Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Hugo Villa, LMFT
With decades of experience working within the nonprofit and social service sectors, Hugo is recognized for his leadership in serving Latino children and families, along with his visionary efforts to end youth homelessness. His career began in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where, as a clinical psychologist, he was dedicated to helping those most in need, including the innocent victims of the seven-year “dirty war” that the Argentina endured into the early 1980’s. Upon arriving in the United States, Hugo became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of California and set to work helping children and families in Los Angeles’s most underserved communities. Those experiences underscored the urgent need for culturally sensitive services for Latino children and families, and ultimately led to Hugo co-founding The Village Family Services, where he continues to serve as its Chief Executive Officer.
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
Irma Seilicovich, LMFT
Irma has been at the forefront of helping children and families for nearly three decades. Born and raised in Argentina, Irma 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. While working together at an area agency, Irma and her colleague, Hugo, recognized a critical need for bilingual, culturally sensitive mental health services for children and families in the San Fernando Valley. This realization marked the beginning for The Village Family Services. As its co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Irma directs a staff of more than 100 professionals across three sites. A staunch advocate for trauma-informed care, Irma is a member of the International Society Trauma Stress Studies (ISTSS) and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Chief Financial Officer
As The Village Family Services’ longest-tenured employee, Ivonne has worked with the founders to build the agency “from the ground up.” Her exceptional skills in accounting, budgeting, financial management and reporting have helped safeguard the agency’s financial stability and enable its continued growth. Ivonne possesses extensive knowledge and experience with the financial systems and requirements of government funding partners, including DMH and DCFS. She has successfully guided the agency through multiple administrative audits from government partners and oversees all internal and external audits conducted by the agency’s independent accounting firm.
Vice President, Development & Communications
Lauren comes to The Village with over a decade of fundraising and communications experience. She is dedicated to supporting the Village’s mission of providing trauma-informed, culturally sensitive services to children, homeless youth, and families so that they can lead safe, healthy, and productive lives. A native of San Diego, Lauren’s career has taken her from Bristol, CT to Austin, TX, and now to Los Angeles, where she resides with her husband and two kids. She is extremely passionate about advocating for our most vulnerable populations. Lauren oversees fundraising and internal and external communications at The Village.
Vice President, Programs
Deborah Hoffman, PsyD
Deborah is a clinical psychologist who has dedicated her career to understanding and treating individuals of all ages who are in need of compassionate, evidence-based, trauma-informed services. Her expertise encompasses crisis intervention, trauma and loss, child development, and effective parenting. She oversees The Village’s programs and works across the agency to ensure that every individual receives the holistic, fully-integrated and personalized services needed to meet their unique needs. With a strong interest in equipping the field’s future workforce, Deborah is highly regarded for the support and guidance she provides to students and clinicians who are new in practice.
Vice President of Operations
Jessica Conway, MPA
Jessica comes to The Village with a master’s degree in public administration and over a decade of experience in Non-Profit management. She is dedicated to helping organizations find new and innovative ways to advocate and provide resources for our most vulnerable populations. She brings this passion and dedication to her current position within The Village, overseeing agency operations.