OFFICE: Los Angeles

PHONE: 310-642-7204

EMAIL: randi@kidsave.org

Randi Thompson
President, CEO and Co-Founder

When Randi Thompson visited an orphanage in Kazakhstan more than 20 years ago, she saw teens forced to move out with no place to go, no skills and no hope. Inspired to create a new future for these kids she went to work building Kidsave programs and she hasn’t stopped since. Randi is a 30-year veteran of outcome-based marketing and communications projects designed to effect social change. In 2016, Randi was awarded the Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau Adoption Excellence Award for Child Welfare/Judicial Systems Change for Weekend Miracles.  Randi is an amazing friend, daughter, sister, mom and grandmother.   To her, family is everything.

OFFICE: Los Angeles

PHONE: 310-642-7201

EMAIL: lauren@kidsave.org

Lauren Reicher-Gordon,
VP and Director of Family Visit Programs

Lauren directs Kidsave’s Family Visit Programs and is our Master Trainer. She is the energy behind Summer Miracles, built Weekend Miracles Los Angeles into a successful program and she is responsible for program expansion. Lauren has been an excellent advocate and is passionate about finding permanency for older foster youth and was recognized in September 2018 by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute with the Angels of Adoption award. A tenacious advocate for children, she raised three children while finding families for thousands.

OFFICE: California

PHONE: 720-878-6707

EMAIL: tatiana@kidsave.org

Tatiana Stafford
VP and Director of Kidsave Eastern Europe and CIS

Tatiana Stafford oversees Kidsave’s work in Eastern Europe and The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).  She has built a variety of mentoring programs and mentoring associations with a focus on at-risk and institutionalized youth. Tatiana has a unique ability to grow and develop programs and align partners.  She has worked in the US, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Latin America.

OFFICE: Los Angeles

PHONE: 310-241-3107

EMAIL: stanb@kidsave.org

Stan Baratta
Chief Development Officer

Stan is an experienced development executive with a proven track record of designing and implementing comprehensive short-term and long-term fundraising strategies. He has expertise in board development, major gift solicitations, annual and capital campaigns, planned giving, corporate and foundation grant development, donor stewardship, endowments, moves management, direct mail, special events production, and the promotion and development of non-profit sector/corporate alliances including innovative cause-related marketing programs. A native Angelino, Stan has strong relationships with prominent philanthropists and corporate leadership, both in California and on a national basis. Stan is based in Los Angeles but supports Kidsave development efforts organization-wide.

OFFICE: Texas

PHONE: 281-817-6090

EMAIL: tabithac@kidsave.org

Tabitha Charlton
Director Texas

Tabitha Charlton is a licensed attorney and business development professional with more than twenty years of experience in the legal, marketing and business services industries. A certified mediator and experienced family law attorney, Tabitha is a passionate advocate in matters involving child welfare, domestic violence, and assisted reproduction. Having personally experienced the child welfare system as an older child and teen, Tabitha was determined to make a difference for older kids in the system. She previously worked as the Director of Community Outreach & Marketing for ESCAPE Family Resource Center in Houston, Texas, volunteered pro bono services to The Children’s Assessment Center, was selected to speak on a panel to new volunteers of Fort Bend CASA, and is the former Chair of the Crime Victims & Survivors Committee. Most recently, she served as a member of the Texas State Bar’s Child Abuse & Neglect Committee and Chaired a subcommittee to identify a mentoring program for older foster kids in Texas that would help them find permanent, loving homes. Her search led her to Kidsave and she has since worked tenaciously to develop the necessary collaborations and partnerships to launch the Texas Weekend Miracles program.

OFFICE: Washington, D.C.

PHONE: 202-503-3101

EMAIL: laurend@kidsave.org

Lauren Davis
Director, Marketing and Communications

Lauren comes to Kidsave with a knack for social media strategy and content production, having previously served at Montgomery County Maryland’s workforce development entity establishing their content strategy. Before this, she worked in television production at Hope Channel, a non-profit network, enjoying the pace of a live TV control room. Prior, she worked as a communications consultant and a reporter. Lauren has a Master of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English from Oakwood University.

OFFICE: Washington, D.C.

PHONE: 202-503-3104

EMAIL: bonniew@kidsave.org

Bonnie Williams
Acting Director, D.C.

Bonnie Williams, Acting Director of Kidsave’s Washington, DC, office has 13 years’ experience in communications, marketing, writing and editing for corporate and non-profit clients in the Washington metro area.  She also has 15 years’ non-profit management experience that includes serving as Executive Director of the Arlington Symphony and Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the National Utilities Contractors Association. She has managed large projects and successfully introduced a new business model to a popular, historic 50-horse riding facility that made it become profitable. She has produced and promoted original theatrical productions in the DC area. Bonnie holds a BA in Business Administration from Principia College. She has served on the boards of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Classika Theatre, and a number of local task forces. She currently chairs two spiritually-focused non-profit organizations.

OFFICE: Los Angeles

PHONE: 310-642-7203

EMAIL: shirene@kidsave.org

Shirene Miller
Manager, Los Angeles

Shirene has worked for Kidsave since 2003. Shirene manages Kidsave’s donor database, is our resident “eagle eye” proofreader, and works closely with our grant writing team on LOIs and applications. Her prior experience was consulting for tax-exempt organizations at KPMG.

OFFICE: Los Angeles

PHONE: 310-241-3116

EMAIL: paulas@kidsave.org

Paula Swift
Manager, Weekend Miracles

Paula has over twenty years’ experience in child advocacy, specifically within diverse and under-served communities.  Paula is well versed in RFA reform and has a keen knowledge of the impacts to children who age out of the foster care system with little to no resources or tangible life skills. Paula serves on the board of Home Forever, a non-profit organization that provides support to families caring for children in the foster care system.  Paula holds a Master of Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Paula is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

OFFICE: Los Angeles

PHONE: 310-241-3083

EMAIL: madeline@kidsave.org

Madeline Trachtenberg
Assistant Manager, Summer Miracles

Madeline graduated from New York University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Psychology and Anthropology.  During her Teach for America commitment, she received her Special Education Teaching credential for students with moderate to severe learning exceptionalities.  After teaching for four years, Madeline started her own Behavior Intervention and Academic Intervention practice.  Her passion is working with and for children and their families; she pioneers change and advocacy for families across Greater Los Angeles.  Madeline is grateful and excited to work at Kidsave as the Assistant Program Manager of Summer Miracles!

OFFICE: Los Angeles

PHONE: 310-241-3084

EMAIL: keiara@kidsave.org

Keiara Caldwell
Development Coordinator, Los Angeles

Keiara has over eight years of operations, management, logistics, coordinating and directing experience in events and programming. Keiara is passionate about helping children and has devoted much of her volunteer time tackling youth issues. She has worked for several non-profits and for-profit organizations serving children, youth and adults in underserved communities.

OFFICE: Washington, DC

PHONE: 202-539-1024

EMAIL: ekaterinaw@kidsave.org

Ekaterina Widell
Communications and Development Associate

Ekaterina Widell was born in Tver, Russia, and spent her younger years in an orphanage. With the help of Kidsave’s Summer Miracles program, she traveled to the United States to meet her host parents, Pamela and Carl. In 2002 she was adopted and grew on the Eastern Shore in the small town of St. Michaels, MD. She attended and graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she received her BA in Anthropology and Minored in Political Science. She is proud to be the first Kidsave kid to rejoin the organization as a staff member. She hopes to give back to Kidsave and help the kids still out there, in the same position she once was – growing up without parents in government care- waiting and hoping for a forever family.

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