BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Mission

Grandparents as Parents’ (GAP) mission is to provide programs and services that meet the urgent and ongoing needs of grandparents and other relatives raising children at risk.

Sylvie De Toledo MSW, LCSW, BCD

Sylvie De Toledo MSW, LCSW, BCD

Founder

Sylvie de Toledo is a licensed clinical social worker who is perhaps best known as the founder of Grandparents As Parents, Inc. She co-authored the book Grandparents as Parents, a Survival Guide for Raising a Second Family. She and her co-author, Deborah Edler Brown, have published two editions of this book. Sylvie is a nationally recognized expert on issues relating to relative caregivers taking on the responsibility of raising children because the parents cannot. She has presented many workshops on the topic of relative caregivers throughout the county. Sylvie was part of a team working on a national curriculum for kinship education.

Sylvie has received numerous awards, been interviewed by both national and local newspapers and magazines. She has been formally recognized by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Southern California Psychiatric Society, The Wiley Center for Speech and Language, the United States Senate’s Special committee on Aging, The County of Los Angeles, and the California Coalition of Relative Caregivers. The late United States Senator John Heinz commended her for her “cooperation, knowledge, judgment, ability, diligence and loyalty on behalf of relative caregivers.”

Jim Esterle

Jim Esterle

Chairman of the Board

Jim Esterle currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Grandparents As Parents. Jim served as Vice President of Human Resources in multi-national companies for over 14 years. In these assignments as Vice President of International Human Resources for Herbalife International Inc., Jim supervised all Human Resources functional areas while simultaneously directing organizational development, training, corporate safety and security.

Jim also spent over 22 years in the Los Angeles Unified School system, beginning as a teacher and counselor and ultimately advancing to a school principal, regional administrator and district-wide director of special education. Jim took on the responsibility twice as the Interim Executive Director for ONE Generation, a nonprofit agency integrating children and senior citizens.

Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors of ONE Generation, Encino Neighborhood Council and the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society, having assisted in board development and organizational assessment for all three organizations. Jim brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Grandparens As Parents Board of Directors.

Carmen Garcia Hoffman

Carmen Garcia Hoffman

Executive Director

Executive Director, Carmen Garcia Hoffman, has a long history with GAP and serving kinship families. In January 2016, she rejoined the GAP family as Chief Operating Officer, and became Executive Director in October 2016. Ms. Garcia Hoffman is responsible for all operations at GAP, including but not limited to planning and accounting for the organization’s annual budget, establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures, managing human resources and benefits for employees, and performing staff training and new hire orientation. Ms. Garcia Hoffman ensures compliance with all foundation requirements and governmental regulations, licensing and contracts. She establishes and maintains relationships with various agencies throughout Los Angeles County and utilizes those partnerships to enhance GAP’s mission. Ms. Garcia Hoffman reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors, coordinating policy decisions and fundraising activities, as well as developing ways to increase the overall visibility of GAP. Ms. Garcia Hoffman holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from California State University, Los Angeles, and brings over 20 plus years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. She has recently obtained her Nonprofit Management Certificate from UCLA, and is also finishing up the Executive Directors Leadership Coaching Experience — a 12-month program with Executive Service Corps of Southern California.

Mission

Grandparents as Parents’ (GAP) mission is to provide programs and services that meet the urgent and ongoing needs of grandparents and other relatives raising children at risk.

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Grandparents As Parents
22048 Sherman Way, Suite 217
Canoga Park, CA 91303
P: 818.264.0880 F: 818.264.0882
info@grandparentsasparents.org