Family Service Association’s Board Completes Well-Orchestrated Leadership Transition To Ensure Robust Services for the Community

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On June 29th, Family Service Association’s Board of Directors announced the completion of a planned leadership transition. Judith Wood, a well-respected early childhood education leader and Family Service Association executive will retire on June 30, 2021. Cheryl-Marie Hansberger, a business leader and previous Chief of Staff for former Mayor Rusty Bailey will assume the Chief Executive Officer position on July 1, 2021.

Judith’s long and successful career with FSA started in January 2010 when she joined the agency as the Vice President of Child Development and then Chief Operating Officer. In recognition of Judith’s exceptional leadership skills, in 2019 she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer for the agency. During the span of her career, Judith has greatly impacted children and families in our region through forty years of impressive service at FSA, University of California, Riverside and Temple Beth El.Tra

“Since arriving at Family Service Association, Judith created and maintained the premier child development program in Riverside County,” said Paul Jensen, Chairman of the Board. “Over the past two years, she delayed her retirement to lead Family Service Association as Chief Executive Officer and was instrumental in ensuring that the agency avoided sizable disruption of service during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are grateful that she gave so selflessly to ensure that the most vulnerable families in the community were well served during her tenure.”

Cheryl-Marie Hansberger brings a diverse professional background that includes operations, program management, government relations and education experience to Family Service Association. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff for Mayor Rusty Bailey, she served as Vice President of Strategic Development for an international engineering firm. She has managed federal, state and local grants and worked at an in-patient a mental health facility during her early career.

“Cheryl-Marie Hansberger brings much to Family Service Association,” said Paul Jensen, Chairman of the Board. “Her background and commitment to addressing community needs fits well with FSA’s mission.”

Family Service Association has been a leader among non-profits serving families in need for 67 years, and in times of unprecedented change and adversity, FSA has become a stabilizing force, providing critical services to the Inland Region. To address the increased demand for services, FSA has worked with county and city officials to expand its senior nutrition services, provide childcare for essential workers, offer mental health support through telehealth, and increased community education to reduce stressors and prevent child abuse. “Family Strength is Community Strength” and FSA is determined to keep the Inland Empire healthy and strong, one family at a time. Additional information on Family Service Association can be found at fsaca.org.

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