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CAI Council for Children

CAI is guided by the CAI Council for Children, which meets regularly to review policy decisions and establish action priorities. Its members are professionals and community leaders who share a vision to improve the quality of life for children in California and throughout the United States. The Council for Children includes the following members:

  • Bill Bentley
    Child Advocate (Washington, DC)
  • Denise Moreno Ducheny
    Attorney, Former State Senator (San Diego)
  • Anne E. Fragasso, Esq.
    California Appellate Project, Staff Attorney (San Diego)
  • John M. Goldenring, M.D., M.P.H., J.D.
    Consulting medical director, practicing pediatrician, attorney at law (Roseville)
  • Hon. Leon Kaplan (Ret.)
    Retired Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Los Angeles)
  • David M. Meyers
    Chief Operating Officer, Dependency Legal Services (Sacramento)
  • Thomas A. Papageorge, J.D.
    Special Prosecutor, Economic Crimes Division, San Diego District Attorney’s Office (San Diego)
  • Gary F. Redenbacher, J.D., Council Chair
    Attorney at law (Santa Cruz)
  • Gary Richwald, M.D., M.P.H., Council Vice-Chair
    Consultant Medical Director, California Cryobank (Los Angeles)
  • Gloria Perez Samson
    Retired school administrator (Chula Vista)
  • Alan Shumacher, M.D.
    Retired neonatologist; Past President of the Medical Board of California; Past President, Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States (San Diego)

Emeritus Members

  • Robert L. Black, M.D.
    Pediatrician (Monterey)
  • Birt Harvey, M.D.
    Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, Stanford University (Palo Alto)
  • Louise Horvitz, M.S.W., Psy.D.
    Licensed clinical social worker, individual and family psychotherapist (Los Angeles)
  • James B. McKenna†
  • Paul A. Peterson, J.D.
    Of Counsel to Peterson and Price, Lawyers (San Diego)
  • Blair Sadler, J.D.
    Past President and Chief Executive Officer, Children's Hospital and Health Center (San Diego)
  • Owen Smith
    Past President, Anzalone & Associates (Sylmar)



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