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Executive Leadership

Shawna Morris, Chief Executive Officer


Photo of Shawna MorrisShawna brings more than 25 years’ experience in the behavioral and mental health care fields to her role as Chief Executive Officer of Casa Pacifica. Her extensive history of executive leadership includes 18 years as senior vice president and chief operating officer of Menninger Clinic, where she managed a successful merger with Baylor University College of Medicine and led a $50 million capital campaign to establish the organization’s 50-acre campus in Houston. She also served as president and chief executive officer of the Phoenix House California and Texas, overseeing a chain of six inpatient facilities along with a number of outpatient addiction and mental health treatment programs.

Shawna believes in elevating the community by focusing on the potential of every child and family. In her role with Casa Pacifica, she is advancing the agency’s mission of serving youth and families in need, significantly expanding Casa Pacifica’s transitional age youth program to address homelessness among at-risk young adults and increasing collaborative partnerships with government and family service providers locally and throughout the Central Coast. Shawna brings with her a commitment to an outcomes-driven clinical model and a strong passion for team culture and collaboration.

Shawna received her MPA from the University of Kansas and earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and communication from Grace College.  She is a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and an active member of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services.

Having grown up on a farm in the Midwest, Shawna enjoys being outdoors.  The beautiful hills and acres of agriculture at Casa Pacifica remind her of the many gifts and blessings that abound around us.  She welcomes you to join her in a local run or to help cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs and the KU Jayhawks.

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Katie Pollock, Chief Financial Officer


Photo of Katie Pollock, CFOKatie Pollock serves as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for overall financial management, including accounting, financial planning and analysis. A seasoned finance executive, Katie brings more than 20 years of accounting and financial management experience to her role at Casa Pacifica. She joined the agency in 2019 as Controller, where she was responsible for all financial reporting and banking activities while leading the organization’s finance team. Prior to Casa Pacifica, Katie was the Director of Finance for Helinet Aviation Services where she obtained multi-million dollar financing for acquisition of capital equipment. She previously served as Controller for Strategic Products and Services and Preferred Homecare in Arizona, and actively participated in mergers, acquisitions and integrations.

Katie holds a B.S. degree in Accountancy from Northern Arizona University.

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Frank Clemens, Chief Operating Officer


Photo of Frank ClemensFrank has more than 25 years’ experience leading strategic operations and growth initiatives for mid to large-sized behavioral healthcare organizations. He joined Casa Pacifica from Pembroke Hospital where he served as Director of Leadership Development and Systems Improvement, overseeing operational and financial performance, quality, patient experience and workforce development. He previously served as Chief Operations Officer/Administrator for Santa Rosa Behavioral Health Hospital and as Executive Director/Director of Operations at Santa Barbara Behavioral Health. Frank’s prior positions include Chief Operating Officer for Paradigm Recovery Group, LLC, and Director of Operations and Client Services Manager for The Bridge Santa Barbara.

Frank earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies and Economics from Middlebury College and his master’s degree in psychology from Naropa University. He is completing a doctoral degree in philosophy and psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Carrie L. Hughes, Chief Development Officer


Carrie HughesCarrie graduated UCSB with a degree in Communications, and was hired in 1999, five years after Casa Pacifica opened its doors to foster and at-risk children. Over her 20 year career in fundraising she and the development team has collaboratively raised over $60 million dollars. 

Recently, Carrie and the development team’s fundraising efforts resulted in a successful $16.6 million-dollar capital campaign for a new training institute and vocational education center and co-occurring treatment cottages serving youth with mental health and substance dependence issues. Carrie has also proven herself to be a skilled event planner as she has grown the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival into the premiere wine and food event on the central coast raising millions during her tenure overseeing the Festival.

Carrie also served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties chapter for ten years and as President in 2015. During her presidency the board achieved its first Ten Star Gold Award and Friends of Diversity Designation. Most recently Carrie was awarded AFP’s distinguished Professional Fundraiser of the Year award for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties and named Top 50 Woman in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times. She is also a member of the Camarillo Rotary, the Nonprofit Leadership Council, and a graduate of the Ventura County Leadership Academy. Carrie resides in Thousand Oaks with her family.

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Monetta Williams, Chief Human Resources Officer


Prior to joining Casa Pacifica, Monetta spent over 25 years of experience in startup and high growth environments. Throughout her career, she has been successful at partnering with executives and managers to produce programs that align talent with goals and drive people towards a sense of well-being and purpose in their work life.

Monetta previously held the position of VP of Human Resources with lynda.com, a global organization with 600 employees’ worldwide, a technology company producing online video training for professionals, lynda.com was acquired by LinkedIn in 2015. Prior to lynda.com, she held the position of VP of Human Resources for Helix Medical, Inc., a medical device company producing medical devices and consumer products.

Monetta has been an effective change agent with a history of helping organizations grow, change and become more efficient, proactively and fiscally. Her strategy is to help every employee connect and understand how they contribute to an organizations mission and become better leaders.

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Kim Bennett, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer


Kimberly BennettDr. Kim Bennett joined Casa Pacifica in 2011 as Assistant Director of Community Based Services, overseeing Casa Pacifica’s community programs in Ventura County including Wraparound services, Therapeutic Behavioral Services, Intensive In-Home Behavioral Health Services, and the Foster Family Agency. Bennett has worked with youth in a variety of community-based, in-home settings in Los Angeles and Ventura County for over 20 years. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work at the State University of New York at Stony Brook prior to receiving an additional masters and doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles.

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Kimberly Valenzuela, Psy.D., Regional Director, Santa Barbara County


Kimberly ValenzuelaDr. Kimberly Valenzuela has worked for Casa Pacifica in Santa Barbara County since October of 2004, and oversees Santa Barbara’s community programs including: Camino a Casa IOP and PHP, Wraparound, In Home Therapeutic Programs, SAFTY Crisis Response Services, and School Based Services. Dr. Valenzuela has worked with youth for over 20 years in various settings, including Day Treatment Intensive, psychiatric hospitals, as an in-school therapist, and in outpatient mental health services in Los Angeles County. Dr. Valenzuela completed her undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego, and then obtained both her Master’s degree and Doctorate of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. Dr. Valenzuela later received her Doctoral Board Certification in Behavior Analysis from National University.

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Mark Capritto, Ed.D., Senior Director of Education


Mark CaprittoDr. Mark Capritto has over 35 years in the field of education – throughout his tenure, he has been responsible for every aspect in the field including educational administration, curriculum, and instruction, athletics, student services, and special education. Dr. Capritto holds three Master degrees in Vocational Education, Educational Psychology, and Counseling Psychology. He also has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management. In addition to his educational experiences, Dr. Capritto served as an MFT intern for 20 years dealing with marriage and family issues, student psychological issues in education, and adolescent therapy. His work with Casa Pacifica includes restructuring the educational program, implementation of a thematic interdisciplinary project-based curriculum, and revitalizing the educational culture/climate of the nonpublic school.

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Jessica Zetley, General Counsel


Jessica Zetley, Compliance OfficerJessica serves as General Counsel at Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families. Prior to joining Casa Pacifica, Jessica spent four years working as an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While there, Jessica was assigned to the General Crimes Unit where she prosecuted a variety of offenses ranging from petty misdemeanors to violent felonies. After getting married, she left the District Attorney’s Office and moved to California. Shortly thereafter, Jessica joined Casa Pacifica.

Jessica has a B.S. in Accounting and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is a licensed attorney in California and Wisconsin and is a member of the Bar Association in both states.

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