A New Era for Hillsides

Coming to Los Angeles from another multi-service children’s charity in Northern California, Sunny Hills Services, I am excited about my position as Hillsides’ chief executive officer. The Board worked for over two years to identify a successor to John Hitchcock, who retired in March after nearly forty years of service to Hillsides.

Hillsides has a long tradition at the forefront of services for vulnerable children, youth and families. As a leader in this field, I’m excited about the opportunity to be supportive of strengthening Hillsides’ mission in creating safe places and continuing to advocate for the needs of these children and their families.

While at Sunny Hills Services I outlined a multiple year transition plan that increased community-based programs, addressing the weakening demands for residential services, as well as positioning the charity for further development, increased service capacity and strengthened its financial viability. Other previous leadership roles have included an appointment as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Para Los Niños in Los Angeles, director of planning and director for community services at Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River, as well as executive director and administrator of St. Vincent’s Home in Fall River, Massachusetts.

I plan to continue an active role in advocating at the county, state and national level for the development of additional funding for Kinship Care, mental health services, supportive housing for transitional aged youth and medical insurance for vulnerable children and youth.

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