Council for Children

The Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) is guided by the CAI Council for Children, an advisory body that meets regularly to review policy decisions and help CAI establish action priorities. Its members are respected professionals and community leaders who share a vision to improve the quality of life for children and youth. The Council for Children includes the following members:


  • Bill Bentley
    Child Advocate
  • 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.
    Health Plan Medical Director, Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine specialist, and attorney at law
  • Hon. Leon Kaplan (Ret.)
    Retired Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • 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
  • Ann Segal
  • John Thelan
    Senior Vice President, Costco Wholesale

Emeritus Members

  • Robert L. Black, M.D.*
  • 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
  • James B. McKenna*
  • 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
  • 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
  • Owen Smith
    Past President, Anzalone & Associates