Our Board Members

Cathy Hamilton, Executive Director


Cathy had a vision of helping foster children since the age of 18. After having their own son, Tim and Cathy became foster parents in 2005. Three years later they adopted their 2 younger boys. After Cathy's boys were grown, she served as a CASA for 5 years. Cathy’s last client, a little 6-year-old girl, was about to experience her 8th move in 18 months to an out-of-area group home. Cathy knew she could not let that happen to this little child that had already endured so much so became her NREFM (non-related extended family member) and brought her home. Two years later, Tim and Cathy officially became her adoptive parents. Cathy and her husband personally witnessed the deep, lasting wounds in their adopted sons and daughter that were incurred by the trauma of multiple moves. The complex trauma these children experienced resulted in extremely challenging behaviors.   Seeing her young CASA clients frequently endure placement changes, along with her adopted children's history, she has made her vision of a SAFE HARBOR for young children become a reality. Cathy and her husband Tim are committed to providing whatever it takes to help children from hard places and the families that commit to them. Her passion is to ensure these children have a Safe Harbor to call home. Cathy is a registered nurse with 20 years’ experience and is completing her master's degree in psychology.  


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Laura Richardson, Secretary


Laura joined the Safe Harbor board of directors in 2018. She has worked in various capacities at Koinonia Family Services since 2006.  With Laura 's 12 years experience in the private non-profit sector, she brings practical administrative skills a nd   a level of knowledge concerning statewide initiatives and regulations related to serving children in California. Laura is married to Bill and lives in Loomis where they reside with their two daughters. Laura and Bill have served as kin-caregivers and non-related extended family caregivers to youth. Laura is passionate about Safe Harbor's focus to see an end to the cycle of trauma through placement disruptions.

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James Henley, The Eternity Challenge, Safe Harbor- Board Member

Works as an IT / HR Manager for Apex Appraisal Service. He has a Bachelors in Computer Science with a minor in system engineering from Sacramento State. James Has been serving the community for the past 5 years as a non-profit board member of The Eternity challenge and Safe Harbor. With the Eternity Challenge he helped inmates coming out of places like Folsom Prison, Sacramento County Jail, & Placer county jail get back on their feet and headed in the right direction. This was done by supporting them with job placement, food, clothing, drug & alcohol counseling, & mentorship. He also worked side by side with individuals that experienced PTSD while serving in the Military and with local Law enforcement officers. He has two wonderful boys, Dylan & Jacob. He has a passion for giving back to our community along hobbies such as basketball, surfing, traveling, & spending time with his family.


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Robert Evans, MFT, LPCC – Board Member

Works as a Program Manager with Placer County Children’s System of Care.  Robert has been working in the Mental Health field for 25 years.  He was active duty in the United States Coast Guard from 1986-1991 and he has spent time breaking ice in Antarctica and search and rescue in Japan.  He has a both a BA and MA in psychology. He has 18 years’ experience with County Government and 7 years for Private Non-Profits.  Robert and wife Kate Evans are adoptive parents of two children.  They adopted their children 9 years ago through the Child Welfare System and have received various services to ensure their children grow up happy and healthy.  Robert is both a professional in the Mental Health field and a consumer in the adoptions world.  Robert brings both of these perspectives to Safe Harbor and believe that with both being a professional and a consumer he can be of value to Safe Harbor and believes in the mission and vision full heartedly.  


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Sharon Behren,  Board Member

Sharon and her husband  are the adoptive parents of 5 children and cared for 60 foster children in their home. Along the way she has learned about the miraculous ability of children to heal by raising Mia, her youngest adoptive child , known in psychiatric literature as the "wild child".. Mia and her families journey has been documented in a book and in an Emmy nominated television report , "Mia's Story", which aired on February 17, 2009 on CBS Nightly News with Katie Couric. She is committed to the message that with expert intervention there can be triumph after tragedy.  Sharon provides training at state and national conferences regarding the special intervention issues of foster and adopted children. Her commitment to children of trauma has lead her to want to be a part of Safe Harbor's Board and the agenda of stabilization of placement and healing.

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Charlotte Fritz, MFT, TBRI Practitioner


Charlotte is a Marriage and Family therapist  specializing in adoptive families of children with trauma.  As an adoptive parent of two trauma impacted children she has lived experience that brings depth of knowledge and empathy to her practice. Charlotte is committed to helping other adoptive families stay intact and to thrive not just survive. She heads SAFE HARBOR’s  Trust Based Relational Interventions Program (TBRI) and is passionate about equipping families, bringing hope, healing and fun through our TBRI camps. 



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Cara Abraham, Board Member


Cara joined the Safe Harbor board of directors in 2018. She is provided employee benefits consulting for over 25 years for the private and non-profit sector.  Both as a business owner and consultant, Cara brings practical marketing and fundraising expertise as well as specific insurance and compliance guidance to our Board. 

Cara lives in Loomis, is married to Josh, has 3 adult children (all Del Oro grads), a St. Bernard and 200 mandarin trees.   

Cara is committed to Safe Harbor's mission of preventing placement change and excited to be a member that can help to achieve that goal. 




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