Staff

Staff

Jill Anderson
Accountant

Jill is proud to have had the position of accountant with Family Builders since 2006.

She has twenty years of varied experience with non-profit corporations and is pleased to work with this wonderful staff and board of directors.

Jill is a second generation Californian and the Bay Area has always been home.She earned her Bachelor of Science-Business Administration from California State University – Hayward while raising a family. She now has more leisure time to enjoy traveling with her husband and family activities with their three adult sons.

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.

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.

Maria Turverey
Adoption Navigator

Maria joined Family Builders in October 2015 as an Adoption Navigator. She has a Bachelor's in Sociology and has been enriched by life experience and working in a number of capacities in social services since 2004. She truly appreciates the unique story of everyone she meets.

Maria was born and raised in Miami, FL, to Cuban parents. She practically grew up in her maternal grandmother's kitchen who made traditional Cuban meals every day. Growing up, Maria particularly enjoyed going to the beach or spending time at the Venetian pool with her family. Though an only child, she has a large number of cousins and sleepovers were a regular weekend affair!

In her free time, Maria enjoys cooking, baking, exploring the world (or the neighborhood) with her son, caring for her dogs and home, watching Investigation Discovery shows, and being spontaneous.

Mei-Hua Gee
Homestudy Social Worker

Mei-Hua Gee joined Family Builders in November 2013. Originally from San Diego, Mei-Hua has lived in Oakland since 2001 and has committed to improving opportunities for youth in this great city. Mei-Hua holds a Bachelors in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz and earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in 2013. She is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Additionally, Mei-Hua is pursuing a Certificate of Accomplishment in Spanish from City College of San Francisco. Mei-Hua is of Ghanaian and Chinese American descent and is particularly interested in multiracial families who celebrate multiple cultures. Mei-Hua loves RuPaul, day trips, antiques, beaches, funny movies, and reading The Sun and psychotherapy books. She lives in Oakland with her husband and her much beloved, spoiled rotten, mixed breed dog, Rachel.

Michaela Woodward
Permanency Program Coordinator

Michaela Woodward is our Permanency Program Coordinator. She came to Family Builders in November 2014 with almost 20 years of experience working with children and families involved in the child welfare system. Michaela received her B.S. in Children and Family Services from Portland State, and later received her Masters of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She began her career providing care to children in a medical foster home, before she moved on to advocacy work at law firms serving children and parents involved in the juvenile dependency and delinquency systems. Before going back to school for a graduate degree, Michaela facilitated Team and Family Decision meetings while helping to develop protocols and policies for best practice for the State of Oregon. She has worked in Child Protective Services in Emergency Response, Policy and Adoptions while serving on a statewide initiative through the Annie E. Casey foundation, to address and attempt to reduce the disparate numbers of African American children and other children of color in the foster care system.

She loves any excuse to wear anything ridiculous and will do anything ridiculous to put a smile on someone’s face. When not at Family Builders, Michaela loves to spend time cooking, shopping for vintage treasures and spending time with her friends, her family and her dogs, Jerry and Carl.

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.

Saba Habte
Fost-Adopt Program Manager

Saba Habte is our Fost-Adopt Program Manager. She moved to the Bay Area from Los Angeles in August 2014 and joined Family Builders as a Permanency Social Worker. A year later she was promoted to her current position. Saba has obtained her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Long Beach with a concentration in Children, Youth and Families. As a Program Manager, she plans and leads the development of foster care and adoption programs. She supervises, trains, and evaluates program and clinical staff. Saba is responsible for the quality assurance and compliance of regulatory standards for all services. She develops and implements staff training, development plans, recruitment, retention and training of families, assessments and evaluations, and the finalization process.

In her free time, Saba enjoys photography, reading, cooking, art galleries, music festivals, swimming, and hiking!

 
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