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NCYL Welcomes New Members to its Foster-Ed Team

Sara Anthony

Education Liaison, FosterEd: Arizona

Sara Anthony is an Education Liaison with FosterEd: Arizona. Anthony graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. in Justice Studies with a focus in Constitutional Law. She went on to receive her M.B.A. and is working on her M. Ed in Elementary Education at Grand Canyon State University. Previously, she worked for the Arizona Department of Child Safety as an investigator. Anthony’s experience working for DCS has helped her see the difficulties that children in foster care face when it comes to their education. Anthony is passionate about education and her goal is to help students achieve their full education potential.

Janelle Atienza

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Janelle Atienza joined FosterEd California in July 2018 as an Education Liaison for Santa Clara County. She earned her B.A. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California in 2017, inspiring her to empower others in creating individual, community, and systemic social change. As a first-generation college student, Atienza devoted herself as a mentor for first-generation and low-income college students, creating community and supporting her mentees in reaching their educational and leadership goals. Additionally, Atienza served as a student activist, organizing her peers to advocate for marginalized students by thinking critically about campus culture, engaging with community members, and successfully impacting institutional changes. After graduating Atienza was motivated to join efforts in disrupting the cycle of reincarceration and taught professional development training to formerly incarcerated individuals transitioning into the workforce. Atienza is thrilled to join the team at FosterEd where she’s able to blend her passions for youth empowerment, education, and disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. She is especially excited to be serving primarily in East Side San Jose, where she has the opportunity to give back to her hometown and learn about her community with a new lens.

Camille Bailey

Program Manager, FosterEd: California

Camille Bailey is the FosterEd Program Manager in Contra Costa County. Before joining NCYL, Bailey was the Program Director of a residential treatment program serving youth in foster care with current or past experiences with commercial sexual exploitation. She has also worked as a clinician and case manager in transitional housing programs serving non-minor dependents participating in extended foster care (AB12) and as an elementary school counselor in the Bedford Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn, NY. Bailey holds her LCSW and is a graduate of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. There, she had a combined focus of clinical direct service with youth and macro policy work with the eventual goal of helping to reform our child welfare system. She completed her B.A. in Psychology at Columbia University and is originally from Sonoma County, CA.

Shelbby Bambrick

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Shelbby Bambrick is an Education Liaison in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County. Prior to joining the FosterEd team, Bambrick worked as a Children’s Therapist in a community mental health setting serving children and families in Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a master’s in Social Work and Certificate in Child Welfare from the University of Michigan. While in her graduate studies, Bambrick concentrated on the impacts of trauma, youth advocacy and building resiliency for families. She has several years of experiencing working directly with youth and has spent time as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) advocate, community organizer, educator and group facilitator. Bambrick is fluent in Spanish, enabling her to serve both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking families.

Kristen Gast

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California 

Kristen Gast is an Education Liaison with FosterEd California, located in Monterey Bay. Gast is originally from Sacramento, CA and moved to Boston for college in 2012. She attended Boston University, where she had a double major in Religion and Psychology. During college, Gast worked at an elementary school in Boston and spent time volunteering with nonprofits around the city. After graduating from college, she spent two years working as a college counselor in a Boston high school through AmeriCorps. Gast moved to Monterey in 2018 to begin her work with FosterEd supporting youth experiencing homelessness in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

Adrienne “Bing” Goldsworth

Program Manager, FosterEd: California 

Bing Goldsworth joined NCYL in July 2018 as the Program Manager for FosterEd in Monterey County. Growing up homeless and in foster care for a majority of their life is what lead to Goldsworth’s passion to work with disenfranchised youth across multiple systems of care. Goldsworth began their career in social services when they served as a Foster Youth and McKinney-Vento Liaison at the Santa Clara County Office of Education from 2008-2011. In 2011, Goldsworth became the Education Coordinator for a Refugee Foster Care program in San Jose, CA where they managed the educational needs of approximately 115 K-12 youth. Goldsworth graduated from California State University Monterey Bay in 2005 with a B. A. in Women’s Studies and a minor in Health & Wellness.

Christal Heard

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Christal Heard is an Education Liaison in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County. Prior to joining NCYL, she served as a Student Interventionist in the Palmdale School District. There, she collaborated with administrators, parents, students and site Social Emotional Learning Specialists to decrease suspensions and produce positive behavioral practices. Heard is a proud mother and mentor who firmly believes that every child has a purpose and potential to greatly impact others. This belief drives Heard’s passion to uplift, guide, protect and serve the disadvantaged.

