The Perine & Dicken Family

Ronald J. Dicken
CLPF #: 56

Ronald J. Dicken

Mr. Dicken is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary (license # 56). He also holds certifications as Public Guardian-Conservator and Veteran Service Officer. Mr. Dicken is a member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California, State Public Guardian-Conservators-Public Administrators Association and the Association of Veteran Service Officers. He has over 30 years’ experience in handling estates for conservatorships (Probate – Estate & Person and LPS), guardianships and trusts including personal/family trusts, Settlement and Special Needs Trusts, Power of Attorney, and Attorney-In-Fact. His experience has led him from Deputy Public Guardian-Conservator/Veteran Service Officer to Department Head as the Public Guardian/Veteran Service Officer for Kings County, California, to his partnership in Perine & Dicken.

Mr. Dicken is a graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and Muscatine College in Muscatine, Iowa and a Vietnam Veteran serving in the United States Navy Medical Corps.

Karen M. Steele, MA
CLPF #: 55

Karen M. Steele

Ms. Steele is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary (license # 55). She is an Associate Member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California.

She has experience in all aspects of conservatorships (Probate – Estate & Person), guardianships and trusts, including personal/family trusts, Settlement and Special Needs Trusts. Ms. Steele has experience as an elementary school teacher having served as a Mathematics Coordinator and Science Coordinator for the Tulare City School District in California.

Ms. Steele obtained her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California and her Master of Arts in Education from California State University, Fresno.

Jane Garcia Dicken

Jane Garcia Dicken

Jane is a Case Manager with Perine & Dicken, providing our clients a wide range of services to meet their special needs, including visiting them in their home or care facility, coordinating and attending medical appointments, and seeing that the key items that ensure the client’s day-to-day requirements are provided.

Retired from the City of Visalia Parks & Recreation Department, Jane brings to Perine & Dicken over 28 years’ experience in public administration. She has worked in a variety of programs, including directing the City’s Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and Young Volunteers in Action Program, helping others explore career paths, administering USDA lunch programs, and helping young people discover their true potential. Along with being bilingual, Jane has the ability to discover and meet the needs of people of all ages and backgrounds.

Patricia R. Dicken - RN, MA
CLPF #: 49

Patricia R. Dicken

Ms. Dicken is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary (license # 49), and a Registered Nurse. Ms. Dicken is a member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California.

She has over 40 years’ experience in the health/mental health field and over 20 years’ experience involving all aspects of conservatorships (Probate – Estate & Person and LPS), guardianships and trusts, including personal/family trusts, Settlement and Special Needs Trusts, Power of Attorney, and Attorney-In-Fact. Her experience includes Director of Provider/Health Services, Division Manager for Alcohol, Drug & Prevention Services, Deputy Director for Managed Care and Deputy Director for Health and Mental Health Services for the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency. Ms. Dicken has served as a private consultant with conflict attorneys completing in-home evaluations for children involved in Dependency Hearings. Ms. Dicken is a graduate of Sisters of Charity Hospital School of Nursing and Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa and holds a Master of Arts in Marriage, Family & Child Counseling from University of San Francisco. She is a Vietnam Veteran serving in the United States Navy Nurse Corps.

Mary K. Vorst, MA
CLPF #: 889

Mary K. Vorst

Ms. Vorst is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary (license # 899). She has been with Perine & Dicken since 2004 as the Accounts Manager prior to licensure.

She has experience in all aspects of conservatorships (Probate – Estate & Person), guardianships and trusts, including personal/family trusts, Settlement and Special Needs Trusts.

Prior to joining Perine & Dicken, Ms. Vorst was an educator for 10 years. She earned her California State Teacher’s Credential and a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno. Ms. Vorst earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, with a Spanish minor, at St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California.

Garth Vorst
CLPF #: 1110

Garth Vorst

Garth is a California Licensed Professional Fiduciary (License #1110) and has been with Perine & Dicken since 2014. Garth has experience in all aspects of Conservatorships of Person and Estate as well as trust management, specializing in Special Needs Trust administration. Garth has an Associate of Arts Degree from College of the Sequoias and has completed the Fiduciary Management program from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to joining the Perine & Dicken team, Garth owned and operated a successful electrical contacting business for over fifteen years and has completed projects all over California.

When Garth is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife Mary and their four children. He is an accomplished carpenter and enjoys backpacking in the Sierra's, fishing, and camping. He is preparing for his second climb to Mt. Whitney.