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Table Of Contents:

  1. History
  2. Our Mission
  3. Our Vision
  4. Code Of Ethics
  5. Accreditations and Affiliations
  6. Board of Directors
  7. Staff
  8. Annual Reports
  9. Audited Financials



The initial idea of Kamali’i Foster Family Agency (KFFA) started in 1996 as the brain child of Eric Mortensen and Lee Burton. Each person having a responsibility in building the foundation. Eric was responsible to be the writer/program developer and Lee being the designated spokesperson for the agency teaching prospective foster parent classes. Through perseverance and the efforts of many, KFFA was finally incorporated in the State of California in April 1998.

Moses Manewa in his youth
Kamali’i the Hawaiian word for “children” was a name given to the agency by its first believer and financial backer Moses Moke Manewa.  Mr. Manewa retired as a Honolulu Police Officer after serving the force for 32 years spending many of his years patrolling the streets of Waipahu, Wai’anae, Pearl City, Honolulu, and many other cities on the islands of O’ahu.  Mr. Manewa volunteered his time in helping the at-risk youth in Hawai’i as a mentor and coach as well as spending time with Hawai’i’s PAL and DARE programs.  Mr. Manewa aka “Officer Manewa” “Pops” “Uncle Bucky” “Big Kahuna” “Moke” always had a soft spot for helping the youth in the community


Moses Manewa Mr. Manewa, also the father in-law to Eric was a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian indigenous to the islands) who carried a strong sense of culture.  In KFFA’s infancy stages, he made a strong impact on foster families, children and staff displaying a sense of “aloha” and what it means in the Hawaiiana culture. Mr. Manewa never harbored any judgement about someone’s background or mistakes made in the past but always displayed a sense of “kokua” (help) for all.

The Hawaiiana culture of ohana established the core foundation of KFFA’s passion to “mālama” (take care of) all “Na kamali’i o ka ‘āina” (the children of the land).  Even in Mr. Manewa’s passing we at KFFA hope to continue to serve in his honor.



Our Mission:

Empowering Lives, Nurturing Families, Building Futures: We are dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals and families through comprehensive support and compassionate care.

Our Vision:

Kamali’i FFA envisions a future where… Families are supported in keeping children safe and healthy while empowering youth for future success.



Code Of Ethics

The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers. This Code includes four sections. The first Section, “Preamble,” summarizes the social work profession’s mission and core values. The second section, “Purpose of the NASW Code of Ethics,” provides an overview of the Code’s main functions and a brief guide for dealing with ethical issues or dilemmas in social work practice. The third section, “Ethical Principles,” presents broad ethical principles, based on social work’s core values that inform social work practice. The final section, “Ethical Standards,” includes specific ethical standards to guide social workers’ conduct and to provide a basis for adjudication.

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Accreditations and Affiliations

California Alliance LogoCARF Accredited Gold Emblem


Board of Directors

2022 Kamali’i Foster Family Agency

J. Eric Mortensen, M.S., President: CEO/Program Director
M. Lee Burton, M.S., Vice President: COO/Agency Administrator
Marilyn Turner, Treasurer: Certified Public Accountant
Lorna K. Mortensen, M.A., Secretary: CFO/Bookkeeper
Todd Dailey: Insurance and Financial Services Agent – Farmers Insurance
Keri Pari: HR & Event Planning
Wendy Bradshaw: Chairman Operation Foster Youth, Assistance League of Temecula Valley
Leslie Marshall: Math Teacher – Temecula Unified School District
David McCoy: Executive Director – A Coming of Age Foster Family Agency
Mark Pitts: Director of Client Services and Logistics – NeoGenomics Laboratories
Marcella Tarpley: Behavioral Support Specialist – Moreno Valley Unified School District




Lake Elsinore Corporate Office

Agency Administration

  • J. Eric Mortensen, M.S.: CEO/Program Director
    M. Lee Burton, M.S.: COO/Human Resources
    Lorna Mortensen, M.A.: CFO/Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
    Keoni Mortensen: Accounting Clerk II
    Justine Oswalt: Accounting Clerk I
    Arianna Arana: Front Desk Receptionist

Foster Family Agency Program

  • Maria Kivrizis, M.S.W.: FFA Program Administrator
    Mayra Griffith, M.A.: Supervising Social Worker
    Diana Vera, M.S.: Agency Social Worker
    Ellyn Collazo, M.A.: Agency Social Worker
    Ian Nicolas, M.S.W.: Agency Social Worker
    Nicole Hofmeyer, M.S.W.: Agency Social Worker/Intern Supervisor
    Ana Flores: Resource Parent Coordinator
    Lisa Avery: Resource Parent Mentor/Recruiter

Kamali’i Counseling Center

  • Hue Dang, LCSW: Head of Service
    Karina Chavez, LMFT: Supervising Clinician
    Ariana Cervantes. ACSW: Clinician
    Kim Coleman, AMFT: Clinician
    Brandi Davis-Murray, ACSW: Clinician
    Kaitlyn Martinez, ACSW: Clinician
    Miriam Magana-Chung, ACSW: Clinician
    Brandy Mays-Cancino, ACSW: Clinician
    Teresa Mojarro, ACSW: Clinician
    Michelle Juanengo: Parent Partner
    Dana Kelley: TAY Peer Support Specialist
    Penny Speakerworth: TAY Peer Support Specialist

Transitional Housing Placement Program

  • Sarah DeHay, M.S.: THPP Program Administrator
    Angelica Garcia: THP-Plus Supervisor
    Damone Rance: THP-Plus Life Coach
    Elizabeth Herrera: THP-NMD Life Coach
    Love Larimore: THP-Plus Life Coach
    Lindsey Nelson: THP-NMD Life Coach
    Luisa Reynoso: THP-Plus Life Coach
    Nuvia Sanchez: THP-Plus Life Coach
    Tony Ayala: THP-Plus Life Coach
    Connor Stephen: THPP Housing Specialist





Kamali'i Foster Family Agency
Corporate Office:
Office Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Riverside County Office
31772 Casino Drive, Suite B
Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Voice (951) 674-9400
San Diego County Recruitment and Training Center:
Office Hours: By Appt. Only
145 Vallecitos de Oro, Suite 210
San Marcos, CA 92069
Voice (760) 761-4300