Lisa Castetter – Founder & CEO

Lisa is responsible for vision casting and program creation for TLF, spearheading fundraising efforts, board member relationships, and social enterprise expansion. In the course of developing TLF, she has become a leading advisor to churches nationwide on outreach to teenagers in foster care as well as emancipated youth. Lisa also is a frequent speaker on issues of foster care and adoption, consults with non-profits and churches launching on reaching foster youth, and sits on various non-profit boards and advocacy teams.

Joanna Torres – Director of Community Engagement 

Joanna is responsible for fostering and managing TLF’s partnerships. Joanna brings years of experience working directly with foster youth as a case manager and with transitional housing programs. Joanna will represent TLF to churches, organizations, and nonprofits throughout Orange County as well as work directly with the Launch Pad’s residents.

Kaitlin Gonzalez – Program Coordinator

Kaitlin provides case management for our Launch Pad residents, ensuring their progress toward healthy independent living. She also coordinates and equips the residents’ Flight Crew volunteer teams, who provide relational skill-building ranging from developing a budget, to learning to drive, to navigating college.

Brittany Smith – Launch Pad Care Coordinator

Brittany lives on-site at the Santa Ana Launch Pad, where she helps create the sense of community the Launch Pad is known for; she also serves as a sounding board and troubleshooter for residents. As a graduate of the Launch Pad program, Brittany has a special understanding of residents’ needs. Brittany also is studying to become a pediatric nurse.

Dineen Tucker – Mentor & Flight Crew Coordinator

Dineen is the first point of contact for adult volunteers interested in working directly with foster youth, starting with the application and screening process. Once trained and ready for service, these volunteers will become mentors to a teen in foster care, or they’ll join a Flight Crew, which are the teams that support each of our transitional housing residents with life skills training and other wraparound services.

Karen Wallace – Admin and Operations Coordinator

Karen assists the CEO with the many details of overseeing TLF. She supports our operations from database management, various fundraising campaigns to office administration. She also works as the point of contact for our Launch Pad property management.

Karin Zaldana – Framewerk Imaging Operations Manager

Karin oversees all aspects of production at Framewerk Imaging, TLF’s sublimation and promo printing business. This social enterprise provides work-force development for foster youth as well as an income stream that helps sustain TLF. Karin ensures fulfillment of custom orders from the community while training foster youth in customer relations, printing, graphic design, and other roles.