Staff & Board

Reed Connell • Director

Through over 15 years working in foster care, mental health, housing, and special education settings, Reed Connell has developed a sophisticated knowledge of children's policy development at all levels of government. For the past several years, Reed has worked with statewide and national coalitions to design, pass, and implement a range of important children's legislation, including AB12, California's implementation of the federal Fostering Connections to Success Act. From 2009 to 2013, Reed served as the Executive Director of the Alameda County Foster Youth Alliance, an effective and highly visible local advocacy agency. Reed has worked with advocates, providers, and coalitions around the state on issues related to local control and flexible financing in child welfare, the impacts of Realignment and Health Care Reform on child and adolescent mental health systems, and the development of accountability infrastructure. Reed holds an MSW degree from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Management and Planning.

 

Linda Fitzpatrick • Director

Linda Fitzpatrick is a senior advisor to biotechnology companies in the areas of Human Resources and Corporate Communications.  Equipped with a BA in Sociology and Psychology, she has graciously served on several boards benefiting youth development, including the Northern California Boys and Girls Club. Linda spent her career as a leading national figure in biotechnology while sharpening her expertise in additional areas of investor and corporate relations for several firms such as Nuvelo and Gilead Sciences.

 

Michael Hansen • Treasurer

Michael is the Chief Financial Officer of Wells Fargo’s Wealth Management Group in San Francisco. Over the past 17 years, he has helped Wells Fargo grow its investment business and ability to serve high net worth customers acting as a finance manager of key functions including strategic and financial planning, performance analysis, acquisitions, systems, and controls. He is a graduate of Southwestern University and holds a BA in Business. Michael brings these skills and experience to A Home Within inspired by parenthood, his wife’s work in child welfare, and a deep desire to serve the community.

 

Rich Hill • Director

Rich is a management-side labor and employment lawyer in the San Francisco office of Littler Mendelson, where he has spent his entire 32 year career after 7 years on the Farm. He served as the Managing Partner of the firm's San Francisco office from 2006 through 2008. Rich previously served on the Board of Directors of Alternative Family Services, a foster care agency serving San Francisco, the North Bay, and the East Bay. He has been legal counsel to Guide Dogs for the Blind for over 20 years. Rich is an avid Giants fan and a (self-described) pedestrian golfer.

 

Donna Hitchens • President

Donna Hitchens is a retired judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. During her tenure on the court, she spent 10 years overseeing the divisions that included dependency cases. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling & Psychological Services from Springfield College and her Law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She has taught judicial education programs on a variety of issues related to children in foster care and how to better address their physical and emotional needs. Judge Hitchens established a SafeStart Program in San Francisco to educate the community and serve children exposed to community and domestic violence. She also established an Infant and Toddler Court to monitor and serve the emotional wellbeing of the youngest foster children. Among other publications, Judge Hitchens has coauthored, with Patricia Van Horn, “The Court’s Role in Supporting and Protecting Children Exposed to Domestic Violence”, 5 Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts (2005) and “Partnerships for Young Children in Court: How Judges Shape Collaborations Serving Traumatized Children,” Young Children and Trauma: Intervention and Treatment, Osofsky, ed, (2004).

 

Suha Jhavei • Director

Suha Jhaveri is a Harvard Business School graduate who has held many leadership roles in the corporate world, including Global Marketing Director at Chiron Corporation, Director of Business Development and Strategy at KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, and Vice President at Vertical Markets Operations Pty Limited. For the past three years, she has been the Chief Operating Officer at OBmedical Company. In her free time, Suha participates in triathlons.  

 

Kira Steifman • Director

Kira has served on the board of A Home Within since 2003 and was board president from 2009-2011. Currently, Kira is in a doctoral program studying clinical psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. In another lifetime, Kira was the program associate of the New York-based Andrus Family Fund, an early supporter of A Home Within. Earlier she worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York, representing clients in debt and equity financings, among other corporate transactions. Kira graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and Dartmouth College. She also served as board president of Wrap Up Africa, a former nonprofit organization focused on cancer treatment for children in Uganda and job creation for the children's caretakers.