About Eggleston

Eggleston Youth Centers, Inc. (EYC) started almost forty years ago as a small six-bed group home, founded by former Executive Director, Michael O. Graham and his parents, John and Grace Graham, to take care of abused, neglected and delinquent youth. Over the past four decades, Eggleston has responded to the growing needs of childhood trauma, mental illness, emotional problems, substance abuse, crime, and domestic violence. The agency has grown to eight treatment homes and has expanded services to include family preservation, foster care and adoption, mental health and substance abuse and education. Eggleston serves numerous children and youth annually throughout Los Angeles County.

Eggleston is committed to upholding its mission, vision and core values which will guide the agency through the tough times, serve as a beacon into the future and reflect the culture of the organization. Much has been achieved over the past years, and the agency will continue to strive to fulfill its mission with maximum efficiency and impact.

Our Story

Meet the Leadership Team

Clarence Brown   

Executive Director

Clarence Brown has served with distinction as Eggleston’s Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director for a combined forty years. He enjoys the legacy of being one of the longest serving directors of a social service agency for foster youth in California. During his tenure, he transitioned from a small six bed foster home into a top tier non-profit corporation. Under his visionary leadership and managed growth, Eggleston has expanded its program operations to include eight departments: Residential Treatment, Foster Care, Adoptions, Family Preservation, Substance Use Disorder, Behavioral Health, Human Resources and Accounting.

Along with his duties as Executive Director, Clarence Brown has served as a committee member of Success Is Our Future Scholarship Program for foster youth for twenty-six years and Chairperson for twenty years. His commitment and dedication to providing compassionate high quality services to youth and families has resulted in his assembly of an exceptional long-term team of valued employees. He values diversity and insists that Eggleston is a place of inclusiveness that welcomes all races, ethnicities and genders. His mission has been and continues to be that Eggleston is a special place for children and families, who have been the victims of trauma, to receive evidenced-based treatment as they begin their journey towards healing.

Clarence Brown was recognized in 2017 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with a special commendation for his community service. The Los Angeles County Department of Probation Youth Development presented him with its Outstanding Service Award. The Howard University Alumni selected him as a Man of Distinction Achievement. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Los Angeles County Office of Education Outstanding Partnership Award; San Gabriel Valley Consortium Summer Youth Supervisor of the Year Award; and Eggleston Youth Centers Inc., Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Brown earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Howard University and his Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University at Dominguez Hills.


Cassandra Gibson-Judkins

Assistant Executive Director

Cassandra Gibson-Judkins, Assistant Executive Director, is a licensed clinical social worker who has dedicated her career to providing services to children, youth and families. She has been a loyal employee at Eggleston since 1978. During her tenure at Eggleston she has held numerous leadership positions in residential treatment, foster family, adoptions, and behavioral health program divisions. Her career expands to ten years of employment at the Department of Children and Family Services specializing in adoption services.

Cassandra earned a Master of Social Worker Degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University at Long Beach. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at CSULB and field instructor for CSULA and USC schools of social work. She holds a non-profit management certification in leadership from the Center of Non-Profit Management, Los Angeles, CA


James Amakye

Director of Accounting

James, has worked in the accounting field for most of his career including work with non-profits, public and private companies. He has been a member of Eggleston’s team since 2011. James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from California State University at Los Angeles.


Andrea Gonzalez

Director of Administrative Services

Andrea Gonzalez is the Director of Administrative Services of Eggleston Youth Centers, Inc.  Andrea first joined Eggleston in October 2007 as a Case Manager and shortly thereafter as Supervising Social Worker. Subsequently, in August of 2017 her role expanded as she was appointed as the Director of Administrative Services.

Andrea earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from California State University Los Angeles in 2007.  As she took on management roles within the organization, she discovered her passion for both the clinical and administrative aspects of social services. She pursued this blended interest by earning a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in Children, Youth, Women and Families from California State University Los Angeles in 2011.

