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Barnaby Murff

Chief Executive Officer

Barnaby joined Extraordinary Families in 2016 as the Director of Philanthropy & Community Relations. Supporting missions that promote empowerment and improve the quality of life for children and families has been the cornerstone of her work for over two decades, serving such organizations as The Music Center, The Colburn School, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Barnaby’s background guiding institutional advancement focuses on building strong and lasting relationships with constituents, stakeholders, partners, and the community, as well as expertise in board development and communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the American University of Paris.

Kayla Wright, Ed.D

Director of Programs

Kayla brings 12 years of leadership experience in the child welfare field, including as Program Director for Alliance Human ServicesProgram Administrator for three locations at Children’s Way Foster Family Agency, and as a Supervising Social Worker at Homes of Hope Foster Family Agency and at Wings of Refuge Foster Family Agency. Prior to foster care, Kayla worked in higher education as an academic advisor and counselor. She completed her Doctorate in Education at Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA, where she wrote her dissertation on the barriers youth in foster care face with entering 2- and 4-year colleges. She completed her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Marina Del Rey, CA.

Beth Lazar, MSW

Director of Philanthropy and Community Relations

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Mark Zipoli

Operations Manager

Mark brings 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including 18 years as Administrative Director of Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles (assisting the homeless and those at-risk of becoming homeless), he has also worked in the U.S. State Dept., George Washington University, and the J. Paul Getty Trust. While an employee of the Child Welfare Initiative (CWI), Mark was a member of the Strategic Restructuring Committee, which brought about the merger of CWI and Southern California Foster Family Agency (now Extraordinary Families). He received his B.A. in English from Queens College/City University of New York, and has published short stories in nearly a dozen magazines; his novel, The Long Habit of Living, was published by Createspace in 2010.

Our Board of Directors cares deeply about children and families involved in the child welfare system – with nearly half having fostered and adopted from foster care – and they are committed to helping Extraordinary Families fulfill its mission.

Angela Bromstad Board Chair Angela Bromstad Executive Producer Leonardo Bolanos Vice Chair Leonardo Bolanos Banking Relationship Advisor,
Northern Trust Wealth Management
Dawn Bridges Treasurer Dawn Bridges Director of Technology, KTGY
Fost/Adoptive Parent
Brooke Halsband Secretary Brooke Halsband Associate, Hilton & Hyland Fenton Bailey Fenton Bailey Co-Founder, World of Wonder
Fost/Adopt Parent
Sarah Boone Sarah Boone-Perez CEO Emeritus
Kane County Hospital
Fost/Adopt Parent
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Actor Jessica Kastner Jessica Kastner Staff Attorney, Advokids
Fost/Adopt Parent
Francesca Orsi Francesca Orsi
Senior Vice President, Drama Series, HBO
Miguel Sanchez Miguel Sanchez Lascurain
Vice President, Brand,
Web and Creative, TiVo
Fost/Adopt Parent
Jocelyn Tetel Jocelyn Tetel
Vice President Advancement,
Skirball Cultural Center
steve vai Steve Vai
Musician, Philanthropist
Michelle Visage Michelle Visage
Musician, Philanthropist
Tiffany White Tiffany White Stanton
Costume Designer
Fost/Adoptive Parent

Together, our professional staff brings many years of education and experience in the care of children and youth in the child welfare system and the recruitment and support of foster and adoptive families.

Amanda Silvers Foster Care/Adoption Supervisor Amanda Silvers, MSW Jill Rosenberg Foster Care/Adoption Supervisor Jill Rosenberg, MSW Danielle Gordon Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Danielle Gordon, MSW, ASW Eileen Lopez Family Support Specialist Eileen Lopez, MSW, ASW Fesseha Tessema Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Fesseha Tessema, MSW Jade Green Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Jade Green, MSW, ASW Jasey Mease Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Jasey Mease, MSW Stacie Ruhl Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Stacie Ruhl, MSW, ASW Adriana Razo Foster Care and Adoption Assistant Adriana Razo David Torres UP4Youth Program Manager David Torres Bonnie Sharpe Quality Assurance Manager Bonnie Sharpe, MSW, ASW Katy Corona Communications Specialist Katy Corona Marta Valle Intake Administrator Marta Valle Daniela Lopez Office Assistant Daniela Lopez Joe Udeochu Staff Accountant Joe Udeochu

Our team is a talented and driven group of people who care about the children and families we serve and are focused on furthering the vision and mission of the agency. We believe in inclusion and equity and adhere to a strict non-discrimination policy, whereby we do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender expression or identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations. We are further committed to providing reasonable accommodations to our employees, applicants for employment, and clients to ensure that individuals with disabilities enjoy equal access to all services and employment opportunities.

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