Ms. Sandoval joins Families Forward with a long and successful career in nonprofit management and development. Elva has been a development consultant to non-profit organizations for the past two years. Prior to starting her consulting firm, she was the Vice President of Development for Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and was responsible for overall leadership and management of fundraising, communications, and alumni support efforts. Ms. Sandoval has served as the Executive Director of Kids In Sports Los Angeles where she provided overall leadership for the daily operations of the organization, as Director of Development for Claremont Graduate University and Senior Development Manager for Junior Achievement of Southern California. Ms. Sandoval began her professional career as a third grade teacher in Los Angeles and has been in the development field for twenty-five years. Ms. Sandoval earned her M.A. in Management from the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and earned her B.A. in Sociology and minor in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. elva@FamiliesForwardLC.org 626.792.2687 ext. 124
Andrea Huicochea has worked at Families Forward since 2009, fulfilling a number of different roles and responsibilities. She spent fourteen years as a preschool teacher, four of them at Families Forward in our classroom for four year olds. She then transitioned to administrative operations, assisting with Program management and enrollment. In 2015, she earned a Master’s of Human Development with a specialization in Leadership & Human Services from Pacific Oaks College. In 2020, she became the Program Director, working closely with families to pursue goals, work towards their education, and build relationships. Andrea feels that Families Forwards is an amazing place for families to grow together, develop friendships, receive guidance, and feel valued. andrea@FamiliesForwardLC.org 626.792.2687 ext. 113
Ashley Thompson has worked in early childhood education for 15 years, working both in the classroom and more recently as preschool administrator, as a Network Consultant for Child 360 and former coach of Families Forward. She holds a BA from California State University Northridge and a Masters in early childhood education from Pacific Oaks College. Ashley, a Pasadena native, was most recently employed at Child360 as a Program Coach and Network Consultant. Ashley is a dedicated professional with a passion for improving quality in the classroom by supporting the whole child as they learn, grow and explore. She possesses an adept ability to support families by building relationships and working together to bridge the gap between school and home. firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 130
Liz Kwong has decades of private and corporate sector fundraising experience, working with nonprofit brands to maximize their exposure in times when philanthropic fundraising is fierce. Her process bypasses traditional “it’s a good cause,” ‘it’s a just cause,” “it’s an emergency, we need your help” approaches in favor of establishing a clear value proposition that resonates with donors or prospects’ core interests and philanthropic values. In a past life, she was a leading participant of marketing teams that have launched over 150 new companies, products and services. She holds a BS in Marketing and Advertising from Rutgers University. liz@FamiliesForwardLC.org 626.792.2687 ext. 123
With over 18 years of teaching experience and a BA in Early Childhood Education from National University, Judy Bustamante is a skilled educator with diverse experience and a solid commitment to the social-emotional growth and development of every child. In 2014, Judy came to Families Forward Learning Center as a parent and shortly thereafter was hired as a teacher. After seven years of teaching at Families Forward, Judy’s commitment to professional ethics, standards of practice and the care and education of young children led her to transition to her current role of Assistant Early Childhood Education Director at Families Forward. She collaborates with her colleagues to ensure a physically and emotionally safe educational environment where learning and care can flourish for children, staff, and families. Her professional interests include the Reggio Emilia Approach and Conscious Discipline. In her spare time, Judy enjoys sharing her love of art by volunteering at her children’s school teaching art after school.
Paola joined the Families Forward team in August 2017 with seven years of experience as a mental health worker. She previously worked with Pacific Clinics to provide mental health rehabilitation services and case management to at-risk families. She serves as the Family Engagement Specialist at Families Forward, working individually with each family to help them achieve their goals and access resources. paola@FamiliesForwardLC.org 626.792.2687 ext. 125