Executive directorCalifornia Parenting Institute, 3650 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa 95407; 707-585-6108; calparents.org
Education: Master of health services administration, St. Mary's University, Moraga
Describe your organization: Since 1978, California Parenting Institute (CPI) has been a parent education and children's mental health agency serving families throughout Sonoma County.
Our mission is to end child abuse and strengthen the health of children, parents, and families. We provide education and support services for all parents; treat children who have experienced trauma and abuse; provide consultation and training to professionals; and we advocate for policies that support families and protect children.
A key strategy is our use of the "Strengthening Families - Five Protective Factors" model:Parental resilience.Social connections.Knowledge of parenting and child development.Concrete support in times of need.Children's social and emotional development.
These five factors, integrated into all our services, have proven effective in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Additionally, CPI has made several changes and expanded in the last year including a new partnership and two mergers. This allowed us to expand the continuum of care to support children and families in our community.
In July 2013 we welcomed the Collaborative Autism Training and Support Program, which allows us to enrich the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families by providing direct care, family education, training service providers and raising local awareness of autism. This is a partnership between CPI and Sonoma State University.
In January 2013 we merged with New Directions, a non-public school serving youth who are struggling with emotional and behavioral difficulties. In October we merged with SCAYD (Sonoma County Adult and Youth Development), which is now called the Rohnert Park Family Resource Center. All these programs have become a part of the CPI family.
As the needs of children and families grow, CPI strives to grow as well in order to serve our community's children and families.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I was born in New York City, but as a family we never stayed in one community or state very long. My parents were both educators and were continually taking a variety of different teaching positions throughout the country.
My father was an art historian and I believe that gave me the appreciation of art which to this day I utilize in a lot of aspects of my life.
My mother took teaching jobs with the most disadvantaged children in inner city schools, where I learned about the importance to create resources and opportunities for every child.
I came to California in 1975 with my new husband, to attend Sonoma State University. We fell in love with the area and have made it our home. I have three grown children and one granddaughter who I adore.
My husband and I have made Sebastopol our home and feel strongly about family. So much so that we have multiple generations of family living on our property. I can't image any other place to live except, perhaps Hawaii, my other favorite place on earth.
What is your role in the organization?: Fortune Teller/Change Manager/Cheer Leader/Fearless Leader, aka Executive Director. My job description looks something like this: Being able to predict/foresee trends in programs and funding. Being willing to make change to programs to ensure we are doing the best we can do for children and families in the community. And at the same time continuing to inspire the amazing group of leadership staff to keep on doing the great work we do. Importantly to also cheer on and support our board members to raise money and awareness in the community for CPI. Other duties as needed.