For 45 years, I have advocated for the well-being of children and adolescents in schools and communities.  I have learned that education, knowledge, and community involvement are the keys to raising happy, healthy, and successful adults. 

To achieve this goal, we must honestly discuss the critical issues facing our youth.  SBFC offers the connections, programs, and resources our schools and communities desperately need to guide and support parents, students, educators, and the community as we address current concerns and challenges.

I believe in the SBFC mission and I am truly honored to serve as an advisor.
— Mitzi Cress, retired principal, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

SBFC Professional Advisors

Mitzi Cress, Retired Principal of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Moe Gelbart, PhD, Executive Director, Thelma McMillen Center

Joan Stein Jenkins, Esq., Manhattan Beach City Prosecutor

Anna Pirkl, M.A., LMFT, ATR, LAADAC, Art Therapist

Helen Codron, MA, College Counselor


Collaborative Partners

Beach Cities Health District co-sponsors our Families Connected Speaker Series.

Blankets of Love, South Bay, is ourpartner in the Opioid Awareness Project

{pages}, a bookstore, is a partner in many ways, including providing pop-up book stores at our events.

Fit On Studios provides free Teen Wellness mediation and fitness events.

Thelma McMillen Center funds the staffing of our Parent Chat support group with a licensed professional.


SBFC Board of Directors

Ellen Rosenberg, SBFC Board President

Sandi Gleason, SBFC Treasurer

Liz Glozman, SBFC Secretary

Laura Short McIntire, SBFC Founder


The Families Connected Ambassadors and Parent Advisory Council, the latter co-sponsored by BCHD

SBFC Founder and Production Team