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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Five Acres Installs New Board and Executive Committee, Celebrates “Five Acres Day”

Five Acres’ new board of directors, from left to right: Sue McGuirl, Don Boline, Scott Street, Kelley Bannon Lashley, Sam Greenberg, Christianne Kerns, Marie Claire Moulet, Nicole Rodger, Donald E. Bishop, Rustin Mork and Chanel Boutakidis.

Altadena-based nonprofit Five Acres inducted new board and executive committee members at its annual board celebration on March 14, 2018 at Altadena Town and Country Club. The nonprofit also recognized departing board members for their work and awarded major advocates of Five Acres’ mission of child and family welfare.

Departing board members included Ryan Dietz, former board chair, as well as Chantal Bennett, Keri Crowell, Peter Diedrich, Paul Maurin, John Reith, Carol Williams and Bill Wishner.

Joining the board were new members Marie Claire Moulet, Sam Greenberg and Nicole Rodger. Inducted executive committee members included Christianne Kerns as incoming board chair, Rustin Mork as board secretary, Donald E. Bishop as vice chair finance, Kelley Bannon Lashley as vice chair advancement, Sue McGuirl as vice chair nominating and John Reith as vice chair audit.

Awards were presented to several significant activists for Five Acres’ cause. Those honored included Bill and Kathy Wishner, Persons of the Year; Carol Williams, Volunteer of the Year; Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, special recognition; and Ryan Dietz, Dorothy Cook Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also in attendance was Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who volunteered at Five Acres in her youth. Barger officially declared March 12, 2018 as “Five Acres Day” in Los Angeles in celebration of Five Acres’ 130th birthday.

The nonprofit has enjoyed 130 years of uninterrupted service to children and families in Southern California, providing critical services in mental health care, deaf services, special needs education and foster care and adoptions.

About Five Acres

Five Acres is a child and family service agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community-based counseling and support services, intensive residential care, a therapeutic school for special needs students and foster care and adoption services. Currently, Five Acres serves approximately 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit for more information.








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