Laura McCormick, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. McCormick has specialized in working with persons with serious mental illness since 1988. She was awarded her Ph.D. in 1997 from the California School of Professional Psychology. Her leadership role at Elpida House began in 2002, following many years of providing direct service and supervision in a variety of mental health organizations. Dr. McCormick also has extensive training in Jungian approaches to working with the unconscious, including dream work, sand play, and music therapy. Her experience includes work with groups and individuals in residential settings, as well as in-patient psychiatric hospitals, partial hospitalization programs, and community-based clinics. Dr. McCormick brings extensive management, consulting, and supervisory experience to her role at Elpida Residential Programs, and is a graduate of the Supervisory Study Program at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley.


Judith Austin Brown

Vice President

Judith Austin Brown joined the Elpida Residential Programs Board of Directors in 2008. Judith is an attorney, practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate, trust administration and conservatorships. Prior to attending law school, Judith was a special education teacher and resource specialist. Judith was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a gradute of the University of California Santa Barbara (1975), Dominican University (1978) and Hastings College of Law (1986). When she is not practicing law and serving on the boards of various professional and volunteer organizations, Judith enjoys fly fishing, yoga, hiking and writing.


Andrew K. McCord


Andrew McCord was born and lived most of his early life in the Chicago area. During college at Northwestern University, his family moved to Pittsburg, PA, where he subsequently settled after spending  four years as a Naval Officer. He and his wife, Judi, ultimately settled in San Francisco, and later in Marin County. Upon arriving in California, Andy worked for Bank of America in various investment-related capacities for 28 years. Andy has served as a board member and treasurer for a local community club, the marin NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and at Elpida Residential Programs since 2001. For fun, he plays golf, does some fly fishing, and paints. Andy is fortunate to have all of his immediate family, including two grandchildren, living nearby.


Denise Rooke


Denise Rooke joined the Elpida Residential Programs Board in 2012, is a partner in Independent Fiduciary Services located in Novato, CA and has worked in the fiduciary arena since 1994. As a Licensed Private Professional Fiduciary, Denise has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients (and their families) who face various age related psychiatric and/or financial challenges. Denise is married and a mother of three beautiful sons. She enjoys being a Den Leader for Pack 75, Venturing Advisor for Crew 200, camping with family and friends, going to baseball games, cooking and exploring the amazing area in which we live.