Leadership Team

Steve Fields, MPA, Executive Director

Executive Director of Progress Foundation since 1969, Steve Fields has championed the development of social rehabilitation programs throughout California and the nation, pioneered acute residential alternatives to hospitalization, opened the first social model residential treatment programs for geriatric clients and the first social model residential treatment program for women and children. He received his BA from Harvard and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. A leader in local, state and national efforts to develop and promote change in the mental health system, he was instrumental in forming the San Francisco Human Services Network (HSN), an association of over 100 nonprofit agencies.

Janet Tewhill, RN, Chief Operating Officer

Janet is an accomplished executive and healthcare entrepreneur. She excels in driving operational excellence, strategy execution, building results-driven teams and the development of innovative programs and high performance organizations. She has served in senior management positions in hospitals, managed healthcare organizations, addiction and behavioral health treatment organizations and physician management companies. Prior to joining Progress Foundation, Janet was President and Chief Operating Officer of Alere, the second largest disease management company in the U.S. She is a registered nurse and has a Masters degree in health care administration from The University of Minnesota.

Stephanie Spilker, MNA, Director of Administration

Stephanie joined Progress Foundation soon after receiving her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She manages all administrative responsibilities in the ever-changing Progress Foundation landscape. Stephanie’s background incorporates years of volunteer work as well as employment with various nonprofit and for-profit organizations. While studying for her undergraduate degree in Political Science at UCLA, Stephanie co-founded a small nonprofit organization supporting youth in Uganda and went on to volunteer there a few years later. In her free time she is a member of the UCLA Young Alumni Development Counsel, and enjoys reading, global traveling and doing outdoor activities in the beautiful Bay Area. Stephanie looks forward to utilizing her education and personal experience to contribute to the continued success of Progress Foundation.

Bernadette Navarro-Simeon, PhD, Clinical Director

Bernadette leads the Foundation’s clinical work across all programs and departments. She is a respected systems reformer and agency liaison to mental health nonprofits, healthcare organizations, and government agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She began her career at the agency in 1984 as a residential counselor in a crisis residential treatment program, eventually becoming the program director. After working in direct service for 15 years, she was promoted to the Deputy Director of Clinical Administration. In this position, she managed quality assurance and regulatory requirements. She pioneered the agency’s leadership cultural competence program while introducing trainings focused on self-awareness and cross-cultural impact between individuals and groups. Her love for diversity stems from her own experience as an immigrant from the Phillipines. Bernadette is fluent in Tagalog and completed her PhD in Organizational Psychology at the Center for Psychological Studies in Berkeley, California.

Steven Boyd, LCSW, Clinical Director to Napa and Sonoma Programs

Steven has directed the Foundation’s Sonoma and Napa programs since 1989. He received his Bachelors in Social Work from Ball State University and his Masters in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento. Steven has been involved in the development of many programs in Sonoma and Napa counties, including programs for the homeless, transitional residential treatment programs, crisis residential, programs serving TAY and emancipated foster youth, housing alternatives for psychiatrically disabled adults, and case management programs serving adults and families. He is a founding member of the Napa Valley Coalition of Non-Profit Agencies.

Aneata Bonic, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Aneata holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She is from the Northern Virginia area where she raised her two now adult children. She received her LCSW in 1996 and is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of California.  She has worked in the social services field for over 24 years and has experience with youth, families and children and adult populations. She worked as a Child Welfare Worker and then as the Clinical Director for a therapeutic foster care agency specializing in the placement and treatment of severely abused children. Aneata spent close to eight years as the director for a non-profit organization where she managed a large homeless shelter for adults and families, a counseling program for families placed in a domestic violence shelter and the operation and placement of families in HUD funded transitional housing programs. She moved to the Bay Area in 2004 and worked for the City and County of San Francisco. She also managed the services for a 47-unit building for previously homeless families for a non-profit organization and was the Director of Case Management services for ACT/FSP programs for the severely mentally challenged adults. She joined Progress Foundation in December 2014.

Jim Roberts, MA, Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Jim grew up in the United Kingdom and has worked in the social work field for 25 years. Jim gained a Graduate Degree and a Masters in Drama & Movement Therapy from the London Central School of Speech & Drama in 2000. He was for many years an Arts Therapist for the National Health Service in the UK with at-risk inner-city youth in London’s public school system. In 2004 Jim moved to the Bay Area and started his career in the USA working for Progress Foundation, becoming Assistant Director in one of the agency’s crisis programs. Jim left Progress Foundation in 2006 to run the day treatment program for adolescents at Edgewood Children and Families Center for three years before returning to work with an adult population as a Program Manager for Baker Places. In 2010 Jim returned to Progress Foundation as a Program Director, developing the Transitional Age Youth program at Progress House, focused on identifying young people aging out of children’s services and requiring adult residential care. He became the Assistant Director of Clinical Services for the Agency in November 2017.

Elizabeth Hernandez, LMFT, LPCC, Assistant Clinical Director to Napa and Sonoma Programs

Elizabeth earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Mills College and her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California and is dually licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.  Elizabeth has held several different positions within Progress Foundation; she joined the agency in 2008 as a Personal Services Coordinator for the Transitional Age Youth Full Service Program, working with youth with severe psychiatric illnesses.  Elizabeth completed the University of Massachusetts Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program in the 2012-2013 cohort, with her final project being the creation of a group curriculum for at-risk parents.  Elizabeth became the Program Director for the PLACES THP+ and Supported Living Programs in 2013 and was then promoted to the Assistant Clinical Director for the Napa and Sonoma Programs in 2016.