Sarah Boone, MSW
Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Boone, MSW brings a wealth of direct service and leadership experience to her role as CEO of Extraordinary Families. Since 2001, Sarah has dedicated her professional life to serving children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system as a Child Protective Services Social Worker, Treatment Foster Care Therapist, Clinical Supervisor and Director of Policy & Programs. Sarah possesses a unique perspective and personal passion for this work as a foster and adoptive mother. As a single parent, Sarah fostered six children and ultimately adopted her three sons. Sarah credits her foster parenting experience, intimately learning from her sons about the challenges they faced and witnessing their resilience as the driving force in her leadership role at EF to improve the daily lives and long-term outcomes of children and families involved in the foster care system in LA County.
Robert Ortiz Jr., MBA
Director of Operations
With a Master of Business Administration, from the University of Redlands and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University at Albany, State University of New York, Robert brings to the agency over eight years of nonprofit experience in operations management; program development and evaluation; and grant writing, management, and reporting. Prior to joining Extraordinary Families, Robert served as the Foundations Director for the Salvation Army in Long Beach, CA, the Assistant Director of Program Development for the Volunteers of America Los Angeles, and the Community Development Director for the United States Veterans Initiative. He also served in the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (‘06-07). Among many things, he has been responsible for overall organizational integrity to ensure compliance with regulations, provided oversight of database maintenance to ensure accurate reporting, and has played a key role in securing crucial and impressive funding from multiple sources to provide housing, employment, and hunger assistance to individuals and families in need.
Director of Philanthropy & Community Relations
Barnaby joined Extraordinary Families in March 2016 but has been working in the nonprofit sector since 1998. Supporting missions that promote empowerment and improve the quality of life for children and families has been the cornerstone of her work, serving such organizations as The Music Center, The Colburn School, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and most recently the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Barnaby’s background guiding institutional advancement focuses on building strong and lasting relationships with foundations, corporations, partners, and key stakeholders, as well as expertise in board development and communications.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the American University of Paris.
Kimberly Sutton, LMFT
Foster Care and Adoption Director
Eager to help children and families, Kimberly became a foster care social worker after graduating from the University of Southern California with a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. In addition to her duties as a social worker and supervisor, she provided therapy to children and youth who were victims of sexual abuse.
Kimberly works tirelessly to recruit, train, and support families who wish to foster and/or adopt children from the foster care system. She is inspired each day by the strength and resilience of the children and families she had the privilege of working with. Prior to her work in child welfare, Kimberly worked as a Sign Language Interpreter and Tutor at the National Center on Deafness. She holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from University of Southern California, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a B.A. in liberal studies from California State University Northridge.
Jill Rosenberg, MSW
Adoption Social Workers
Bianca Adelman, MSW
Emily Goldberg MSW, Michigan State University
Megan Pitsios MSW, USC; LCSW
Foster Care Supervisor
Amanda Silvers, MSW
Foster Care Social Workers
Christina Casillas MSW, USC
Erin Fennell MA, Pepperdine University
Eileen Lopez MSW, Columbia University of Social Work – New York
Erica Madrid MSW, USC
Lyndsey Mahoney MSW, California State University-Northridge
Foster Care and Adoption Assistant
Leslie Chavarria BA, California State University-Northridge
Family Support Specialist
Christina L. Pon MS Marriage & Family Therapy, Fuller Theological Seminary
Family Recruitment Specialist
Drew Dickson BA Psychology, Ohio State University
UP4Youth Program Manager
Isaac Casas, BA, Criminology and Spanish, University of New Mexico
UP4Youth Program Coordinator
Marco Contreras, BA, Psychology and Social Behavior, UC Irvine
Special Projects Coordinator
Bonnie Sharpe MSW, California State University-Chico
Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives & Policy
Lilian Conover MPP, USC
Mark Zipoli BA, QUNY
Marta Valle AA, PCC