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Strengthening Families

Leda M Albright

Leda has worked in the strengthening families field for the past 25 years. She worked directly with families in her role as Executive Director for a family resource center in Orange County. She transitioned as a professional development trainer for organizations and their staff who provided direct services to families. Leda consults with SDSU's Social Policy Institute as an anchor trainer for the Stepping Higher Institute Academy, a training and certification program for faith-based leaders and behavioral health providers. Bachelor’s in Human Relations and Organizational Behavior, University of San Francisco Master’s in Ministry, Bethel Graduate School of Theology.
Social and Behavioral Health Data Scientist

Kate Cordell, PhD

Dr. Kate Cordell is a Social and Behavioral Health Data Scientist and Researcher. Dr. Cordell works to identify how individuals and families improve during care. She is especially interested in what works for whom. Every person and family have a story, often complex but also sewn with common thread. Dr. Cordell uses longitudinal analysis methods to model the changing patterns in these complex tapestries, hoping to identify the common elements of design.

Dr. Cordell integrates data systems to support a whole-person, success-focused approach to care, building solutions to put the person at the center. She converts information into visualizations to track progress for a person and their care team in ways that are meaningful at the point of care. She empowers real-time outcomes monitoring for programs and populations, identifying who is being served well and for whom additional services and supports are indicated. And, she unifies person-centered information across community agencies and provider networks to support joint care planning across a system of care. Dr. Cordell holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, an M.P.H. in Biometry from the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University and a Ph.D. from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.
Integrated Human Services Group

Richard Knecht, M.S.

Richard Knecht has delivered program operations, leadership, strategic planning and training services to public and private healthcare and human service systems for nearly thirty years. He presently serves as a consultant to CDSS and its partners, providing guidance and cross-system statewide technical assistance toward shared management and service delivery processes for children and families. Richard is the former Chief Operating Officer at Olympus View Hospital. He served in Placer County for nearly a decade, directing its highly regarded children's system. He is past Chair of the Board of Directors at, and presently sits on the advisory board at the California Children’s Trust and OPEEKA, a unique software development company

Angelica Oberleithner

After five years of program leadership positions at SPI with the IHSS Training Academy, Strategies 2.0, and ACEs Aware, Angelica has moved into the role of SPI Associate with a focus on Early Childhood Systems and Policy. As Associate, Angelica remains a vital part of multiple consulting projects in San Diego as well as across the state. Angelica came to San Diego and SPI with many years of experience in program development, implementation, and technical assistance in different states and countries and holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Vienna, Austria.
Principal, Judi Sherman & Associates

Judi Sherman

Through facilitation, strategy building, and partnership development, Judi supports groups and organizations to advance their mission, enhance programs, develop policy, engage constituents, and build strong neighborhoods and communities. Her role with SPI involves contributing to research and publications, and curriculum design and development. Master’s Degree in Education; Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.

Rochelle Trochtenberg

Rochelle is a passionate advocate for social justice and has 15 years of experience engaging system-involved youth in policy setting and decision-making tables at local, state, and national venues. Rochelle is committed to working alongside marginalized people and communities to resist oppression and to create hopeful and creative ways of responding to hardship and suffering. Rochelle most recently served as the first former foster youth to be appointed as the California Foster Care Ombudsperson. In her free time, she enjoys kayaking, camping, and reading.

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Lianne A. Urada

Lianne A. Urada, PhD, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at San Diego State University and of Global Public Health at UC San Diego. She is core faculty for the SDSU-UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Research on Substance Use. Dr. Urada has been a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several federally and privately funded grants and has over 35 peer reviewed publications.
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