David Baker, Ed.D.
Chief Executive Officer
David has spent his career providing leadership and expertise in the nonprofit industry. Before joining the Sacramento Children’s Home in 2013, David worked as a senior executive with Victor Treatment Center/North Valley Schools, where he successfully restructured the residential treatment program and nonpublic school. Beginning his tenure with the Home as the Chief Operating Officer, David became Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Today, he works to fulfill the mission of SCH, provides strategic leadership for the organization, establishes goals, strategies, plans, and policies, and represents the organization to the public. David holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. Outside of work, he serves on multiple community boards ranging from youth sports to special education. He enjoys bicycle riding and playing an active role in community planning and development.
Chief Financial Officer
After 25 years in the enterprise, high-tech industry, Colleen joined the Sacramento Children’s Home as Chief Financial Officer because she wanted to give back to her local community more deeply. Her favorite aspects of the job are the people she works with and being part of the Home’s mission. Born in California but raised in New Jersey, Colleen relocated back to CA for college. Her experience includes financial planning, accounting, and global, financial leadership roles with companies such as Deloitte, Dell, and Oracle. Colleen received her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Santa Clara University. She is a certified public accountant in the state of California. Outside of work, if she’s not a spectator at her children’s sporting events, she spends as much of her free time as possible outdoors, hiking in the mountains, at the lake with her family, and traveling.
Director of Child and Family Programs
Shahrukh came to the US in 1990. From a young age, she knew with certainty she wanted to work with people’s hearts, she wanted to bring peace, and she hoped to help remove any pain or hurt. This quest led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Bio-Psychology from the University of California at Davis, and then she later obtained her Masters in Science in Psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. She has worked in the non-profit world from the beginning of her career with her start in supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She later went on to work in the field of foster care and adoptions. In her current role, Shahrukh oversees SCH’s Family Resource Centers along with the Quality Improvement Department. Shahrukh absolutely loves music, traveling anywhere and everywhere, and spending time with her family, especially treasuring her time with her daughters, nieces, and nephews.
Executive Assistant to the CEO
Becky’s first stint with the Sacramento Children’s Home came in 1989 as a Residential Counselor. She briefly left in 1994 to run a group home for autistic children, but returned in 1995 and became the Home’s Executive Assistant in ’97. As the EA, Becky has a vast knowledge of the Children’s Home’s history and present-day processes, procedures, and programs. She supports the Board of Directors, Leadership, Managers Forum, and PQI, oversees the Admin Department, organizes all meetings, and handles purchasing. Becky is the heart of the Home and has close personal ties to the organization. She met her late husband, Paul, while the two worked here, and they were married at Casa Garden Restaurant. She says the opportunity to be a part of and positively impact the kids’ lives is the most rewarding part of her job. Becky is a UC Davis graduate and spends her many weekends camping.
Director of Child and Family Programs
From volunteer to Director of 24-Hour Programs, Annette is the Sacramento Children’s Home’s ultimate staff success story. After volunteering with the organization for six months, she officially joined as a Residential Counselor in 1985. Annette worked her way up through the Residential Program and spent a large part of her career as the Program Manager. In 2018, she joined the Leadership team when she became the Director of 24-Hour Programs, overseeing both the Residential and Crisis Nursery programs. Like many here at SCH, her favorite part of the job is the interactions with the children, but also with the caring, supportive staff who provide direct care and impact to the kids. In her spare time, Annette enjoys taking care of animals, baking, and traveling with her husband, whom she met at the Children’s Home. Annette is a graduate of UC Davis, where she obtained her Bachelors in Zoology and Masters in Counseling Psychology.
Director of Human Resources
Kerri has been a Human Resources professional for over 25 years. She joined SCH in 2005 as the HR Generalist and became Director of Human Resources in 2009. Prior to the Sacramento Children’s Home, she worked in various HR roles within the financial, retail/wholesale, manufacturing, and staffing industries. Today, Kerri oversees all aspects of HR, including compliance, strategic planning, employee relations, comp and benefits, recruitment, retention, and more. She is a member of the Sacramento Area Human Resources Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. She has a certificate in HR Management and has received PHR certifications throughout her career. Kerri understands the challenges of modern-day families, has a passion for helping children, and is grateful for the ability to contribute to the wellbeing of children and families. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her sons, friends, and pets.
Director of Philanthropy
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Todd moved to Sacramento in 2011 as a fundraising consultant for the Diocese of Sacramento. Before relocating, he obtained his degree from Providence College and worked in the College’s Advancement Department, his first opportunity in the philanthropy field. After graduating, Todd consulted on various fundraising projects across the country, raising funds for schools, churches, and other capital projects. He became the Director of Philanthropy for the Sacramento Children’s Home in 2014, and today oversees fundraising, events, donor relations, grant acquisitions, marketing, and three auxiliaries. He believes in the impactful work the Home does and enjoys the opportunity to work in the community, meet area leaders and donors, raise money for the important programs, and spread awareness about the great work SCH does. Todd enjoys skiing, spending time outdoors, and traveling with his partner.
Director of Mental Health
Chris joined the Sacramento Children’s Home in 2000, first as the Program Manager for the Transitional Age Program, before becoming the Director of Community Programs. Chris has spent over 25 years in social services, which includes experience in residential treatment, crisis intervention, mental health counseling and transitional living coordination. He has a B.S. and M.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling, and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. In his current role, Chris oversees the Home’s community programs, including the Family Resource Centers, eVIBE, Education, the Counseling Center, and more. Chris enjoys the breadth, diversity of his position and the overall impact the Home has on children and the community. In his spare time, he loves to travel with his wife, hike, and watch sports.