Board of Directors


(Senior Trial Attorney, Farmers Insurance)

Vice Chair


Mark Merryfield
Fundraising & Recruitment

(Sr. Vice President,Investments

Stifel Nicolaus)

Heather French

(Senior National Sales Manager, PepsiCo)

Cathy Allen
Board Member

(Program Manager, H.O.P.E Center)

David Parr
Board Member

(Partner, Palmieri Tyler)

Andy DeLorenzo 
Board Member

(Director-Distributor & Franchise

Bottler Strategy, PepsiCo Foodservice)

John Veytia
Board Member

(Real Estate Broker)

Bill Tornquist
Board Member

(Chief Program Officer,

The Priority Center)

Robert Stollar
Board Member

(Partner, SWIIM Systems)

Mike Lancaster
Board Member

(President, JML Real Estate Services, LLC)


(Owner, Coffee Beards & Bowties)

Who We Are

Our Mission

California Family Life Center's mission is to provide safety, comfort and healing to children suffering abuse and abandonment; to teach love and trust; to instill self-esteem, values and hope for the future - and in so doing, assist children trapped in hopelessness and despair become compassionate and contributing members of the community.

California Family Life Center has been awarded the highest level of accreditation by CARF International for its Foster Family and Kinship Care, Group Home Care, and Support and Facilitation programs.

CARF accreditation is a public seal of trust and commitment to quality based on internationally accepted standards. Achieving this accreditation demonstrates California Family Life Center's commitment to exceptional, personalized care. An organization receiving the highest level of CARF accreditation has undergone a detailed peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors, during an on-site visit, its commitment to providing programs and services of the highest quality.