Council for Children

CAI is guided and advised by the CAI Council for Children, which meets regularly to review policy decisions and help staff establish action priorities. Its members are professionals and community leaders who share a vision to improve the quality of life for children in California.


  • Robert L. Black, M.D.
  • Denise Moreno Ducheny
    Attorney, Former State Senator
  • Anne E. Fragasso, Esq.
    California Appellate Project, Staff Attorney
  • John M. Goldenring, M.D., M.P.H., J.D.
    Consulting medical director, practicing pediatrician, attorney at law
  • Hon. Leon Kaplan (Ret.)
    Retired Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • James B. McKenna
    President, Am Cal Realty, Inc.
  • David M. Meyers
    Chief Operating Officer, Dependency Legal Services
  • Thomas A. Papageorge, J.D.
    Special Prosecutor, Economic Crimes Division, San Diego District Attorney’s Office
  • Gary F. Redenbacher, J.D., Council Chair
    Attorney at law
  • Gary Richwald, M.D., M.P.H., Council Vice-Chair
    Consultant Medical Director, California Cryobank
  • Gloria Perez Samson
    Retired school administrator
  • 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

Emeritus Members

  • Birt Harvey, M.D.
    Professor of Pediatrics Emeritus, Stanford University
  • Louise Horvitz, M.S.W., Psy.D.
    Licensed clinical social worker, individual and family psychotherapist
  • Paul A. Peterson, J.D.
    Of Counsel to Peterson and Price, Lawyers
  • Blair Sadler, J.D.
    Past President and Chief Executive Officer, Children's Hospital and Health Center
  • Owen Smith
    Past President, Anzalone & Associates