Marcia Taborga, PhD Co-founder and CEO

Dr. Marcia Taborga is a licensed clinical psychologist and the CEO of Seedling Consulting Group, LLC (Seedling). She holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Arizona State University (ASU) where she developed statistical methods. Dr. Taborga has conducted research at UC Berkeley, ASU, and at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and worked clinically in settings such as UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Clinic and Saint John’s Child and Family Wellness Center.

Prior to Seedling, Dr. Taborga worked at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH). She successfully implemented the evidence-based practice Child Parent Psychotherapy into more than 60 community agencies. She also created the mental health curriculum for Abriendo Puertas, an evidence-based practice for Spanish-speaking community parent-leaders. She led countywide efforts for Birth to Five Mental Health, School-Based Mental Health, and Prevention and Early Intervention. Her work is recognized, among others, by LA County’s Board of Supervisors, LA Unified School District, and Pacific Asian Consortium of Employment.

Dr. Taborga co-founded Seedling Consulting Group out of her passion to help communities thrive. She leads multi-site, system-level evaluations for clients such as DMH, First 5 Los Angeles, and LA Homeless Services Authority and supports counties and agencies nationally through consultation, evaluations, and trainings. She is also adjunct faculty at California State University, Fullerton where she enjoys mentoring future helpers.

Christine Bae, LCSW and MPH Co-founder and Consultant

Christine Bae is a co-founder and consultant with Seedling Consulting Group working on projects in advocacy, development and implementation. Her passion and interest lies in health and human service systems working to improve the well-being of children, youth and families including policy and planning, program development and implementation, quality management and evaluation in the areas of mental health, maternal and child health, juvenile justice, foster care, and violence prevention.She served as a Mental Health Clinical Program Head at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) with the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Program Administration. During her time with LACDMH, Ms. Bae supervised a number of multi-disciplinary teams, worked with over 120 contracted providers, managed multi-million dollar countywide programs with federal, state and local funding, and participated in a number of major initiatives such as PEI, Specialized Foster Care Programs, and the MHSA Community Services and Supports Plan. She has also worked with a number of developers of Evidence Based Practices and Promising Practices and served the lead for the rollout and implementation of Managing and Adapting Practice in Los Angeles County.Ms. Bae is a Coro Health Leadership Fellow, and holds Masters Degrees in Social Work and Public Health with a major in Maternal and Child Health and a focus on Health Administration from San Diego State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is currently the Assistant Vice President of Quality Management at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services.
Grace Bahng, PhD, MPP, MDiv Consultant

Grace is a consultant with Seedling Consulting Group and an Associate Professor of Global Studies at Azusa Pacific University. She teaches courses on global poverty, globalization and international development, and humanitarian aid. She also teaches community development in APU’s Los Angeles Term program and directs its internship program working with nonprofit organizations and promoting community-based experiential learning. Her research interests involve understanding and assessing how communities and organizations work together to increase learning, build capacity, and alleviate poor conditions; specifically, her research interests include: social protection for vulnerable populations, collaboration in community development, community-based climate-compatible urban development, and community-based action research. Grace received the Henry Reining, Jr. Dissertation Award in Public Administration for her research on the impact and implementation of microfinance provision for caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Ethiopia, where she conducted field research for Vision Fund International (a subsidiary of World Vision International). She holds a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California, a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition, she holds a M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary and has worked in and with a variety of organizations, including technology start-ups, urban youth organizations, community development organizations, microfinance institutions, local churches, and research institutions, throughout her career.
Joe Garcia, PhD Consultant

Joe Albert Garcia, Ph.D. is a consultant with Seedling Consulting Group working on grants and evaluation projects. He received his B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley and his M.A., C.Phil, and Ph.D. from UCLA in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Statistics. Joe is also a Professor of Human Services (applied Psychology) at the California State University at Fullerton. He teaches in the areas of research methods for the social sciences, counseling methods, child abuse prevention, and specialized treatment delivery to Hispanics. Joe’s interests are focused on child and adolescent mental health delivery issues and the ways in which human service delivery goes from the university setting to actual practice. Thus his interests include studying known best practices and how they can be delivered in actual practice – otherwise known as translational research. His specific interests include the efficacy of treatments, therapist-client engagement, and mental health economics such as the cost-effectiveness of social services. His projects include studying why children leave treatment prematurely in real world settings rather than completing treatment and uncovering what factors lead to increased participation in treatment by families, studying the cost-effectiveness treatments such as medication interventions or behavioral interventions for children with ADHD, providing an evaluation of a social-emotional based parenting paradigm being delivered to both already successful families and families at risk, and providing research and evaluation support to the Magnolia Place Initiative (MPI) in Los Angeles. The MPI is a large project aiming to improve the conditions of children in a 500 square block neighborhood across multiple domains including academic, health, economic, and mental health outcomes.
Greg Srolestar, MPP Consultant

Greg is a policy analyst who focuses on the interconnected challenges facing Los Angeles youth, including educational barriers, the child welfare system, mental health, housing instability, and other impediments to success. He has written about Title I tutoring and the free provision of glasses in schools, spoken to a range of audiences about the child welfare system, and appeared on KPCC to discuss the need for specialized foster care families. He is a graduate of UCLA’s Master of Public Policy Program and holds a B.A. from Vassar College.
Joan Twohey-Jacobs, PhD Consultant

Joan is a consultant with Seedling Consulting Group and currently also does evaluation and research for the County of Riverside’s Behavioral Health Department. She received her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University. Her training focused on prevention research and community psychology out of a desire to promote just, humane and healthy communities. She has over 20 years of experience working as a researcher in applied and academic settings. Joan has also worked as a clinician with adults and children in a variety of in and outpatient settings. This experience informs her evaluation approach with an awareness of the unique challenges of working in community settings. Joan has worked with several Southern California counties on mental health promotion, early intervention, alcohol and drug abuse prevention, environmental prevention, and mental health treatment efforts. She has collaborated with agencies on strategic planning and implementation, evaluation planning, data collection and analysis, and process and outcome evaluation reporting. Among her recent experiences are developing and executing evaluation plans for Mental Health Services Act plans, mandated Program Improvement Plans, and Board of State and Community Corrections grants. She also provides ongoing training and technical assistance to staff at County programs and contracted agencies who collect evaluation data. Skilled in working with large, complex datasets, she helps monitor compliance with law, regulations, and policies, and with efforts focused on service improvement. In her capacity as an evaluator, she values disseminating results and data analysis to staff, administrators, and stakeholders in an accessible way.