Our mission is to prevent the pain and trauma of burn injuries to children, and to heal and give children who have suffered severe burns the opportunity to reach their full potential, physically, psychologically and socially.


We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Why Our Work Matters

Children’s Burn Foundation is concerned with the Full Recovery of a child burn survivor, addressing not only their physical needs, but their psychological, emotional, and social recovery as well. CBF provided services for 84,644 children and families during fiscal year 2018-19.

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Our History

Children’s Burn Foundation was founded in 1985 by the late Dr. A. Richard Grossman, renowned plastic surgeon and burn specialist, and the late McLean Stevenson, concerned child advocate and actor. These men were both so profoundly impacted by firsthand observations of the devastating consequences that serious burn injuries can have on a child, that they joined forces to provide resources and support for burned children who would otherwise be unable to benefit from state-of-the-art medical treatments and post-acute burn care services.


The Foundation was restructured in 1995 to be governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees . In 1996, a volunteer group was established called The Council . The Council works to support the Foundation’s fundraising and community outreach initiatives and hosts the annual Giving New Hope Benefit .


In the years since its inception, the Foundation’s mission has grown to include support for the psychological recovery from burn trauma and the short term emergency needs of families, as well as fire safety and prevention education programs  for children, parents and other caregivers. In 2006, the Foundation began its International Outreach Program, in partnership with the American Burn Association, to provide burn care education and training at teaching hospitals in developing countries.


Today, the Foundation provides state-of-the-art reconstructive treatment, emergency family assistance, survivor and family camps, counseling, a teen support program, and prevention and education programs that reach more than 86,644 children and families annually.


We are extremely grateful for the legacy of Dr. Richard Grossman, which continues with the Grossman Foundation gift, supporting our Full Recovery Program.

The Team

Sharon Townsend
Executive Director
Yekaterina Vaganyan
Event Manager
Tanya Sorkin
Chief Program Officer
Julie Beers
Communications & Creative Content Manager
Kristin Clink
Director of Development
Kami Collins
Program Coordinator

The Board 

Children’s Burn Foundation is governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees comprised of business and community leaders, philanthropists and child advocates.

Douglas Mancino, Chair Emeritus

Attorney, Seyfarth Shaw

Kathleen Toppino, Chair

Community Leader

Lynda Fadel, Vice Chair

Attorney, Community Leader

Barbara Pratt, Secretary

Community Leader

Board of Trustees

Dennis Alfieri

Senior Real Estate Investment Consultant

Chief William R. Bamattre

Fire Chief LA City, Retired


Debra Barbanel

Managing Director


Russell Reynolds

Global Real Estate


Canard Barnes

Managing Principal

Barnes and Company Investment Council


William Barrett, Jr.

Chairman, retired

Fiduciary Trust International of California


Chief Gregory Barton

Beverly Hills Fire Department

Karen Dodge

Attorney, Butler and Dodge, LLP


Sam Elliott



Kate Freeman

Managing Director

Fiduciary Trust International


Michael Koch

Southern California Counseling Center

Interim Executive Director


Kara Lew Larew

Vice President of Investments Community

Wedbush Morgan Securities, Inc.



Adriana Balaban

Community Leader

Carol Mancino

Community Leader


Richard Frey

Attorney, Epstein, Becker & Green


Brindell Gottlieb

Community Leader

Dana Kraft Kitaj

The Council President

Pedro Marti

Managing Director, Private Wealth Management Advisor

The Marti Group

Rockefeller  Capital Management


Ann Marie Mortimer

Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams


Michael Palmer

Managing Director & Co Founder

California Real Estate Regional Center “CaRE”


John F. Nickoll

Retired CEO


Charles A. Pratt, Jr.

Writer, Television Producer


Eric Reimer


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP


Matt Ruderman

Morgan Stanley

Senior Vice President

The Council

The mission of Children’s Burn Foundation is furthered by the efforts of The Council, a dynamic volunteer group of 73 dedicated members who work to support the Foundation’s fundraising and community outreach initiatives. Founded in 1996, The Council hosts the annual Giving New Hope Benefit, where they bestow the Giving New Hope Award to a community leader who has demonstrated significant commitment to improving the lives of children. Through the Giving New Hope Benefit, The Council has raised more than $18 million since 1996.


One of The Council’s annual activities is the Holiday Party, where Council Members invite our CBF families to come together for a day of festivities at Fire Station 84. This day is filled with music, treats, games, gifts and of course community.

Gwen Aldridge

Adriana Balaban*

Leanna Balaban

Fay Bass

Marjorie Bender

Catherine Berger

Suzanne Bonafede

Alexandra Brand

Shawna Clark

Lily Fukuda Crummy

Ellen Danna*

Barbara Deming

Lexi Fadel

Lynda Fadel*

Pamela Fluor

Barbara Fodor

Kate Freeman*

Ruth Gilliam

Lindsey Gordon

Brindell Gottlieb

Mary Hambric

Betty Hollingsworth

Celia Kahn

Sally Kanin

Lauren Katz

Mary Nguyen Kayne

Kate Kennedy

Dana Kraft Kitaj

Sandra Krause

Beth Lane

Lisa LaPorta

Janet Leahy

Alexis Vourvoulis

Lynelle Wagner

Heidi Widelitz

Tracey Letteau

Tamara Lowensohn

Susan Lynch

Carol Mancino*

Joan Mangum

Adria Marti

Patty Nickoll

Barbara Nicola

Christine Ofiesh

Nina O’Hern

Mara Palmer

Lianne Pinder

Judy Piro

Sandra Post

Barbara Pratt*

Annette Rasmussen

Deena Regan

Sandra Rosenbaum

Ellie Salamat

Jennifer Shpilsky

Minoo Simantob

Kandus Simpson

Rebeka Sinclair

Laurie Sischo

Yvonne Skillings

Tracy Berliner Smith

Jill Stein

Robin Swartz

Ginny Sydorick

Susan Tivoli

Kathleen Toppino*

Amanda Tunnell

Sherry Tunnell

Elinor Turner

Dana Kraft Kitaj

2020-21 President

Carol Mancino

Founding President


Children's Burn Foundation






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