Senior Leadership

Karen Alvord

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."

Carol Ramirez

Carol Ramirez, LCSW, has been with Lilliput since 1994 and serves as the Chief Programs 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.

Beverly Johnson

Beverly joined the Lilliput team in 1997. As Chief Administrative 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. 

Paul McKenna

Paul joined our team as the Chief Financial Officer in 2018. He recently retired from a successful 36-year career as a finance executive with Hewlett Packard. Paul led the financial operations team for the Global Delivery Centers within HP’s Enterprise Services. This business unit provides Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing services primarily to a Global 2000 customer base. Paul’s financial role was intensely focused on labor optimization and labor arbitrage across all Global Regions driving significant profit gains. Paul has been recognized as an MVP for Enterprise Services and was recently named Finance Manager of the Year.

While busy with his career, Paul served on the Board of several non-Profit organizations including San Jose Musical Theater, The Roseville Arts Center and Roseville Youth Soccer. Upon retirement from HP, Paul was awarded an HP Encore Fellowship enabling him to bring his considerable HP experience to the Placer Community Foundation. After his Encore fellowship, Paul was elected to PCF Board of Directors.

Paul resides in Roseville, CA with his lovely wife Kathy whom he met while attending college at Santa Clara University. Paul and Kathy have successfully launched two children and enjoy spending time with family & friends at their vacation home in the Lake Tahoe area.

Doni DeBolt

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.

Linda Burkhart

Linda joined the Lilliput senior leadership team in November 2018 as HR Director. Linda is a career human resource professional with extensive functional and leadership experience in diverse areas. She possesses comprehensive HR knowledge and experience in Leadership/Talent Development, Recruitment, Performance Management, Compensation, management consultation and employee engagement. She has worked in organizations ranging in size from 500 to 100,000+ within varying industries (technology, biopharma, manufacturing, retail distribution, and insurance) at such companies as Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, CV Therapeutics, and most recently, York Risk Services. 

Linda graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities/Business and was a member of honorary fraternities Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu. She is a lifelong learner with extensive continuing education in business and leadership topics, and maintains professional memberships in SHRM and SAHRA. 

Linda resides in Roseville, CA with her husband Dale. Together, they cherish their extended family including two grown daughters, spouses, and (soon to be) five grandchildren. They enjoy travel, including to their favorite vacation destination spot in Maui. 

Board of Directors

Erica Fernandez // Board Chair
Business Banking Manager - Wells Fargo
Leila Bruderer // Immediate Past Board Chair
Counsel - Downey Brand LLP.
David B. Wraa// Vice Chair, Board Treasurer
President - Bender Rosenthal, Inc.
Tamra Kelly // Board Secretary
Executive Director, Ancillary Services - Sutter Roseville Medical Center
Jean Minton // Board Member
Neuroscience Service Line Executive - Sutter Health
John Nicolaus // Board Member
Senior Associate Landscape Architect - Wood Rodgers
Tal Eslick // Board Member
Business and Political Consultant
Suzi Bertino // Board Member
Regional Vice President - American Pacific Mortgage Corporation