Curtis Penn is the Division Director of Justice Services at Felton Institute. He oversees the Justice Services programs (CORE, Mild to Moderate & SMI, LEAD, FEST, STARR) in Alameda County and San Francisco, which provide services via case managers and clinicians to an ever-growing population that has been impacted by unaffordable housing, decreased mental health services, mass incarceration, among a host of other factors.
Felton’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) services are provided as part of LEAD SF, a multi-agency collaborative partnership program designed to divert repeat, low-level adult offenders. Felton’s Engagement Specialist Team (FEST) members are skilled case managers working in collaboration with the San Francisco Departments of Public Health, to address chronic homelessness, substance use disorder, co-occurring issues, and mental health. Supporting Treatment and Reducing Recidivism (STARR) is a multi-agency collaborative partnership program designed to meet one of the most critical community care needs in San Francisco.
CORE (Center of Reentry Excellence), Justice Services’ newest program, is located at 400 Broadway in Oakland. It offers a wide array of reentry and behavioral health services for justice-impacted clients. The Mild-to-Moderate, AB 109-Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) Program offers clinical and re-entry services for adults under the supervision of the Alameda County Probation Department and who experience behavioral-health concerns within the Mild-to-Moderate spectrum.
Before joining the Felton Institute, Family Service Agency, Curtis worked as the Director of Project Rebound at San Francisco State University. He managed day-to-day operations and supported justice impacted students to help them achieve their educational goals, and as a Reentry Consultant with Roots of Success.
Curtis has a master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on criminal justice & public policy.
Adriana Furuzawa, MFTI, CPRT, is the Felton Early Psychosis Programs Division Director. She joined the Felton team in 2013, as Program Manager of the Felton Early Psychosis Programs San Joaquin County clinic in Stockton. Soon after, she engaged in projects at multiple Felton Early Psychosis Programs sites and became the Division Director in 2014. Prior to joining the Felton Institute, Adriana has been serving individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness for over 10 years, in community mental health settings in California and in Brazil.
Adriana, who is a native Brazilian, began her career as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in Brazil, specialized in psychology in general and psychiatric hospital settings. She also received training on organizational and school psychology. Her most memorable work experience in Brazil was as part of a multidisciplinary team implementing a low-cost social medicine project developed by the Universida de Federal de Alagoas. Her job was to go door-to-door with a public health nurse, a primary care doctor, a dentist, and a social worker and she provided individual and family psychotherapy as well as psychoeducation on mental health and substance abuse issues to disenfranchised populations. Talk about health care integration!
In 2005, Adriana became a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) and she is passionate about community-based treatment and an avid advocate for Recovery as defined by the individual. In 2010, Adriana received her MA degree in Counseling Psychology with a major in Community Mental Health at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), San Francisco. As a part of the 1st CMH cohort at CIIS she also contributed to the design of this successful graduate program.
Adriana’s ultimate goal as a professional is to support individuals of all ages and ailments to remain resilient through difficult times, create conditions to let recovery find its way, and most of all, maintain independency and self-sufficiency. Adriana’s mission at the Felton Early Psychosis Programs is to work diligently so that ALL youth and young adults struggling with early signs of psychosis have access to specialized state-of-the-art treatment that will effectively stop the illness on its tracks and lead them towards the life they dreamed about for themselves.
Kenji Paschen, received BS Degree in Accounting from Hayward State University and was a long-time Controller and CFO for a medium-sized Hawaii and Mexico Tour Operator with annual gross revenue of $50 M with 250 employees. In 1985 the company allowed Kenji to start up its IT Department as the IT Manager, providing the cutting edge technologies and IT infrastructures for its 50 Reservation Agents at the call center plus many staff who support them.
Kenji started at FSA in 2006 and heads its IT Department, as well as in charge of the daily operation of CIRCE Software, Inc., a subsidiary software company of Felton.
Cathy Spensley, MSW, LCSW, has been a staff member of FSA since 2006, and Felton's Senior Division Director since 2008, overseeing programs that serve over 2000 seniors a year in geriatric mental health and aging services.
Mid-career, Cathy pursued a new direction into social services, after caregiving for a parent and deciding to work in the field of aging. She returned to school to obtain a Masters in Social Work, with a specialization in gerontology, at U.C. Berkeley.
Previously Cathy worked for an educational nonprofit that bridges agriculturalists and environmentalists through the common goal of developing and disseminating K-12 science-based curriculum, as well as a hospitality industry specialist, and a professional writer and editor. She has lived and worked in Rome, Italy and in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
At Felton Institute, Cathy leads a large team of program managers and is an active change agent involved in a number of national and local advisory boards and workgroups. She is currently co-chair of Aging and Disability Friendly S.F., as part of a World Health Organization network of leaders. Cathy earned her BA in Communications from American University in Washington, DC.
Joseph A Turner, PhD, joined Felton Institute as the Director of Quality Management in Fall 2018. Joe obtained his PhD in Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed his pre- and post-doctoral training at UC Davis and UCLA, respectively.
Since 1993, Joe's teaching, research and clinical interests have focused on cross-cultural counseling, identity development and social influences (social determinants) of mental health in marginalized groups.
Since 2007, as a Quality Management professional in the Community Mental Health system, Joe has created quality management systems within public and private behavioral health systems, including quality improvement, quality assurance, performance management, program integrity, management information systems and electronic health records.
Most recently, Joe created/implemented a Medicaid Specialty Mental Health Services clinical documentation improvement program for the Behavioral Health Services division of the San Francisco Department of Public Health across all levels of care, including Acute Psychiatric Hospital, Psychiatric Emergency Services, Adult Residential, and Outpatient services at the organizational and private provider levels.