Since 1972, SPIRITT Family Services has been committed to strengthening families by providing education, counseling, and supportive services that promote family cohesion through development of healthy communication patterns and family problem solving skills. SPIRITT Family Services operates from a philosophy of prevention and treatment that is family-centered, strength-based, and culturally sensitive.
Executive Director Elvia Torres, M.S., LMFT
Ms. Torres is a Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in working with vulnerable youth and families. She has served as Executive Director of SPIRITT since July 2010. Previously, Ms. Torres served as Associate and Clinical Director for SPIRITT (since 2002). She is a member of National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) Pomona Valley Affiliate, Eastside Child Abuse Prevention Council, and the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE). Ms. Torres earned a Bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a Masters in Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles.
Controller Mary Parra
Ms. Parra has been the Controller for SPIRITT Family Services since 1997. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day fiscal management agency wide, including planning, organizing, and administering operations of the accounting department and other business operations. Prior to joining SPIRITT, Ms. Parra served as a Senior Accountant for Nuñez and Associates, CPA's in Irvine. Ms. Parra received her Bachelor's degree in Business with an emphasis in Accounting, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
SPIRITT Board President Roger Stoltenberg
Mr. Stoltenberg has served on SPIRITTs’ Board since 2000. He served as a Training Officer in the Army Airborne Infantry and spent 30 years in sales and management in the corrugated packaging industry primarily with Georgia-Pacific. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa. His second career was Director of Camping and Senior District Executive with the Los Angeles Council of Boy Scouts. Mr. Stoltenberg has devoted 35 years to community organizations and the non-profit sector. In addition to his work with SPIRITT, he is the current Chair of the Leadership Board of Special Olympics San Gabriel Valley.
Board Vice President Rose Marie Gallegos, Esq., CFLS
Ms. Gallegos joined SPIRITT's Board in June 2008. Ms. Gallegos, received her Law degree from Western State University, Fullerton. She is a Family Law Specialist, certified by the California State Bar, and is deeply involved with her community and various Bar Associations. Ms. Gallegos is a former President of the Southeast District Bar Association and current Chair of Minors Council Family Law Executive Committee, LA County Bar. Ms. Gallegos retired as U.S. Army Reserve Officer in military intelligence. In January 2008, the Southeast District Bar Association honored Ms. Gallegos with the Attorney of the Year Award.
Chair of Finance Task Force Kevin L. Scherff, CPA
Kevin Scherff has served as a Board Member since March 2006 and is currently the Chair of the Finance Task Force. Mr. Scherff is a California CPA and he received his BS degree in Accounting and Finance from Southern Illinois University. Mr. Scherff has held several diversified positions in finance since 1985; including, Controller for Nestle Ice Cream Division, Case-Swayne Company and American Brake Supply among others. Currently, he is the CFO for Staub Metals Corporation.
Board Member Diane Innes
Ms. Innes has been a Board Member since August 1999. Currently, working for Pasadena Unified School District in special education, Ms. Innes is an Adjunct Professor in the special education credential programs at Whittier College and California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Innes has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, a Master of Science degree in Special Education and a Master of Science degree in School Counseling. She is a member of the California Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Team.
Board Member Harold W. Schieve, CPA
Mr. Schieve joined SPIRITT's Board in March 2010. Mr. Schieve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from California State University, San Jose, and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1991. He has held various positions in the Finance and Business field. In addition to contributing his time to SPIRITT, Mr. Schieve is an active participant in the Whittier Sunrise Rotary Club International and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Board Member BaoKim Coleman, Ed.D., MBA
Dr. Coleman joined the Board in January 2011. As both a Business Administration professor at Whittier College and Management Consultant, he brings his wealth of business knowledge to SPIRITT Family Services. Dr. Coleman has 18 plus years of corporate management experience, having spent the majority of his career in the Automotive and Healthcare industries working for Fortune 500 companies.
Chair, Fund Development Task Force Raul Avila
Mr. Avila has been a Board Member since January 2000. Mr. Avila is President of The Avfund Group specializing in Real Estate, Mortgage and Acquisitions. He attended Don Bosco Tech and California State University, Los Angeles. He has served as President of Belvedere Rotary Club, California Association of Mortgage Professionals, Past President of the American Red Cross- Central East District of Los Angeles, and Board Member of East Los Angeles YMCA. He is a former Police Reserve Officer and City Commissioner for Whittier and Monterey Park as well as a Field Representative for Congressman Martinez.
Board Member Sylvia Gonzalez
Dr. Gonzalez has been a Board Member since April 2013. Dr. Gonzalez is a Board Certified Pediatrician at the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. She earned both her Bachelor's and Medical Degree at the University of California in Los Angeles and completed her Pediatric Residency at the Children's Hospital in Oakland. SPIRITT is thrilled to have Dr. Gonzalez as a new member to our valued Board of Directors.
Board Member Raul Purificacion, MBA
Mr. Purificacion is our newest addition to the Board. He is the current Finance Manager for the City of La Puente. We are grateful for his eagerness to serve at our agency. Stay tuned for additional biographical information coming soon!