Our Foothill Family
Steve Allen - CEO
Foothill Family CEO Steve Allen joined the agency in 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 served 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.
Tami Mitsumori-Miller, LMFT
James Siegrist, MBA
Tiffany Tsuchiyama, MS
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.
Patti Johnson, Director of Marketing & Communications
Gassia Ekizian, LMFT
Maria Muñiz, MA
Maria Muñiz joined Foothill Family 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 and then the Director of Youth and Family Services in 2016. 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
Edward Nodal, MA, LMFT
Meg Bennett, LMFT
Daneta Calderon-Vital, LCSW, Site Director
Daneta Calderon-Vital joined Foothill Family in 2010 as a Clinical Manager for School-Based Services. In 2016, she was promoted to Site Director for the Covina Site. Daneta obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences with a minor in Criminal Justice from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and her Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Los Angeles. Daneta has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field and has experience working in the child welfare system, family preservation, school/agency based services, family therapy, adult mental health, and clinical supervision.
Sheila A. Thornton, LCSW
Mia Williams - Director of Community Engagement
Lindsey Lansburgh, Director of Development
A native of Southern California, Lindsey began her career at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association in the corporate fundraising field, managing the community-based corporate relationships at the iconic Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall. She soon moved her focus to the annual giving sector within the organization, managing $4.1 M in annual revenue. Her most recent position provided an opportunity to grow the donor base and outward facing volunteer and fundraising efforts at the LA Phil’s sister organization, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the resident chorus of Walt Disney Concert Hall, as the Associate Director of Individual Giving. In June 2019, Lindsey assumed the position of Director of Development at Foothill Family, overseeing the fundraising and outreach efforts of the mental health and early childhood development service organization based in the San Gabriel Valley. Her career has led her to building relationships and seeing strong revenue growth from within the arts industry and now the mental health communities, with a focus on data-driven analysis, corporate, individual, and special event fundraisers, and friend-raising.
Lindsey studied oboe with Carolyn Hove, Solo English Horn of the LA Phil, while attending California State University, Long Beach, where she received her degree in Music Performance. During her time as a student, she received performance acclaim in the university and community settings, and was a recipient many scholarships, including a full-ride program dedicated for students achieving a specialized instrument degree. Lindsey has remained a performer in the Los Angeles and Orange County area to pursue her passion for music education for all. She performed frequently with the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras as Principal Oboe and Solo English Horn, and was part of the group’s ground-breaking recordings, one of which debuted at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts.
When not friend-raising or music-making, Lindsey enjoys spending time with family and her garden. She resides in Azusa with her classically-trained pianist husband, Alex, son Theo, and black Labrador, Poppy.
Danette Lew, LCSW
Danette joined Foothill Family in 2005. She has led Foothill Family's
Board of Directors
Julietta Perez, Chair
Laurel Bear, Ph.D, Vice Chair
Angela Wilson, Treasurer
Rey M. Rodriguez, Esq., Secretary
Vince R. Lawler, At Large
Chuck Tapert, Past Chair
Margaret Juarez, MD
David Y. Lin
|Chang M. Liu
Lisette Gavina Lopez
Judy A. Matthews
Abel J. Montanez
Ayesha K. Randall, Ed.D
Marisol D. Sanders
Bernhard von Thaden
The Honorable Kathryn Barger
- LA County Supervisor
The Honorable Geoffrey Baum
- Vice President, Pasadena City College Board of Trustees
William R. Boyd, Jr.
Judge Ed Chau
- Superior Court of LA County
- US Congresswoman
The Honorable Mike Eng
Cristina Perez Gonzalez, Esq.
J. Dale Harvey
Jean C. Lauricella, MD
The Honorable Jeanette Mann,
- Member, Pasadena City College Board of Trustees
Todd E. Molz, Esq.
The Honorable Grace Napolitano,
- US Congresswoman
The Honorable Anthony Portantino
- California State Senator
Robert J. Riewerts, MD
Lori Winters Samuels
The Honorable Adam Schiff,
- US Congressman
James S. Somberg, Esq.
Friends of Foothill Family Board
Sheela Gade, President
Priscila Stanton, Vice President
Vanessa Wolf Alexander, Past President
Diana Gonzalez, Buy-In Party Chair
Tina Chiou & Amelia Swabb, Communications & Social Media Co-Chairs
Estelle Madrid & Valerie Yee, Community Outreach Co-Chairs
Christine Escobar, Liz Hall & Stefani Freeburg, Gala & Auction Co-Chairs
Nellie Duran & Anita Lawler, Holiday Program Co-Chairs