Teresa Stivers has been with Walden Family Services for more than ten years. As the Chief Executive Officer, Stivers reports directly to the Board of Directors. She oversees all development campaigns, and is responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of the agency's mission, vision, values, and strategy, and its annual goals and objectives.

Prior to Walden, she was a Program Director and Executive Director for the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (CAPF), where she served for over eight years. At CAPF, Stivers oversaw all staff and programs. Her tireless dedication to work on behalf of children in San Diego County helped launch and establish many signature programs, including the Guardian Scholars Program and Mary's House, a transitional living program for former foster youth.

While working for former San Diego Mayor Susan Golding from 1995-2000 as Deputy Chief of Staff, Ms. Stivers honed her expertise in program management. There she advised the Mayor on city, state and national issues.

Her experience in public relations includes as an Account Executive at Nuffer, Smith, Tucker, where she worked on accounts such as the California Fluid Milk Processor's Board (Got Milk?), the California Dietetic Association and the American Institute of Wine and Food.

Currently, Stivers serves on the Executive Committee for the University of California, San Diego Chancellor's Community Advisory Board; Chairs the Quality of Life Subcommittee of the San Diego Taxpayers' Association; Chairs the Education & Workforce Committee of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and is a member of its Policy Committee; and serves on the Steering Committee of the Clinton Foundation Strong Families, Thriving Committees Task Force.