Captain David Schnell: Published Author a Former Walden Foster Youth

As part of his nearly 25 years of service in the U.S. Navy, Captain David Schnell acted as the commanding officer of the USS Ford and the USS Peleliu. He earned numerous distinctions, including the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He currently serves as the executive director of Christ Kitchen, a nonprofit that provides meals to individuals in need in San Diego, and he serves on the board of Walden Family Services.

Corey Evan recently published a book drawing on his own high school experience. Titled High School through the Eyes of a Mormon: The Freshman Year, the book traces the story of a Mormon student named Marc Ryan and his life as a freshman in high school. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Corey Evan felt he brought a unique view to the struggles every teenager faces in high school. With his own individual brand of humor, he wrote honestly about his experiences, hoping to help and inspire his readers.

Before going on to graduate from Palomar College, Corey Evan was in foster care with Walden Family Services. Founded in 1976, this California-based non-profit organization supports a wide range of initiatives designed to assist foster youth and pregnant and parenting teenagers both pre- and post-emancipation.