Helping children and families create a better future.

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Who We Are

Trinity Youth Services, nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation, has been improving children’s lives through positive community impact since 1966. Trinity provides quality short-term residential treatment, foster care and adoption services, and mental health programs to traumatized, abused, neglected and abandoned children throughout Southern California and Houston, Texas.

Mission Team

Cher leads the business operations teams, which include human resources, payroll, accounting and development. We call our business offices “Mission Support,” because everything we do supports the programs and people that provide direct services to the children and youth in Trinity’s care. Cher has been with Trinity Youth Services for nearly two decades and prior to that, she worked in the music industry and as a professional actress. Among her many academic degrees and certificates, Cher holds a BA in organizational management from Ashford University and post-graduate certifications from Cornell University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in ethical leadership from Claremont Lincoln University in 2017. Cher is also a member of the first graduating cohort in a National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) nonprofit executive leadership program; a collaboration with Arizona State University, Indiana University and the Lilly School of Philanthropy. Cher has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and currently serves on the board of directors at the dA Center for the Arts, is on the membership committee for the California Alliance for Children and Families, and is chair of the Inland Empire Alliance for Children and Families. In her spare time, Cher performs stand-up comedy professionally.

John is the chief executive officer of Trinity Youth Services. With programs in two states, he leads an agency that serves over 500 children and families daily through residential treatment services, mental health programs, foster care agency and adoption services. He received his AA from Chaffey College, and both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and received the Army Commendation Medal. John has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator in the public schools, and a management and leadership consultant to public agencies and private industry. In 1993, he became the CEO of Advanced Education Services, a not-for-profit corporation that operated nonpublic and charter schools. He became the chief operating officer of Trinity Youth Services in 2002 and CEO in 2005. John served on the board and as president of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers, where he was honored as the Executive of the Year and also served as the president of Claremont Heritage. In 2016, John received the Social Entrepreneur Award at the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. He is an active volunteer in his community, having served on city and county commissions, and is currently on the City of Claremont Architectural Commission.

Fr. John describes the opportunity to help the clients in our care as a blessing. He works together with our staff to insure that the agency provides excellent programs that equip the young people in our care for a better future with tools, skills and knowledge to overcome the trauma in their life. He was hired as a child care worker for Trinity Youth Services in 1983 and has continued to work for the agency serving in many capacities over the years. Currently, Fr. John is the executive director of program services, and is responsible for the supervision of Trinity’s residential campuses and foster care agency. Fr. John has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from the University of Tulsa and a master’s of divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Inger has been with Trinity Youth Services since 1991. Her role is to plan, direct and manage recruitment, compensation, benefits, training and employee relations. She ensures that all programs are consistently administered, have compliance with professional standards, and meet state and federal regulatory requirements and laws. She is a graduate of Cornell University with certification in human resources and is also certified from the Council on Accreditation (COA) and Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). She has also been an active member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) for over 20 years. Inger is a devoted wife and mother, who enjoys spending time with her family. She is an active volunteer in local educational and athletic programs, including her daughter’s elementary school and a high school football program that is known for providing many NCAA, Division I opportunities for its athletes.

As an integral part of Trinity Youth Services, Christina works with the executive management team to develop and implement continuous quality improvement for the administrative functions of the agencies. She has been with Trinity since 1998 in various roles including executive assistant to the CEO and currently is the quality improvement coordinator. Aside from her work, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, relaxing at the beach and going to Disneyland.

Jenelle’s role is to maintain a distinctive look and voice for Trinity through our online presence, media and community outreach. Before joining the Trinity team in 2016, Jenelle worked in the newspaper/magazine industry for nearly a decade as a graphic designer and arts and entertainment editor. Jenelle earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications at California State University Fullerton and has won several awards throughout her career including a few from the National Newspaper Association. Jenelle is also very involved in her community. She owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk, is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group and is active in her church.

Carlos works with foster care directors, social workers and certification specialists in recruiting resource families. His responsibility is to connect with potential foster/adopt parents and the community. Navigating the world of foster care and adoption can be daunting, but Carlos’ friendly and understanding nature helps put our resources families at ease. Carlos has 15 years of experience working in foster care in different capacities including program assistant and interpreter/translator. His recognitions include Bienvenidos FFA Interpreter/Translator of the Year 2000 and Bienvenidos FFA 10 Years’ Service Award.

Employee Recruitment and Retention SpecialistCarrie connects with and interviews potential employees through job fairs, posting to industry career listings and more. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of San Diego in 2001 and earned a master’s degree in public administration at Cal Poly Pomona in 2005. Carrie enjoys spending much of her time with family and, when given the opportunity, jumps at the chance to travel the world with her mother and daughter. Carrie has been with Trinity Youth Services since 2015 and devotes a lot of her heart and time to the Children’s Foundation of America.

Having over 20 years’ experience, Jackie currently oversees Trinity’s operations of foster care and adoptions programs throughout Southern California and in Houston, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in law and society from University of California Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in social work from California State University Long Beach and recently became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children attending various baseball, softball and judo meets. She is on the parent board for a judo dojo and is one of the troop leaders for her daughter's Girl Scout troop. Additionally, she really enjoys running half marathons and aims to run 4 to 5 races each year.