Jacklyn (Jacki) Lusher

Education Liaison, FosterEd: Arizona

Jacki Lusher  is an Educational Liaison with FosterEd: Arizona. After completing her B.A. in Human Development at Sonoma State University in Northern California, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona to join Teach for America in 2013. In Phoenix, Lusher taught as a Special Education teacher and earned her Master of Special Education from Arizona State University. Since then, she has worked extensively with at-risk and unaccompanied young adults in Pima County with a focus on supporting students as they work towards high school graduation and their college and career goals. Lusher is driven by her passion to support young adults as they navigate their future, so they can be as successful as possible. She is committed to supporting system-involved students recognize and capitalize on their strengths and skills to overcome obstacles and reach their goals. 

Marcos Martinez

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Marcos Martinez is an Education Liaison in Monterey County. He is originally from Salinas, California and is ecstatic to bring positive changes to his community. Prior to joining NCYL, he worked for Fresh Lifelines for Youth as a Case Manager for the Court Appointed Friend and Advocate Mentor program, where he helped young people navigate the juvenile justice system through one-on-one mentoring. Martinez attended San Jose State University and graduated with his B.A. in Justice Studies. He is excited to shape the education system while continuing to serve young people in his community.

Giselle Ramos

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Giselle Ramos is as an Education Liaison in the Antelope Valley region of Los Angeles County. Previously, Ramos worked for almost 9 years as a Wraparound team member, where she was able to work one-on-one with youth to create goals and support them to meet those goals. Ramos has worked with youth in the community as a football president for a non-profit and cheer coach for younger and high school aged youth. Ramos has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and currently is completing a Master Degree in School Counseling. Ramos hopes to continue be a voice for youth.

Joanne Rodriguez

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Joanne Rodriguez is an Education Liaison in the Antelope Valley of Los Angeles County. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies at California State University Northridge. She comes to NCYL with extensive experience in trauma informed practice and strength-based work. Prior to joining FosterEd, she was a Wraparound Facilitator and worked with high-risk, system-involved youth to develop family-centered, needs driven plans and provided 24/7 crisis intervention. Her ability to connect with youth and help them identify their strengths is a skill she utilized in her previous role and looks forward to using as an Education Liaison to help youth achieve their greatest potential. She is excited to continue to work with youth and hopes to inspire young individuals to set goals and be motivated for their future.

Janette Saldana

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Janette Saldana joined the NCYL team in July 2018 as an Education Liaison for FosterEd in Santa Clara County, supporting young people who are system-involved. Prior to NCYL, Saldana worked in south Santa Clara County, directly supporting low-income families and young people by providing them access to a wide array of services, including counseling, food assistance, medical services, and housing services. Working with the local school district, Saldana was able to identify students and families in need of support and then match that need with available and appropriate resources.

Saldana comes from a small rural town nestled in California’s central valley, which is home to migrant workers and low-income families alike. She is one of three siblings and is a first-generation college graduate. Saldana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Child Development from San Jose State University in 2014. Her passion for supporting underprivileged and underserved populations is fueled by growing up in a similar landscape and by watching her parents make great efforts to provide their family with a better life. Saldna hopes to expand her ability to support young people and their families with meeting their goals, creating possibilities, and becoming powerful self-advocates.

Jules Villanueva-Castaño

Education Liaison, FosterEd: California

Jules Villanueva-Castaño joined the NYCL team in July 2018 as one of the Education Liaisons for FosterEd in Santa Clara County. Before joining NCYL, Villanueva-Castanño worked at FLY (Fresh Lifelines for Youth) as the Program Manager and also as a Case Manager. While there, he trained and matched volunteer mentors with youth involved in the juvenile justice system in Santa Clara County to help the young people in the program identify with a positive support person in their lives to increase pro-social behaviors and decrease recidivism back into the juvenile justice system. Before his work at FLY, Jules spent nearly a decade working with Eastfield Ming Quong (now UPLIFT) as a Case Manager working in Santa Clara county to support youth with mental health crises at school, home and in the community.

Villanueva-Castaño was raised in Santa Cruz, CA where he grew up avidly reading, running and surfing. At the age of 17, he acquired a scholarship to UC Irvine for cross country and track field and graduated from UCI with a B.A. in Sociology in 2003. Villanueva-Castaño’s devotion to working with youth in the juvenile justice system was born from his formative experiences growing up in a social environment where he saw his peers fall into patterns of incarceration, addiction, and violence due to what he saw as a lack of “adults who cared.” He hopes to personally be that “adult who cares” for young people in the juvenile justice system as well as to continue to leverage his years of experience supporting young people to be bigger than their past mistakes by advocating for them in an educational setting to spur systemic, individual, and lasting change.