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With more than two decades of leadership experience in the field of child welfare and healthcare business, Dr. Ryan Cargando is recognized as a “Social Impact Leader”. He was featured as a case study among five organizational leaders in the book published under Kendall Hunt, “From Small to Large: Growing Social Impact Organizations” by Zoot Velasco, MBA professor and Director of Gianneschi Center School of Management at California State University, Fullerton (2021).

Ryan received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Pius X Seminary and pursued his Masteral Study in Philosophy and Theology at University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.

In 1997, he earned his PhD in Philosophy from La Salle University in United States.  As a Thomas Merton Scholar, his graduate studies research included, “The Meaning of the Human Person” and “The Political Meaning of Christianity in light of Thomas Merton’s Philosophy”.

Prior to working in child welfare as a social worker, and holding various management and leadership positions, Ryan taught Philosophy at De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde in Manila, Philippines. He also served as Dean of Graduate School of Colegio De la Purisima Concepcion. During his stint, Ryan has given lectures at ABAC University in Bangkok, Thailand, and other institutions in Asia. He also served as Director for Local Governance at Gerry Roxas Foundation in the Philippines under the funding of USAID. He also was a regular lecturer to the Philippine National Police (PNP) under the government’s efforts to professionalize the PNP.

Ryan’s entrepreneurial background in real estate and principle centered approach in business and organization has earned Creative Solutions for Kids and Families, the agency he founded in 2005, the distinction of a “recession star” among 27 out of 6, 450 non-profit organizations in a research article published from Gianeneschi Center for Non - Profit Research, California State University, Fullerton.   Ryan was also featured on the cover of CIO Views in its January 2023 magazine issue as “an Influential Leader in health care”.

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Ryan M. Cargando, PhD
Barbra Castillo

Chief Financial Officer


Barbra is responsible for all of the company's financial functions. She provides both operational and programming support and reports directly to the CEO. She participates in all strategic and tactical planning and implementation matters as they relate to budget management, risk assessment, cost benefit analysis, financial forecasting and securing new funding. Barbra's accounting experience with focus on overall performance includes more than 20 years of experience in budgeting, financial management, and business leadership.

Prior to joining CSKF, Barbra held various managerial positions in corporate, non-profit, fiduciary and public accounting.

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 has worked with Creative Solutions for Kids & Families for over 15 years. Linda has had a unique journey with CSKF, and her career continues to develop as the agency expands. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of La Verne in 2007 with honors, and began working for CSKF shortly thereafter, 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, such as Agency Social Worker, Supervising Social Worker, and Administrator. As the Project and Supervising Director, Linda oversees the overall operations of the agency and its various programs. Linda oversees the overall operations of the agency and its various programs. Linda values faith, family, and the power of teamwork. Through genuine collaboration with staff, caregivers, and other stakeholders, Linda embraces CSKF's mission and vision to support the success of its youth and families.

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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 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 and worked as a preschool teacher for 4 years at Beachwood Child development center in Tacoma, WA 

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