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Stacey A. Katz, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Stacey Anne Katz received her MA in counseling psychology from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte then went on to receive her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. She has worked with foster youth for more than 25 years in a range of roles– as a therapist, Clinical Director, and later Executive Director at Bay Area Youth Centers, in Hayward. She also co-founded Real Alternatives for Adolescents, the first Transitional Housing Program for foster youth established in Alameda County. She has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance. Dr. Katz came to WestCoast Children’s Clinic as an intern and returned part-time in 2000, as the principal author of The California Endowment grant that established WestCoast’s Foster Youth Development Program. In 2003, she became the Executive Director. During her tenure, WestCoast’s revenue has grown from $0.5 million to over $12 million. Dr. Katz also expanded WestCoast’s impact on children and families by growing the organization’s research and advocacy capacity. Dr. Katz was recently appointed to the California Child Welfare Council’s Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Action Team, a statewide committee tasked with developing solutions to improve services for child sex trafficking victims.

 Jeffrey Wands, Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Wands joined WestCoast in February 2010 as the Director of Finance and Accounting and became the CFO in July 2011. Prior to WestCoast, Jeff held a variety of positions in both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations on the East coast, including the CFO of the CT Humane Society and VP of Finance/Interim CFO of Kelson Physician Partners, a pediatric practice management company. His work has allowed him to develop extensive experience in accounting, financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning, mergers, and system implementations. Additionally, before moving to California, Jeff worked for the Charter Oak Cultural Center, where he was able to support his passions for community based work and supporting the development of youth programming. He has also spent several years teaching yoga to both children and adults.

Noé Gutiérrez, Jr., Director of Human Resources

Noé Gutiérrez, Jr. has been a professional in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years. Originally from Puerto Rico, Noé and his family moved to California when he was a child and he grew up in the thriving migrant community of the Salinas Valley.  Although his resume shows depth of experience working in the corporate for-profit sector, his heart is in serving local communities through providing excellence in HR services for non-profit organizations. Noé is experienced in organizational restructuring, developing company-specific strategies in HR, establishing and improving professional development programs, streamlining personnel practices and policies, and helping employers take the strength of their human capital to the next-level. Noé holds a B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and is a long standing member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). He is also a published writer and member of the American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).