alhambra and Rosemead areas since 2010. Danette received her bachelor's degree in Communications Studies from UCLA and an MSW from California State University, Los Angeles. She has worked in the social services sector for the past 15 years and has experience working in the child welfare system, foster care and adoption, family therapy, and domestic violence treatment and prevention.
Sheila A. Thornton, LCSW
Clinical Director, Oak Knoll & Helen Morran-Wolf Family Centers
Sheila Thornton joined Foothill Family Service in 1985 as a Contract Worker in the Clinical Services Department. In 2001 she was promoted to Clinical Director for the Oak Knoll/ Family Center Site in Pasadena. Sheila received her bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and an MSW from Boston College. She has worked in the community mental health field for 32 years and has experience in foster care and adoption, child abuse treatment and prevention as well as domestic violence treatment and prevention and crisis mental health.
Gassia Ekizian, LMFT
Quality Assurance Director
Gassia Ekizian joined Foothill Family Service in 1998 as a School Based Therapist. She then served as the Clinical Manager of the Child Abuse Treatment program and then was later promoted to Director of Quality Assurance. Gassia received her bachelor's degree from California State University, Northridge and her master's degree from Phillips Graduate Institute.
Director of Information Technology
Chris Howard joined Foothill Family in 2008 to implement and manage Foothill’s new electronic heath record system, Welligent. After serving as IT Manager, Chris was promoted to Director of Information Technology in 2012. In addition to Welligent, Chris also oversees the CISCO phone system and hardware and software infrastructure. Prior to joining Foothill, Chris spent eight years in various roles with UCLA’s Physician Billing Office as well as a number of years with Prime Clinical Systems, an EMR and physician billing software vendor. Chris received his bachelor's degree in Information Technology from CSULA as well as an AA and AS in business from Pasadena City College.
Maria Muñiz, MA
Director of Youth and Family Services
Maria Muñiz joined Foothill Family Service in 1999 as a School Based Case Manager. She quickly emerged as a leader and became a Senior Case Manager providing training and consultation to case managers at each of our service sites. In 2002 she was promoted to the position of Community Challenge Grant-Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Coordinator prior to becoming the Program Director for Teen Family Services in 2008. Maria received her bachelor's degree in Spanish Literature and Arts from California State University, Long Beach and her master's degree in Human Development: Leadership in Education with a sub specialization in Administration/Supervision from Pacific Oaks College. Maria has worked in the social service sector for the past 14 years and has experience in case management, training, pregnancy prevention education, community building and program management.
Edward Nodal, MA, LMFT
Director of Intensive Services
Edward Nodal joined Foothill Family Service in November 2013 as the Wraparound Director. Edward received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from California State University, Northridge and his master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Edward has worked with intensive mental health services since 2003 and has specialized in Wraparound Services since 2005.