AASK is proud of its staff and their accomplishments. The agency
staff has a great deal of longevity and stability: over half the staff has
worked more than 5 years at AASK.
Vali Ebert, Executive Director MSW
Vali holds both a BA degree in Social Welfare and an MSW from UC Berkeley.
She had eleven years' prior experience working all phases of child welfare
cases at a California county before coming to AASK in 1995. Vali is motivated
by a strong interest in facilitating safe and secure permanency for children.
As Director, she is responsible for overseeing and facilitating all agency
functions including program development, financial operations and board
relations. She enjoys encouraging AASK's growth and diversification.
Timothy Evans, Family Coordinator BA
Tim has worked with children and families for over 10 years, in a multitude of areas such as residential facilities, group homes, foster care & adoption and mental health services. Tim has also had the opportunity to do program development, project coordinating, grant support, curriculum development and presentations. He also holds a chair on the board directors for gay & lesbian rights for LGBTQQIU youth. Tim became a part of the AASK agency in 2006 and holds an A.A Degree in Liberial Arts & Science and a Bachelors in Business Administration.
Melanie Wartenberg, Supervising Social Worker MFT
Melanie has been working with families and children for more than 20 years,
including 8 years with AASK. She has provided service to children in
residential psychiatric programs; to families with special needs and HIV-
positive children in foster care; and to families and children in agency,
residential, camp, public school, and home settings. She has a BA in Psychology
from the University of Delaware and an MA in Counseling Psychology from John F.
Kennedy University, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Melanie is
the Camp ALWAYS Program Director and has spoken at national adoption and child
welfare conferences. Her interest in facilitating adoptions comes from her own
experiences as an adopted person and her work in the foster care system.
Heidi Haberlin, Social Worker MA
Heidi has been actively working with families and children, ranging from
infancy through adolescence, for the past 15 years. She has gained experience
professionally through enriching opportunities that focus on the specialized
needs of children and families as an adolescent residential counselor, early
childhood education teacher, elementary school counselor, and as a family
therapist. She has an AA degree in Behavioral Science from College of Marin, a
BA degree in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, and an MA degree in Counseling
Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She is currently working towards
licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Heather Genschmer, Social Worker LCSW
Heather has a BA in Communication from the University of California, San
Diego and an MSW from San Jose State University. Heather has now completed her credentialed LCSW program. Heather has provided services in a variety of
settings including a health clinic, elementary school, and family counseling
center. Heather became interested in adoptions after working with at-risk teens
in residential care, many of whom had spent years in the foster care system.
Michele Giles, Social Worker MSW
Michele has workerd for over fifteen years in a variety of social service settings, including community health clinics and hospitals, services for elderly, and children and families. She has worked for over seven years as both a case manager and a supervisor for families of children with developmental delays through the Early Start Program at the local regional center. Michele joined AASK in 2005 and holds a BA Degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from UC Berkeley.