About Chicks In Crisis
Inez Whitlow - Founder
It was life experiences and a passion for helping others that fueled the driving force to create an organization that specialized in the mental, physical and emotional healing for teens or women facing one of the most difficult choices – an unplanned pregnancy.
Inez Whitlow is the “chick in charge” - the glue and the face of the organization. She offers hope for the many teens and women she meets daily and collaborates with other agencies to make sure all our clients’ needs are met. She is a licensed and bonded adoption facilitator in Sacramento, CA, with a BS in Paralegal Studies
On any given day, you can find her taking several clients to a doctor’s appointment, lab work completed, counseling, court, grocery shopping, being a labor coach and looking for a place to live! She can average 5000 miles a month taking our clients’ to their appointments.
She currently lives in Elk Grove California and is the mother of 4 amazing children.
Gloria Benavides is the Program Coordinator for Chicks in Crisis. Gloria has worked for Chicks in Crisis for a year and a half and enjoys working for an organization that is dedicated to saving babies. Her job duties include: Provide field support to the Executive Director & Founder, handles appointment scheduling (clients, process all insurance ,including Medi-Cal forms, process intake forms, transport clients to medical appointments, Translation when needed (fluent in Spanish), networking with area OB/GYN offices.
Before working for Chicks in Crisis Gloria worked for a OB/GYN based in the Sacramento area for eight years as a Medical Assistant and was able to relate her medical and office skills to the needs of Chicks in Crisis. Although, she does not have children and may not relate to the labor pains, she can dedicate her time to others that are in a crisis. Her hobbies are swimming, reading and spending time with her two nephews and niece. She currently is enrolled in College to become an RN.
Sally Claffey is an adoptive Mom of two boys. Prior to the birth of her children, Sally spent 10 years at Quest Diagnostics, eight of those as a sales manager. Before coming to Quest, she was in sales with Xerox Corporation. Sally has served on the Advisory Board of the North Avenue Day Nursery, serving Chicago’s low income families with quality early childhood development programs. Sally is on the board of Glenview Methodist Preschool and in the Women’s Association of Glenview Community Church.
Tom Mischley, Certified Public Accountant and QuickBooks Pro Advisor, has a broad background in both public and private accounting and tax positions. Previous positions included audit and tax work with regional CPA firms, being a Chief Financial Officer, Controller, or Director of Accounting, with a franchise company, a dot com company, and a multi location company. Currently, owner of a local Elk Grove CPA firm, he specializes in assisting individuals and the business community in minimizing their taxes and preparing accurate and understandable financial statements. Education includes an MBA from Notre Dame de Namur University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Detroit.
He is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the California Society of CPA’s, Rotary Club of Elk Grove and a board member of the American River Parkway Foundation in addition to other nonprofit organizations. In addition to participating in various running events, he enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and the Sacramento area’s diversity of cultures.
I am the first person you will meet when walking in or I’m the one on the other end of the phone when you call; I truly love and believe in CiC, which mean’s I love my job! I am a single parent of one grown daughter and a grandmother of two adorable kids. I took an early retirement offer from AT&T in 2008. I have a BS degree in Organizational Behavior from University of San Francisco.
My desire after I retired was to someday counsel and mentor young single women with kids. When I met Inez a couple of years ago, she shared information about Chicks in Crisis with me, and I knew then that this was something I wanted to be involved with. I have been with Chicks in Crisis since August, 2010.
I currently reside in Elk Grove. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, working out at the gym, and shopping.
In 2001 and 2002 we adopted our two girls, named Olivia and Giavanna. Both children were adopted through Chicks-in-Crisis, a non-profit organization located in Sacramento, CA.
Through this experience with CIC, I felt compelled to help this organization raise money to assist mothers in need. With the support of many friends, family, and several area businesses, I have become an advocate for teen-parenting, open adoption, foster care and counseling families in the adoption process.
The strawberry festival is just one of the fundraisers that I helped make my own each year, along with clothes closets, diaper drives and other programs in the foster system. I’ve been an active member on the board for the past ten years.
We have many success stories putting families together with nearly thirty successful adoptions per year.
Each story is close to my heart! Chicks-in-Crisis gives children a chance to be loved and educated! Adoption is part of my everyday life and I hope to continue to have the passion to make a difference in adoption and the foster care system for many years to come.