San Diego, CA (June 7, 2016)— Walden Family Services, a nonprofit foster care, adoption, and youth services agency serving Southern California, recently welcomed Cheryl Doss and Cherie Enge, Esq., two child advocates to join the agency’s governance and foundation boards.
“I enjoy seeing kids learn and creating opportunities to recognize their achievements, so I’ve always been active in education and mentoring programs,” said Enge, an attorney who has volunteered extensively with the San Diego County Bar Association’s Children at Risk Committee, The Links Achiever Program, and formerly the Education Committee of the Urban League of San Diego. “I look forward to working with the board and staff to build support for Walden’s programs and services throughout the county.”
Enge owns and operates a law office in Carlsbad, where she specializes in insurance defense litigation. Enge also has extensive experience with civil litigation, and has successfully represented clients in the areas of personal injury, product liability, property damage and medical malpractice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California San Diego and earned her law degree at Hasting College of Law in San Francisco. Enge will serve on Walden’s governance board.
Doss joins Walden’s foundation board of directors after serving more than a decade as the controller and human resources manager of Trust Employee Administration & Management (TEAM), which manages the employee and human resources services for several thousand trusts benefiting children with disabilities. Doss also spent her early career with the County of San Diego Child Welfare Services, where she worked closely with foster youth and their families. Now retired, Doss holds leadership positions with her church and several nonprofit organizations.
“During my career, I worked with families to plan for the long-term care for their children with disabilities. Children in foster care don’t have families who are able to prepare them for the future, so we need organizations like Walden to connect foster youth with families and mentors and provide them with the resources to succeed,” said Doss.
“Walden is fortunate to welcome two board members who have shown such dedication to advocating for children and youth,” said Teresa Stivers, CEO of Walden Family Services. “Their insight and expertise are a welcome addition to Walden’s governance and foundation boards, as is their advocacy on behalf of children and youth in foster care.”
About Walden Family Services
Walden Family Services provides foster care, adoption, and youth services for children and families throughout Southern California. Walden addresses the unique needs of all children who experience neglect and abuse, including those who are medically fragile, have developmental disabilities and behavioral or mental health challenges, large sibling groups, and youth who identify as LGBTQ. The organization also provides transitional housing and programs for youth who have aged out of the foster care system, family visitation centers, and parenting programs that focus on stopping the cycle of child abuse. Founded in 1976, Walden Family Services is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Diego. For more information, visit www.waldenfamily.org.
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; Denise Jackson, President& CEO, Balboa Travel Management; and, Rajah Gainey, Individual and Corporate Gifts Manager, Promises2Kids.
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)CEO & Founder, Social, Global, Mobile PR; 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; Jorge Ruiz de Castilla, President, The Chip Merchant; and, Karen Van Ness, Real Estate Associate, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty.