Vanessa Armijo, Resource Family, San Francisco, CA
Director, Azaya Ranch
Vanessa’s track record includes building three companies from conception to fully functional and successful businesses. She is a team player with strong analytical and interpersonal skills. Her expertise includes strategy development, mentoring, partnership cultivation, human resource management, program management, and leading teams with a cross functional approach to business development.
Her core principles are built on the belief that investing in people, and helping them reach their fullest potential, is the best way to achieve outstanding results. Her experiences abroad in challenging and ambiguous conditions have built empathy, resourcefulness, and resilience that are reflected in her strong work ethic.
Ashley Snee Giovannettone, Vice President, CASA, Davis, CA
Strategic Communications Consultant, Meridian Pacific, Inc.
Ashley is a respected communications and public relations professional with a decade of experience at the highest levels of federal and state government. Her skills were honed while serving on two presidential campaigns, as White House Spokesperson, Deputy Press Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Assistant Secretary of State for California.
During the 2000 Bush for President primary campaign, Ashley served as the California Political Coordinator and then went on to serve in the campaign’s Texas headquarters for the general election. In 2001, Ashley moved to Washington D.C. where she served in the White House for three years – first, as Special Assistant to Vice President Cheney, then as Assistant White House Press Secretary.
In 2003, Ashley returned home to California to serve as Deputy Press Secretary for Governor Schwarzenegger. She then went on to become Assistant Secretary of State under Secretary of State Bruce McPherson.
Tara Higgins, Foster Parent, Mountain View, CA
Organizational Change Manager, Google
Tara’s career has always focused on helping children and adults to learn and succeed. She spent seven years as a teacher and educational technology director before going on to study teacher professional development as part of her PhD in Education at UC Berkeley. Following graduate school, Tara designed educational toys before shifting to corporate learning and development. Tara has been at Google for almost ten years supporting employee development, including roles as an instructional designer, learning innovation lead, and currently focused on supporting digital transformation. She was a foster parent for three years in Santa Clara County.
Jennifer Rexroad, Foster Parent, Woodland, CA
Executive Director, California Alliance of Caregivers
Jennifer Rexroad’s training was in teaching and technology. She has over a decade of K-12 & adult classroom teaching experience. She has experience in educational programming, leadership, training, curriculum, and staff development. She has developed, implemented and managed educational technology programs; and has a proven ability to envision, plan and execute innovative and complex programs and activities.
Jennifer is a Yolo County First 5 Commissioner and her family has fostered children for five years. Jennifer has experience in local and statewide advocacy on youth and child welfare issues.
Georg Rosenblum, President & Board Chair, Foster Parent, Davis, CA
Georg and her husband have fostered children for 13 years. She also provides care for working resource families with foster children too young to enter daycare. Georg is a resource family leader mentoring other foster parents and has been active in fundraising for foster programs in Yolo County, including the collection of hundreds of gifts to support foster youth Christmas celebrations. She has testified before the California Legislature to support increased funding for foster youth, extending benefits to emancipated foster children, and childcare funding.
Kelli Sedgewick, Foster & Adoptive Parent, Placentia, CA
Kelli and her husband have fostered children in Los Angeles for a decade. She has become a vocal foster youth advocate. Kelli became a nonprofit entrepreneur when founding Tori’s Torch, a foundation set up to educate, empower, and encourage caregivers to be a voice for children in the juvenile court system. Kelli has become a powerful liaison between county agencies, foster parent support groups, and statewide child advocacy organizations with the purpose of improving communication across all sectors and to encourage child centered decision making. She facilitates a support group for resource families in Los Angeles and Northern Orange County.
Megan Snee, Secretary, Resource Family & Adoptive Parent, Simi Valley, CA
Megan and her husband have fostered children in Los Angeles for three years, and have been name Resource Family of the Year in Ventura County. She has become a mentor for foster parents in her county.
Founding Board Members Emeritus
Brenda Anaya, Children’s Advocate & Consultant, Newport Beach, CA
Rob Bethke, Adoptive Family, Pasadena, CA
Brian Fitzgerald, Foster Parent, West Sacramento, CA
Program Coordinator, University of California, Davis
Michael Schaps, Attorney, Davis, CA
The Schaps Law Office
Paula Treat, Lobbyist, Sacramento, CA