Our Board of Directors
Ready for Life's board of directors is composed of highly-experienced and capable individuals who deeply care about foster children and families.
Lonnie Julius, M.A., is the Community Relations Coordinator for The Vistas Assisted Living and Memory Care Community. Lonnie enjoys building relationships in the community and assisting new residents through the move-in process. Lonnie actively represents the Vistas through community projects and works side-by-side with Life Enrichment to bridge the Vistas family with the greater Redding Community. After working with the company for two years, she decided to further her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling/Psychology. This led her into the field of school-based counseling where she worked with at-risk youth age 5-18. She is familiar with assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, MediCal billing and family therapy. Lonnie also has experience as a Marriage and Family therapist providing one-on-one counseling services for clients.
Lonnie is the proud mother of a 7-year-old. In her spare time, she enjoys all the nuances of motherhood along with spending time traveling. She has had the privilege of traveling to 22 countries and 19 states. Of the things she has experienced, Lonnie says that investing in the life of people is her greatest joy. Her warm and fun personality makes everyone feel welcome. Previously, she worked for several local foster family agencies serving in various capacities and has a strong understanding of the service population and programs and services for foster youth including transitional housing, family visitation, Independent Living Program and Intensive Treatment Foster Care services.
Lonnie joined the Board for Ready for Life because she believes in the mission, vision and values. “I love the heart and leadership of Nena, CEO/Administrator, and stand behind her 100%. I adopted my child and therefore adoptions and child welfare are a passion of mine.” I have been on the board since July 2015.
Nena Panza, Chief Executive Officer (Advisory Member) for Ready for Life Foster Family Agency, has more than 20 years experience in foster family agency management and administration. In addition, she was a foster parent for ten years and had more than thirty children, ages 18 months to 18 years live in her home. Her vision is to see foster children be socially, vocationally and spiritually Ready for Life. She is dedicated to seeing children succeed and be responsible young adults.
Stephanie McCollum is the Executive Assistant to the Public Works Director at the City of Redding. Stephanie has been with the City for 15 years and enjoys serving the community as related to Public Works projects and RABA.
Stephanie has been married to her husband, Steve, for 32 years. They have two grown children and one grand child. Being a grandparent really is the best thing!
I joined the Ready for Life Board because I believe in the mission and values they profess. I believe in promoting the best welfare of children and providing enrichment through proper placement of children in loving nurturing environment.
This is my first year on the Board and am excited to be a part of something so beneficial to our community and the children in which they serve.
Susan Guiton is the Lead Personnel Assistant- Confidential with Shasta County Support Services- Personnel, she has been with the County for 16 years. Susan's career path began with Shasta County because of their commitment to feed, house and clothe those in the community. Susan currently is the Director of Women's Ministries and sits on the Governing Board at Risen King Community Church.
Susan is also very involved in the "Stand Against Stigma" project concerning suicide and the effects on society and families. She speaks at schools, local organizations and churches about her experience with the death of her young nephew and how we can process the pain and have hope for the future.
Susan has been married to her husband Mark for 20 years and has three beautiful children of her own and three amazing step children. Yes, the Brady bunch. The family welcomed their first grand baby in early 2017, this sweet baby girl has filled their house with joy and giggles. They are looking forward to many more grand babies in the future.
Susan joined the Ready for Life Board because of the genuine heart that she sees in Nena as she examples the mission, vision and values. Susan shares her heart and desire to love with compassion while servingchildren in a non profit, faith-based, agency who are committed to providing safe and comforting homes to children in need.
Great things are in store for this agency and I am grateful to be a part of it!
Lauren Rogers is the Lead Business Development Representative for Activated Insights at 511 Enterprises in Redding. This is a second career for Lauren, followed by a first career over 7 years in Child Welfare. Lauren worked as Visit Supervisor for child/family visits while attending school for her M.A. in Counseling Psychology at Simpson University, and that work experience ignited her passion for youth in the foster care system. Upon earning her M.A. degree, Lauren started as a Social Worker for Shasta County Children and Family Services. Her experience at Children’s Services spanned 4 ½ years, and covered the roles of Ongoing Social Worker, Family Meeting Facilitator, and Training Supervisor.
Lauren left the agency in 2017, and now fulfills her passion for youth in the foster care system by participating as a Board member at Ready For Life. Lauren and her husband also began caring for her two young nephews full-time in June 2017. The experience of motherhood and caring for two young children as an alternative to them entering foster care has been an experience of the greatest love, and greatest trials, and helps her understand the nature of foster care from a completely different lens.
Cynthia Vengley graduated from CSU, Chico in 2007 with my Bachelor's in Social Work. I have been working for Shasta County Office of Education for 11 years. I'm currently the Social Worker for SCOE. I work with Independent Study, Excel Academy, Juvenile Court School, and Foster Care. I support students who have learning, social and behavioral disabilities. I also, provide services to our families in need. I have numerous high school students I'm currently working with that are homeless. I provide resources and support to help students and families be successful. For the past 10 years I worked as an After School Facilitator and Manager. I supervised 10 after school sites and approximately 30 staff. I helped create an after school setting that was supportive, engaging, enriching, and empowering. On a personal side, I'm a born again Christian. I dedicated my life to Jesus Christ when I was 23 years old. I'm so thankful He has saved me and is my EVERYTHING. I'm also, proud to say that I'm a mother of a 21 year old son who is a Paratrooper in the Army and a foster mother to two young ladies who are now 16 and 17 years old. I love my three children with all my heart. I will do whatever it takes to support and empower them.
Thank you to Dan Haskins for his 10 years of service on our board! We are so honored and grateful for everything you invested into Ready for Life Foster Family Agency.