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.

Arlene Seifert, MBA, MILR, Director of Human Resources

Arlene directs human resources and payroll policies, leads employee development projects, and administers the Foundation’s benefit programs. As a strategic operations leader, she offers more than seventeen years-experience with ground level policy development, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, and employee relations in both the San Francisco Bay Area and the Bahamas. A member of the California Employer Advisory Council and The Society of Human Resources Managers, she spearheads the Foundation’s employee recruitment efforts, payroll and human relations and is responsible for maintaining regulatory compliance. She holds a Masters Degree in  Industrial and Labor Relations (MILR) and a MBA From Cornell University, and an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Seton Hall University, where she competed on the university’s swim team. Arlene has been an avid reader since her childhood in Trinidad-Tobago.

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.

Larry Woodland, MSW, LCSW, MBA Assistant Director of Clinical Services

Larry joins Progress Foundation after completing his MBA from Mills College. Originally from the east coast, Larry started working as a social worker in New York City after receiving his MSW from Fordham University in 2002. In his 13 years of practice, he worked as a therapist, program director and clinical director in a variety of settings including psychiatric emergency services, HIV/AIDS service organizations, substance abuse programs, medical and legal settings. Larry has spoken at national conferences and been interviewed for national publications on mental health stigma in minority communities, advocacy for mental health services, and LGBT mental health issues. In recent years, he has been working on developing staff trainings for therapists and mental health workers as well as working on increasing diversity in the mental health field.