Dr. Ryan Cargando founded Creative Solutions with a mission "to uplift the lives of the children and families by providing treatment services that promote permanency and healing."
His  breadth of experience  in child  welfare covers over 20 years of  work  in Social Work-as social worker, supervisor and  agency administrator.  Ryan's  values  and  vision  is deeply rooted in wanting to care for others, in listening with an empathetic heart and acting with a renewed faith hoping for the best outcomes for children and families.
His educational background includes  a doctorate in Philosophy, graduate studies in Theology and Psychology.
Ryan's previous experience in teaching and  administrative duties  in graduate  school  and  non-government organization in the Philippines  have  contributed  to his success in establishing  CSKF.
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Ryan M. Cargando, PhD
Barbra Castillo

Chief Financial Officer


Barbra has more than 20 years of accounting experience and specializes in non-profit, corporate, fiduciary and public accounting.  She also held several managerial positions in various industries.  As Chief Financial Officer, Barbra is responsible for managing the organization’s financial operations on a day to day basis.

Jennifer Cargando, BSN, RN

Assistant Executive Director


Jennifer has worked in different  industries that include  sales  and management prior to her  nursing  career. She has  a bachelors degree in nursing  and is  licensed registered nurse in California and New Jersey of which she  has  a combined 17 years of experience in acute, surgical and recovery nursing. Jennifer is passionate in helping children and families.  As the Asst. Executive Director, she assist the CEO in overseeing the different departments  including personnel management.

Arleen Cabrera, MBA

Corporate Compliance Officer


As a former Board of Director  of  Creative Solutions for Kids and  Families, Inc. , Arleen is  very committed  to  the organizational mission and  vision.  She relinquished  her  board  duties  to  manage  the  quality assurance  department   in  2007 and  was promoted  as the organization's corporate compliance officer.  Arleen applies her  wealth of  experience  in quality  assurance  and  development  in working  with  various organizations in diffrent countries  that include  Japan,  Philippines and the United States. Arleen completed  her MBA in California Coast University.

Executive Team

Key Staff


Linda Montoya, MS


Linda B. Bays Montoya has  been with  Creative Solutions  for over 12 years.  Linda's journey is unique  and  one  that evolved  into  a   prospering career.  Linda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of La Verne in 2007 with honors. Linda began working at Creative Solutions in 2007 as a Social Work Assistant. Linda continued her education and received a Master of Science degree in Psychology from California Coast University. Throughout her tenure with Creative Solutions, Linda has held various positions as Agency Social Worker, Senior Social Worker and Supervising Social Worker. As the administrator,Linda  oversees the programs and services of the agency.  Linda is also a proud mother of two.

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Pamela Tarango

Resource Family Manager

Pamela Tarango has a vibrant account of experience with almost 20 years in the child welfare field. Her passion is to work with children and families. Pam believes in healing children and families through interventions that promote connection, trust, redirection, and relationship. Pam's Christian faith has influenced her commitment and desire to see more families step up in the frontlines and extend their love and support to vulnerable children.  Her notable experiences with Creative Solutions includes staff and foster parent training and business  development. As the RFA manager,  Pam  ensures  that our foster families  are  equipped  to  meet  the  needs  of  persons served


Maria Flores, MFT

Supervising Social Worker

For Creative Solutions and its families served, Maria Flores spreads compassion, receptivity, and professionalism in a myriad of circumstances. She has been working with at-risk youth for almost 10 years and often facilitates staff and foster parent trainings with her knowledge and bi-lingual accuracy. She received her Bachelors degree in Human Services and Masters of Science degree in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix. She has been a valuable member of the Creative Solutions team since 2008, holding experiences as Support Staff, Assistant Social Worker, Agency Social Worker, and now as a Supervising Social Worker.


Michelle Crain, MS

Supervising Social Worker

Michelle earned her Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Guidance and Counseling at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. She has practiced social work for over 20 years in California and in Tennessee. She has worked in many different settings such as group homes, FFA’s and juvenile shelters. Some of her experiences include agency social worker, child counselor, lead social worker, and supervisor. Michelle has been an Agency Social Worker and Supervising Social Worker for Creative Solutions for over 10 years. Michelle is welcoming, supportive, always smiles, and makes others smile with her positive attitude.  Michelle conducts various staff and foster parent trainings for Creative Solutions, and is very much involved in foster youth activities, including various teen social outings, support trainings, mentoring and facilitating Back-to-School Night.

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Claudia Beltran, MS

Supervising Social Worker

Claudia Beltran has always dreamed of becoming a Social Worker. Her passion towards helping children and At-Risk youth and families is a testament of her vocation to serve. Claudia joined CSKF on June 1, 2016. Prior to her working with CSKF, Claudia was a Pre-School teacher in Washington State. She completed her bachelor's and master's degree in Psychology at the University of Phoenix.