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Rancho Santa Fe residents join Voices for Children board, Community Advisory Committee

Voices for Children (VFC), a private, nonprofit organization serving foster children with volunteer advocates, recently announced the election of 11 new members to the Board of Directors, including Rancho Santa Fe resident Holly Ellison, and two new members to its Community Advisory Council (CAC), including Rancho Santa Fe resident Vicky Carlson, for fiscal year 2012-2013. All members began their two-year terms on July 1, 2013. The VFC Board now has 25 members; the CAC also has 25.

Officers of the Board for FY2013-2014 are Rochelle Bold, Esq., Chair (serving her second year in this position); David Bialis, vice chair; Haeyoung Kong Tang, Ph.D., vice chair; Ann Parode Dynes, Esq., treasurer; and Lise N. Wilson, Esq., secretary. Newly elected board members are Jonni Bailey, Stephanie Bergsma, Mark Cafferty, RSF’s Holly Ellison, Roi Ewell, P. Randolph Finch Jr., Esq., Jennifer Greenfield, Richard Kintz, Esq., Julian Parra, Katie Sullivan, and Lany Zikakis. Newly elected members of the Community Advisory Council are RSF’s Vicky Carlson (former board member) and Lauree Sahba (former board member and board chair).

Rochelle Bold remarked, “I am honored and delighted to welcome these 11 distinguished San Diegans to our Board of Directors, and look forward to working with them in the coming year. Voices for Children has had a remarkable trajectory over the past five years, during which time the budget has doubled from $2.5 million to $4.9 million.

But we still have more work to do. To achieve our Serve Every Child vision, which requires an annual budget of $6 million, we must continue to grow the organization, and I am confident that with the addition of these individuals to our team, we will be successful. We are all dedicated to making sure that the more than 5,000 children living in San Diego foster care receive the desperately needed advocacy of CASAs that only Voices for Children can provide.”

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About RSF’s Holly Ellison:

RSF resident Holly Ellison studied communications and advertising in New York City before moving to Paris and working as a lyricist for Warner Brothers for five years. When she returned to New York, she began work in the market research department of Clairol and Bristol Myers Squib, forming focus groups and marketing development strategies until she decided to build her own market research company, Ellison Associates. Ellison owned and operated the company for 10 years. Three years ago, she moved to San Diego County after her retirement.

About RSF’s Vicky Carlson:

Vicky Carlson joined the LEAD Board of Directors in 2004 and served in many capacities before assuming her current position as president and CEO. With two decades of business experience, Carlson was president and owner of Office Pavilion San Diego, a Herman Miller furniture dealership. She serves on the board of the Woman’s Conference founded by California’s former First Lady, Maria Shriver, and is active in many other local committees and boards. In 2006, she received the UC San Diego Athena Pinnacle award for Individuals in Service. Carlson served on the VFC Board of Directors from 2004-2013.

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For more information about Voices for Children, to inquire about becoming a CASA volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.speakupnow.org or call 858-569-2019.


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