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.

Helping families thrive.

Board of Directors

Sharon Baldridge and Beverly Thomposn

Sharon and Beverly are former Board members of the S.A.V.E.(Sexual Assault Victims Education) nonprofit organization.  

In June 2015,   S.A.V.E merged with Center for Family Strengthening.  Sharon and Beverly will help support the expansion of the Kidz Toolbox for Personal Safety program for preschool age children. 


Mary Bianchi, 2015-16 Treasurer

Mary BianchiMary Bianchi is County Director for the University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  She is a member of and recent 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.


Patti Hempenius

Patti HempeniusMeet our Board member Pattie Hempenius.  Pattie 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 in local, 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.  Pattie 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.

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