Our Team

Marcia Taborga – Co-founder and CEO

Dr. Marcia Taborga is co-founder and CEO of Seedling Consulting Group. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and holds masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Arizona State University (ASU). She has led multi-site, system-level evaluations for clients such as LA County Department of Mental Health, First 5 Los Angeles, and LA Homeless Services Authority. In addition, she trains agencies in evaluation strategies and clinical best practices. She has developed curricula including the mental health curriculum for Abriendo Puertas, an evidence-based practice for Spanish-speaking community parent-leaders.

Prior to Seedling, she conducted research at ASU and UC Berkeley and worked clinically in university and community mental health clinics such as UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Clinic. She also worked in the public sector leading school-based and infant and early childhood mental health programs and successfully integrated evidence-based practices into the Los Angeles County mental health system.

Dr. Taborga bridges over 20 years of experience in top-notch research and real-world settings to offer highly effective, practical solutions.

Christine Bae – Co-founder

Christine Bae is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and behavioral health administrator working in program operations at the executive management level. Her passions lie 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, and quality management and evaluation. Ms. Bae is co-founder and consultant with Seedling Consulting Group, a Coro Health Leadership Fellow, and has also served as a California Award for Performance Excellence (CAPE) Examiner.

Grace Bahng

Grace Bahng 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 work together to increase learning, build capacity, and alleviate poor conditions; specifically, her research interests include: social protection for orphans and vulnerable children, collaboration in microfinance and community development, impact studies in poverty alleviation, and community-based action research.

Bahng 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.

Greg Srolestar

Greg Srolestar is a consultant at Seedling Consulting Group. He 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.

Joe Albert Garcia

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. Dr. Garcia 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.

Dr. Garcia’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.

Joan Twohey-Jacobs

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.

Krista Copelan

Krista Copelan is a consultant with Seedling Consultant Group and holds Master degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from the University of Southern California, where she has also taught Leadership in Social Work and Public Welfare courses. She has over 15 years of experience developing, implementing, managing and evaluating programs for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, in addition to grant writing and curriculum development.