Jim oversees the delivery of mental health services at both residential and foster care sites contracted by local counties. He also manages the implementation and maintenance of Medi-Cal and county contractual requirements. Jim attended Chapman University and earned a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family counseling then received his Marriage and Family Therapist License in 2002. He has worked as a behavioral specialist at University of California, Irvine Pediatrics from the late ‘80s until 1996 at which point he began working at Trinity as a social worker. He soon moved into the clinical coordinator role then took over as campus director in 2001. By 2005, Jim had assisted in creating a mental health program at Trinity’s El Monte campus with a contract through Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and in 2016 Jim moved into his current role as Trinity’s director of mental health services. He and his family participate heavily in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and love to travel, eat out and visit with family and friends.

Laura oversees a foster care office of 12 employees and over 40 foster families that work hard each and every day to ensure that the physical, emotional and developmental needs of the children and youth in our care are met. She holds a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis on marriage, family and child counseling from California State University Los Angeles. Prior to coming to Trinity Youth Services in 1997, Laura spent five years working with abused and neglected children in residential treatment as a child care worker/counselor. Once at Trinity, Laura started as an intake worker and at one point managed the Long Beach foster care office. One of Laura’s favorite things about her current role is the opportunity to be involved in the local community through the Rancho Cucamonga and Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Renee oversees the daily operations of social workers to assist youth in foster care as well as provide training and support for resource families. Renee holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication/journalism from Norfolk State University and a master’s in school psychology from National University. She has worked as a substitute teacher, script proofreader, school psychologist and has worked at Trinity Youth Services for nearly 10 years as a social worker. Additionally, Renee is an active member of her church, Classy Living Society and NAACP. She volunteers monthly feeding the homeless and enjoys creating fun events and memories for families. Renee is proud to be adopting soon, and we’re just as excited for her and her growing family.

Sara holds a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and is a member of the American Psychology Association. Before beginning at Trinity in 2014, Sara worked at Penny Lane and County as a social worker. Sara highly regards the opportunity to be partially responsible for creating a better future for the children in Trinity’s care. She values the relationships she has formed at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce and with local churches, which have exhibited support for the children she feels so responsible for. Beyond the children she cares for at Trinity, she also enjoys spending a lot of her time with her daughter, taking her to the park, dance classes, and play dates.

Liza oversees the Long Beach foster care office and works together with resource families to ensure the children in our care have a safe, loving environment to live in. Liza earned her doctorate degree in marital and family therapy from Loma Linda University, her master’s degree from Pacific Oaks University and bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University Los Angeles. She was the Department of Mental Health County Stipend Recipient in 2009 and Department of Mental Health State Stipend Recipient in 2015. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a therapist, site coordinator and as an intake coordinator. Liza loves sewing and spending time with her family. She is also a proud mother of a child with special needs.

Venettia supervises social workers and certification workers as well as oversees intake and placement of foster children, recruitment, certification and training of resource parents. Venettia earned her master’s degree in health care administration from the Texas Women’s University, Houston and is a licensed child placing agency administrator. She began working at Trinity in 2008 as a foster care social worker and became the Houston director in 2016. Venettia is proud of the work that the Houston office is doing to make a difference in the lives of children as they succeed in making a better future for children and families. Venettia has also been a Stephen Minister at Lakewood Church since 2015, making herself available to anyone who needs counsel or someone to listen.

Gil began his career with Trinity Youth Services after working for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the University of Redlands in California. During his time with the ELS program he worked as a counselor for youth from other countries. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human services from California State University San Bernardino. Since 1991, Gil has worked at Trinity Youth Services as a child care counselor and campus director in Apple Valley and currently as the campus director in Yucaipa. He is responsible for 24-hour supervision and treatment for nearly 50 male adolescents who have been placed by various probation counties. Gil continues to be actively involved in several county probation committees.

Elizabeth is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Trinity Apple Valley campus. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology Los Angeles. Elizabeth worked 5 years at the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, where she conducted intake assessments and provided therapy services for children and adults in an outpatient setting. In 2015, she received a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of Exemplary Human Services from the San Bernardino County Probation Department. She held the clinical coordinator position at Trinity Apple Valley for over 12 years, prior to becoming the campus director in 2016.

As of January 2017, Gil Quinbar has been appointed as Interim Campus Director for Trinity El Monte. Gil has been with Trinity Youth Services for 26 years in various positions for the agency. Gil’s years of experience and leadership will prove to be a great asset at El Monte during this transition period.

Board Members

Aris Alexander, President

Judith Jarvis, Member

Hector Macias, Member

John Neiuber, CEO

Nathan Mitakides, Member

Adam Russell, Member

Paul O’Callaghan, Secretary/Treasurer

Valerie Martinez, Member

History

historyIn 1966, two Orthodox priests were inspired to do something to help delinquent, abused and neglected children and began Guadalupe Homes, later changing its name to Trinity Youth Services. A renovated ranch-style home, formerly owned by the silent film actress Gloria Swanson, was moved from Hollywood to the City of Yucaipa, California, and established as Guadalupe Home for Boys. In this home, six troubled teenagers were provided with care, guidance, structure and skills that would help them prepare for adulthood.

The organization grew over the years and today Trinity Youth Services operates short-term residential treatment centers, mental health programs, an adoption agency and foster care services in California and Texas.

The vision and work of our founder and former CEO, Fr. Leon Pachis, and those who assisted him, paved the way for a dedicated team of social workers, support workers, therapists, support professionals and administrative staff, who have maintained the agency’s reputation as an exemplary child care service provider in the western United States and have allowed Trinity Youth Services to positively impact the lives of thousands of children since its inception.




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