Barbara Besana Announces Her Retirement

After five years of leading the KidsFirst team of professionals, sponsors and volunteers and galvanizing community support for the programs and services provided to Placer County families, KidsFirst Executive Director Barbara Besana has announced her much-deserved retirement.

During her tenure, Barbara has:

  • built a strong culture and structure
  • added programs that coordinate and collaborate with county programs
  • initiated a pilot program at Adelante High School with on-site case managers and therapists
  • ushered Forevers Fathers through to its 5 year anniversary
  • launched GirLeader leadership camp for girls
  • increased partnerships with community and faith-based organizations
Barbara and Nathan Herzog toast to her retirement announcement

KidsFirst Board of Directors Chair Dr. Nathan Herzog said of Barbara’s influence, “KidsFirst is saying goodbye to one of its most influential members. Having had a significant impact on the organization’s health, vitality, and reputation, we know that Barbara will continue to be an advocate, supporter, and advisor for KidsFirst for many years. On a personal note, Barbara has been a mentor to me and I want to thank her for her service, expertise, leadership, and most importantly her friendship to KidsFirst. I know KidsFirst is a much better place due to her hard work!”

Some may remember that Barbara previously retired from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office in 2013 and has maintained and leveraged those relationships within the law enforcement community to the benefit of KidsFirst clientele.

Barbara with Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell

“Barbara is one of the hardest working people I know. When you take a person like Barb with a passion for protecting children, you have an amazing force for good. She will be missed,” said Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell.

We thank Barbara for her dedication to our youth, wish the very best to her and her family, and know she will continue to do great things in her retirement years.


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