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.

Kayla Wright, Ed.D.
Director of Programs

Kayla has deep knowledge of working with families and assisting children and youth in their physical, psychological, and educational goals, having held a variety of leadership positions in the child welfare field over the past 12 years, including as Program Director for Alliance Human Services, Program 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.

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.

In addition to her career with social benefit organizations, Barnaby spent time helping new mothers through labor and delivery as a doula. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the American University of Paris.

Professional Staff                                                      

Extraordinary Families’ professional staff are highly dedicated to their roles as child advocates, researchers, and program experts. In everything they do, their guiding light is the child’s best interests. Together, staff brings many years of education and experience in the recruitment and support of foster and adoptive families, social work and the care of children in the child welfare system, as well as public policy and program development.

Foster Care/Adoption Supervisors
Jill Rosenberg, MSW
Amanda Silvers, MSW

Foster Care/Adoption Social Workers
Bianca Adelman, MSW
Christina Casillas, MSW
Erin Fennell, MA
Emily Goldberg, MSW
Danielle Johnson, MSW
Erica Madrid, MSW

Lyndsey Mahoney, MSW
Megan Pitsios MSW, LCSW
Andria Saenz, MSW

Foster Care and Adoption Assistant
Andrea Gonzalez

Family Support Specialist
Eileen Lopez, MSW

Family Recruitment Specialist
Drew Dickson

UP4Youth Program Manager
Isaac Casas

UP4Youth Program Coordinator
Marco Contreras, MBA

Special Projects Coordinator
Bonnie Sharpe, MSW

Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives & Policy
Lilian Conover, MPP

Operations Manager
Mark Zipoli

Intake Administrator
Marta Valle

Office Assistant
Daniela Lopez

Staff Accountant
Joe Udeochu, MBA