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Executive Team

Darrell EvoraPresident & CEO
Kathryn McCarthyChief Administrative Officer/General Counsel
Craig WolfeChief Clinical Officer
Jason GurahooChief Financial Officer
Mark D. EdelsteinMedical Director
Eleanor Castillo-Sumi, Ph.D.Vice President, Research and Development
Lisa AlegriaVice President, Fund Development & Marketing
Roberto FavelaVice President, Foster Care and Adoption Services
Ron ScottVice President, Human Resources
Marilyn BamfordExecutive Director, Central Region
Elena JuddExecutive Director, Los Angeles Region
Laura ChampionExecutive Director, Bay Area Region
Gordon RichardsonExecutive Director, Capital Region
Brian ThomsonExecutive Director, Inland Empire Region
Rachael ClausenExecutive Director, Information Technology/Security Officer
Eva TerrazasExecutive Director of Policy and Advocacy
Kirstin ReedCorporate Compliance Officer

Darrell Evora

Darrell Evora, Uplift Family Services president since 2001, was named CEO in 2009. In 1999, he was given statewide responsibility for operations and development of Wraparound services. He joined the agency in 1994 after a successful career in the high tech industry.

Darrell is a board member of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. He was formerly a social services commissioner as well as president for the Association of Mental Health Contract Agencies in Santa Clara County. He holds master's degrees in Business Administration and Counseling Psychology from the University of Santa Clara.

Kathryn McCarthy, Esq.
Chief Administrative Officer/General Counsel

Kathryn McCarthy, Esq., chief administrative officer and general counsel, joined the agency in 2010 following 25 years in private practice, 14 of those as outside counsel to Uplift Family Services. She oversees IT, Research, Outcomes and Evaluations, Quality, Training, Health Information Management, Physical Plant Operations, Compliance and all legal and regulatory issues for the agency.

Kathryn came to Uplift Family Services from Hoge, Fenton Jones & Appel, Inc. of San Jose. She is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association where she previously served in numerous leadership roles, including president. She is a Senior Fellow with American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley, and Chair of its Board of Directors, Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Health Trust, and a board member of the Santa Clara School of Law Board of Visitors. She was awarded the Woman of Influence Award by the San Jose Silicon Valley Business Journal and is recognized as a Top Lawyer in Labor and Employment Law by Corporate Counsel Magazine and the Best Lawyers in America publication.

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Craig Wolfe
Chief Clinical Officer

Craig Wolfe is vice president for the Inland, Bay Area, and Central regions. Most recently, Craig served as division director of Uplift Family Services’s Santa Clara County Services. He joined Uplift Family Services in 1997 as clinical director after spending over a decade at the Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health where he was instrumental in the Phase II Medi-Cal Consolidation implementation and the development of the ACCESS Program. During his tenure with Santa Clara County, Craig was in private practice for 15 years since his licensure in 1987 with specialties in sexual abuse treatment of males, and family therapy for clients with eating disorders.

Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from San Jose State University. He is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

Jason Gurahoo
Chief Financial Officer

Jason D. Gurahoo joined Uplift Family Services as Chief Financial Officer in 2014. Jason oversees accounting and finance for the agency’s services in over 30 California counties.

Jason has held senior and executive level positions at Amdahl Corporation, Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc., and Fujitsu IT Holdings, Inc. He most recently served as CFO at Child Development Inc.

He holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida and earned an MBA with concentrations in finance and management information systems from the University of South Florida. He lives in San Jose’s Almaden Valley.

Brian Thomson
Executive Director, Inland Empire Region

Brian Thomson has been with Uplift Family Services since 2007. He served as a Clinical Director for the Inland Empire Region before becoming Executive Director. Brian brings over 20 years’ experience working on behalf of California most vulnerable children. He graduated from Loma Linda University with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Before coming to Uplift Family Services, Brian worked for the San Bernardino County Department of Children’s Services as a Child Welfare Services Manager and the San Bernardino County Human Services System as a Supervising Social Service Practitioner.

Eva Terrazas
Executive Director of Policy and Advocacy

Eva Terrazas is currently Executive Director of Policy and Advocacy for Uplift Family Services. Prior to joining the agency, Eva spent over 25 years working in public policy and affairs for government, higher education and non-profits.

Eva has worked as a Senior Policy Aide for Mayor Susan Hammer in San Jose and Manager of Public Affairs for the San Jose Mercury news. She is a co-founder and current Board Chair of MACLA, a Latino cultural arts organization in downtown San Jose. She has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to the community and awarded the Board Leadership Award by The Center for Nonprofit Development, KQED’s Latino Heritage Month Local Leadership Award.

Gordon Richardson
Executive Director, Capital Region

As the regional executive director for the Capital Region, Gordon leads the Sacramento-area staff as they serve children in crisis and their families. He came to Uplift Family Services after 10 years at Stanford Home, a non-profit agency in Sacramento, where he was associate executive director of programs and research, and program director for every program offered at the agency.  Prior to that he served as executive director at Maple Star in Nevada (now owned by Providence Service Corporation). Gordon has published and presented numerous research papers on Wraparound services, foster care issues and restorative justice.  Gordon received his Master’s of Social Work from the University of Manitoba in Canada. He was named “2007 Social Worker of the Year” by the Sacramento Unit of the National Association of Social Workers.

