Board of Directors

Youth Homes is guided by a board of directors that brings expertise, compassion, and commitment to their work. Whether it’s strategic planning or supporting our technological advancements, the board takes leadership and responsibilities seriously.



Kathy Bowles
Retired Development Officer

Alan Bonny
Vice President
Strategic Account Executive, BMC Software

Stanley L. Maleski
Retired School District Business Official and Peace Corps Country Director


Sandra Abram
Retired School Employee

Ann Appert
Director of Resource Allocation & Planning, WestEd

Cathy Barber
Youth Homes Auxiliary President

Beau Bautista
Founder, Blue Dog Events

Jan Berckefeldt
Executive Director, Maybeck Foundation

Tom Blanks
Retired Special Education Credentialed Teacher;
Vice President, Mt. Diablo Teachers Association

Elizabeth Chapple
Director of Operations, Pleasant Hill Coin & Jewelry Exchange

Pat Collins
Vice President, Senior Business Relationship Manager, Bank of the West

Candy Espino
Chief Executive Officer, Youth Homes, Inc.

Greg Gatzke
President, ZAG Technical Services

June Krug
Retired School Principal

Kang Lim
Attorney at Law, Law Office of Kang S. Lim

Gary Parkhurst
Retired Corporate Sales and Marketing Executive

Valerie Ridgers
Retired Director Boy Scouts of America


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“It has been an honor to be a part of Youth Homes for the last ten years; dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners — working together so foster children can reach their fullest potential. Youth Homes raises the bar- operating with the highest integrity and transparency, while working diligently to continually learn, grow and provide treatment through the use of nationally recognized best practices.”
—Kathy Bowles, President, Board of Directors