Meet Our Board Members

Chris Bruno has been a board member since August 2013. As an active community member, he is excited to be directly involved with an organization that provides such a critical range of program and services to support families in the surrounding Yolo County and Sacramento area. Chris brings over eight years of experience in marketing and business development for both regionally focused and multinational organizations. Prior to joining The Yolo Center for Families, Chris served as a board member for the Down Syndrome Connection of the Bay Area and the Davis Bridge Foundation, and he is an active committee member for the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.

Joseph D’Angina has been a board member since October 2013 and a member of the Finance Committee of the Board since that time. Joe is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Woodland Healthcare, a Dignity Health member, where he began his tenure in June of 2013. Prior to that, he has held various executive Finance leadership roles within Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Renown Health, and a number of for-profit healthcare organizations, spanning the last 25 years. In addition to his Board responsibilities, Joe also serves on the Finance Committee of the Board for Partnership Health Plan. In his spare time, Joe enjoys time with his family, camping, boating and cheering on his two eldest sons playing volleyball at their respective universities while his three younger daughters are busily attending elementary and high school.

Rick Gonzales has been a board member since 2009. Rick is active within his community and provides dedication, leadership, compassion, and time towards making a difference in Yolo County by being a board member for the Yolo Center for Families. He also serves as the president of the Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County. This organization serves 15 high schools and colleges in Yolo County in awarding multiple scholarships to each school. Over 700 have been awarded since 1998. Additionally, he is a board member of the Inter-faith Immigration Network (YIIN), vice president of the Davis Democratic Club, a board member of the Davis Progressive Business Exchange and a member of the OddFellows in Davis. He is also on the DJUSD Achievement Gap committee in working towards closing this gap. Between 2012-2014, Rick was chosen as Davis “Citizen of the Year,” he was inducted into the International Educators Hall of Fame, and Concilio honored him with the Rick Gonzales Sr. Award.

James Grieshop has been a board member of the Yolo Center for Families since 2013. He retired from the University of California, Davis (UCD) in 2008 after a 33 year career as a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Human and Community Development. At UCD, Jim was responsible for conducting applied research and outreach education throughout California, as well as for teaching undergraduate and graduate students. He is fluent in Spanish and committed to enhancing the role that education, both formal and non-formal, can play in the development of youth, adults, communities, and organizations.

Karen Leaf has been a board member since 2013 and currently serves as vice chair. She joined the board to further its mission of serving Yolo county families. Karen previously served as a member of the board of the Davis Bridge Foundation and as a board member and officer of Sacramento Women Lawyers. She has worked for over 20 years with the California Attorney General’s office where she serves in a leadership role on tobacco issues. Karen and her husband have lived in Davis for nearly 30 years and their two sons attended Davis schools.

Karen Naliboff has been a board member since May 2012 and became board chair in January 2014. She joined the board to help support the many ways the agency serves the families and communities of Woodland, Davis, Knight’s Landing and West Sacramento. Karen is a retired social worker and educator. Since retiring, she has enjoyed volunteering as a tutor in a variety of settings and as a CASA. She and her husband reside in Davis and like traveling to visit family and friends.

Sheryl Patterson joined the Yolo Center for Families’ board in the summer of 2014. She has served as an advisory attorney for public agencies and non-profit organizations for over 30 years, and currently works as a Senior Deputy City Attorney with the City of Sacramento. She assists the City’s Parks and Recreation Department staff in managing federal and state grants that fund after-school enrichment programs, youth activities, gang prevention, and other community services. She previously worked for the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, which manages the Sacramento City and County Housing Authorities, and is familiar with the issues facing low income families.

Sheryl joined the board as a liaison for the Davis Community Church, which partnered with Yolo Families to open the D Street House resource center in Davis. Sheryl has been active in the Davis community over the past 20 years, serving on City commissions and PTA boards and fundraising to support school programs. She recently moved to Woodland with her husband, Carl Vandagriff, and they look forward to volunteering to support their new community. They have a son in college and enjoy hiking and travelling.

Mari Perla joined the Yolo Center for Families board of directors in July 2013. She was inspired to support the agency after attending a Women’s Group meeting and learning about the various ways in which the agency provides services to Yolo County communities.

Mari retired from her Information Technology leadership position at Lockheed Martin in 2010.  Mari and her husband make their home in Woodland, and spend time with their daughters and their three grandchildren.

Julie Vogt has been a board member since 2003 and currently serves as the board secretary. She was inspired to join the Board after facilitating the Special Needs Family Support Group held at The Yolo Center for Families, and learning about the programs and services that the organization provided to the families of Yolo County.

She currently works as a Research Project Manager at UC Davis in the field of memory and aging. She also volunteers her time as a run/walk coach for the Leukemia& Lymphoma Society’s Mom’s In Training, and has actively fundraised on behalf of the Leukemia& Lymphoma Society since 1998. Additionally, Julie has been active in the Woodland community over the past 17 years serving on PTA boards and fundraising to support school programs. She and her husband, Bobby, have two sons.


Board Roster 2016 PDF

Board of Directors Roster 2016

Name Occupation Member Since

Cathy Farman

Retired Attorney
Founder, Davis School Foundation
April 2014

Karen Leaf

State of California
December 2015



Julie Voght

Research Project Manager
California Primate Research Center
December 2015



Susan Gefter

Retired Attorney November 2012

Joseph D’ Angina

Chief Financial Officer
Dignity Health – Woodland Healthcare
December 2015


Board Member

Dr. James L. Grieshop

Retired, UC Davis
December 2015


Board Member

Holly Burkett, Ph.D.

Organizational Consultant and Principal, Evaluation Works March 2014
Board Member

Marsha Toy Engstrom

Career Coach March 2014
Board Member

Karen Naliboff

Retired Educator December 2015


Board Member

V. Leilani Kupo, Ph.D.

Women’s Resources and Research Center, UC Davis
August 2015
Board Member

Sheryl Patterson

Senior Deputy City Attorney
City of Sacramento
December 2015


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