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, National Director of Operations
Jim is the National Director of Operations. He has served in this role for 8 years. He previously served as a senior IT executive of several multinational organizations. His involvement in the areas of compassion and justice range from working with refugees and OVCs in UN Refugee Camps, to 20 years of foster parenting and adoption, to helping pilot the Safe Families ministry at his church - Willow Creek Community Church.
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).
Dr. Karen Bergstrom, Director of Western US
Dr. Karen Bergstrom is a passionate thought leader. She brings over 30 years of experience as a nonprofit executive. Over the past decade, she has helped develop the Safe Families movement across the West Coast.
Though her most important role is co-parenting her four adult children with her husband Rick. Karen received her Bachelors of Science in Human Services from California State Fullerton (1979) and her Doctorate in Psychology from California Graduate Institute in Westwood, California (1993).
Kate Englund-Ginn, 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.
Jim Stegink, Finance Director
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.