Executive Staff

Alex Ben Morales, L.C.S.W.
President & CEO (since 1988)

Under Alex Morale’s leadership, Children’s Bureau formed a visionary plan and raised $22+ million through 600 generous individuals and foundations to make it a reality. These resources have been used to build the Magnolia Place Family Center and be the “founding spark” of the Magnolia Community Initiative in Los Angeles pioneered by a large community network. This revolutionary initiative will become a national model/framework for building community wellness, resiliency, prevention and family support. Magnolia Community Initiative seeks to help ALL of the 35,000 children and youth within 500 blocks achieve success in education, health and receive nurturing care and economic stability form their families and community.

In 2014, Alex was recognized by the Annenberg Foundation as one of 25 visionary leaders.  Alex has a Masters degree in social work and a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics.

Jacqueline Meek
Chief Development Officer (since 2012)

Jacqueline Meek joined Children’s Bureau as the Director of Individual Giving in July 2011 and became the Chief Development Officer in August 2012. She is responsible for our private fundraising efforts as well as overseeing all aspects of the agency’s marketing and public relations activities. Jacqueline has spent more than a decade raising money for non-profit educational institutions and serving on their boards. Her background is in accounting and finance and she has diverse management experience across domestic and international operations, with particular emphasis in the financial services industry. She has held senior management positions at Airport Group International, Union Bank of California, and Deloitte & Touche. She received her B.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Oklahoma and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Gayle M. Whittemore, M.B.A.
Interim Chief Financial Officer (since 2017)

Gayle M. Whittemore is no stranger to Children’s Bureau and has been involved with our organization since 1990. In fact, Children’s Bureau was one of her first nonprofit audits when she moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area. A CPA by trade with a Master’s in Business Taxation from Golden Gate University, Ms. Whittemore has 25 years of experience as a certified public accountant in the nonprofit sector. As Children’s Bureau’s Interim Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Whittemore is responsible for the oversight of the agency’s financial matters, IT department and FAF Software social enterprise.  A strong and respected voice in the community, Ms. Whittemore is a long-time planning committee member and twice past chair of the California Society of CPA’s NonProfit Conference.

Ron E. Brown, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Chief Program Officer (since 2000)

Dr. Ron Brown manages the operations of Children’s Bureau’s foster care, adoption, mental health and child abuse prevention programs. He has helped to grow each program by acquiring larger contracts and implementing new services. He is also responsible for the agency’s accreditation from the Council on Accreditation. Dr. Brown’s background is in healthcare where prior to joining Children’s Bureau, he worked for many years at Citrus Valley Hospice and Home Health, Inc. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.B.A. from California State University, Long Beach, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University.


Paula Fellbaum

Paula Fellbaum
Chief Human Resources Officer (since 2017)

Paula Fellbaum oversees all aspects of Children’s Bureau’s human resources including employment, employee relations, benefits, training and wellness. Paula is a strategic, multidisciplinary people leader with an eye to driving business outcomes with compassion. In her 20-year HR career, she has primarily worked in the for-profit corporate world both within California and globally with some of technology’s interactive giants: Mainframe, THQ, Warner Bros and Nexon. Although her skill set is vast, her expertise revolves in the worlds of talent recruitment, organizational structure, change management, learning and staff development, strategic planning and engaging employees. She studied Strategic Human Resources at Royal Roads University in British Columbia, Canada, and keeps on top of HR trends and innovations. In her early professional years, Paula founded and served on the board of a nonprofit that provided support to people with HIV/AIDS.



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