Center for Family Strengthening is dedicated to strengthening families through education and advocacy. The center partners with family support organizations in San Luis Obispo County to provide resources to families in need, protect children from abuse and neglect, and ensure that strong families are a community priority.

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  • Give Children Affected by Trauma a Chance to Thrive

    Martha's Place Gives Children who Suffer from Prenatal Substance Exposure and Early Childhood Trauma a Chance to Thrive and to Reach their Full Potential. A research study known as the… Read more…

  • Promotores Collaborative Program Successes!

        The County of San Luis Obispo Preventive Health Grant sponsors the professional coordination services required for a high functioning Promotores Collaborative. Center for Family Strengthening (CFS) provides leadership development and… Read more…

  • CFS Promotes Staff Member

    Center for Family Strengthening promotes Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia to Director of Promotores Collaborative. “We are thrilled with Erica’s accomplishments in driving the growth and success of Promotores Collaborative,” said Lisa Fraser,… Read more…

  • CFS Welcomes New Program Coordinator

    Gwendolyn Garcia has joined Center for Family Strengthening as Program Coordinator for CFS’ major programs: Parent Connection, Kidz Tool Box for personal safety, Promotores Collaborative, Central Coast Breastfeeding Coalition and… Read more…

  • CFS moves to new location

    Center for Family Strengthening has moved its corporate headquarters to 3480 South Higuera, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo. Affiliate agency ALPHA Pregnancy and Parenting Support is also moving its corporate… Read more…

2018 Board of Directors

Bob Watt, President

Principal, Cambria Elementary School, Coast Unified School District.
First 5 Commissioner, SLO County.

 

 

 

Patti Hempenius, Vice President

Patti brings more than 50 years of experience in both social services and business.  She has served on multiple Boards of Directors in both the nursing industry as well as the lodging industry and has a wealth of experience inlocal, national and international business.  Patti is currently serving as a Board Member of Central Coast Funds for Children. As a registered nurse she holds the California state designation “Public Health Nurse” and is currently retired from nursing. Patti has been a very successful business owner of nine lodging properties on the Central coast. She graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is married to Jerry Hempenius, is the mother of a son and daughter and is a grandmother to four delightful grandchildren.

 

Mary Bianchi, Treasurer

Mary Bianchi is County Director for the University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  She is the Chair of the Model of Care Partners Oversight Committee (MoCPOC) working in support of Martha’s Place Children’s Assessment Center in San Luis Obispo since 2006, and a founding member of Friends of Martha’s Place. Mary also serves on the San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health Board. She is devoted to improving resources dedicated to serve children birth to five years of age suffering with severe developmental delays and behavioral challenges due to prenatal substance exposure and/or early childhood trauma.

 

Cherie Fields, Secretary

Supervisor, Nurse Family Partnership of San Luis Obispo County

 

 

 

 

Meghan Burger, Board Member

Youth Services Supervisor, City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation

Since High School Megan has been working in support of youth. She began her professional life teaching for 8 years, and for the past decade has worked in the City of San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation. In her role as Youth Services Supervisor, she oversees programs that serve over a thousand children per year.

Meghan served on the Child Care Planning Council for SLO County for over 5 years and is currently the Past President on the California Parks and Recreation Society’s District 8 Board of Directors. She believes that likeminded and community-focused individuals can inspire greatness, support positive opportunities for communities served, and provide launching ground for program development in support of youth and families.

Meghan is a mom of two young boys, an aunt to many, and passionate about the sanctity of childhood.

 

Pamela Pall

 

 

 

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