Senior Leadership

Miki Jordan

Miki Jordan is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the organization’s board of directors. She is known for her visionary leadership, innovation and unwavering commitment to the most vulnerable children, adults and families.

She is on the board of directors of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, and she is a member of the CEO council of the Alliance for Strong Human Service Agencies, a national organization dedicated to achieving a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults and families.

Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas and a master’s in organizational development from Chapman University. Jordan completed a postgraduate program through the College of Executive Coaching and is a certified professional coach.

Karen Alvord

Karen Alvord has dedicated her career to Lilliput, with more than 30 years of service to the organization, last 14 of which she served as CEO. In 2020, Lilliput became a part of Wayfinder Family Services and Alvord became executive vice president and chief impact officer for the organization.

Alvord has dedicated her career to creating and overseeing child welfare practices that promote child well-bring and thriving families. Alvord is the past board president of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, has served on the board of directors of Voice for Adoption and as a member of Sacramento’s CPS Oversight Committee.

She is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a master’s degree in business from North Park University and a master’s degree in social work from California State University, Sacramento. She holds certificates in nonprofit management and organizational development and completed leadership programs with Sierra Health Foundation and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Carol Ramirez

Carol Ramirez, LCSW, has been with Lilliput since 1994 and serves as the Vice President and Chief Program Officer.  She is a powerful advocate for children serving in multiple leadership roles, including past board member for Voice for Adoption. Carol 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 and is a licensed clinical social worker.

Beverly Johnson

Beverly joined the Lilliput team in 1997. As Vice President, Quality and Impact, 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 leadership team in 2018 and currently holds the title of Vice President of Finance. 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.

Linda Burkhart

Linda joined the Lilliput senior leadership team in November 2018 and currently serves as Associate Vice President of Human Resources. 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

Elworth A. E. (Brent) Williams Jr. // Board Chair
Linda Myerson Dean // Board Vice Chair
Scott M. Farkas, Esq. // Board Secretary (Immediate Past Chair)
Glenn A. Sonnenberg// Board Treasurer
Stevie Wonder // Board Member

Miki Jordan // Board Member
Erica Fernandez // Board Member
John Nicolaus // Board Member
Harold A. Davidson, D.B.A. // Board Member
Timothy E. Ford, Esq. // Board Member
Robert D. Held // Board Member
Steve L. Hernández, Esq. // Board Member
Richard L. Kaplan, C.P.A. // Board Member
Jonathan I. Macy, M.D. // Board Member