Hugo C. Villa, LMFT – Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Villa has more than 30 years of experience working in social services and specializes in child abuse and neglect. He started his career as a clinical psychologist in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he worked with low-income children and families. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Mr. Villa worked with Argentina’s victims of war – the desaparecidos, or missing people. Fluent in Spanish, he moved to the United States in the late ‘80s, where he began working with Latino families and children. Mr. Villa is a licensed child and family therapist in the state of California and has been in the field of child psychology since 1984. His primary interest is in developing safe and supportive systems to combat child abuse and neglect due to a variety of factors including poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, and domestic violence. He participates in several public policy advisory committees in Los Angeles County where his expertise in nationally recognized, evidence-based practices for developing and supporting foster parents is highly recognized. Prior to co-founding The Village Family Services, he was an administrator at several foster family agencies in which he also developed programs to address the need of services primarily in Latino communities of Southern California’s San Fernando Valley. Mr. Villa was also in private practice and worked in several community mental health clinics as a therapist. He lives with his partner of 25 years and their 17-year-old son, Robert.
Irma Seilicovich, LMFT – Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Seilicovich has been assisting troubled children and families since the late 1980s. Born and raised in Argentina, Ms. Seilicovich made a commitment early on to devote her life to helping others. In Buenos Aires, she earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology. Soon after, she came to the United States, earned a second master’s degree in the same discipline and became a licensed marriage and family therapist. Just over ten years ago, while serving as a staff therapist at a large Los Angeles child welfare agency, Ms. Seilicovich and her colleague, Hugo Villa, perceived a critical need for bilingual, culturally sensitive mental health services for children and families in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Today, Chief Operating Officer of The Village Family Services, she directs a staff of more than 100 professional therapists and case managers and oversees an annual operating budget of $12 million. Over the past 20 years, Ms. Seilicovich has touched the lives of literally thousands of children and families: She helped to treat and heal young victims of abuse and neglect; responded with police to provide on-the-scene support for victims of violence; empowered mothers and fathers to become effective, nurturing parents; guided youth away from the lure of drugs and gang involvement; navigated children and families through the complex foster-care and adoption systems; and developed training programs that have benefited thousands more. A staunch advocate for trauma-informed care, she is a member of the International Society Trauma Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Seilicovich enjoys reading and taking in the beauty of the coastline along Southern California in her free time.
Zachery Scott – VP, Development & Communications
Zachery oversees all communications, marketing, volunteer programs, board engagement, and fund development for the Village Family Services, as well as directly supports the growth of our auxiliary client support programs, such as literacy & tutoring, traditional mentoring, job training and placement, Project Q, and our expressive arts program, “Truth Be Told.” He brings to the Village Family Services more than 10 years of management experience in a wide range of nonprofits focusing on healthcare, human services, and business development. Zachery has served in a Director’s capacity within several organizations, but his most influential professional experience comes from his time as a Community Health Volunteer in Mozambique for the Peace Corps, where he developed programs on nonprofit capacity building, system strengthening, Early Childhood Development, and improving the quality of care for those effected by HIV/AIDS. He currently resides in downtown Los Angeles with his partner, Lior, and their dog, Henry.
Krista Brown-Ly, PHR – Vice President, Administration
Ms. Brown comes to The Village with over twelve years of Human Resource experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business from Capella University, graduating with highest honors and a specialization in Human Resources. For the past ten years she served as the Vice-President of Human Resources & Training at the AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union in Burbank, CA where she provided executive leadership, financial management, and operational oversight of the Human Resource department. Prior, she worked as a Senior Human Resource Specialist at Lockheed Federal Credit Union preceded by several years in the staffing industry. Born in Pennsylvania, she moved to Los Angeles in 1996 after living in various cities across the country. Krista has three dogs and is passionate about the rescue and adoption of animals.
