About Us

Research Based Solutions to Create Better Communities

Through training, coaching, conference coordination, and follow-up support, CIR provides innovative and cost-effective training and technical assistance to individuals and agencies. Our staff has more than 45 years of combined experience working with a network of content-expert associates to meet client needs, on time and within budget. With funding from grants and contracts, CIR has helped dozens of agencies implement high-quality training and support for their employees at a lower cost than they could have realized on their own.


Our Mission

To apply research-based knowledge to address real-world problems in human services and education.


Our Vision

By inspiring and equipping professionals to build resilient families and strong communities through professional training and support, CIR builds networks of positive change in existing systems. CIR works to optimize established programs and services so that children, families, and communities are served in a holistic way based on best practices and current research. For every one person served by CIR, hundreds more are reached.

We make sure cops know how to investigate child abuse cases, without causing more trauma to the child. We work with counties to build multi-disciplinary teams that are ready to act quickly should a child go missing. We teach therapists how to most effectively support children who have been through the unthinkable. We do all of this throughout California and beyond.


Our Board

CIR's Board of Directors reflects the diversity and community concerns of the statewide training and technical assistance constituents that the organization proudly serves. Although the Board of Directors is small in number and drawn from the relatively homogenous population in Sonoma County, its members are diverse in ethnic background, religious affiliation, sexual orientation and gender. The Board continues to grow and strives to recruit members that reflect the broad diversity of the statewide demographic of human service providers.

Learn more about our Board Members and read their bios.


Sybil Halloran

Sybil Halloran

Executive Director

Northern California Office


Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.

Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Sonia Edinger

Sonia Sandoval-Edinger

Project Manager

Southern California Office


Do or do not, there is no try.

Staff Photos: Crystal

Crystal Cardenas

Project Coordinator

Southern California Office


Te amo sin saber cómo, ni cuándo, ni de dónde,
te amo directamente sin problemas ni orgullo:
así te amo porque no sé amar de otra manera.

Pablo Neruda
Staff Photos: Kris

Kris Murphey

Project Coordinator

Northern California Office


It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped.

Robert Kennedy
Staff Photos: Joshua

Joshua Thomas

Project Coordinator

Southern California Office


Live life. Be brave.

Staff Photos: Alli

Alli Deering

Project Coordinator

Northern California Office


Be the person you needed when you were younger.

Ayesha Siddiqi
Staff Photos: Tiffany

Tiffany Anderson

Project Assistant

Southern California Office


We are the silver lining in any and every dark cloud we could ever find. There is no need to go looking for the light when you bring it with you.

Tyler Knott Gregson
Staff Photos: Kimberly

Emma Nichols

Project Assistant

Northern California Office


You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Staff Photos: Pets Sarge

Sergeant Fancypants

Receiving and Workplace Safety

Northern California Office

Happiness is a warm puppy.

Charles M. Schulz