Since 2006, Andrea has worked and interned in several social service settings in various capacities, providing both direct and managerial service.  Andrea has extensive experience working with children and families as a Clinical Social Worker working with at-risk y

outh in the residential and school settings and as a Clinical Social Worker at City of Hope Hospital where she worked closely with patients, families, and doctors.

Adrianna Vermilion

Director of Behavioral Health

Director of Behavioral Health Adrianna Vermilion, LMFT, has been licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2003 and has been employed at Eggleston since August 2013.  She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Redlands.  She specializes in working with children and adolescents and has a small Private Practice in the city of Covina.  She has held a variety of positions in non-public schools, residential facilities, and in both community and county contracted mental health programs.  She also holds certificates in multiple treatment modalities and is certified by the Association of Batterer’s Intervention Prevention for domestic violence intervention treatment.

Anthony Hughey

 Director of Substance Abuse and Education

Anthony Hughey is Program Director of the agency’s growing Substance Use Disorder Program. He has been a member of Eggleston’s team since June of 2016. Since that time Anthony has propelled himself into two leadership roles due to his skills and knowledge and his ability to build rapport with clients. Anthony has served in the field since 2007 in various roles beginning as a program technician. Anthony’s treatment experience combined with his desire to make a difference in the lives of youth and young adults has given him a perspective that is valued among Eggleston’s community.

Doris Vega

Director of Foster Family and Adoption Agency

Doris Vega first joined Eggleston Youth Centers, Inc. in August 2010 on a contractual basis with the Adoption division.  Subsequently, in September 2011, her role expanded as she was appointed Director of the Foster Family and Adoption Agency.

Doris Vega received her Master of Social Work Degree, with a specialization in Community Organization, Planning, and Administration from University of Southern California in 2001.

Since 2001, Mrs. Vega has worked with several foster family agencies in various capacities. She has 17 years of extensive professional experience working directly with children, youth, and families, as well as providing administrative oversight for child welfare programs. Mrs. Vega’s passion is social welfare advocacy and is dedicated to continuing her work to improve the lives and well-being of children, youth and their families.

Nelia Arzate 

Human Resources Manager

With more than twelve years of experience in the non-profit sector, Nelia Arzate joined Eggleston eight years ago, initially as an Intake Coordinator. Her position within the organization broadened as she took on an active role in the Human Resources Department. Being committed to her professional development, Nelia enriched her knowledge in Human Resources which has given her the opportunity to grow her strategic leadership in the areas of workforce management, talent acquisition and development, employee relations, policy development and implementation, risk management, training and payroll. Through hard work and perseverance, Nelia was promoted to HR Manager.

Nelia’s passion for helping others drives her strong commitment for helping youth and children. She always speaks with great pride of all the work Eggleston Youth Centers, Inc. does for their clients and the ongoing efforts to improve processes to be able to do more. In her spare time, Nelia is an avid foodie who enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family, 2 children, friends and numerous godchildren—28 and counting. She also enjoys visiting family in Mexico.

Meet the Board Members

April Mitchell, President

April Mitchell was appointed to the Board of Eggleston Youth Centers Inc. in 2012, and currently serves as the Board’s President. She has more than 20 years of previous experience in accounting, finance, fiscal monitoring and program development. Her strengths include the ability to apply accounting, finance and business information to analyze administrative and financial operations, and skill assessing organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Currently she serves as a Business Services Consultant for Los Angeles, County of Education. Previously, she was a Financial Manager/Human Resources Liaison for the California State University of Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) which included serving as manager of the College of Health, Human Services, & Nursing, and the College of Education. Prior to joining CSUDH, she held various positions with the Los Angeles County Community and Senior Services, and City of Inglewood where she served as the Summer Youth Employment Development Specialist servicing more than 800 youth each summer with employment opportunities.

Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of California State University of Dominguez Hills, she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, a Master of Public Administration from California State University of Long Beach.

