Website under construction as we launch our new mission and programs due to shift in youth culture
About Us


Free to Be is a non-profit organization that serves Sonoma County youth by empowering them with tools to make healthy decisions, navigate the ever-changing virtual world, and understand their worth and value.

We address the emotional health crisis in our community by partnering with schools and youth-serving organizations to provide engaging and dynamic programs that build resilience and teach life-skills.

Our Story

In 1992, our program was founded to equip teens with life skills to build healthy relationships. Since those early years, Free to Be has reached more than 100,000 young people. We have since developed and expanded our educational materials and leadership program to address additional social-emotional issues facing preteens and teens today.

Our Team
Leslie Bisbee Jordan

Leslie Bisbee Jordan

Executive Director

Leslie is a professional multi-tasker, balancing her professional work, volunteer work, and the many duties around being a mother of three. Leslie brings 20 years of marketing experience to Free to Be. Leslie also has experience working in non-profit and co-founded a non-profit that supports creativity local children. Leslie was born and raised in Sonoma County and moved back in 2009 to start her family. Leslie is the daughter of Free to Be Founder, Sue Bisbee! Leslie stepped into her new role as Executive Director in Fall 2022 with the excitement and motivation to catapult the organization into the next legacy phase.

Jenean Thom

Jenean Thom

Program Director

Jenean Thom joined Free to Be as Executive Director in April 2017. Jenean has worked with teens for more than 20 years as a high school and junior high vocal music teacher, youth leader, and mentor. Seeing the potential in youth is something that Jenean feels deeply about. She brings a passion for healthy choices and positive self-image for the teens of Sonoma County. Jenean is an energetic, detailed, and enthusiastic leader and is eager to add that to the Free to Be team. She brings with her, experience in program management, teaching, graphic design, communications, and volunteer coordination.

Jenean has been a resident of Santa Rosa since 2007 and in her spare time you can find her on the sports fields cheering on her two sons, riding bikes as a family, and spending time with her husband, Jason.

Sheila Walker

Sheila Walker

Development Coordinator

Sheila has a background in destination leadership and in marketing and public relations in both the private and public sectors. She was instrumental in the success of Sonoma County’s countywide tourism organization. She established the foundations, implemented the leadership process and managed a team that grew and developed from the ground up. As a mother of a teen, she wants kids to know their value and be confident in themselves as individuals. She holds a Mass Communications and Graphic Design degree from New Mexico Highlands University. Sheila enjoys volunteering at school and in the community. She also appreciates live music with her husband, Eric and especially when her son is performing playing the trumpet or keyboard.

Board of Directors



President and CEO of Summit State Bank



Founder of Free to Be


Board Member

Transformational Coach


Board Member

Former, Teacher at Cardinal Newman High School


Board Member

Former, Director of Development UCSD Health Sciences


Board Member

Executive Director at Gostrategic


Board Member