Families Forward

Leadership, Staff & Board of Directors

Yasmine Akil, Housing Partner Specialist

Eliza Arellano, Career Coach

Loretta Banks, Property Manager

Amanda Benedetti, Community Engagement Specialist

Rosalinda Bermudez, Director of Programs

Erica Berrios, Chief Finance Officer

Samantha Bevers, Executive Assistant

Jay Bones, Accounting Clerk

Paul Bonfanti, Director of Data and Compliance

Amanda Bravo, Operations Manager

Jennifer Bravo, Case Manager III

Ghislaine Chavez, Counselor

Briana Cortez, Volunteer Manager

Claire Clower, Data Entry Clerk

Miles Crispin, Development Associate

Patricia Dominguez, Case Manager II

Brianna Fernandez, Supportive Services Coordinator

Chelsea Flores, Case Manager I

Gerardo Gonzales,Maintenance Technician

Nicole Green, Career Coach

Lauren Hahn, Housing Development Director

Marissa Hall, Director of Operations

Cristina Hernandez, Family Navigator

Enrique Hernandez, Supportive Services Coordinator

Isaiah Hernandez, Facilities Assistant

Madelynn Hirneise, Chief Executive Officer

Hanna Ibrahim, Affordable Housing Manager

Tania Liceaga, Family Navigator

Kathy Lopez,  Housing Program Manager

Nishtha Mohendra, Chief Program Officer

Kristin Oliphant, Housing Partner Manager

Alexandra Leon Oliva, Community Resource Coordinator

Lisa Perez, Service Navigation Manager

Elisabeth Pineda-Garcia, Data Integrity Specialist

Adolfo Ramirez, Facilities Assistant

Nancy Ramirez, Intake Family Navigator

Tempel Regan-Watson, Controller

Alec Rivera, Housing Partner Specialist

Natalie Rodolfo, Grant Compliance Manager

Victor Rodriguez, Senior Accountant

Beatriz Rojas, Supportive Services Manager

Rachel Roquemore, Grants Manager

Madison Salazar, Case Manager III

Yvonne Sanders, Marketing Manager

Andy Sepulveda, Data Entry Clerk

Michele Silva, Chief Advancement Officer

Katie Szymczak, Director of Development & Community Engagement

Jessica Tovar, Supportive Services Coordinator

Briana Velasquez, Senior Family Navigator

In 2023, 100% of our Board of Directors made financial contributions to support the work of Families Forward. THANK YOU for the advocacy and commitment you have shown to families throughout Orange County!


Karin Pearson, Chairperson of the Board, Capital Group

Susan McClintic, Board Secretary, Chairperson – Human Resources, First Five Orange County 

Dennis Deslatte, Board Treasurer, AECOM Technology Corporation (Retired)

Nancy Chase, Co-Chairperson – Program, Community Leader

Victor Cao, Co-Chairperson – Program, California Apartment Association

Christy Mokrohisky, Chairperson – Governance, Community Leader

Tristen Cali, Chairperson – Fund Development, Pacific Premier Bank


Mark Abbasi, Edwards Lifesciences 

Danyell Alders, AvalonBay Communities (Retired)

Carissa Bechtloff, City of Hope

Mayra Cerda, Community Leader

Debbie Chamkasem, Experian

Judy Cooper, Community Leader

Yann de Fabrique, Irvine Company

Mark Engstrom, Chapman University

Nickeya Hannah, Hygiene First LLC

Peter Hering, Rutan and Tucker, LLP

Michael Kaufman, AT&T (Retired)

James Kim, Lewis Group

Bhavna Mantha, Apisero Inc.

Nicholas Meraz, Grandma Lucy’s

Jon Radus, Fullerton Police Department

Joseph Rasuli, U.S. Bank

Brad Romano, AvalonBay Communities

Jacqueline Erickson Russell, Social Impact Advising Group

Katherine Shen, Community Leader

Dr. David Snow, UCI School of Social Science

Danni Remington Smithson, Bank of Southern California

Dr. Vinita Speir, Pacific Women’s Healthcare Associates

Kate Starr, Golden State Foods