Dr. Vince Beresford
With over 25 years of leadership experience Dr. Vince Beresford is uniquely qualified to help Child S.H.A.R.E. offer hope and wholeness and to work toward healing, empowerment and justice for children in foster care by equipping families, individuals, volunteers and faith communities to provide and support foster and adoptive homes.
Vince was placed into the Los Angeles County foster care system at birth and later was returned to live with his birth mother. Vince lived with his birth mother in an abusive home surrounded by gangs, drugs and violence until he was 10 years old and then moved in with and was raised by his grandmother. Vince completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Azusa Pacific University (APU), earned his Doctorate degree at George Fox University and has been an Ordained Pastor since 1995. Vince was also a two-time National Champion pole-vaulter while attending APU.
Prior to coming to Child S.H.A.R.E., Vince served as the Executive Director for With Hope, the Amber Craig Memorial Foundation that educates people on suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Vince is also the creator of the Youth and Family Ministry Institute and the Bachelors degree program in Youth Ministry at Spring Arbor University. He has served as a Senior Pastor, Professor, Author, Speaker, Professional Athlete and collegiate Head Coach.
Vince has been married to his best friend Julia for over 20 years and they have three beautiful daughters. Vince is passionately committed to using his life, leadership and experience to equip and empower people in pursuing and fulfilling the mission of Child S.H.A.R.E.
Director of Operations
Lydia’s interest in foster care began when she was 15 years old and her parents became foster parents. She was able to see her family providing a safe and loving home for children, which influenced her decision to foster/adopt someday.
Lydia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Christian Heritage College and completed graduate studies in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University. As a result, she worked as a Counselor and Social Worker, which furthered her desire toward helping children. After working for 10 years in direct service, she returned to school and earned a Master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Redlands.
In September 2008, Lydia joined Child S.H.A.R.E. as Director of Operations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the agency. Lydia is happily married and enjoys various activities with her husband such as trying new restaurants in the LA area.
Korey joined Child S.H.A.R.E. in 2010 as the Media Coordinator. He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design where he majored in Advertising. During his time at Art Center, Korey created and organized charitable events and ad campaigns for several non-profit organizations including, Heal the Bay, LA Foodbank, Union Rescue Mission and Goodwill.
Korey has served as a production artist, designer, and creative intern for an advertising agency and graphic designer. It is natural that Korey has found Child S.H.A.R.E. as he has always had a heart for service and advocacy. His creativity and passion for social justice is evident in every brochure, invitation and other piece of media he touches. Korey also teaches fitness classes and enjoys hiking, running, and going to the beach.
Phyllis M. Utterback
Phyllis received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego California. Throughout her career, Phyllis has focused on assisting those in need. She has provided pain management and therapy at a dental office, worked in the education system with pre-school through high school and currently oversees her congregation’s women’s bible studies.
Phyllis’s work as an Accounting Assistant and as a Legal Assistant in a Family Law Office, coupled with her active involvement in her church have uniquely prepared her for her current position as Executive Assistant to Child S.H.A.R.E.’s Executive Director, Vince Beresford. Phyllis is widely credited as “keeping it all together” in the front office of Child S.H.A.R.E.
Phyllis also has a passion for working with children, she has worked with Pasadena Christian School and Sunrise Pre-School. Phyllis has been happily married to her loving husband, Jim for 26 years. As Jim explains, “Living with Phyllis is like living in an I Love Lucy episode.” Next to working for Vince Beresford, her favorite job remains her role as Mom to her daughter Sarah and her son Avery.
Amanda Turek Bell
Director of Family Support
Amanda joined the Child S.H.A.R.E. team in May 2008 after working for non-profit organizations for 5 years in the field of domestic violence prevention and intervention. She is a state certified domestic violence advocate and is regularly called on to speak on related issues. Viewing the epidemic of domestic violence and child abuse as closely linked social services, Amanda naturally transitioned into foster care advocacy when she joined Child S.H.A.R.E.
Initially as the Special Events Manager, and now the Director of Family Support, Amanda channels her exuberant energy into connecting with families in-person and over the phone, hosting monthly Resource Groups and planning annual family support events. Utilizing her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara, Amanda regularly contributes to the print and viral media publications at Child S.H.A.R.E. Amanda is currently working toward her Master’s Degree in Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.
