Helping children and families create a better future.

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 programs, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Florence has a strong commitment to helping foster youth and their families thrive and live successful lives. A former foster youth, Florence obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communications from California State University, San Bernardino, and is a certified Holistic Life Coach, motivational writer, self-help author and celebrity interviewer. Beyond the Trinity Youth Services blog, Florence’s articles can be found in numerous platforms including Foster Focus Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, BET Centric and Huffington Post. A passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, Florence continues to educate, support and mentor foster youth throughout Southern California.

Dawine manages our social media, writes blogs for the website and attends different community events to share information about becoming a resource parent. In 2017, Dawine graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. During her time at SHSU, she worked in the Marketing and Communications Department as a student writer and also had the opportunity to work as a Communications and Outreach Fellow at a nonprofit organization. Outside of her role at Trinity, Dawine is heavily involved in outreach at her church and enjoys spending time with my family, reading and writing.

Liza oversees the Monterey Park 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.

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.

Tonia supervises social workers and certification workers as well as oversees intake and placement of foster children, recruitment, certification and training of resource parents. Tonia 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.

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.

Sherman is dedicated to overseeing the day-to-day operations at Trinity's El Monte campus. Sherman earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology with an emphasis in criminology and corrections from California State University, Northridge, a master's degree in public administration and a second master's degree in organizational psychology. Sherman more recently earned a PsyD in psychology with an emphasis in organizational management and consulting from Phillips Graduate University. He has more than 15 years of administrative experience, which also includes 20 years of previous work with youth coming from the department of children and family services and juvenile justice systems. His years of experience in working with this population have given him the experience necessary to be effective in mentoring, educating and encouraging youth to achieve their very best.

Board Members

Aris Alexander, President

Judith Jarvis, Member

Hector Macias, Member

John Neiuber, CEO

Adam Russell, Member

Paul O’Callaghan, Secretary/Treasurer

Valerie Martinez, Member


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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Accreditation & Affiliations