Five Acres announced the addition of three new board members to the agency’s Board of Directors. Celeste Liversidge, Scott Street and Erica Tejeda will be joining the board as new members after years of involvement with various Five Acres committees. The three new members were inducted at the agency’s 129th annual meeting, held recently at the Rococo Room in Pasadena.
“We are pleased to welcome Celeste, Scott and Erica to the Five Acres board and family,” said Chanel Boutakidis, Five Acres CEO. “Each of these individuals brings a high caliber of experience, passion and advocacy to our agency, as well as a shared commitment to our mission. They will bring great strength to the leadership of Five Acres as we continue to face changes in the child welfare industry and help 20,000 children find permanent family solutions by 2020.”
Liversidge is an adoption attorney at Adoption Law Group, an adoption law firm based in Pasadena. She has been practicing exclusively in the field of adoption law since 2001. She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and the Academy of California Adoption Lawyers. Liversidge is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children, Christian Adoption Legal Services, National Council for Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Liversidge earned her law degree from Pepperdine and her undergraduate degree from Westmont College. She has served on numerous boards and as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine School of Law. She serves on the Five Acres Advancement Committee, and has served on the Five Acres Gala Committee for the past two years.
Street is an attorney at Safarian Choi and Bolstad in Los Angeles, where he represents real estate companies, developers, Fortune 500 companies, local businesses, public interest organizations and individuals. He also continues to advise political candidates and government officials, stemming from his prior work as a political researcher and strategist for political campaigns and companies throughout the country. Street has also worked at firms such as Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Miller Barondess. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School, where he was a dean scholar. He is an avid golfer, and lives in Pasadena with his wife, Emily, and their son. Street serves on the advisory board for the Western Center for Law & Poverty. He also currently serves on the Five Acres Advancement Committee, and will be co-chairing the Five Acres Golf Committee for the second consecutive year.
Tejeda is a 14-year Wells Fargo veteran, and serves as the vice president and Pasadena District Manager, where she manages more than 200 team members at 12 banking stores in Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose and San Gabriel. Before this role, Tejeda served as vice president and Wells Fargo at Work director for Southern California with a territory spanning from the Calexico boarder to Palm Springs. She also served on the board of directors for the Whole Child and the Pasadena Educational Foundation. She resides in Los Angeles with her three children, daughter Mya and sons Brayden and Cruz. She holds a bachelor’s from Cal State Fullerton. She has served on the Five Acres Golf Committee for the past two years.
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