Herman is Alta California Regional Center’s new Training Manager.
He began his career as a social worker with the regional center
system in 1997 at Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC). During his
time with GGRC he worked with clients who had recently
transitioned from state developmental centers to the community.
He also had the opportunity to work briefly with the infant to
three-year-old population in the Early Start Program. Herman
moved to the Sacramento area in 2001 and joined Alta California
Regional Center (ACRC) working with clients transitioning from
youth to adulthood. In this role he was able to work with clients
to determine what they wanted to do with their lives after
exiting the school system. In 2006, Herman was promoted to Client
Services Manager, overseeing the newly formed Roseville Unit.
Herman has always enjoyed being a source to gather and share
Herman enjoys working at ACRC because the organization’s vision
aligns with the core values of the social work code of ethics and
he gets to see it personified every day. Herman is honored
to work with clients in overcoming the challenges they encounter.
For instance, an individual he worked closely with
experienced the passing of her mother and she had no other local
family supports. It was amazing to see how many people from the
community worked together to provide support for this client in
her time of need. A neighbor assisted with the sale of the family
car so the client could obtain some needed financial support, the
hospital took care of the requested service arrangements, and the
ILS agency working with the client helped with relocation to a
desirable living arrangement that was within her budget. Herman
was inspired by the compassion and commitment of everyone
involved, especially the strength and resilience of the client.
In his new role as training manager Herman is excited to partner
with the California State University – Sacramento (Sac State)
Division of Social Work to offer students internship
opportunities at Alta. He is eager to share the joy of working in
the field of developmental disabilities. One of the things he
describes as most fulfilling and rewarding is the opportunity to
work with a variety of other systems in our community.
Clients hopes and dreams for their future are limitless and allow
the exploration of new and exciting opportunities all the time.