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A Word from Walden, Holiday 2018

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A Word from Walden, Fall 2018

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Get to Know New Walden Board Member Janine Taylor

SAN DIEGO, CA—Walden Family Services is proud to welcome Janine Taylor to its Board of Directors. Taylor joins three other new board members—Amber López Gamble, Breanna M. Gooch, and Jackie Helm—who will serve a three-year term alongside a cross section of Southern California community leaders who oversee and support Walden’s operations, strategy, and vision.

“These new members will truly help Walden in its mission to further the interests of children and youth in foster care and to expand our capacity to deliver nationally-accredited programs and services to these kids and their families,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “They’ve already hit the ground running and we’re thrilled to be working with them.”

Janine Taylor brings over 25 years of strategic business, financial and commercial operational experience to Walden Family Services. With a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration and an MBA in Finance, Janine has served as Chief Financial Officer, and has been a key leader in building and growing several biotechnology start-ups and rapid growth organizations. In parallel, Janine has donated her time and expertise to pursue her passions for volunteering and social change, to grow several non-profit organizations.

As a dedicated adoptive parent, Janine is committed to breaking new ground and leading by example. The current Vice President of Business Development and Commercial Operations at Nucelis, Janine has been instrumental in shaping and driving the strategic direction of the organization while establishing dynamic, innovative and collaborative culture.

“We are very fortunate to bring Janine onto our Board,” continued Stivers. “As an adoptive parent herself, Janine can speak to some of the issues faced by our children and families as they navigate foster care and the adoption process. Coupled with her business experience emphasizing finance, Janine will help us keep on track and excel as we work towards supporting our Walden kids on their journey to positive adulthood.”

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Get to Know New Walden Board Member Amber López Gamble

SAN DIEGO, CA—Walden Family Services is proud to welcome Amber López Gamble to its Board of Directors. López Gamble joins three other new board members—Breanna Gooch, Jackie Helm and Janine Taylor—who will serve a three-year term alongside a cross section of Southern California community leaders who oversee and support Walden’s operations, strategy, and vision.

“These new members will truly help Walden in its mission to further the interests of children and youth in foster care and to expand our capacity to deliver nationally-accredited programs and services to these kids and their families,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers. “They’ve already hit the ground running and we’re thrilled to be working with them.”

Amber López Gamble is the acting director of grants management at The California Wellness Foundation, where she leads a team and oversees the online application process, grantmaking policies and procedures; the collection and analysis of grants-related data; management of records; and compliance with IRS regulations.

Prior to joining Cal Wellness in 2007, López Gamble served at the Four Bands Community Fund on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota, developing and teaching a course in entrepreneurship as well as assisting small-business owners.

She also worked as a program manager at the California Institute for Rural Studies, managing grants programs, producing research, and working with the Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship, a collaborative of non-profits promoting leadership and civic participation among the Central Valley’s immigrant communities.

“We are very happy to welcome Amber to our Board,” continued Stivers. “She has a wealth of nonprofit governance knowledge that we can’t wait to tap into, and it’s going to make a real difference in the lives of our Walden kids and families.”

Walden Goes to the Movies

San Diego – On the evening of September 27, a group of Walden Family Services’ foster and adoptive families, staff and supporters were treated to an advance screening of Paramount Pictures’ Instant Family. The film, directed and co-written by Sean Anders was inspired by Anders’ own experiences as a foster-to-adoptive parent.

“The movie is so funny and has positive messages about fostering,” said Walden CEO Teresa Stivers.  “We hope it will inspire lots of people to reach out to agencies like Walden to find out how to be a foster parent.” Nationwide, there is a huge need for foster parents to meet the increased demand created by the opioid epidemic and changes to the child welfare system.

Walden Family Services appreciates the opportunity to get an early look at Instant Family. It opens in theaters across the country on Nov. 16.

Media Contact

Teresa Stivers
CEO
(619) 727-5881

tstivers@waldenfamily.org

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