F O R I M M E D I A T E R E L E A S E
CASA PACIFICA CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
A California Non-profit 501(C)(3)
Contact: Carrie Hughes
For: Assignment Editor
Casa Pacifica adds Sean Leonard and Celina Zacarias to Board of Directors
Camarillo, CA – Casa Pacifica is proud to announce the additions of Sean Leonard and Celina Zacarias to its Board of Directors. Leonard, founder of S.L. Leonard & Associates, brings extensive experience in real estate development and construction. Zacarias brings her diverse background of business experience, currently serving as the Director of Community and Government Relations for CSU Channel Islands. They join 22 other individuals bringing together various fields of expertise - including legal, financial, insurance, education, business, and community advocates – all coming together to guide Casa Pacifica in the most successful direction for the vulnerable children and families they serve.
“The youth and families we serve every day are blessed to have Sean and Celina join our prestigious board of directors. Their community mindedness and generous hearts are a gift to us all,” said Shawna Morris, CEO of Casa Pacifica.
Leonard has more than 35 years’ experience in the competitive Southern California real estate development and construction industry. His firm has become one of the premiere project management firms in Southern California – completely projects such as Museum of Ventura County Pavilion & Plaza, The Camarillo Library, City of Hope Helford Replacement Hospital, and Casa Pacifica’s own Building New Foundations of Hope capital campaign expansion. Prior to forming his own firm in 2003, Leonard spent more than five years as the Senior Vice President of Project Management for the nonprofit owners of the world-acclaimed Walt Disney Concert Hall. Despite his busy schedule, Leonard always finds time to give back to the community, currently serving as the Board Chair of A Community of Friends, developers of low-income housing for people with special needs and a Board Member of the Ventura County Community Foundation.
Prior to joining CSU Channel Islands, Zacarias gained her varied background in business development from companies like GMAC Mortgage, Wells Fargo, and Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. The focus of her current role as Director of Community and Government Relations for the University is advancing their positive presence and goodwill at all levels through a comprehensive proactive program of community and government relations. Zaracias also has extensive involvement in the community, holding number leadership positions in professional, economic, and charitable organizations.
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Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for foster or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. It’s mission is to restore hope, enhance resilience, and strengthen community connections for children, young adults and families at the most challenging times of their lives. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. Casa Pacifica is also a foster family agency, which recruits and trains families for potential placement with a foster youth. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website www.casapacifica.org or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.