Ruby Brown, Vice-President

Ruby Brown was appointed to the Board of Eggleston Youth Centers Inc. in 2003. Ruby currently serves as the Vice President. Ms. Brown holds the following degrees: Master’s from California State University, Los Angeles and a Bachelor from Howard University, Washington, DC, and continuing education at UCLA, Los Angeles.

Work Experience:

  • Counseling Psychologist – Veteran’s Administration, Los Angeles
  • Early Intervention Coordinator-Westside Regional Center, Culver City, CA-1988-1997
  • Vendor, Westside Regional Center, Culver City, CA- 2000-2015

Community Activities

  • Westside Regional Center, Culver City, CA-Board of Directors, Member-1983-1986
  • Retired-L/MFT

Ormond Rucker, Treasurer

Ormond Rucker was appointed to the Board of Eggleston Youth Centers Inc. in 2016. Ormond currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board and is a native of Los Angeles, California. Ormond Rucker has over 12 years of human resource experience interpreting and implementing policies and procedures. During that time, she has held many key positions, including visa and immigration processes, regulatory reporting, salary increases, labor relations and employee acquisition.

Ms. Rucker current serves as the Visa and Immigration Coordinator for California State University, Dominguez Hills.  She has a Masters of Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Bachelors of Arts degree in History and Africana Studies from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Irving Chopin, Secretary

Irving Chopin, former foster youth, was appointed to the Board of Eggleston Youth Centers, Inc. in May 2013, and currently serves as the Board’s Secretary.
He has 20 years of hospital operation experience and service line analysis. His strengths include the ability to analyze data, report designs and database design.
Mr. Chopin currently works for White Memorial Medical Center, a 350-Bed  hospital located in East Los Angeles, as a Performance Improvement Coordinator or the Quality Department. Previously he was a Decision Support Analyst and a Data Coordinator at the same hospital. Additionally, Mr. Chopin worked for Good Guys, an electronic store, in Monterey Park as a Computer Computer Salesman.

Shonna Jeffreys, Board of Directors

Shonna Jeffreys was appointed to the Board of Eggleston Youth Centers Inc. in 2018.  She is a Management Analyst with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Executive Office – Human Resources Unit. Ms. Jeffreys has been a County of Los Angeles employee since 1997. Her current role is working in the Human Resources Department. She provides administrative support in the areas of Performance Management and Policy and Procedures. 

Over the past 20 years she has gained knowledge and experience in administration, research, customer relations, technical documentation, and interpersonal collaboration. She holds a Master (MPA) from California State University, Northridge, with a focus on Public Sector Management and Leadership. She is currently obtaining a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, with a specialization in Public Management and Leadership. In addition, an independent certified coach, speaker, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team.

Ms. Jeffreys uses her personal, professional, and academic leadership skills in areas to impact social change pertaining to leadership development, child support, incarcerated fathers, foster care families, poverty stricken families, and homelessness.

Saundrea Young, Board of Directors

Saundrea Young was officially inducted into the Eggleston Youth Centers Inc. Board of Directors January, 2018.

She has more than 40 years of administrative and clinical social work experience in medical, community, mental health, and foster care social work.

Ms. Young retired from the Los Angeles Kaiser Permanente Medical Center where, as Director of the Social Medicine Department, she demonstrated skills in clinical and administrative operations, staff development, program planning, regulatory compliance, team building, and managing change environments.

In addition, she co-founded and served as clinical director for LOVED ONES OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS SERVICE CENTER, providing mental health services for families of homicide victims. That work was featured in The Los Angeles Times, on the news magazines ’60 Minutes’ and “48 Hours”, and on several local television and radio shows.

Ms. Young received her BA from Michigan State University, and a Master of Social Work Administration from The University of Michigan. She is a California Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Barbara Lane, Board of Directors

Barbara Lane was appointed to the Board of Eggleston Youth Centers Inc. in 2017.