Leadership

Barnaby Murff

Chief Executive Officer

Barnaby joined Extraordinary Families in 2016 as the Director of Philanthropy and 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.

Dr. 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

Beth Lazar comes to Extraordinary Families with more than a decade of experience in fundraising and organizational strategy. Her previous work advancing the philanthropic fundraising strategy for LA Family Housing’s $55M capital campaign in conjunction with managing their annual giving, brings breadth and depth to enhancing our donor engagement. Her experience developing partnerships for top-tier universities, including the University of Southern California, Simmons College, and National University, enhances our community relationships. She is inspired by empowering others to find creative solutions that impact our community. Beth earned her Master of Social Work from University of Southern California and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.

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Dr. Tammy Johnson, Ph.D.

Director of Operations

Tammy brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit operations and international education. Prior to joining Extraordinary Families, she served as Senior Director of Operations at the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley, overseeing finance, operations, programs, and grants management. Her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Extended University supported English language learners and international students in their studies. From teaching in South Korea to doctoral studies in teaching of cultures in developing countries, Tammy offers a unique perspective to our diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Her lived experience being adopted through foster care connects her to our mission. Tammy holds a MA in Teaching from Chapman University, MA in Linguistics from Cal State Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Education from Claremont University.

Board of Directors

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.

Leonardo Bolanos Board Chair Leonardo Bolanos Banking Relationship Advisor,
Northern Trust Wealth Management
Dawn Bridges Treasurer Dawn Bridges Vice President, U.S. CAD
Fost/Adoptive Parent
Brooke Halsband Secretary Brooke Halsband Associate, Hilton & Hyland Angela Bromstad Angela Bromstad Executive Producer Fenton Bailey Fenton Bailey Co-Founder, World of Wonder
Fost/Adopt Parent
Sarah Boone Sarah Boone-Perez Kane County Hospital
Fost/Adopt Parent
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman Actor Michelle Visage Michelle Visage
Television Host, Media Personality
Nigel Lifsey Nigel Lifsey Senior Fund Accountant, Post Advisory Group
Co-Founder, Urban Society Long Beach
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
Tiffany White Tiffany White Stanton
Costume Designer
Fost/Adoptive Parent
Nigel Lifsey Karmel Graham Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft

Staff

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.

Jill Rosenberg Foster Care/Adoption Supervisor Jill Rosenberg, MSW Danielle Gordon Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Danielle Gordon, MSW, ASW Marta Valle Intake Administrator Marta Valle Lorena Bernal Lead Adoption Social Worker Lorena Bernal, LCSW Tessa Rouse Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Tessa Rouse, MSW Stacie Ruhl Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker Stacie Ruhl, MSW, ASW Leo Kirkham UP4Youth Program Specialist Leo Kirkham Ana Campos Torres Foster Care and Adoption Social Worker Ana Campos Torres, MSW, ASW Christina Casillas Foster Care Supervisor Christina Casillas, MSW, ASW Luis Tlalacalco Office Assistant Luis Tlalacalco Abbey Cowan Family Recruitment Specialist Abbey Cowan Bonnie Sharpe Associate Director of Programs Bonnie Sharpe, MSW, ASW Joe Udeochu Staff Accountant Joe Udeochu Alejandra Hernandez-Flores Foster Care and Adoption Assistant Alejandra Hernandez-Flores Ana Campos Torres Foster Care Social Worker Anthony De La Cruz, MSW Bonnie Sharpe Quality Assurance Specialist Christina Hedrick

Join our Extraordinary Family

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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