This is just a small sample of the individuals that help lead the Safe Families for Children movement. Their work supplements the hard work done on the local level at Safe Families chapters across the country.
Dr. David Anderson, Founder & Executive Director
Safe Families founder, Dr. David Anderson, is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in adolescent psychology. He has served as the Executive Director of since its founding in 2003.
Dave has experience in performing forensic clinical evaluations, providing administrative/clinical oversight to a 40-bed residential facility and foster care program, an 18-bed inpatient unit, professional foster homes, a counseling center, and a respite program. He has also taught at Wheaton College in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (Parenting Evaluation Course), Trinity International University in undergraduate and graduate programs, and the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology.
Jim Whitfield, Director of Operations
Jim is the Director of Operations for Safe Families for Children. He previously served in senior executive information technology positions with Alexian Brothers Health System, Leo Burnett Company, and Bank of Montreal. In addition to having led the technology operations of these multinational organizations, he has been actively involved in the areas of compassion and social justice, working with organizations focused on serving under-resourced peoples on both a global and local basis for over 20 years. His involvement ranges from working with orphans and vulnerable children in United Nations Refugee Camps, to 20 years of foster parenting, to helping pilot the SFFC ministry in his church, to the adoption of his sons.
Dr. Robin Chamberlain
Robin has been with Safe Families since its inception in 2003. She expanded the movement to Maine in 2010 and currently serves as the Director of Safe Families for Children - Maine. This is in addition to assisting local chapters across the country.
She comes to Safe Families with over 30 years of professional experience in the field of child welfare and is passionate about seeing the lives of families transformed through this incredible movement of the local church. Robin is also a Host Family herself.
Robin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Formational Counseling, Ashland Theological Seminary (OH) and a Master’s in Child Welfare, St. Joseph College (CT).
Kate Englund, LCSW, Director of Research & Training
Kate is the Program Director of Safe Families PLUS. This program equips mentors to walk alongside youth aging out of the foster care system. She also serves as the National Director of Research, Training, Scaling, and Innovation at Safe Families for Children.
Kate previously worked at the Center for Law and Social Work providing therapeutic case management to families and assisting them with adoption and guardianship services. Kate is passionate about helping children who have experienced trauma and supporting caregivers to strengthen and preserve the family unit.
Quantas Ginn, MBA, National Marketing & Communications Director
Quantas recently joined as the National Marketing & Communications Director. For more than a decade, Quantas has worked with companies of various sizes to create and execute integrated marketing campaigns. His background spans across a diverse set of B2B and B2C industries ranging from professional services, automotive, health & wellness, education, real estate, industrial goods, construction, and foodservice.
He brings these skills to the nonprofit arena to market with a purpose. He's passionate about caring for the vulnerable, breaking poverty cycles, and getting others on board to lend a hand to one another.
Vanessa Lopez, National Administrative Coordinator
Vanessa serves as the National Administrative Coordinator in the Safe Families for Children National office. Vanessa works with all our locations in the areas of finance and HR as well as some administrative duties.
Vanessa previously worked at Salem Christian School as a business manager responsible for the finance and HR of the school. Vanessa is passionate about helping children in need and helping others find hope for the future.
Jim recently joined Safe Families as the Finance Director. Jim works with all our locations in the areas of accounting and finance. He brings over 30 years of accounting and financial process improvement experience that he is seeking to use to serve and make a difference at Safe Families.