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Published on: 7/31/2019 2:14 PM

FY 2019 - 2020 Officers

Steven Dick, Chairperson


Steven Dick has served on the Council for the past eight years. Professionally, he is a Deputy District Attorney and teaches at Lincoln Law School. He previously supervised the Family Violence Unit and has represented foster care children in Juvenile Dependency Court. He served as the Chair of the Santa Clara County Child Abuse Law Enforcement Protocol Team and was previously a member of the Child Death Review Team. Steven has also served on the Domestic Violence Council and was Chair of the Domestic Violence Death Review Team. Steven had the privilege of being the President of the Board of Trustees at Yavneh Day School (K-8) and has lectured throughout the county on issues surrounding child abuse and truancy. He previously served as the Vice-Chairperson for Adminstration on the Council.


Preeti Mishra, Vice-Chairperson for Administration


Preeti Mishra is a founding member and Chief Operating Officer of Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC). DAC, a nonprofit organization, provides interdisciplinary family defense legal services to parents and children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile dependency system. Previous to her current role at DAC, she has been a case-carrying attorney, supervised a team of trial attorneys as well as been the Director of the Mentor Parent Program. Preeti has been dedicated to the child welfare field since 2001 and is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist through the National Association of Counsel for Children. During her tenure as a voting member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council, she has held various leadership roles including Treasurer, Allocations Committee Chair, and the Membership Committee Chair.

Steve Baron, Vice-Chairperson for Programs


Steve Baron, M.A., MFT, is the retired Director of Family Court Services in Santa Clara County, former Adjunct Faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the subject of juvenile dependency mediation and for Santa Clara University where he taught in the graduate Department of Counseling Psychology and Education on subjects including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, substance abuse, and trauma. He is also retired from 25 years of private practice as a therapist. Steve continues to serve as an occasional trainer for the court system as well as various community agencies on subjects including domestic violence, the impact of trauma on child development and victims of domestic violence, and trauma-informed systems. He has been the recipient of awards for services to children and families from Legal Advocates for Children and Youth, “The Judge Len Edwards Champion of Peace Award” from the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council, and for the training of mental health professionals in the areas of divorce, child custody, and domestic violence from the Santa Clara County Psychological Association. He currently serves on Santa Clara County’s Child Abuse Council, Social Services Advisory Commission, and Domestic Violence Death Review Team.  


Andrew Cain, Treasurer


Andrew Cain is Directing Attorney with Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY), a program of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Mr. Cain served as Chair of the Child Abuse Council from 2015-2017. Other prior roles with the Council include the Vice-Chair of Programs position and chair of various committees and working groups. He served as Chair of the State Bar of California, Family Law Section Executive Committee in 2013-14. Additional volunteer work includes chairing a Domestic Violence Council sponsored group working toward implementing school-based prevention and intervention services and previously chairing the Northern California chapter of the National Association of Counsel for Children’s legislation and policy work. Mr. Cain was recognized by the American Bar Association with its Child Advocacy Award in 2013.

Past Chairpersons

Stacy Castle, Chairperson 2017 - 2019

Andrew Cain, Chairperson 2015 - 2017
Greg Zieman, Chairperson 2013 - 2015

Committee Chairs

Allocations Committee Chair - Melody Kinney


Disproportionality Committee Chair - Peggy Cathcart


Executive Committee Chair - Steven Dick


Interagency Collaboration Committee Chair - Andrew Cain


Membership Committee Chair - Stacy Castle​

Public Awareness Committee - Johanna Thai Van Dat


Symposium Committee Chair - James Gibbons-Shapiro