Valerie Crane

Executive Director

Valerie originally joined the ministry in 2013 as a Program Manager to launch its outreach to often forgotten teens living in group home residences through our Supper Club program. She steered its considerable growth with care and professionalism, developing key relationships with agencies and volunteers concurrently. In 2015 she joined the full-time staff as Help One Child’s Director of Operations, overseeing the ministry’s more than 20 programs and events with an eye to expansion or collaboration where the need and opportunity arose. In 2017, she established Help One Child as the Regional Manager of CarePortal, a technology platform that enables our ministry to oversee the direct connection of social service agencies to churches willing to meet critical needs. As slated to do so in the organization’s strategic plan, Valerie stepped up to lead the ministry in 2018. She and her husband are foster parents in addition to being a Safe Families for Children Host Family, showing great compassion for children and youth in need of short and long term care as well as a shared commitment with the families in our network.

Adriana Taylor

Director of Community Development

Adriana joined Help One Child in 2017 bringing with her a passion for diversity, community outreach, and an ability to find creative solutions to community concerns. Her professional history as a Senior Program Manager for CASA and San Mateo County’s Office of Diversity and Equity as its Latino Collaborative Co-Chair reflect her love of community and program development and skill in bringing people together to work in collaboration. She has extensive experience in case management, partner development, and data analysis as well as volunteer screening, training and supervision. Adriana received her certificate of non-profit management from Georgetown University in 2012.

Judy Holmes

Director of Family Services

Judy has been with the ministry since 1998, working directly with its network families of prospective and existing foster/adoptive parents, biological families in temporary crisis, and host families willing to provide short-term preventative care through the Safe Families for Children program. She connects families to the ministry’s full suite of support services, matching volunteers to meet needs, arranging donated goods, offering compassion and providing resources and solutions to individual challenges. Judy received her certification as a trainer in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) following her training under Dr. Karyn Purvis. In addition, she has completed training with the Girls Educational Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) for empowering victims of sexual abuse and Question, Persuade, & Refer (QPR) for suicide prevention.

Danielle Pickard

Volunteer Coordinator

Danielle joined the staff in 2016 and is an invaluable support to the ministry’s staff and families. She works closely with Ministry Leads and other key volunteers at churches, coordinating their involvement in the many events, programs, and donation drives that Help One Child oversees throughout the year. Driven by her years of experience organizing short-term mission trips with her church Danielle loves to see the people engaged and serving. With a background studying biology her training in managing details has made her the perfect fit to oversee our complex and multi-tiered programing. Her radiant smile, unique sense of humor, and compassionate servant heart are a welcome relief to every client, visitor and coworker.

Rachel Taylor

Director of Education and Connection

Rachel came on board in November of 2017. She has 3 biological children and 2 adopted children who are all teenagers. She has been a member of our Palo Alto support group for the past 7 years. Her husband, Paul, is a pastor at Peninsula Bible Church. Rachel knew that she wanted to adopt ever since she was a kid. Now her passion is to help foster and adoptive families stay healthy and balanced. Through experience, she knows that foster and adoptive parents can’t do it alone. They need the support of a community that understands the complexities that can arise with foster care and adoption. Our Support Groups are a place where families can find just that. Rachel also works to provide our adoptive, foster, and kinship families with Parent Trainings that can help them in their day-to-day lives with their children.


Susan Herman

Executive Director Emeritus

Susan led the ministry of Help One Child from 2005-2017, directing the staff in the recruitment of foster families and volunteers, quarterly parent trainings, and expanding its support services. She was instrumental in increasing the organization’s following and funding to allow for the expansion of its programs and services as well as the creation of more than 3000 service opportunities offered each year in support of its network families. In 2014, she established Help One Child as the San Francisco Peninsula/South Bay implementer for the internationally renown Safe Families for Children movement, extending the ministry’s reach to provide preventative care to children at risk of removal into foster care. After over twelve years of service, Susan retired as Executive Director but remains a staunch supporter of the ministry and an advisor to both its staff and Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Dan Van Elderen, Co-Chair
Judi Van Elderen, Co-Chair
Mark Morris, Founder, Corporate President
JoAnne Morris, Founder, Corporate Secretary
Sandi Orlando, RN, Board Secretary
Eric Miller, Operation and Logistic Support
Cristin Winn Reyes, Education Committee Chair
Sarah Dodson, Outreach Committee Chair

Education & Training

Linda Ikeda, RN, LMFT

  • Private Practice, Saratoga, CA
  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Christian Association of Psychological Studies
  • Association for the Training and Treating of Attachment in Children (ATTACH)
  • Help One Child Board Member (2005-2008)
  • Help One Child Parent Child Connection Instructor
  • Training for Parenting Seminars
  • Trainer/Author, “Created to Belong”

Dr. Don Williams, PsyD

  • Private Practice, Palo Alto, CA
  • Help One Child Parent Child Connection Instructor
  • Instructor/Trainer for Help One Child’s Re-Set Day
  • Lead Team Trainings for Signs of Hope Camp and
  • Power Life Skills Programs
  • Trainer/Author, “Wise and Skillful Parent” Parenting Seminar Series

Legal Advocacy

Regina Deihl, JD

  • Private Practice, Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Board Member Public Interest Endowment
  • Executive Board at Santa Clara University School of Law

Lois Raap, JD

  • Private Practice, Los Gatos, CA
  • Therapeutic Foster Parent
  • Casey Family Programs Ruth Massinga Foster Parent of the Year Award 2007