Walden CEO Teresa Stivers Named Influential Woman of the Year

We are pleased to announce that our very own Teresa Stivers, CEO of Walden Family Services, was named a 2017 Influential Woman of the Year by The Daily Transcript. Click here to read the article.

Walden CEO Named to UCSD Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board

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Teresa Stivers, CEO, Walden Family Services

UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla today announced that Walden CEO Teresa Stivers has joined the university’s Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board. As a board member, Stivers (UC San Diego Alumna ’90) will build awareness of the university’s positive impact and advise the Chancellor on the campus’ role in the community.

“Teresa is recognized throughout the San Diego community for creating opportunities for foster youth and other first-generation students to earn college degrees,” said Khosla. “Her insight into creating academic, networking and housing opportunities for these students will ensure that we provide opportunities for all our students to succeed.”

“Too often, foster youth don’t consider college because they don’t have the skills to navigate college visits, applications, financial aid and housing,” said Stivers. “At Walden, social workers encourage them to seize the opportunity to remain in foster care to pursue their education. I look forward to working with Chancellor Khosla and the board to ensure that graduating becomes the norm, not the exception, for foster youth who choose to go to college.”

Stivers’ Leadership Experience

At Walden, Stivers oversees administration, operations, public relations and fundraising. Since joining the organization in 2010, Walden has become one of the state’s largest providers of transitional housing and support services so that youth ages 18-21 can remain in foster care to continue their education or find stable employment. Walden also served as the program director and executive director of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (now Promises2Kids), where she helped to establish the Guardian Scholars Program and Mary’s House, a transitional living program for former foster youth. In addition to her role on the Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board, Stivers currently serves on committees for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, and Housing YOU Matters.

Running4Families Team Member Takes on First Marathon

Elia Madera started running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon when she first started working at Walden Family Services in 2013. This year, she’s taking on all 26.2 miles of the full marathon.

Find out what motivates Elia to keep running, and how your donation to Elia and the Running4Families team benefits youth in foster care.

Joanna Barton

Joanna Barton has always loved children’s spontaneity and passion for life. She started out as a preschool teacher’s assistant, and came out to California with big dreams of changing the world. She fulfills that dream every day in her role as a social worker.

Jenny Bolen

Jenny Bolen had only worked at Walden Family Services Riverside office a few days when she recognized that her job as a temporary reception was more than a lucky accident.

Arlene & Nayely

Arlene was the first person Nayely called when she got accepted to graduate school at Columbia University. Arlene recalls meeting Nayely and how the two have formed a mother-daughter bond. Arlene currently serves as the chair of Walden’s governance board.