Balboa Travel Director of Marketing Communications Andrea da Rosa has been appointed to the Walden Family Services Foundation board of directors, joining business and community leaders from throughout San Diego. Da Rosa and her wife, Deborah Llewellyn, are longtime supporters of Walden.
“Walden Family Services creates a path for foster youth to succeed during a period of unprecedented change in the foster care system,” said da Rosa. “And by building a better future for these youth, we have an opportunity to enhance our community and the future for us all.”
Da Rosa brings a wealth of marketing experience to her board role, including 19 years contributing to the unprecedented growth of Balboa Travel, which consistently ranks among the top 1% of corporate travel agencies nationwide. She previously led the Vacations and Leisure department for the company, which was founded by her aunt and father in 1971. Da Rosa also sits on the board of San Diego’s ASTA chapter.
“Andrea’s marketing expertise will be a great benefit to Walden’s board as we expand our outreach,” said Teresa Stivers, CEO of Walden Family Services. “Plus, her background in developing strategic partnerships will be vital to building partnerships with business and community leaders so that more children in foster care grow up with loving families and opportunities to thrive.”
Da Rosa will serve on the board’s Marketing Committee, which oversees the nonprofit’s direct mail, media relations and digital communications. Da Rosa’s three-year term on the board will end in 2019.
About Walden Family Services
Walden Family Services is a nonprofit provider of foster care, adoption and parent training programs. Founded in 1976, Walden connects children—infants, sibling groups and children with special needs—with loving foster and adoptive families. We also provide transitional housing and services for youth who choose to remain in foster care to pursue their education or employment, and coach birth families to develop nurturing parent-child relationships and break the cycle of neglect and abuse. Based in San Diego, Walden has offices throughout Southern California, including Encino, Riverside and San Diego.
Other members of the Walden Family Services Governance Board of Directors include Arlene Lieberman (Chair), Executive Director, Barney & Barney Foundation; Leslie Levinson (Vice Chair), CFO, The Campanile Foundation; Jaye Connolly-LaBelle (Treasurer), COO, RippleNami; Sheila Ferguson (Secretary), Finance Professional; Stephanie Brownell, CFO, Hunter Industries; Cherie Enge, Esq. Law Office of Cherie A. Enge; Rajah Gainey, Individual and Corporate Gifts Manager, Promises2Kids; Denise Jackson, President & CEO, Balboa Travel, Incorporated; and Emily Shults, Vice President of Energy Procurement, San Diego Gas & Electric.
The Walden Family Services Foundation Board of Directors include Art Candland (Chair), AJW Facilities & Construction; Dale Ganzow (Vice Chair), Sales Manager, San Diego Business Journal;
Lisa Betyar (Treasurer), Partner, Lindsay & Brownell, CPAs; Cheryl Goodman (Secretary)Executive Director, Athena San Diego; Dalia Cohen, Community Advocate; Kristi Craft, Community Advocate; Cheryl Doss, Community Advocate; James Lauth, Founding Partner, Beamer Lauth Steinley & Bond, LLP; Chris Powers, Vice President, CBRE; and Jorge Ruiz de Castilla, President, The Chip Merchant.