Staff

Staff

Jamie Hammond
Jamie Hammond
Home Study Social Worker

Jamie is a home study social worker with Family Builders. She has been serving children and their families for over 20 years. In 1993 she received her Master's degree in Social Work at University of Maryland. She has been focused on adoption as a through line in her many years of serving children and their well being. Jamie is proud to work at an agency whose mission is to provide permanency to all children.

Having worked in the child welfare system in San Francisco and the Los Angeles, she is happy to call the East Bay home these last few years. Jamie loves being a part of Family Builders, as it reflects so many qualities of care and true commitment to children. Jamie is thrilled to be part of such a great team as the devoted people that make up Family Builders!

Jill Jacobs
Executive Director

Jill brings over 30 years of experience in multi-cultural community based health and social services organizations. She has a Masters degree in Health Services Administration, as well as extensive experience in fiscal management, human resources, program development, strategic planning and public policy advocacy. She has been the Executive Director of Family Builders since 1996, and has developed a program model that is responsive to the needs of children and youth needing permanent families.

Jill is a national leader and advocate on issues affecting LGBT adoptive families and LGBTQ youth in foster care. Jill has created innovative programs to meet the needs of underserved and disenfranchised children and youth; including services for older youth, believing no child should leave the foster care system without a permanent family. Jill is the mother of two children, via adoption.

Karen Haney-Owens
Permanency Social Worker

Karen joined Family Builders in July 2013 as a Permanency Social Worker. She works with the Wendy's Wonderful Kids program.

Karen has advocated on behalf of families and children for many years, in the context of managing community planning efforts, working with families with special needs youth, and coordinating a court mediation program. Karen has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in City Planning from UC Berkeley, as well as an MSW from Cal State East Bay.

When not at work, Karen enjoys reading, working out, hiking, writing and spending time with her two sons.

Kevin Mapp
Social Worker

"By the time I was a junior in high school, I knew that I wanted to be a social worker, to work with youth." Kevin received his BS in Social Welfare from Adelphi University, Garden City, NY., in 1982. “I was living in New York and wanted to be bilingual.” Kevin decided to join the US Peace Corps where he served three years as a social worker in the children’s facility, Las Aldeas SOS, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. “That paved the way for my professional experience upon my return to the US in 1987.” In 1990, Kevin received his MS in Community Development at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. He then worked for ten years as a social worker for The Casey Family Program in Walnut Creek California. After a well-needed sabbatical, Kevin began working for Family Builders in 2002. Kevin has been a permanency expert, creating permanent homes and life-long connections for older youth from Alameda and San Francisco counties for almost 10 years.

Lanita Mims
RFA Trainer

Lanita joined Family Builders in November of 2016. Lanita is very passionate about training and has a breadth of experience, including many years of experience as an event planner, a trainer and program coordinator in non-profit and educational settings.

In her free time she loves coloring, dancing, swimming, reading and being with her family and friends.

Luis Chavez
Family Developer

Luis Chavez joined Family Builders as the Family Developer in 2018. Originally from the Bay Area, Luis began attending U.C. Berkeley in 2014. During his time there, he worked in retail, and also as a Behavior Therapist providing one-on-one ABA Therapy for children on the Autism Spectrum. He graduated from Cal with a BA in Sociology, a BA in Social Welfare, and a passion to work with families and children. He is excited to begin his career with the child welfare system at Family Builders, and hopes to one day become a Child Welfare Social Worker. Luis is most excited to expand his organizational and interpersonal skills working with families and alongside the Family Builders team. On his time off, Luis enjoys playing the piano, exploring the Bay Area, and walking his mini Australian Shepherd, Kovu.

Laura Anderson
Permanency Program Coordinator

Laura is excited to have joined the Family Builders team in 2016 as the Permanency Program Coordinator. She has her doctorate in clinical psychology and has specialized in culturally sensitive assessment and treatment services for youth and their families, as well as in school-based behavioral health. Laura has worked with children 3-18 and their families in foster care, hospitals, group homes, schools and in private practice settings. She is the adoptive parent to one son and is passionate about being part of a team that provides thoughtful services to children and families touched by foster care and adoption.

In her free time Laura likes to be in, on, or under the ocean. Other than spending time with her son, she enjoys dancing, traveling, curry, chocolate and laughing out loud.

Maria McFarland
Accounting Clerk

I love accounting and working with numbers on a broad scale. I also love helping an elite group within Family Builders and fulfilling a worthy cause, which helps humanity.

I obtained a Master Degree in Guadalajara Mexico before attending Chabot College in Hayward. My personal interests include numerology, reading and astrology.

Mark Brand
Mark Brand
Home Study Social Worker

Mark has been a Family Builders home study social worker since 2005. He received his Master’s in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Additional social work experience includes work in children and family mental health, Latino mental health, school-based social work and medical social work. Mark enjoys traveling whenever he gets the opportunity. When he’s home, he enjoys baking, theater and spending time with his family. Mark is proud to be the first out gay dad to adopt via Family Builders.

Pat Reynolds
Pat Reynolds
Permanency Program Supervisor

Pat Reynolds is the Program Supervisor for the Older Youth Permanency Program. She earned her BA from the University of California, Berkeley in Social Welfare, her MA from the University of Chicago in Social Service Administration, and her MSPH from Harvard University in Maternal and Child Health. She has had a long career in Child Welfare including as a Child Welfare Director in San Francisco County, a Child Welfare Program Officer at the Stuart Foundation, Executive Director of the Black Adoption Placement and Research Center, and Founding Director of the California Permanency for Youth Project. She is passionate about helping foster youth get permanent family connections before aging our of the system. She is also an adoptive parent.

Patricia Grant
Adoption Navigator

Patricia Grant describes herself as a "people person". She enjoys helping others in the best way she can. Born in Chile, Patricia was drawn to writing short stories and essays and won two national awards for her work. As an adult, she attended college, studying psychology. Patricia has also worked in the health services field. Patricia currently lives in Oakland and absolutely loves it. She is both a volunteer translator and interpreter for Just Cause, and is a folk artist who likes to communicate the perception of what she sees and experiences through canvases. Patricia would like to focus on helping even more communities in the future. Currently, her goal is to make a difference for children and families in the foster care system.

 
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