OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Louis J. Costanza, President/CEO
Prior to founding Maisie’s Place, Foster Care Solutions, Lou served as the Marketing Director and CFO of a social marketing and public outreach firm specializing in assisting state agencies meet their public outreach and education goals.
Working in over 13 threshold languages, Lou oversaw projects touching every racial/ethnic and socioeconomic group in California. His deep concern for children guided him towards the decision to open a Foster Family Agency. He is dedicated to helping find a safe and loving home for as many of the more than 400,000 kids waiting for a family.
He will capitalize on his extensive experience in marketing to heighten awareness of the staggering number of young people in our country in need of homes. Lou earned his MBA at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.
Melissa K. Wells, Vice President/Treasurer
Melissa received her BA in Communications from California State University Sacramento and has over 20 years experience in the industry. Currently she is at the California State Lottery in the Advertising and Communications Unit.
Prior to joining the Lottery, Melissa, working at a social marketing agency in Sacramento, project managed multi-lingual, multi-faceted outreach and education projects for state clients.
Melissa has dedicated most of her career to championing the well-being of children, in particular, at risk and underserved youth.
Ferris L. Partridge, PHR
Ferris spent the first half of her 12-year career as a Human Resources Professional in the non-profit sector, employed with several mental health & social services organizations – including River Oak Center for Children and EMQ Families First – before transitioning to the manufacturing & distribution and high tech industries. Currently, Ferris is an Organizational Effectiveness HR Partner at Intel Corporation, with expertise in Employee Relations & Workplace Investigations, Organizational Diagnosis & Design, Change & Transition Management, and Leadership Coaching. Ferris completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management in 2006 and became a nationally certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) in 2010. In addition to her professional experience, Ferris has volunteered much of her time to non-profit community based organizations, including engaging with youth in residential care as a “Special Friend” for the Sacramento Children’s Home, becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for troubled youth in Sacramento County, and serving as Treasurer & Board Member for the Saint Patrick’s Children’s Home Guild. Ferris was raised in the Sacramento area and is extremely passionate about serving her community through philanthropy and good stewardship
Debra Brioza, MA Director
As a private practice Marriage and Family Therapist for the past 26 years, Debra has a very diverse background from drug and alcohol abuse therapy to marriage and family counseling. Her practice specialized in grief and loss counseling, terminal illness counseling, and facility group therapy.
Debra also provided chemical dependency assessments for the Washoe County Court system, developed family therapy programs for two hospitals, and assisted in design and implementation of the Genesis Program, an outpatient dependency program associated with Tahoe Forest Hospital
She received her Masters of Arts and Education, Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada.
Debra's nearly 30 years of experience with supporting and counseling families and children is an invaluable asset to our treatment team.
James Garrison, Director
James’ extensive experience with under-served and at-risk youth offers the Board a unique perspective on services and treatment options critical to the success of the families and youth we serve.
His classroom work with Native American children at the Pechanga Tribal Elementary School in Temecula included encouraging children to communicate verbally with peers and teachers to express their needs. James continued specialized classroom work at the San Marcos Unified School district where he worked with Autistic Youth.
James began his career working in group residential facilities where he supervised gang offenders, moderated disturbances and assisted teachers with classroom education of facility population.
Maisie’s Place is just a continuation of James’ commitment to children in need.