updated 3/16/2011 2:46:17 PM ET 2011-03-16T18:46:17

ORANGE, Calif., March 16, 2011 (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 Cyndee Albertson as the agency's new Executive Director. Albertson has a 20-year history of leadership in social service programs for children and families.

Cyndee Albertson

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"Canyon Acres has tremendous respect for Cyndee's leadership capabilities and is very pleased to welcome her on board," said Harald Herrmann, Co-Chairman of the Board of Canyon Acres. "Albertson has deep roots in our community and intuitively understands Canyon Acres' vision and mission. Combining her innovative approach to creating programs with an outstanding track record in fundraising, Canyon Acres can look forward to a future of continued growth and evolution."

Albertson most recently served as Executive Director for Hands Together: a Center for Children. She is credited with opening two of Hands Together's most influential programs: the Morning Garden program for homeless families in September 2007 and the Hands Together Pre-Kindergarten Family Literacy Center in June 2008. During her tenure, the agency grew from one program serving 84 children per day to three unique programs serving more than 220 children and families per day. Albertson was also instrumental in helping Hands Together win an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant from the Orange County Community Action Partnership and funding from Orange County United Way to offer kindergarten readiness and literacy training at the Hands Together Pre-Kindergarten Literacy Center.

Albertson's prior positions include Regional Director for Good Shepherd Communities and Associate Director of Operations for Cole Vocational Services. She holds a BA in psychology from California State University, Fullerton and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. An Orange County native, Albertson currently lives in Orange with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she is a marathon runner and is working toward her goal of running a marathon in every state.

"In my new role at Canyon Acres, my ultimate goal is to help children and families live life to the fullest," said Albertson. "I am honored to have been chosen and am eager to apply my energy and passion to help Canyon Acres deliver on its mission of providing a loving environment in which children can attain the self-confidence and life skills necessary to become healthy, happy, successful citizens."

For more information, please visit www.canyonacres.org.


Canyon Acres Children and Family Services is dedicated to strengthening individuals and families through specialized treatment programs and services that support safe and healthy environments for youth. 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, please visit the Canyon Acres Children and Family Services web site at www.canyonacres.org .

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