Proudly boasting of her status as a shining example of a foster child success story, Amanda states that she “won the adoption lottery” when welcomed into the Turek family. Amanda and her identical twin sister Christy were adopted as infants through Holy Family Services in Pasadena, California. Amanda is a newlywed, she and her husband Duncan, a botanist, enjoy hiking in the desert, reading and eating their favorite food, french fries.
Director of Recruitment
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside Counties
Lauren has had a passion for working with children for as long as she can remember. After graduating from Wheaton College, her desire to learn about how to most effectively meet the needs of children around the world led her to Fuller Seminary where she is currently finishing a Master’s Degree in Cross Cultural Studies with a specialization in Children at Risk. Lauren joined the Child S.H.A.R.E. team in September 2009 with extensive experience in partnering with church leadership and lay leaders to coordinate outreach events in their communities. This experience in working with a broad spectrum of churches stirs her to believe that the Church is a community of people that can make a great impact on the lives of the children in the foster care system. She treasures the privilege of walking alongside churches as they build flourishing foster/adoptive ministries. Lauren is married to a wonderful husband, Khalid, and together they plan to adopt in the future.
Los Angeles County Recruiter
Working for Child S.H.A.R.E. has been the ongoing work that God started when Bob was a boy. At an early age, Bob found himself in the foster care system. It was painful to be without his family, but through the experience he learned a lot about when it means to be a family. While in foster care, Bob moved to 4 different homes in 2 years. Switching schools and friends was hard on him, but eventually Bob was reunited with his father. Bob didn’t really think about foster care or adoption until he himself was already the father of three, and watched a short Child S.H.A.R.E. video.
Bob says, “That’s when the light went on!” He and his wife Carlotta have been foster parents to 4 children and have adopted their daughter through the help of Child S.H.A.R.E. “We can’t imagine trying to do this without the support and community of Child S.H.A.R.E. And now there is no greater privilege and honor that I could have than being able to devote my days to finding healthy, loving homes for children who are just like me.”
Los Angeles County Recruiter
Jenna arrived at Child S.H.A.R.E. from Montana in June of 2009. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho, Jenna moved to California to further her education. Compelled by her passion for social justice, Jenna has traveled through Taiwan, the Czeck Republic, Guatemala and Peru working to encourage education, development and equality among its’ citizens. Jenna is proud to combine her deep Christian faith with her life-long passion to care for and educate children with Child S.H.A.R.E. Through her role as the Los Angeles County Recruiter, Jenna is honored to assist Child S.H.A.R.E. in securing successful futures for abused children. Jenna is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Education from Point Loma Nazarene University.
Orange/Riverside County Recruiter
Madeline’s passion to fight for the needs of orphans and children in foster care was sparked through her relationship with the children previously in foster care that are now in the home of her own family. They served as a foster family for 3 years and went on to adopt two amazing children internationally with the help and support of Child S.H.A.R.E. Madeline pursued a degree in psychology with the heart to use her skills to help restore and redeem the wounded lives of adopted and children in foster care and graduated in May 2011 from California State University Long Beach with her BA. Madeline’s personal experience as well as volunteer experience with a variety of non-profit organizations and foster family agencies led her to join the Child S.H.A.R.E. team as a recruiter in the O.C. and Riverside counties in October 2011. During her free time, Madeline loves to go hiking with friends, practice yoga, cook, and spend time with her family.
Kelsi Garcia (Leach)
Family Resource Coordinator
Kelsi received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University. The need for families to take care of children who are without a family has compelled her for many years. After graduating she found herself waiting for an opportunity to join the efforts of the many people working to find permanent placement for children seeking it and, after working in a group home with teenagers in the foster system, she became convinced that a group home should be the very last resort for these children. She believes that the foster care system and the Church have a lot to offer each other, but often forget about each other.
Kelsi is now working on her Masters in Theology at Azusa Pacific University and is very excited to be part of the Child S.H.A.R.E. team where her passions for the foster care system and her passions for the Church can interact. She is married to her life-long friend Stephen, and she loves to participate in many kinds of activities. Her favorites are basketball, reading and bowling.