Harriet Markell
Vice President of Program and Business Development

Harriet has experience in both public and private/commercial direct service and managed care organizations, which positions her well to analyze and guide the agency in prioritizing opportunities particularly in light of the possibilities created by healthcare reform. Prior to joining Uplift Family Services, Harriet worked with the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies. She also served as the Executive Director of APS Healthcare, directing the evaluation of services and information systems for public mental health plans in the state of Washington. She has also served as a Regional Vice President for Managed Health Network and held multiple director position for United Behavioral Health. Harriet holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from Sonoma State University in California.

Laura Champion
Executive Director, Bay Area Region

As the Bay Area Executive Director, Laura oversees the operations of services in Contra Costa, Santa Clara, and Monterey Counties. Laura joined Uplift Family Services in 1995 as a Facilitator in our Wraparound services and then began her leadership in clinical management in 1997.

Laura has been in the field of Mental Health since 1983.  She has brought her previous experience as the Associate Director of a Level 14 Residential Program and as the Director of a Chemical Dependency Treatment Program to her work at Uplift Family Services.  Laura is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is certified in Chemical Dependency Treatment.

Marilyn Bamford
Executive Director, Central Region

Marilyn Bamford joined Uplift Family Services in 2000. She has over 20 years of experience in child welfare and mental health, including extensive policy advocacy, management and supervisory experience with responsibility for program and fiscal oversight.

She has demonstrated leadership in numerous collaborative efforts. She has been a fellow in the Women’s Policy Institute, through the Women’s Foundation of California and serves on a number of boards such as the Foster Care Standards and Oversight Committee, Mental Health Committees and the Fresno County Model of Care Partner Oversight Committee.

Marilyn has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 15 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work in May 1987 and her Master of Science in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling in May 1989 from California State University, Fresno.

Mark D. Edelstein, MD
Medical Director

Mark Edelstein, MD, joined Uplift Family Services in 2009 as Medical Director after almost 10 years of psychiatric consulting with Uplift Family Services.

He is Board Certified in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past president of the California Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UC Davis School of Medicine.

Roberto Favela, FCAS
Vice President, Foster Care and Adoption Services

Roberto Favela has served Uplift Family Services for 30 years and served as Divisional Director of Foster Family Agency for Uplift Family Services’ statewide organization and oversaw shared resources for the entire organization prior to his role as Vice President of Foster Care and Adoption Services. The agency’s shared resources include information technology, training and education, outcomes and evaluation, and corporate compliance. Roberto also served as Vice President of Administration, where he developed and refined agency-wide procedures through shared resources. He began his career as a social worker for Uplift Family Services’ Day Treatment program and has served as Director of day treatment and then residential treatment programs, the head of Uplift Family Services’ Clinical Services. Roberto earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Northern Arizona University and a master’s degree in social work from San Jose State University. He has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 25 years.

Ron Scott
Vice President of Human Resources

Ron has over 30 years experience as a human resources leader working with large and small organizations, predominantly in healthcare. Before joining Uplift Family Services in July 2011, Ron was Vice President, Human Resources for St. Joseph Health System, Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California for more than a decade. Previous HR positions include VP of HR at Catholic Healthcare West, San Jose Medical Group, HR director at El Camino Hospital and several posts within the U.S. Navy.

Ron holds a B.S. degree in Business with a concentration in Human Resources from San Jose State University and a SPHR certification from the Society for Human Resource Management. Memberships in professional organizations include the Northern California Human Resources Association, HealthCare Human Resources Management and Community Watch, Roseville. He has also been a keynote speaker and trainer on such topics as “Six Secrets to Employee Retention,” “Handling the Problem Employee” and “Leadership in a Team Environment.”

Shawn Caracoza
Executive Director, Los Angeles Region

Shawn has been with Uplift Family Services since 2007. He served as clinical program manager and clinical director before becoming executive director for the Los Angeles Region. Shawn is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Drake University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Prior to Uplift Family Services, Shawn was the program manager for Connections Adolescent Full-day Program at the Guidance Center in Long Beach. Since 2007, he has created and implemented the agency's Full Service Partnership program and served as head of clinical services for both the Hollywood and Lynwood offices.

F. Jerome "Jerry" Doyle

Jerry Doyle retired in June 2009 after 39 years of leadership and advocacy with Uplift Family Services, one of California’s most comprehensive mental health agencies serving children and their families. Jerry worked with emotionally troubled youth for more than 40 years. In his years of leadership with Uplift Family Services, the agency grew from a small residential program to a full continuum of care with home-based, school-based, outpatient, and residential treatment. Under Jerry’s leadership Uplift Family Services won numerous statewide and national awards for service quality and innovation. He is the past president of the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies, the California Association of Services for Children, and was on the board of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. He was president of the Association of Mental Health Contract Agencies in Santa Clara County, and still serves on their executive committee. Jerry is currently a commissioner on the Governor’s Oversight & Accountability Commission for California’s Mental Health Services Act. He also serves on numerous committees that help communities deal with troubled youth, including the growing problem of child abuse and neglect.

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Lyn Farr
Practice/Policy Advisor

Lyn Farr brings over 30 years of experience in social welfare to her role as Practice/Policy Advisor.

Previously, Lyn was regional vice president for the Capital, Los Angeles and San Bernardino regions. She joined Uplift Family Services in 1998 to bring Wraparound services to Sacramento County.

Prior to Uplift Family Services, Lyn was the director of clinical services for Alliance for Community Care (now Momentum for Mental Health) in Santa Clara County. As the executive director of Miramonte Mental Health Services, she led that agency into a merger that created Alliance for Community Care.  She has many years of experience developing and directing services for children, adults and older adults.

Lyn earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She was the recipient of the “Provider of the Year” Award in 1997 from Protection and Advocacy, Inc.