Mary Sheppard currently oversees a diverse portfolio of children’s behavioral health and foster care programs for the Capital Region of California. These programs span over six counties within California and include Contra Costa, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Stanislaus. Mary has over eighteen years of child welfare experience, and she has held the positions of Family Therapist, Social Worker Practitioner for family reunification efforts, and Wraparound Family Specialist. Prior to joining Uplift Family Services, Mary worked in the Children and Family Services Division of the California Department of Social Services for twelve years. While working in this capacity, Mary oversaw the policy and program implementation of child welfare services from front end prevention services all the way through the continuum of care, including supporting the implementation of the Child and Family Team (CFT) for California’s child welfare system.