Our Leadership

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.

Portrait of Dr. David Anderson, Founder & Executive Director

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.

Portrait of Jim Whitfield, National Director of Operations

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.

Portrait of Ken Norwood, Chief Development Director

Ken Norwood, Chief Development Director

Ken Norwood is a North Carolina native with over twenty years in the non-profit fundraising sector. Ken has a passion for life and the needs of vulnerable children. Married to his college sweetheart with three sons, Ken is excited to serve the work and leaders of Safe Families. His primary focus is in building stronger donor and strategic partnerships nationally and helping to establish a posture of service in meeting the needs of local Safe Families heroes serving on the front lines - those daily meeting the needs of children and advancing the mission of Biblical hospitality.

Portrait of Dr. Robin Chamberlain, Network Leader & Catalyst

Dr. Robin Chamberlain, Network Leader & Catalyst

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).

Portrait of Dr. Karen Bergstrom, Director of Western US

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).


Esther Sherrard, Director of Quality Improvement, Training, & Child Welfare Engagement

Esther recently joined Safe Families after serving state child welfare agencies in a national capacity for over a decade. She has over 20 years of experience at the Children’s Bureau, under the Administration for Children and Families. Her passion is seeing improved outcomes realized for vulnerable children and their families.

Esther is a licensed foster parent for teenagers and has a desire to see Safe Families PLUS expand nationally with the aim of providing meaningful, lasting connections for youth in the foster care system. She joined Safe Families with a desire to see the Church equipped to extend love to youth and families in need.