BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The policies of the agency are set by its governing Board of Directors:

CHARLES SOUTHARD
BOARD PRESIDENT
Charles (Buz) Southard graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Accounting. After 50 years in the accounting field he retired as a partner in the CPA firm M. Green and Company where he managed the Visalia office until his retirement. He has served many community organizations for many years of service. His most recent involvements are President of the Board of Directors for Turning Point of Central California, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Turning Point Foundation and Turning Point Alliance. He has served for more than 50 years as Finance Director of the First Christian Church of Visalia, and has served two terms as President of the West Visalia Kiwanis Club having obtained 40 years of membership. He also serves on the Huntington Lake Bear Creek Tract Board and the Bear Creek Water Improvement Association Board as Secretary/Treasurer. In his spare time he enjoys traveling both nationally and abroad. He enjoys reading books and keeping up with current events through various media. He also has a cabin at Huntington Lake that his family has enjoyed for many years. He has been married for 63 years with two daughters, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Bill Hale
Vice President
Bill joined the Turning Point of Central California Board of Directors in 2017, and has served on the Turning Point Advisory Board since 2014. Bill is the Director and founder of Lifeline CPR & First Aid Training Services. Established in 1995, Lifeline provides on-site training for business, industry, and government agencies throughout California's San Joaquin Valley, Central Coast, and Sacramento area. Chaplain Hale is the Senior Chaplain of the Fresno County Sheriff's Office Chaplaincy Unit, and has served Deputies, family, staff, and victims of crime since 1999. In 2012, he founded Hale Chaplain Ministries, Inc., a faith-based non-profit organization based in Clovis, CA. The ministry works with Law Enforcement Agencies to establish and sustain their Chaplaincy Program. The ministry provides basic and continuing education courses through The Chaplain Academy. Bill and his wife Susan have been married since 1974, and have two sons and five grandchildren.
DAVID FRANCIS
TREASURER
David Francis has been on the Turning Point of Central California Board for three years, serving as Treasurer. He is a retired School Superintendent, with 40 years experience in public education. He currently serves as a publicly elected member of the Kaweah Delta Hospital Board. He is also a serving member of the St. Paul's School Board of Trustees. David has served previously on a number of private and non-profit boards. He and his wife Catherine are long-time members of St. Paul's Anglican Church. They have a daughter and three grandchildren. David and Catherine are commited to serving their community in ways that help those in need better themselves, and the lives of their loved ones. David is honored to be a member of the Turning Point Board of Directors.
Richard Gleason Jr.
Secretary
Richard grew up in southern California. He served four years in the U. S. Navy. He earned a BA degree from Western Colorado University, and a Masters Degree from Concordia. He and his wife Kaye have been married for 48 years. Richard retired from Visalia Unified, where he served as a history teacher and a high school counselor. He has been a member of the Turning Point Board of Directors for over 25 years.
LINDA LOPEZ
MEMBER
Linda currently works for Proteus Inc. as a Program Development Associate. She has 26 years of experience working in the employment and training settings. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, hiking, and kayaking. Linda enjoys helping her community, and serving individuals to achieve their educational and employment goals.
DR. ROGER JOHNSON
MEMBER
Dr. Roger A. Johnson was born in Turlock, CA and went on to receive his undergraduate, medical school education and surgical residency training in San Francisco. He is Board Certified in foot and ankle surgery, and has practiced in Visalia for over 40 years. In 2011 he retired, but continues as an active staff member of Kaweah Delta District Hospital. Dr. Johnson and his wife Ann live east of Visalia on a small walnut ranch. They both enjoy traveling and visiting their cabin in Mineral King. They also enjoy their family of 6 children, and 8 grandchildren. Their church activity at Fountain Christian Church is also very important to them. His past experience and community involvement includes: President, Visalia Senior Housing Board | Managing General Partner, Sequoia Surgery Center | Chairman, Ethics Committee-California Podiatric Medical Association | President, Alumni and Associates, California College of Pediatric Medicine | Board Member, Visalia YMCA | Elder and Chairman of The Board, Fountain Christian Church. His current involvement includes: Volunteer Medical Provider, Kaweah Delta Hospice | Member Finance Committee, Tulare County Library Foundation | Elder and Deacon, Fountain Christian Church.
KATHY LOOPER | LMFT
MEMBER
Kathy is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and owns California Christian Counseling, located in downtown Visalia. She is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, a modality of Brené Brown, based on her research. She co-founded of Genesis House, California's 11th Licensed Runaway & Homeless Youth Shelter and is a third generation Visalian. She takes great pride in her community and in 2017, she received the "Volunteer of The Year" award from Assemblyman Devon Mathis for the 26th Assembly District. Kathy loves to create and is the Fundraising Chairperson for Turning Point of Central California. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in Los Angeles, one of her favorite places to be.
JIM DOE
MEMBER
Jim Doe was born in Lewiston Maine, in July of 1945. After growing up in Michigan and moving to California, he graduated from UCLA in 1967 with a degree in History. He became a Navy Pilot, serving 11 years active duty before joining the reserves and going to UCSB for Graduate School. In 1981, with his MA in History and a teaching credential, he came to the San Joaquin Valley to teach Social Studies in Visalia until his retirement in 2006. Since retirement, his activities have included courses at Fresno State, assisting in worship at St. Paul's Anglican Church, and joining the church's annual Medical Mission to Honduras. Jim has been married for 51 years to his wife Rebecca, and has three children and four grandchildren. He has been a member of the Turning Point Board of Directors for three years.
Judith G. Berg
MEMBER
Judith G. Berg | MS, RN, FACHE is the immediate past Chief Executive Officer and President of HealthImpact, California's nationally recognized Nursing Workforce Center. Judith's career has included roles as Chief Nursing Officer in two California Health Systems, Regional Editor/Advisor for a National nursing media organization, and most recently has been the leader of California's Nursing Workforce Center. She has led state-wide initiatives related to identifying new roles for nurses as health care transforms, developing the nursing education plan for California to prepare nurses for a challenging future, and to identify strategies to increase capacity and quality in primary care settings through inclusion of RNs in team-delivered care. Judith is married to Douglas, a long-time Visalia based Certified Public Accountant. Together, they have a daughter named Emily. In her spare time, Judith enjoys traveling, reading, and continuing to support future nurses through faculty participation in educational programs and courses.