Leadership and Board
Karen Alvord joined the Lilliput team in 1989, and has been serving as CEO since 2006. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds an MBA from North Park University. Karen is acknowledged as a leader in the nonprofit and child welfare arenas earning several accolades and awards and serving in a variety of leadership positions including past board member and President of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services. Karen passionately embraces the value of family and has worked tirelessly to promote practices that assure every child’s opportunity to experience the safety of their birth family and kin whenever possible, and ultimately the stability of a lifelong family. She is proud to be leading the charge at Lilliput as "every day our management team and staff get to see the fruits of our labor and the futures we are changing."
Beverly joined the Lilliput team in 1997. As Chief Program Officer, Beverly Johnson, LCSW, leads a team of Program Directors and staff serving thousands of children and families in kinship, foster, and adoption services in twelve sites throughout the Northern California region. Beverly has led teams in the implementation of many of the agency’s programs and services that include family finding and engagement, kinship support, and permanency planning. Beverly is passionate about maintaining children’s connections and supporting kinship care. She holds a MSW from the University of Washington, and has served as a board member for the Family-Focused Treatment Association since 2014.
Carol Ramirez, LCSW, has been with Lilliput since 1994 and serves as the Chief Operating Officer. She is on the national board for Voice for Adoption and serves on several local and state child welfare advisory committees and workgroups. She has extensive child welfare experience and leadership as well as advocacy and policy work. Carol received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social work from California State University Sacramento.
Rod McAllister joined Lilliput as our Human Resources and Talent Development Director in August 2014. He is a human resources business partner with 30 years of demonstrated success supporting Fortune 500 manufacturing organizations, senior living and healthcare sectors, not-for-profit schools, foundations and family services agencies, as well as private human resources consulting services. Rod has also been an adjunct faculty member of the Business and Adult Continuing Education Departments at Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania, where he has periodically taught Managerial Communications /Principled-Centered Negotiation. He is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with degrees in Management and Marketing, and a minor in Communications Arts.
Lisa Katoff-Price serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Lilliput since joining in 2015. Previously she served as a Finance Executive in the technology sector for over twenty five years. Lisa holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of California at Davis.
Doni DeBolt serves as the Director of Community Relations and joined Lilliput in 2015. Previously, she was a board member and then the Executive Director for AASK (Adopt a Special Kid) and a teacher and administrator in the field of special education for almost 28 years. She has four teaching credentials and two Masters; one in Education and the other in Administration, that she obtained from Saint Mary’s College. Having grown up with 14 adopted siblings, she is passionate about finding lifelong families for all of our children in the foster care system.