Aspiranet - Raising Hope, Empowering Community.


The Aspiranet leadership team is devoted to creating innovative solutions, maximizing efficiencies, and strengthening California communities one connection at a time.

Our unique system of Family Services, Adoption, Foster Care, Education and After-School programs connect and enhance all community members, helping children, parents, adults and seniors bring out their inner hero.

Vernon McFarland Brown, Chief Executive Officer

Vernon McFarland Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Serving as CEO since 1999, Vernon has spent 30 years in service to Aspiranet. He began as a principal and group home manager with Aspiranet’s predecessor, Moss Beach Homes.

John Reiber, Chief Financial Officer

John Reiber

Chief Financial Officer

John brings more than twenty-five years of healthcare and social services experience to his post. He has spent a major portion of his career as the senior finance executive in large nonprofit hospitals throughout California.

Chris Essary, Excell Director

Chris Essary

Excell Director

Chris began his career at Aspiranet in 1987 as a house supervisor on the Excell Center campus in Turlock. He brings nearly three decade of experience in residential treatment for at-risk youth to his post.

Jeannie Imelio, Central Valley Regional Director

Jeannie Imelio

Central Valley Regional Director

Jeannie started working at Aspiranet early in her career when the agency started a foster care program in Stanislaus County.

Holly Thauwald, Director of Human Resources

Holly Thauwald

Director of Human Resources

Holly has served as human resources director for Aspiranet for nearly four years.

Laureen Walsh, Bay Coastal Regional Director

Laureen Walsh

Bay Coastal Regional Director

Laureen started her involvement with Aspiranet more than 14 years ago as a district director in Ventura. She currently serves as the lead member of three-person leadership team responsible for the guidance and direction of six district directors, overseeing strategic planning, budgeting, operations, programming, personnel.


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