Children’s Network Staff
- Kristin HindsKristin Hinds
- Samantha CowellSamantha Cowell
- Denise McKinneyDenise McKinney
- Angel Magallanes Angel Magallanes
Children’s Network Officer (Interim)
Kristin Hinds, Interim Children’s Network Officer is a dedicated professional with over 26 years of experience in Child Welfare.
Kristin obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Loma Linda University in 1997. Kristin began her journey in Child Welfare in 1997 as a Social Service Practitioner for Children and Family Services (CFS), specializing in emergency response (intake services). After four years, she briefly worked as a Clinical Social Worker at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, gaining valuable clinical insights.In 2002, Kristin returned to CFS as a Social Service Practitioner in the Special Health Care Needs unit. She earned her LCSW in 2003 and was promoted to Supervising Social Service Practitioner in 2005, overseeing critical programs.
In 2014, Kristin became a Child Welfare Services Manager, managing operational and programmatic regions, including the Independent Living Program, Adoptions, Education Liaisons, Parent Partners, and the Resource Family Approval Program. Kristin’s extensive experience and collaborative efforts with public and private agencies, as well as her counterparts in other counties and the California Department of Social Services, uniquely qualify her to lead the Children’s Network in its child abuse prevention effort
In July 2023, Samantha joined San Bernardino County Children’s Network as their Staff Analyst II. In this role, there are multiple responsibilities which include overseeing fiscal responsibilities with grants for all programs at Children’s Network. Her goals for overseeing fiscal responsibility are to demonstrate ethical spending by upholding the guidelines and policies of the grants and utilizing all funding to benefit the mission of Children’s Network.
Samantha holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the California State University San Bernardino and 13 years of service at two major education agencies in the Inland Empire- San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Riverside County Office of Education.
In August 2005, Denise joined San Bernardino County Children’s Network and is currently serving as the Secretary for the department. She ensures that the day-to-day operations of the office run smoothly and provides excellent customer service.
Angel Magallanes joined the Children’s Network team in September 2017 and currently serves as the Coordinator for the Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation (C.A.S.E.) in the County of San Bernardino.
Angel has a diverse educational background, with dual bachelor’s degrees in Sociology, complemented by a minor in social work, and another in Human Services. Her academic journey also includes the attainment of a Master’s in Educational Guidance and Counseling, accompanied by a Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPS) (M.S. with PPS).
C.A.S.E. stands as the County of San Bernardino’s Multi-Disciplinary Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Angel actively contributes to the county-wide effort to enhance awareness of human trafficking prevention through training initiatives. She plays a pivotal role in ensuring that essential resources are accessible to the young individuals affected by CSEC.
Angel brings a decade of experience as a dedicated Social Service Practitioner (SSP) with Children Family Services (CFS). Throughout her career, she has consistently channeled her passion and commitment toward empowering the youth in our county, enabling them to thrive and fulfill their potential through the various programs and departments she has been involved with.
- Xeneida BrownXeneida Brown
- Hillary Steenson-RayHillary Steenson-Ray
- Juan SolisJuan Solis
- Erika Chavez-MarroquinErika Chavez-Marroquin
Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator
Xeneida Brown is the Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator at Children’s Network. Xeneida was born in the Republic of Panama, is a native Spanish speaker, and has been a resident of San Bernardino County for over 20 years. She is an alumni of Cal Poly Pomona and holds a BA in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration. Xeneida has a long history of community service, and has served as youth director, mentor, domestic violence and immigrant advocate, interpreter, emergency response and disaster preparedness volunteer and trainer, amongst others. She has worked tirelessly in support of individuals and families through her social service work as an advocate, case manager, and children and family specialist. She has chaired and co-chaired numerous committees in support of vulnerable populations; she is committed to giving back and making a difference and is a champion for children.
Community and Event Coordinator
Hillary Steenson-Ray has served as the Community & Event Coordinator for San Bernardino County Children’s Network since 2019. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of the annual Shine-a-Light on Child Abuse awards breakfast, the annual Children’s Network Conference, various other training events throughout the year, as well as, community outreach opportunities. She also oversees our Safe Sleep for Infants program. All of these efforts serve to increase the knowledge and capacity of professionals who serve children and families in San Bernardino County and to empower parents and caregivers with positive parenting practices.
Father Engagement Coordinator
Juan Solis joined San Bernardino County Children’s Network as the Father Engagement Coordinator in July 2018. As the Father Engagement Coordinator, Juan Solis leads the fatherhood initiative named, Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC). Juan provides technical assistance to ensure that the support services they have are accessible and father-friendly. He also develops educational content to help community-based, county-based agencies and schools to be intentional and more father-inclusive. Juan Solis also coordinates with County and Community partners to host special events such as “Father’s Day Breakfast”, and Fatherhood Summit – “Fathers Are Irreplaceable”.
Mentoring Resource Specialist
Erika Chavez-Marroquin holds a masters in social work from California State University, San Bernardino. With over eight years of experience, she has made a significant impact within her community through her work in diverse settings. Throughout her career, Erika has worked in various roles and settings, from counseling individuals and families, and case managing, to facilitating trainings. Erika has a strong commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable populations within the San Bernardino and surrounding counties. She currently leads the Mentoring Taskforce aimed at identifying gaps in mentoring services, connecting youth with mentoring services, and facilitating educational opportunities to the county-wide mentoring community. She continually seeks opportunities to learn and grow staying up-to-date with the latest research, best practices, and trends.
Office Assistant III
Joseph Muratalla started out with the County as a Public Service Employee in January 2022, where he was part of the Homebound Vaccination Program with the Department of Aging and Adult Services. Later, he would branch out to his current position as Office Assistant III with Children’s Network where he maintains the smooth and efficient operation of various programs within the department. With a diverse set of responsibilities, Joseph plays a vital part in supporting the daily functions of the department. With his many hats, he is the Building Manager who handles all requests and discrepancies from three separate departments, the department Safety Coordinator who provides safety training and ensures the department has all proper PPE, and the face of Children’s Network who always greets guests as they walk in, answering emails or phone calls with kindness and compassion or at events providing the best customer services.
Office Assistant III
Kelsey Brown has been employed in various positions throughout Riverside and San Bernardino County. Her most previous post was working with Riverside County Office On Aging where she worked as an Office Assistant III/Case Manager. She worked closely with social workers to make sure that the clients had all that they needed. Now, she has branched out further as an Office Assistant with C.A.S.E. and the Children’s Network to provide support for her team and their various departments. Working together to provide services to the community and more efficiently run their online databases.
Marcus Brown Jr.
Marcus joined the Children’s Network in 2023 as a Media Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations Communications from California State University, Fullerton, and earned his Master’s in Marketing and Brand Management from Kingston University, London in the United Kingdom.
Marcus’ background includes 12 years of experience working with organizations and businesses in marketing efforts involving; Brand Development, Go-To Market Strategy, Content Creation, and Crowdfunding. In his role as Media Specialist, Marcus supports the department with the strategy and execution of marketing its programs and services. This includes graphic design, social media, website management, photography, and videography of events and trainings.
A Message from the Children’s Network Officer
Our programs and educational campaigns all have one overarching goal: developing the foundational capacity of our county and community service providers so that they can provide the appropriate care and resources to our children and families. Our program coordinators achieve this goal by providing various training opportunities, promoting public awareness and educational campaigns, attending outreach events, and developing collaborative partnerships with county and community partners.
Children’s Network is dedicated to promoting the well-being of children, families and the community.
Children’s Network Officer (Interim)