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Walden Cited for Prudent Financial Planning Against Possible Economic Downturns

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently heralded Walden Family Services as a nonprofit making concrete plans to responsibly weather a possible recession or other downturn in giving. With the help of a grant earmarked by the funder specifically for reserves, Walden has increased fundraising efforts and sought diverse revenue streams in order to build those reserves and continue to serve the children, youth and families of Southern California unimpeded.

Read more about how Walden and other nonprofits are (or are not) taking steps to protect themselves by clicking here.

Walden COO Sue Evans Joins FFTA Board

Walden Family Services is proud to announce that Chief Operating Officer Sue Evans has been elected to the Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA) Board of Directors for a three-year term.

A graduate of Bath University in England, Evans has over 30 years of experience in social work and foster care. She joined Walden as a social worker in 2000 and has held various positions including interim CEO before becoming COO in 2010.

Under her leadership, Walden expanded its foster care program to care for teens with developmental disabilities and started a program for children and teens with special health care needs. Evans also established and launched Walden’s successful Transitional Housing Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) program, Nurturing Parenting, and Visitation Programs. Her experience and expertise make her a frequently-sought presenter of best practices at both national and state conferences.

“We are very proud of the fact that Walden’s been a pioneer in the area of nurturing medically fragile and behaviorally challenged children,” says Teresa Stivers, Walden Family Services’ CEO. “And Sue Evans gets a lot of the credit for the fact that our programs have become models for other agencies.”

Evans’ work has led to Walden’s 2018 designation as one of the first agencies licensed by the State of California to provide Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC), allowing children and youth with significant medical, therapeutic and behavioral needs to remain in a home-based setting for care.

Sue Evans shares Walden’s commitment to the idea that every child should have a loving family and the ability to realize their greatest potential, regardless of ability. Her board service with FFTA will continue to help Walden Family Services, FFTA and the children and families they serve advance toward that goal daily.

About Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA)

FFTA was founded in 1988 to develop, promote and support treatment foster care. They are the only national nonprofit representing treatment foster care with 470 member agencies located in nearly every US state and Canadian province. FFTA member agencies provide treatment foster care services to more than 50,000 children and youth each year.

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.”

Media Contact

Teresa Stivers
CEO
(619) 727-5881

tstivers@waldenfamily.org

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