Management Team

Leader Profile

Dr. Laura Heintz
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Laura Heintz is the Chief Executive Officer of Stanford Youth Solutions, formerly Stanford Home for Children. For nearly 25 years, Dr. Heintz has worked tirelessly to help nonprofit health and human service organizations grow and expand their ability to serve children and families.

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Jovina Neves
Chief Financial Officer

With more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to her credit, Jovina Neves has played a crucial role at Stanford Youth Solutions since joining the staff in 1997. In addition to serving as CFO, she also manages and directs several departments including Accounting, Facilities and Information Technology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis.

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Deborah Bennett
Director of Flexible Integrated Treatment (FIT)

Deborah has been leading social service programs in Northern California for more than 10 years. Deborah received her master’s degree in social work from CSU Long Beach, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and received an award for outstanding community service to children, youth and families in 2001. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from CSU Humboldt in 1989. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Practitioner of the Healing Arts as well as a Certified Group Home Administrator and Authorized 5150 Site Coordinator and Designee.

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Ebony Chambers
Director of Family and Youth Partnership

Working at Stanford since 2004, Ebony leads all Family and Youth Partnership initiatives in addition to facilitating Cultural Competency training, Family Centered Practices and Intensive Relative Searches for families.  Ebony brings both professional and personal life experiences to her work as a mother who has worked through crisis with her own child that received mental health services. Prior to her role of Director of Family and Youth Partnership, Ebony served as Family Partner Manager, Family Partner, and Family Specialist in Stanfords’ Wraparound Program.  

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Jennifer Shebesta
Director of Wraparound

A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in clinical psychology from San Jose State University, Jennifer has worked with Stanford Youth Solutions since 2003. Prior to assuming her role as Director, she served as both a Clinical Program Manager and Residential Therapist for Stanford Youth Solutions, working in the residential program, FOCUS and the Counseling Center. Her background includes extensive training and experience in the mental health field, where she has specialized in areas like cognitive-behavioral treatment, domestic violence training, child abuse treatment, gang awareness and suicide prevention.

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Kimberly Woods-Burch
Director of Human Resources

Kimberly Woods-Burch has more than 20 years of experience helping businesses and their employees grow and develop. As the Director of Human Resources, she sees her department’s role as the “caregiver for the caregiver” and is working hard to develop a well-trained workforce. Making sure the staff at Stanford Youth Solutions is secure and well taken care of is critical, and the first step toward effectively serving the children and families in the Sacramento community.

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Melissa Arnold
Director of Fund Development and Community Relations

Melissa has excelled in development and leadership positions in the nonprofit sector for more than 10 years. Melissa’s passion for the nonprofit sector stems from her deep roots as a fundraiser and relationship-builder. She believes in the power of connecting supporters to causes they care about to change people’s lives.

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Terrell Thomas
Associate Director of Business Development

Terrell Thomas is the Associate Director of Business Development at Stanford Youth Solutions, responsible for identifying business and grant funding opportunities to support areas of program growth and innovation designed to improve health and well-being outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

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Thomisha Wallace
Youth Advocate Manager

Thomisha began her journey with Stanford Youth Solutions in 2018, as the Coordinator for the Career Pathways Program. Thomisha’s passion to provide effective mental health services to at risk youth is what drives her to establish strong community relationships with local universities and stakeholders in an effort to develop college students into future mental health service providers.

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Tonya Bauhofer
Director of Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention (JJCP) & Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS)

Tonya joined Stanford Youth Solutions in 2016 to develop the School Based Services Program and has since moved into leading the Therapeutic Behavioral Services and Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Programs. Her background includes extensive mental health treatment for children with severe emotional disturbance and she has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2004.

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Yuri Kimura
Director of Permanent Family Connections (Formerly Foster Care)

Yuri began her tenure at Stanford Youth Solutions in 2007, as a Social Worker in the Foster Care Program. She brought 15 years of experience working with youth and families in various settings. Yuri also served as the Clinical Program Manager for the Foster Care Program and later, the Juvenile Justice and Crime Prevention Program prior to her current leadership role.