Staff

Focus Forward has a very passionate team that is fully committed to creating pathways to success for those we serve. As a highly effective, high energy team, the staff is always learning, growing, and supporting one another in the work we do. Please see the list of our staff below.

If you would like to connect with someone from our team, please call our main line at 559-600-4961 to speak to someone in our office.

Open Employment Opportunity

 

Social Worker/Youth Support Specialist for Planned Re-Entry Program (PREP)
Full-Time (1 opening)

Social Worker/Youth Support Specialist job description

Education & Employment Coordinator Full Time (1 opening)

Education & Employment Job Description

Coreen Campos

Chief Executive Officer

Leads the organization by strategically carrying-out the mission with attention to supporting a thriving employee climate, ensuring robust programming and partnerships, and co-facilitating the governance of the organization with the Board of Directors.

Joanna Litchenberg, MSW

Program Manager

Coordinates and manages staff and programming for the Bright Futures program.

Vanessa Brister

Planned Re-Entry Program (PREP) Coordinator

Coordinates and manages staff and programming for the Planned Re-Entry Program.

Marcella Lopez

Volunteer Coordinator

Coordinates all volunteer programming including strategic volunteer staff support and service opportunities such as mentors/case managers, operations projects, and arts and culture workshops. Collaborates with Probation on various volunteer opportunities.

Cherie Morales-Armendariz

Family Support Specialist

Provides case management and facilitates workshops for families involved in our Planned Re-Entry Program (PREP).

Andrea Garcia

Program Specialist

Provides pregnant and parenting services to in and out-of-custody youth and their parents.

Adam Crowder

Family Support Specialist

Provides case management and facilitates workshops for families involved in our Planned Re-Entry Program (PREP).

Michele Hansen

Parent Educator

Provides parenting classes and support to families referred by the Department of Social Services.

Lee Vang

Youth Success Coordinator

Provides employment and educational support to youth and young adults in order to reduce recidivism.

Jason Williams

Advocacy Specialist

Responsible for coordinating advocacy and civic engagement opportunities for and with clients, with a focus on reducing stigma’s of youth involved in justice and child welfare systems in order to increase resources, opportunities and employment pathways for this population that face multiple barriers and risk factors.

Cassandra Parker

Youth Support Specialist

Partners with youth transitioning from the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus facility to the community through the Planned Re-Entry Program (PREP).

James Miser

Finance Associate

Performs a variety of bookkeeping, accounting, financial control and monitoring duties for the financial health of the organization.

Focus Forward values the role of the staff team, providing strategies and support to ensure a thriving work climate. Forms and documents that are made available here are intended for staff members’ easily access.

 

 

Staff Forms and Documents

Coaching and Support Guide (Use to prepare for monthly supervision meetings)

Staff Shadowing Guide (Part of onboarding)

Volunteer Onboarding and Training Guide

Volunteer Operations Projects Form

PREP Case Management Guide

Training Pre-/Post-Test

Upload Your Pictures

Log into the Focus Forward database for:

Case Notes Forms and Assessment Tools (e.g. PREP, Mentoring, Operations Projects, etc.)

Portfolio Form

 

Meet Our Team

The pictures below are snap shots captured during special events and everyday programming activities. The Focus Forward Team is comprised of two types of staff members: volunteers and full- and part-time employees.