updated 10/18/2010 10:45:41 PM ET 2010-10-19T02:45:41

ORANGE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, a Southern California charity organization committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families, today announced that Jeffrey Lerch has joined its board of directors. Lerch is currently President of Foundation Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

"Canyon Acres is thrilled to have Jeff on our board," said Canyon Acres Vice President of Development Tim Bauer. "Jeff's unique combination of practical, management and investment expertise will help the board navigate a changing landscape for children and families in need and will bring us closer to our mission of providing care, hope and love to the families who need it most."

Prior to Foundation Real Estate Advisors, Lerch served as Vice President of Brokerage for CB Richard Ellis, Vice President of Asset Management for PM Realty Advisors and Senior Regional Manager for Insignia Commercial Group. Among his many high-profile current and previous clients are Aetna, Mattel, Cox Communications, ConocoPhillips, Northrop Grumman, Wells Fargo Bank and many more.

Lerch also served as an investment advisor and manager for major U.S. pension funds, which involved the purchase and sale of a diverse portfolio of investment properties and the oversight of ongoing operations. He holds an MBA in real estate financial analysis from the University of Southern California and a BS in business administration from Pepperdine University.

"I am tremendously excited to work with Canyon Acres in this capacity," said Lerch. "The agency is one of the nation's foremost of its kind, and I look forward to aiding the effort to break multi-generational cycles of abuse and neglect."

For more information, please visit www.canyonacres.org or call (714) 383-9335.


Canyon Acres Children and Family Services is committed to providing homes, care, treatment and supportive services for abused, neglected and emotionally troubled children and their families. Since 1980, Canyon Acres has been serving children throughout Southern California, providing the highest level of care and therapeutic treatment to children who suffer from a variety of emotional and psychological disorders. Canyon Acres gives children the nurturing, treatment and opportunities they need to grow up in safe, loving, and stable families. For more information about Canyon Acres Children and Family Services, contact Bock Communications at + 1-714-540-1030 or canyonacres@bockpr.com or visit the Canyon Acres Children and Family Services web site at www.canyonacres.org .

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