Family Support Assistant
Yesica joined the Family Support Team at Child S.H.A.R.E. in January, 2012 as the Family Support Assistant. Yesica enjoys connecting with Child S.H.A.R.E.’s foster and adoptive families in her regular phone and email communication with them. Throughout her career, Yesica has thrived working directly with families in need to provide hope, resources and support; she is passionate about fulfilling Child S.H.A.R.E.’s mission. Yesica is a certified Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Advocate. At the East Los Angeles Women’s Center, Yesica provided crisis intervention for both adult and child victims of violence, as well as community outreach presentations. A gifted mentor and an outstanding listener, Yesica also served as a Case Manager at the organization, New Economics for Women, where she worked with teenage mothers. Yesica has been married for eight years to her “attentive, funny and loving husband,” Ricardo. Yesica and Ricardo dote on their two young children, Elijah and Clarissa. The Lozano’s favorite family activity is simply spending quality time with one another.
Tri -County Recruiter
Paulina became passionate about social justice issues soon after attending the University of California, Irvine where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree both in Criminology, Law & Society and Social Ecology. It was during this stage in her life when she noticed the great discrepancy between the community where she attended school and the one where she lived. She realized that God had given her the opportunity to earn a higher education so that she could help the less fortunate members of her community.
Soon after graduating from UCI, Paulina worked as a Case Manager for a non-profit organization located right in the heart of Santa Ana. While there, she assisted individuals who had employment barriers and at-risk youth with career placement and job searching skills. During that time, Paulina also joined a social justice group called A.C.T.S. (Acts of Compassion Transforming Society) whose mission was to bring awareness to the cause of the marginalized. Since then, she has volunteered at her local church for almost 10 years.
In July 2013, Paulina joined Child S.H.A.R.E. as a Family Recruiter and finds her job very rewarding in knowing that she is making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her loving husband David. They both enjoy visiting family, hiking, traveling and walking their two Labradors.
Stephen joined ChildS.H.A.R.E. in March 2014 after working in the field of Emergency Medicine as an Ambulance Operator and Emergency Medical Technician. His time in the field shifted his world view greatly, awakening him to the great need for children to have loving and supportive families.
Stephen earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from California Baptist University, and has extensive experience as a lay leader in his church, working in the high school group as a mentor to young men, and involved as a worship leader. He also has spent 5 years as a high school and junior high volleyball coach for both boys and girls. Stephen is married to his life-long friend, Kelsi, and they are excitedly awaiting the birth of their first child.
Family Support Outreach Assistant
With a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Embèr has always had a passion and a love for children, especially the defenseless and vulnerable children of the world. Part of what has molded Ember’s desire to champion the most vulnerable among us is growing up in a family that was a Therapeutic Foster home for over 14 years.
Interim Director of Marketing and Development
Special Events Coordinator
Jasmine’s interest in helping those in need were instilled in her from a very young age. Being born in El Salvador and often visiting her poverty-stricken country, influenced her to choose a career path where she would be serving the disadvantaged.
Jasmine holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in English: emphasizing in Literature & Language and a minor in French Language. She completed her graduate studies in Pubic Relations and Public Relations for Nonprofit Organizations from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Throughout her career, Jasmine has enjoyed being an enthusiastic Event Coordinator for nonprofit organizations such as those in which assist the underprivileged who are affected with HIV/AIDS. Currently, she feels fortunate to apply her various skills as the Special Events Coordinator at Child S.H.A.R.E. During her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading, writing, traveling and learning her fourth language Portuguese.
After earning her degree in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, Brittany spent a year working as an Au Pair in Switzerland, and traveling Europe. Her work with children inspired her to focus her career on serving children. After gaining experience in non-profit fundraising at Special Olympics Southern California, Brittany joined Child S.H.A.R.E. as the Development Associate in November 2013. Child S.H.A.R.E. was the perfect fit for Brittany, where she could combine her experience with her passion for helping children. Brittany enjoys travelling, reading, and experiencing new activities with friends.