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Svetlana Kaminsky

2013 Sunset Cruise For a Cause 500

Before coming to work for the Children’s Guardian Fund, Svetlana worked with refugee and immigrant families in Seattle.  As the Executive Director of Children’s Guardian Fund, her responsibilities include strategic donor and foundation research, board of directors and committee support, and management of organization processes.  She ensures the successful execution of annual events, coordinates marketing strategies and maintains regular contact with donors.   Svetlana is impeccably organized and self driven, which allows her to stay on top of her many responsibilities.

Svetlana knows first hand how important the gift or normalcy can be for a young child, remembering the comfort and joy unexpected Christmas gifts, donated school supplies, and summer camp brought her when her family first arrived in the US.  She has served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for two years.

She is a University of Washington graduate and holds a B.A. degree in Communication.

 

Jan Vestal

Jan Vestal Photo 2Jan brings years of experience in child welfare and the legal profession to the position of Program Director with the Children’s Guardian Fund program, Bridge to the Future. After becoming a certified Guardian ad Litem volunteer in 2005, she was quickly recruited as a full-time Child Advocacy Coordinator and the 12th Circuit Independent Living Specialist. During her tenure, she was appointed to a statewide committee assessing risk to children. Additionally she was a frequent instructor for the new Guardian ad Litem trainees and provided many in-service trainings, as well as providing instruction to the MAPP (Model Approach to Positive Parenting) class required for those interested in adopting children. In 2012, she attended the CASA/GAL Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. where she met with Florida’s elected officials on Capitol Hill to further the causes of Florida’s children in dependency.

Jan’s expertise is her knowledge of the system involving children in care and their struggles with both life and school, and the many resources in our community designed to assist these children and teens, including those teens aging out of foster care. During her Guardian ad Litem career, she supervised dozens of volunteers and hundreds of cases.

Jan and her husband, Don, have six children.