Our welcoming environment is fostered by an incredibly gifted and compassionate team who tend to stay with the organization for several years. CDI recruits and hires talented, passionate leaders within the early child development field. Our dedicated staff has a reputation among our families and the community of being caring and hard-working.

Our team believes in the mission and is passionate about maintaining the inclusive, family-focused culture. We collaborate and work together as a team to respect and support children and their families in San Fernando Valley.

“The work we do every day couldn’t be accomplished without our fantastic team.”

– Joan Maltese PhD

Joan Maltese, PhD., Founder/Co-CEO
Tessa Graham, MS, MFT, BCBA, President/Co-CEO

Susan Du Brin, Board Chair
Roberto Barragan, Vice Chair
Robert Kahn, Treasurer
Arlene Alpert, Secretary
Addy Gonzalez Renteria
Arlet Hur
Mark Levinson, Esq.
Christine Molaro
Susan Ng
Howard Reinstein, MD.
Fredy Ruiz

Gloria Pollack, Emeritus

Board of Directors

Child Development Institute is privileged to have a strong, dedicated and diverse team of Board of Directors. As fiduciaries, CDI Board members collectively ensure the organization’s growth and interests while strategically guiding the organization. CDI Board of Directors represent a breadth of industries and capacity as leading experts in the fields of legal, medical, financial, academic, relations and governance.

Our actively compassionate members bring admirable leadership, professional knowledge and immeasurable resources to advance CDI’s mission and sustainable future.

Susan Ng




Mark Levinson




Fredy Ruiz

At CDI, I feel like I am part of a family. When we come alongside parents and their children, we bring them into our hearts and souls. When they leave us, we still hear from them on their successes because they are part of our family. I feel so lucky to be part of this organization and mission.

– Gloria Pollock
Emeritus Board Member

The CDI team is an amazing group of people! From our administrative team, therapists, supervisors to our board members. Everyone is hardworking and dedicated to helping young children and their families thrive.

– Tessa Graham, MS, MFT, BCBA