Lisa Casarez is the founder and CEO of Angels of Grace Family Foster Agency. Known throughout the community for her infectious love for abused and neglected children, she is passionate about helping people discover their purpose and passions in life, and is a committed advocate for women and children who face issues and have needs in the Central Valley.
Lisa started Angels of Grace in 2000, and has over twenty years of foster care and soical agency management experierince. Her goal from the beginning was to provide a place of refuge and healing for foster children, a place focused on the children’s emotional and physical needs, to love, nurture, and protect the mind, body, and spirit of the children she serves.
In October 2008, Ms. Casarez, MSW founded the Angels of Grace Safe Haven Transitional Home. This is a nurturing home, which provides housing and independent living skills to emancipated females aging out of the foster care system, between the ages of 18-24
Ms. Casarez has received several awards for her dedication to our community. In 2010, the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named her Business Woman of the Year. Also in 2010, Ms. Casarez was honored as the Girl Scouts Inspirational Woman of the Year. Valley Public Television and Union Bank of California honored Ms. Casarez with the 5th Annual Local Hero Award. Additionally, Ms. Casarez received special recognition from Assemblywoman Sarah Reyes, for the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
All of these awards came to a cumulation in 2013, when Lisa was named Mother of the Year by the Fresno Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Vikki Luna is the founder and CEO of The Light-House Recovery Program, a local non-profit, faith based residential program serving women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Her education is in criminology and her experience is in the juvenile institution and substance abuse services. Her passion is helping hurting women discover who they are and Whose they are in order to become the leaders they were created to be. Vikki understands that every woman influences the people around her, especially her children. Her motivation is to empower women to be all they can be in order to strengthen the next generation.
Vikki was born and raised in Fresno where she lives with her husband, Manuel of 25 years and their two children. She was gifted three additional children and four grandchildren. She has been a member of Cornerstone church for 24 years, an inner city, diverse church in downtown Fresno where she contributes most of her life training. Her goal is to make a difference in her world, first to her family and then to the women and children in her community.
She has served on various committees, currently serving on the advisory committee for Center for Community Transformation at Fresno Pacific University. She has started two social enterprises, training and employing those with barriers to employment. She serves in public and church motivational speaking and is eager to learn more about becoming a better leader and how to better serve to her community.