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.

Jenelle oversees the day-to-day operations and staffing of the Foundation, which includes fundraising events, volunteer coordination, community outreach and donations. Above all, Jenelle’s focus is to identify and access resources in order to help children heal, learn and thrive. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University Fullerton and has become very involved in the community. She is active in her church, owns an art gallery, organizes the local art walk and is on the executive board of the downtown district’s marketing group.

Crystal is a sociology/social services student at California Sate University San Bernardino and Dania is a communications student with a focus of Spanish at Azusa Pacific University. Our CFA interns help us with administrative support, social media, graphic design, blog writing, awareness campaigns and community outreach.

Amber's role at the Foundation is to connect and engage the community, develop relationships and help increase the funding power of our mission. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in communications at California Baptist University. Prior to joining the Foundation team in 2018, Amber was a Family Search & Engagement Specialist at South Coast Community Services, Community Outreach & Membership Manager for San Gorgonio Girl Scouts, and a Middle School Communications Instructor. She has volunteered with Girl Scouts, Children’s Network, San Bernardino County CFS, and Young Women’s Empowerment Foundation. Amber raises her two children to be conscious to social issues and people in need, is a stand up comic and a left handed Taurus!

Marie coordinates volunteer opportunities and helps the Foundation team in organizing fundraising events. You will see Marie at our Holiday Heroes gift wrapping fundraiser and at our warehouse coordinating volunteers in preparing care packages for children in need. She also creates content for our social media, website and informational materials. She previously served as an AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at the Foundation and a student assistant in the diversity department at California State University Fullerton, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. In her free time, Marie enjoys going to Disneyland, playing ukulele and board games, traveling, and dancing.

Board of Directors

John Neiuber, CEO & Chairman

Danny Keshishian, Vice-Chairman

Laura Chaidez, Member

Christina Jackson, Member

Carla Kingsbury, 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 2017 Annual Report.