Children’s Network to Shine A Light on ‘Unsung Heroes’

Michael Markel

Michael Markel

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County Children’s Network will honor 16 people and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional services and have made a commitment to the safety and well-being of at-risk children and youth. Now in their 19th year, the Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast will be Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in the Valencia Room of the National Orange Show at 690 S. Arrowhead Ave, Gate 9 in San Bernardino. Tickets are available for $12 each or a table of 10 for $120. For tickets or more information, please call (909) 383-9677.

Award recipients will be recognized in a variety of categories with the highest honor awarded to the Children’s Network Lifetime Advocate.

Michael Markel, Lifetime Advocate, Principal Assistant County Counsel, Office of the County Counsel

Golden Eagle Moving Service, Business

Faith Powell, Community Partner

The Open Door, Community Partner, Family Assistance Program

Frank Kelly, Education, CEO, No Drugs America Association, Inc.

Susan Culbertson, Education, Title IV-E Program Coordinator, California State University, San Bernardino

Jermaine and Amber Wright, Foster Parents

Robin Ferguson, Health/Medical, Early Start Program Manager, Inland Regional Center

Michelle Coit, Legal, Probations Corrections Officer, San Bernardino County Probation Department

Stacey Chapdelaine, Legal, Deputy Sheriff, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

David Foy, Legal, Deputy District Attorney, San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office

Michelle Gilleece, Legal, Attorney, Friedman, Cazares and Gilleece, LLP

Jennifer Karns, San Bernardino County Human Services, Social Service Practitioner San Bernardino County Children and Family Services

Darren Guentert, San Bernardino County Human Services, Social Service Practitioner San Bernardino County Children and Family Services

Nikole Wilkins, Volunteer, Eligibility Worker III, Transitional Assistance Department

Jeff Luther, Children and Family Services, Posthumous Honoree

Children’s Network Officer Kathy Turnbull calls the honorees “unsung heroes who are doing work to which much of the general public says ‘I could never do that job.’”

“The Children’s Network Annual Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast is a way to honor and thank them for their work with children and families,” she said.

San Bernardino County Children’s Network works to improve the quality of life for “children at risk” who because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment, and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children’s Policy Council.

Children’s Network is doing its part to help the community achieve the Countywide Vision by ensuring residents have access to resources they need to provide the best possible life for their families. Information on the Countywide Vision can be found at

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