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Cynthia Sewell (Kawa)
ckawa@newhorizons-sfv.org

Cynthia Sewell is Chief Executive Officer of New Horizons, a leading Southern California nonprofit organization providing a wide range of residential, employment, and social opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities. She oversees a staff of over 300 professionals and administers an annual budget of approximately $13 million.  She has become a leading spokesperson for society’s responsibility to provide opportunities for those with developmental disabilities to achieve their dreams, contribute to the community, and thrive as part of the general population. 

Under her leadership, New Horizons has become one of the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive programs in Los Angeles for adults with such special needs such as intellectual challenges, autism, cerebral palsy, and seizure disorders.  The organization is also the largest provider of supported employment services in Los Angeles County, a program where people with developmental disabilities work in the community at jobs in a variety of retail and business environments.

Prior to being named CEO in 2009, Cynthia served as New Horizons’ Executive Director since 1992, and had been the organization’s Residential Director since 1988.  During her extensive tenure at New Horizons, the agency has more than quadrupled the number of developmentally disabled clients served to more than 800 adults.  Her entire career in the field spans more than thirty five years.

Cynthia vigorously advocates on behalf of those with special needs.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) and on its Government Affairs Committee.  She also co-founded the 17-member Coalition of Service Providers, composed of nonprofit organizations serving the special needs population, which advocates on behalf of that population.

Cynthia has been recognized numerous times for her leadership and professional abilities.  Recent examples include being honored in 2010 by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal, as part of its annual Women in Business program; Cynthia was named Woman of the Year in the Non Profit Business category.  That same year, she also received the North Los Angeles County Regional Center Legislator’s Award for Service to People with Developmental Disabilities. In 2011 Business Life Magazine, honored her with its 2011 Women Achievers award.

In 2012, she was honored by her alma mater, California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA), which conferred its Distinguished Alumna Award from the College of Arts and Letters.  In 2013, the Annenberg Foundation declared her as one of 25 visionary leaders among more than 3,000 of their grant recipients.

Cynthia is a native of Los Angeles and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in French and psychology, and a master’s degree in psychology, all from CSULA.

She also is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

An avowed cat fancier, Cynthia is a newlywed having just married in the September 2012 to her childhood sweetheart, Jeffery Sewell. 

  

Diane Thorsell
dthorsell@newhorizons-sfv.org

 Royce Siggard
rsiggard@newhorizons-sfv.org

Roschell Ashley
Vice President of Program Operations
rashley@newhorizons-org
Holly Rasey
Vice President of Development & Marketing
hrasey@newhorizons-sfv.org

Cameron Lee
Program Development Manager, Travel Training
clee@newhorizons-sfv.org

Brent Stutzman
bstutzman@newhorizons-sfv.org

Doug Pascover
dpascover@newhorizons-sfv.org

Esteban Estrada
eestrada@newhorizons-sfv.org

Anna Eskandarian
aeskandarian@newhorizons-sfv.org

Tetyana Samoylenko
tsamoylenko@newhorizons-sfv.org

Gay Wane
gwane@newhorizons-sfv.org

Leilani Downer
ldowner@newhorizons-sfv.org 

Aida Velascoavelasco@newhorizons-sfv.org

Judi Pennella
jpennella@newhorizons-sfv.org 

   

Board of Directors

Officers

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John D. Bunzel

Sue Weitkamp 

Sue Weitkamp

 

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Cynthia Kawa

 

Directors

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Fred Aboody

 David Adelman

David Adelman
 Glenn Baker  Glenn Baker BoardMember4  Mary Ann Cummins-Prager

 

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Colin Donahue

 

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Mitchell Englander

Mary Fischer

 

Mary K. Fischer

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Judy Fisher

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Burt Margulis

David Lillington 

David Lillington

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Dana K. Martin

Erica Nord

  Erica Nord

 Kurt Peter

Kurt Peter

Colleen Settles

Sister Colleen Settles

 

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  Gene Siciliano

 

Joel Simon 



Joel Simon

 

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  Gary Washburn

 

 

 

  

 

 

  

Honorary Directors

 

Paula Boland

Peggy Carr

Buddy Collette

Julie Kavner

John Lithgow

 

 

Jonathan Murray

Julie Newmar

Charlotte Rae

William Schallert

Michael Tilson Thomas

 

Emeritus Council  

 

Dick Bartus

Dr. Robert Behringer

Spero Bowman

Stan Bryant

Roc Caldarone

Sally Cook

Larry Daniels 

Larry Diamond

 

 

Paul Elkins

Joyce Feucht-Haviar

Muriel Goldojarb

Janet Latto

Susan Stearns

Stuart Steinberg

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