Vanessa Perocier, Secretary

Vanessa provides guidance in many specialized areas including individuals with substance use disorders, severe mental illnesses, and individuals interested in achieving personal growth. She earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Holy Names University in 2016. She is striving to obtain her state license through the completion of internships, education, and work experience.  Vanessa has two years experience providing counseling in therapeutic settings and four years experience working as an administrative assistant.  Through her client-centered approach, she strives to assist others in achieving goals they put in place for themselves.  

Julie Johnson, Treasurer

Julie L. Johnson has 24 years experience in education. She is a graduate of San Jose State University, in San Jose, CA and National University where she received a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a multiple subject teaching credential, respectively. Julie earned a Masters of Science in educational leadership from National University, School of Education. Julie began her career with in education with Stockton Unified School District where she was a sixth grade teacher. She has held teaching positions in several large urban school districts teaching grade levels from sixth in middle school to kindergarten. Julie transitioned from the classroom to an instructional coaching position where she had the opportunity to coach teachers. She currently is the principal of Silverwood Elementary School in Concord, CA. Julie is a member of ACSA, Association of California School Administrators, and the Diablo Management Team. She serves on the Principals’ Planning Committee of Elementary Principals for Mount Diablo Unified School District. Julie is married and has two children. Her daughter attends Carleton College in Minnesota, and her son attends The Athenian School in Danville, CA.

Chris Walton, Director of Marketing

Chris manages all aspects of marketing the program, which includes advertising, maintaining the website and developing relationships in the community. Prior to establishing the non-profit, Willow Advocacy Group, Mark C Walton spent the past 15 + years as a Case Manager in Mental Health and a Program Director working with youth. Chris is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University; Bachelors in Fine Arts. He holds a Masters of Science in both Psychology and Criminal Justice Administration for the University of Phoenix. He has also been coaching basketball for the past 25 years. After a successful career in case management, Chris now provides support to the foster/adopt community. Passionate about youth and their potential, Chris provides a road map of services that assist couples, single parents; grandparents to family members. Chris and his wife, Rebecca believes it takes a village to raise our children. He lives in Antioch with his wife and seven (7) children; (12) total.

Advisory Board

board of Directors

Rebecca Walton, President, CEO

​"For the past 18 years, caring for our next generation was supposed to be a short-term commitment, but it became a life-long journey. I'm so fortunate to be able to impact the lives of children and the families; all while partnering with some of the most passionate and driven professionals in this field."

Lydia M. Daniels, BA, MS, PhD  

Lydia is President and CEO, Daniels Consultation Services, Antioch, CA; Senior Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University, Ageno School of Business, Management and Human Resources Management Departments. Lydia has provided consultation and project management services for a variety of healthcare organizations and medical care facilities over a twenty year period.  Lydia has also held top level positions such as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for a three-hospital, 3,000-employee Healthcare System, as well as Director and Assistant Director of Human Resources. Lydia has served as Senior Adjunct Professor continuously for over 30 years at Golden Gate University, teaching subjects such as Management Principles, Labor Relations, Training and Development. Lydia holds a BA in Human Relations (Cum Laude), MS in Human Resources Management with Organizational Behavior emphasis (Most Outstanding Graduate in H. R. award), from Golden Gate University, S.F., CA., and PhD Management with specialization in Leadership and Organizational Change, Walden University.

MyKeisha Lewis, Vice-President

For the past 16 years, MyKeisha has been employed as a deputy probation officer for the Alameda County Probation Department. With her experience working with the urban youth, My Keisha sought to serve her troubled communities. MyKeisha received her BS in Criminal Justice Administration with emphasis in Law Enforcement in 2000.  In 2001 while working for the probation department, My Keisha enrolled in at CSU East Bay to pursue a BS in Sociology with emphasis in Social Work. Upon completing her studies, she received her MS in Social Work. In 2006 she obtained her MSW with an emphasis in children, youth and families. Throughout her career as a probation officer, MyKeisha has branched out it the community becoming a social worker for Contra Costa County Children Services. Following her brief stay, My Keisha returned to Alameda County Probation (2007) and is also an

adjunct lecturer for Merritt College where she teaches juvenile policy. She has also received her certification as a domestic violence counselor, and is currently registered with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as an associate, SW, in pursuit of her license in clinical social worker, LCSW. 

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LaWanda Wesley, Director of Education 

LaWanda Wesley, EdD is Alameda County’s Early Care and Education Planning Council Coordinator, Quality Improvement Navigator, and the AB 212 Program Manager (workforce retention initiative). Prior to joining Alameda County in June 2015, she spent 10 years with Child Development, Inc., as the Northern California Program Resource Manager. She has a long-standing history as a collaborator on major early childhood education initiatives funded by the California Department of Education, Early Education Support Division. She is a former adjunct faculty instructor at Consumnes River College in Sacramento, CA. While at the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC), she served as the Director for the state funded Prekindergarten Learning and Development Guidelines Training Project. This project affected over 52,000 children statewide who received direct services from trained preschool practitioners.

"supporting parents and resource families to navigate systems and obtain services within the community"