Ivonne Wolovich – Vice President, Finance
Ms. Wolovich has worked with The Village Family Services for more than a decade. As the longest tenured employee, Ms. Wolovich worked with the founders to build the agency “from the ground up.” Her exceptional skills in accounting, budgeting, payroll, payables, receivables and financial reporting have helped ensure the agency’s financial stability and continued growth. Ms. Wolovich has extensive knowledge of and experience with the complex financial systems and requirements of the agency’s government funding partners, including the Department of Mental Health and Department of Children and Family Services. She has successfully guided the agency through multiple accounting and financial audits from government partners and oversees all internal and external audits conducted by the agency’s independent accounting firm. Her department recently completed a substantial upgrade to the agency’s financial, accounting, payroll and human resources systems. As a member of the agency’s senior management team, Ms. Wolovich is involved in multiple aspects of strategic planning, including the development and implementation of organization-wide policies and programs. Fluent in Spanish, she is an aficionada of foods from South America, keeps fit by going to spin class and, in the winter, enjoys snowboarding.
Deborah Hoffman, PsyD – Vice President, Programs
Dr. Deborah Hoffman is a clinical psychologist who has spent the past 13 years treating and assessing a diversity of clients, ages 3 to 95, of various cultural backgrounds in community health, corrections, residential setting, and the private sector. Dr. Hoffman specializes in trauma and loss, effective parenting skills, child development education, and crisis intervention. She is trained in several therapy methods, allowing her to integrate various skills while utilizing a holistic style to meet the client’s needs. A particular area of interest is in the development of students and clinicians new in practice. Prior to this she spent 15 years working and volunteering in primary and secondary public and parochial education interacting with the district education board, teaching, and chairing a variety of committees. Dr. Hoffman began working with The Village Family Services as a clinical supervisor in outpatient and overseeing the MAT (Multidisciplinary Assessment Team), and psychological testing services. She oversees client care by providing staff with clinical development through a trauma lens utilizing Problem Based Learning case study method. She also brings broad knowledge of military culture having spent over 20 years as a military spouse. Frequent traveling and military society allowed for exposure to many different cultures and their vast array of customs. Dr. Hoffman believes “one’s mental state is never static, we are always thinking.” She has a particular interest in how thinking changes over the course of life through one’s experiences and has done extensive study in the area of development over the life span. “My work as a psychologist along with my personal journey has given me a deep appreciation for how unique each person’s journey unfolds.” She enjoys outdoor activities, the arts, and spending time with family, friends, and her three toy poodles.
Diana Redeemer, M.A., MFTI – Director of Foster Care, ITFC & Adoptions
Mrs. Redeemer came to The Village Family Services with over a decade of experience in mental health, child welfare, substance abuse, and early education. Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, she served as a parent educator working with families and children ages 0-5. She later worked as a therapist providing services to children and adults including service provision in jails, rehabilitation centers, and various residential settings. She eventually served as a clinical supervisor in adult services working with the chronically mentally ill population. Under Diana’s leadership in Michigan, her staff was able to grow dramatically and was a leader in the implementation of many new initiatives for adults with serious mental illness, including the development of evidence-based practices. She has served as a train the trainer for the state of Michigan and is currently trained in various evidence-based practices including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Beginning in 2011, Mrs. Redeemer served as a foster care supervisor at The Village Family Services and was subsequently promoted in 2013 to Director of Foster Care, Intensive Treatment Foster Care & Adoptions. Under her leadership all three programs have expanded as she continues to work collaboratively with the team to strengthen relationships and better serve our families. Mrs. Redeemer received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University and her graduate degree from Spring Arbor University. Mrs. Redeemer’s two teenagers and 2 year-old keep her busy at home. As a recent newlywed, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with family. Her passions include, swimming, salsa dancing, singing, hiking, and cooking.
Adik Parsekhian, LCSW – Director of Quality Assurance
Ms. Parsekhian received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University Long Beach. She achieved her internship hours at Kaiser Watts Counseling and Learning Center and at Community Family Guidance Center. For the past 8 years, Ms. Parsekhian has provided individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. She’s also had the opportunity to provide school based mental health services. Her experience has been as a full time outpatient clinician, supervisor of case managers, coordinator of CalWORKs, AB3632 and FFT (Functional Family Therapy) as well as a clinical supervisor. Ms. Parsekhian is also trained in the Evidence-based Practice of MAP (Managing and Adapting Practices) and Strengthening Families Group. Ms. Parsekhian has been licensed as a clinical social worker since 2011. Ms. Parsekhian enjoys working out, reading, and spending time with family and friends.