Board of Directors

Juliana Fuerbringer

Juliana Fuerbringer

California Clubhouse Founder & Board President

Juliana was motivated to open a Clubhouse in San Mateo County after her son developed a mental illness and faced distressingly limited treatment options. Her dedication grew after meeting dozens more families who faced the same bleak choices. Her concern led both to founding California Clubhouse, and energizing her mental health advocacy as a past board member, NAMI San Mateo, and a current member of the MHSA Steering Committee.  Important to her is “working wholeheartedly with talented volunteers who are equally committed to our goal.” Juliana was a partner for 20 years in the graphic and web design company Ghostdog Design with her husband Neil Murphy.

Amaal Greenwood Goodwin

Amaal Greenwood Goodwin

Amaal is a founding member of the California Clubhouse. He has been on the Clubhouse board for three+ years and Vice President for the past two years. The Clubhouse has helped him immensely in his recovery and career. Amaal credits Clubhouse for his progress that has led to his current position as Program Director of Heart and Soul, one of Clubhouses’ partner organizations.


Deborah Higgins, PhD

Deb is retired after a scientific research career at biotechnology start-ups in the Bay Area. She is a former treasurer of the San Carlos Education Foundation and was introduced to the California Clubhouse over 5 years ago by a long-time friend. The data supporting the effectiveness of the clubhouse model in having a positive impact on the members, their families and the entire community is clear. She gets great satisfaction being part of such a welcoming community that makes a difference to so many.

Diana Kovacs

Diana Kovacs

Diana has been providing full-charge bookkeeping services for small businesses for 20+ years, specializing in non-profit and law firms.  She also manages payroll, HR, benefits, merchant processing and IOLTA accounting, and is Quickbooks Pro Certified. . 

She currently serves as treasurer on two non-profit boards, Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation, Encinitas, CA and California Clubhouse, Belmont, CA.  She has previously served as both treasurer and president of numerous school boards and councils. 


Elizabeth Evans, R.N.


Hailey McAffrey Delmas

Helene Zimmerman

Helene Zimmerman, M.Sc.

A family member, Helene is passionate about helping and supporting people in need. She is also a member of the Patient Advisor Committee for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation; a committee member of Solutions for Supportive Homes - a group of families working to increase the supply and the quality of homes where people with special mental health needs can live their lives with community, purpose, and dignity, and is a co-facilitator for two Family Support Groups for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), Santa Clara County.

Helene is the retired Executive Director of NAMI San Mateo County.

Jacob Ballon

Jacob S. Ballon, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Ballon specializes in the treatment of people with psychotic disorders including schizophrenia. He is the Co-Director of the INSPIRE Clinic at Stanford which provides interdisciplinary care for people experiencing psychosis. He is also the medical director of H2 acute inpatient unit and the co-director of the specialty psychiatry clinics section in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Ballon completed his residency at Stanford in 2009 and a Schizophrenia Research Fellowship at Columbia University in 2011. 


Kirk Wheeler

Kirk is a retired water resources engineer and small business owner.  He has served on the Clubhouse Board of Directors since 2019.  He is also an elected Board of Directors member for the Mid-Peninsula Water District, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority.  He is also a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, and the American Council of Engineering Companies of California.


Sally Mayer

Join Our Board of Directors

The California Clubhouse is currently seeking new Board Members. As we move to the next phase of growth and expansion, we are searching for engaged and energetic Bay Area leaders to join our collegial board.

Interested candidates please contact Juliana Fuerbringer at