Child Advocates of Silicon Valley Announcement of New Board Member

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 26, 2022   

CONTACT: Gustavo Caraveo |   

MILPITAS, CA — Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is pleased to announce the appointment of a new board member Rosie Tichener, Senior Manager at McAfee, effective October 26, 2022.

“We are pleased to welcome Rosie as a new board member. She brings extensive work experience in project management and is grounded in serving Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable community,” said Frederick J. Ferrer, CEO of Child Advocates. ”Additionally, she has experience advocating for the children we serve through her service as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer and understands firsthand the impact a caring adult can have on a foster child.” 

Tichener will provide a culturally and generationally diverse perspective on the agency’s board. Her experience as a Latina and serving the Hispanic community will provide strategic insight into how we better serve Hispanic youth in the Dependency Court System. Also, as a current CASA Volunteer, she will help Child Advocates strengthen the CASA Program by implementing Advocacy Plans. This tool will help the agency measure the efficacy of the program. 

“As a board member, I hope to be an active ambassador and leverage my experience as a CASA Volunteer to improve the advocacy program further and suggest additional resources to impact the lives of the children and youth positively,” said newly elected board member Rosie Tichener. “It is so rewarding to know that being part of this organization, you truly live the mission. It is evident when you see the children smile and read all the wonderful stories and know that these stories will be carried as memories created because of Child Advocates.”

Child Advocates has a diverse, active board that represents a range of professional expertise in technology, child welfare, law, business planning, accounting and fundraising. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and oversight in the direction and operation of Child Advocates as well as raise awareness of our CASA program to help recruit potential volunteers and donors. 

About Rosie Tichener

Rosie Tichener leads the Business Planning and Execution Office at McAfee, a global leader in online protection. In this role, she is responsible for technology services program management, vendor management, technology services financial support and supporting risk and threat compliance efforts. Rosie has been working in the cybersecurity industry for over 15 years. Rosie is a strong advocate for foster children and is deeply committed to being part of an amazing organization that is positively impacting change for foster children and young adults by creating and expanding programs and resources and matching a foster child with a CASA volunteer to help them by being their advocate. Rosie is also a current CASA volunteer for foster children.  Rosie loves science and tech.  In her current career, her mission is to empower individuals and families to enjoy a safer online life, including protecting them from cyber threats like viruses. As an undergrad, she majored in molecular biology, earning a Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University and the study in this area also included viruses; however, of a different nature.  She continuously strives to learn and is forever curious and willing to explore and learn new things every day. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors; at the beach, hiking, snowboarding, biking around her neighborhood, gardening or cooking something delicious to share with friends.

About Child Advocates of Silicon Valley  

Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is an independent nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization created in 1986. We serve children aged birth to 21 years old who are placed in the Santa Clara County Dependency Court System for having experienced trauma in the form of abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. We are responsible for operating the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in Santa Clara County according to the national guidelines, which entails recruiting, training and supporting CASA Volunteers. We are an affiliate of the National CASA Association. To learn more, please visit