Staff

Overview

Staff

With a team of just 10 full-time staff, a handful of consultants and a Washington, D.C.-based legislative advocate, CWDA plays an invaluable role in shaping human services policies and programs on the state and federal levels. Meet the team Advancing Human Services for the Welfare of All Californians.

925 L Street, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95814
Office: (916) 443-1749
Fax: (916) 443-3202
Director

Frank J. Mecca
Executive Director

Frank Mecca has served as Executive Director for 25 years, during which he has helped establish CWDA as a leading advocacy and policy organization in the field of public human services.

Under Frank’s leadership, the association has been instrumental in the development of significant human services programs and policies, including helping shape the CalWORKs program, creating the Adult Protective Services program, and advocating for significant child welfare reform efforts such as extending foster care support to youth after age 18.

Staff

Cathy Senderling-McDonald
Deputy Executive Director

Cathy Senderling-McDonald has served as the Deputy Executive Director since 2010, and works with the association’s executive director and CWDA Board of Directors to promote legislative, budget and policy changes that improve human services programs and the delivery of those services.

Staff

Diana Boyer
Senior Policy Analyst

Diana Boyer joined CWDA in 2005, and specializes in the program areas of In-Home Supportive Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Welfare, and Foster Care.

Staff

Eileen Cubanski
Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst

Eileen Cubanski is a Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst with CWDA where she is responsible for fiscal analyses on county human services issues and development of methodologies for distribution of more than $5 billion in state and local realignment funding. 

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Penelope Clarke
Executive Liaison, Child Welfare Automation Projects

Penelope Clarke joined CWDA as the Executive Liaison for Child Welfare Systems (CWS) Automation in 2009 and works with the state, counties, and CWS automation projects to ensure that counties’ needs are represented in developing and maintaining systems that support the work of county human services staff.

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Cheryl Davis
Executive Liaison, CalHEERS Project

Cheryl Davis is the CWDA Executive Liaison with the CalHEERS project. Cheryl has more than 25 years of leadership experience in human services, most recently as the Human Services Director for Placer County Health and Human Services.

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Assmaa Elayyat
Medi-Cal Policy Analyst

Assmaa Elayyat joined CWDA in 2013 to assist with Health Care Reform implementation, and serves as the association’s Medi-Cal Policy Analyst. In that role, she staffs several CWDA committees and serves as a liaison between counties and key stakeholders, including state departments. 

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Callie Freitag
Human Services Policy Analyst

Callie Freitag joined CWDA as a Human Services Policy Analyst in 2017, specializing in the program areas of In-Home Supportive Services, Adult Protective Services, Child Welfare, and Foster Care.

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Grace Gomes
Liaison, CMIPS II Project

Grace Gomes joined CWDA as the CMIPS Project Liaison in 2014 and works with the state, counties and CMIPS Project Office to ensure counties’ needs are represented during the Maintenance and Operations Phase of CMIPS. Grace joined the CMIPS Project early on as a county representative during the initial procurement and design, development and implementation stages of CMIPS.

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Carly Hall
Executive Assistant

Carly Hall joined CWDA in 2016 as the Executive Assistant. She brings extensive county experience, having worked in multiple positions in Placer County prior to joining the association.

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Patricia Holling
Legislative Assistant

Patricia Holling has been with CWDA for 10 years, most recently serving as the Legislative Assistant. She brings more than a decade of experience in the insurance industry as a claims representative with major providers such as Allstate and State Farm Insurance companies.

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Erin Horgan
Senior Policy Analyst

Erin Horgan focuses on self sufficiency program and policy areas, including California’s CalFresh, CalWORKs, and state subsidized child care programs as a Senior Policy Analyst with CWDA. 

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Sarah Jimenez
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Sarah Jimenez joined CWDA as Communications and Outreach Coordinator in 2009, and oversees the association’s external and internal communications, as well as plans CWDA’s annual conference.

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Christiana Smith
Information Technology Associate

Christiana Smith joined CWDA as the Information Technology Associate in 2014, and works with the state, counties, and automation projects to ensure counties’ needs are represented in developing and maintaining systems that support the work of county human services staff.

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Tom Joseph
Director, Washington, D.C. Office

Tom Joseph is Vice President and Managing Partner of Waterman & Associates heading up the firm’s health and human services practice and overseeing various aspects of the firm’s operations. His lobbying expertise, experience, and knowledge are reflected in an impressive 30-plus year history representing local governments.