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Meet The LEAD Team

Erica Sanchez, BSW

LEAD Coach

Erica was born and raised in the Central Valley.   Living and working in the Central Valley, Erica has been able to obtain firsthand experience in child welfare services.  She comes to VMS with 8 years of experience in several areas which include: juvenile probation, youth residential programs, child welfare and working with low income families.  She obtained her Bachelor’s in Social Work from California State University, Fresno. After graduating from Fresno State, Erica began gaining her experience working in the group home setting for youth.  Erica expanded her experience with child welfare at the county level, working in the emergency response unit and permanency placement unit. Erica’s drive to empower our community makes her a great asset to our LEAD team in coaching and supporting Fresno County DSS social worker supervisors.

Brenda Rodriguez, MSW

LEAD Coach

Brenda Rodriguez, MSW, was born and raised in Fresno, California. She is the newest member of the L.E.A.D. team! Brenda obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work from California State University, Fresno with an emphasis in Child Welfare. She has experience in working with youth, foster children, families, and resource families in various settings including child welfare at the county level and with a foster family agency. Prior to coming to VMS, Brenda most recently worked in Child Protective Services investigating allegations of abuse and/or neglect. She is excited to work in collaboration with Fresno County DSS supervisors to provide coaching, guidance, and tools to effectively support them and their staff.  

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