Foothill Family has welcomed Pasadena community members Pin Tai, William Chu, Carlos Schonfeld and Mike Morey to the Foothill Family Board of Directors. They were nominated and elected by the board for their strengths in community and business leadership and are poised to share their time and talent in support of Foothill Family’s mission to build brighter futures for children and families in the community.
Tai is president and CEO of Cathay Bank. He joined Cathay Bank in 1999 as the general manager of New York Region and became executive vice president in 2006 in charge of the Eastern Regions and EVP and chief lending officer in 2013. Tai graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and received his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Chu is the COO of the Singpoli Group, and president of Invest L.A. Regional Center, a Singpoli-related company. Previously, he served as CEO of First Asian Bank and United Pacific Bank, as well as a senior executive at East West Bank. Chu is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in business administration from USC.
Schonfeld is a partner at the Capital Group in Los Angeles, where he is both an analyst and portfolio manager. Previously, he worked as a strategy consultant for William Kent International in Washington, DC. Schonfeld is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a bachelor’s degree in economics. He went on to receive his master’s degree of business administration at Stanford University.
Morey is the COO of Bolton & Co. Pasadena Headquarters, and chair of the Bolton Foundation. With more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, Morey has held management responsibilities in underwriting, marketing and sales with both carriers and agencies. He sits on the advisory board for multiple national property casualty and health insurance carriers and serves on the Azusa Pacific University School of Business Advisory Board.
“Foothill Family is thrilled to have these accomplished and committed individuals on our board of directors. They bring remarkable leadership and expertise, which will help us to better serve the children and families in our communities through our life-changing programs,” said Steve Allen, CEO of Foothill Family.
While the holidays can revolve around excitement and fulfillment, it can also be a time of great anxiety for families with few resources. This is where Foothill Family’s Making Seasons Brighter program hopes to help through giving that fosters gratitude and empathy that nurtures empowerment.
More than 90% of Foothill Family’s client children are from poverty-level or low-income families who struggle to stretch very limited resources in meeting even basic needs such as food, clothing and housing. Each year, Foothill Family therapists and case managers identify clients with the highest need and invite them to participate in Making Seasons Brighter. Donations are collected throughout the month of November and in early December. Families are invited to “shop” from these donated items, free of charge, at special boutiques set up at Foothill Family Centers. Rather than watch the holidays happen around them, families become engaged contributors in making a more memorable holiday season.
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Foothill Family hosted local leaders and family members recently at the Courtyard by Marriott in Baldwin Park to celebrate the class of 2017 graduates who are pregnant or parenting. These teens, from the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale, and Burbank, celebrated their graduation and received certificates of recognition for their participation in the Teen Family Services program.
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Foothill Family has received a $175,000 grant from the California Community Foundation’s Education Pipeline Portfolio, which will support the Early Head Start Program, serving low-income children from infancy through age 3 and their families in the Alhambra, Rosemead, El Monte, South El Monte and La Puente communities.
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Foothill Family has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation. Serving the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, Glendale and Burbank through programs supporting mental health care, early childhood development, school-based behavioral health, and youth and family services, Foothill Family employees committed more than a year and countless hours to earn accreditation. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of Foothill Family’s programs, services, management and administration.
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Christopher and Anna-Christine Rising and Heather and Matthew Lillard were among those who enjoyed a recent Foothill Family benefit. This year’s annual fundraiser, the Black & White Masked Ball, will be held Saturday, March 18, at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. The event raises unrestricted funds for the organization’s life-changing programs and services aimed at empowering families and strengthening communities. Annelise Dachel and Vivian Godoy Rodriguez are serving as the event’s co-chairs. For event information, visit foothillfamily.org.