Welcome New CASA Staff 2015
Tiffany joined ACCASA April 2015. Originally from Los Angeles, Tiffany received a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from University of California Davis and a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. Tiffany has spent 10 years in Youth Development, Education and Social Work and joins ACCASA as a trainer because of her passion in empowering others. Tiffany’s expertise incorporates her understanding of social and developmental psychology, along with supporting individuals through Social Work’s perspectives of self-determination and strength-based services. Outside of work, Tiffany loves health, fitness, traveling and spreading messages of positivity and self-love.
Julie Hoffman joined the CASA team in October 2014 and brings over a decade of experience working with youth, including current and former foster youth, and runaway and homeless youth throughout California. Julie was a Clinical Case Manager for 5 years at My Friend’s Place, a drop-in center for homeless and runaway youth in Hollywood. After relocating to the Bay Area, she worked at First Place for Youth, overseeing programs (including scattered site housing, independent living skills programs, and the startup of the Los Angeles program) throughout her 6 years there. She is passionate about youth development and seeing youth accomplish their goals. Julie has a BA in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California (Fight on Trojans!). She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides clinical supervision for trainees earning their hours toward licensure.
Ernesto Tabasa, who prefers to go by “Ernie,” joined the ACCASA team in June 2014. He is a Bay Area native and has over 20 years of experience serving youth and families in the areas of mental health and special education. Prior to coming to ACCASA, Ernie worked as a Lead Advocate Supervisor at Child Advocates of Silicon Valley for 9 years, where he led the team in developing a youth-centered, strength-based, and asset-building framework for serving foster youth, called the “8 Key Areas of Support” (recently published in The New Social Worker Magazine, pages 16 &17). He is passionate about working with volunteers, and is dedicated to helping youth and young adults achieve their hopes and dreams. He enjoys the outdoors, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Ernie received his BA in Clinical Psychology and MA in Counseling Education from San Jose State University.