DAC Board of Directors
AnnaLisa Chung, J.D.
AnnaLisa Chung is a founding member of DAC and currently serves as the President of its Board of Directors. She is the organization’s Executive Director and participates in a number of systems level committees dedicated to the implementation of best practices and improvements to the dependency court process in Santa Clara County. Ms. Chung began her career in the dependency arena as a staff attorney from 2001-2004 and a supervising attorney from 2004-2008. She has represented hundreds of indigent parents in Santa Clara County’s dependency court and has provided training to attorneys, social workers, students and child advocates. Ms. Chung is currently the co-chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Juvenile Dependency Subcommittee and a member of its Family Law Executive Board. She is a member of the Santa Clara County Blue Ribbon Commission and spearheaded efforts to plan Santa Clara County’s first National Reunification Day celebration in 2010. Her previous legal experience includes Family Law and Civil Transactional and Litigation work. In 1994, Ms. Chung received a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. She received her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1997.
Steve Gray, M.S., M.F.T.I.
Steve Gray currently serves as the Domestic Violence Liaison with the Contra Costa County Bureau of Children and Family Services. In this role, Mr. Gray coordinates the delivery of services to parents and children, conducts risk and lethality assessments, provides treatment planning, and collaborates with collateral agencies. Mr. Gray also provides consulting services in the fields of domestic violence and child welfare. His past experiences include serving in law enforcement for over 31 years, being a liaison to the Support Network for Battered Women in Mountain View, participating in Santa Clara County’s Death Review Committee, and serving on the City of Mountain View’s domestic violence task force. Mr. Gray has previously instructed about domestic violence dynamics to social workers, police officers and clinicians at St. Mary’s College and Cal State University Hayward, and served as adjunct faculty at Las Positas College in Livermore. Additionally, Mr. Grey has been a guest presenter on multiple occasions at Santa Clara County’s Annual Domestic Violence Conference.
Preeti Mishra, J.D., C.W.L.S.
Preeti Mishra is a founding member of DAC and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of the Board. She is the Supervising Attorney of one of DAC’s main law offices, Family Legal Advocates. She has been dedicated to the Juvenile Dependency field since 2001 and is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist through the National Association of Counsel for Children. Ms. Mishra also is a voting member of Santa Clara County’s Child Abuse Council. Her previous legal experience includes Family Law, specifically domestic violence and high-conflict custody cases, as well as having worked in the San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Family Law Facilitator offices, helping pro per litigants navigate through the Family Court system. Ms. Mishra received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Rhetoric with a minor in German in 1994. In 1998, Ms. Mishra was awarded a J.D. from the University of San Francisco.
Gladys Nuñez is a parent formerly involved in the Santa Clara Dependency Court system. Her five children were removed in 2000 because of substance abuse and domestic violence issues. She graduated from Drug Dependency Treatment Court in 2002 and reunified with all of her children. Her case was successfully dismissed in January of 2003. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Nuñez became a mentor parent. Her ability to relate to clients, as well as her bilingual skills, made her an invaluable asset. She was a mentor parent for approximately one and a half years. Ms. Nuñez has worked actively in the recovery community, including being employed as a Relief Facility Manager and subsequently a Program Coordinator at Treatment Options, a residential drug treatment facility.
Howard Siegel, J.D.
Howard Siegel currently practices juvenile dependency law in Sacramento County. Mr. Siegel began his legal career over 50 years ago as a public defender, and has worked in this role in both Alameda and Santa Clara counties. As a criminal defense attorney for indigent clients, Mr. Siegel has an extensive litigation background and has worked on capital offense cases. Mr. Siegel has previously supervised and trained dependency attorneys in Santa Clara County. Additionally, Mr. Siegel has been qualified and testified as an expert in juvenile dependency law.
If you are interested in serving on the DAC Board of Directors, please email AnnaLisa Chung at email@example.com.