Providing an opportunity for every person
to help children heal, learn and thrive.

Who We Are

The Children’s Foundation of America supports high-quality programs for children through solicitation of funds, engagement of volunteers and partnerships within the community. Through its board of trustees, staff and team of volunteers, the Foundation currently provides support to programs that address the health, safety, well-being and education of foster children, initiatives that advocate for children’s issues and community-based organizations that assist children in need.

Foundation Team

John graduated from Chino High School, received his AA from Chaffey College, and both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California State University, San Bernardino. He is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and received the Army Commendation Medal. John has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and district office administrator in the public schools, and a management and leadership consultant to public agencies and private industry. In 1993, he became the CEO of Advanced Education Services, a not-for-profit corporation that operated nonpublic and charter schools. He became the chief operating officer of Trinity Youth Services in 2002 and CEO in 2005. John served on the board and as president of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers, where he was honored as the Executive of the Year and also served as the president of Claremont Heritage. In 2016, John received the Social Entrepreneur Award at the Spirit of the Entrepreneur Awards. He is an active volunteer in his community, having served on city and county commissions, and is currently on the City of Claremont Architectural Commission.

Cher provides oversight for the Foundation team and guides the activities of the Foundation on behalf of the board of trustees. Cher has worked in the music industry and as a professional actress. Among her many academic degrees and certificates, Cher holds a BA in organizational management from Ashford University and post-graduate certifications from Cornell University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is scheduled to complete her master’s degree in ethical leadership from Claremont Lincoln University in 2017. Cher is also a member of the first graduating cohort in a National Human Services Assembly (NHSA) nonprofit executive leadership program; a collaboration with Arizona State University, Indiana University and the Lilly School of Philanthropy. Cher has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and currently serves on the board of directors at the dA Center for the Arts, is on the membership committee for the California Alliance for Children and Families, and is chair of the Inland Empire Alliance for Children and Families. In her spare time, Cher performs stand-up comedy professionally.

Carrie oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation. Among her many tasks, she is responsible for seeking out and applying to grants for the Foundation as well as overseeing fundraising events and donations. Above all, Carrie’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of San Diego in 2001 and a master’s degree in public administration at Cal Poly Pomona in 2005. Carrie enjoys spending much of her time with her family and, when given the opportunity, jumps at the chance to travel the world with her mother and daughter.

Jenelle’s role is to maintain a distinctive look and voice through our online presence, media and community outreach. Before joining the team in 2016, Jenelle worked in the newspaper/magazine industry for nearly a decade as a graphic designer and arts and entertainment editor. Jenelle earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications at California State University Fullerton and has won several awards throughout her career including a few from the National Newspaper Association. Jenelle is also very involved in her community. She owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk, is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group and is active in her church.

Becky acts as liaison for Children’s Foundation of America. On any given day she could be meeting with potential donors, coordinating a fundraising event, recruiting volunteers and forming partnerships with other nonprofits that can benefit from the help of our Foundation. Becky is currently studying sociology as well as fine art and helps organize the Claremont Art Walk. You will most likely find Becky working on freelance illustrations, playing the cello, mingling at a chamber of commerce event or volunteering in the community.

Aaron’s role is keeping the day-to-day functions of the Foundation office running efficiently by answering phone calls and emails, taking in and recording donations, coordinating volunteer activities and assisting with outreach and events. Aaron is a musician and an art enthusiast. On weekends, Aaron instructs music at the Claremont Community School of Music and assists at the nonprofit’s office.

Board of Directors

John Neiuber, CEO & Chairman

Danny Kesheshian, Vice-Chairman

Cher Ofstedahl, Executive Director

Fr. John Alexander, Recording Secretary

Duberly Beck, Member

Laura Chaidez, Member

Christina Jackson, Member

Carla Kingsbury, Member

Levi Miller, Member

Sharon Nagel, Member

Timel Sebastian, Member

Our History

Portrait of happy children forming huddleThe Children’s Foundation of America was established to Be the Difference for children who have suffered trauma, require assistance and who need to heal and thrive in order to develop into adults with a bright future. Founded in 2005, the dedicated board of directors, staff and volunteers work to ensure that children with very little are afforded the same opportunities that are available to other children. Located in Claremont, CA, the Foundation originally supported only the programs of Trinity Youth Services, but has expanded its mission to include advocacy of children’s issues and support of community-based organizations, in addition to providing support to foster care, adoption, residential treatment and mental health programs.

View the Children's Foundation of America 2016 Annual Report.