Leadership                                                                    

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.


Janet Marinaccio, MA

Chief Operating Officer

janetHaving worked in the nonprofit sector since 1998, Janet brings years of experience to her role at ExtraordinaryFamilies. A seasoned nonprofit leader with local and national recognition for her expertise in workforce development services for veterans, youth and people with disabilities, she most recently served as Vice President of Workforce & Career Development at Goodwill Southern California. There, she oversaw $20 million of government and privately funded initiatives serving those with the most significant barriers to employment, including foster youth.

During her tenure with Goodwill Industries International, she provided consultative services and capacity building training to dozens of Goodwills throughout the US and Canada. In so doing, she helped them develop and implement program strategies, create integrated fundraising plans, and develop program evaluation/outcomes management plans.

Janet joined ExtraordinaryFamilies in 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Niagara University, a Master’s degree in Psychology/Child Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute, is a Career Development Facilitator Master Trainer and was a 2009-2010 Aspen Institute Sector Skills Academy Marano Fellow.

Barnaby Murff
Director of Philanthropy & Community Relations

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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.

Professional Staff

Adoption Supervisor
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
Lyndsey Mahoney  MSW, California State University-Northridge 
Beryl Varner MSW, Southern Connecticut State College

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
Hector Almazan, BA, Criminology Law and Society, UC Irvine

Special Projects Coordinator
Bonnie Sharpe MSW, California State University-Chico

Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives & Policy
Lilian Conover  MPP, USC

Office Administrator
Mark Zipoli  BA, QUNY

Intake Administrator
Marta Valle  AA, PCC

Office Assistant
Daniela Lopez

Staff Accountant
Joe Udeocho