Board & Staff

Board Officers

 

President
Jackie O. Rochelle
Bailey Glasser LLP
Vice President
Mila Baumann
Cigna
Treasurer
Mike Normile
Cass Information Systems
Secretary
Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo
Washington University

Board Members

Bob Ahern
First Bank

Melanie Barrier
Rubrik, Inc.

David Bell
Schnucks Markets

Dr. Rhonda Brown, Ph.D
Healthy Blue Missouri/Anthem BCBS

Terrence Chance
Boeing

Don Cobin
Kennedy Capital Management

Sean Knight
APC Integrated Services Group

LaShonda Lambert-Howze
Schnucks

Mary Larner
Enterprise

Maurice Mahone
Daugherty Business Solutions

Tim Niemann
Gunna Drinks

Tom Noack
Commerce Bank

Emily Romines
Spire

Hadi Al-Shathir
Thompson Coburn LLP

David Singer
Warehouse of Fixtures

Rebecca Stone
Andria’s Food Group

Adam Tilford
Mission Taco

About the Board of Directors

As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) agency, we are overseen by a Board of Directors.  The Board is made up of a variety of corporate and child welfare representatives, many of whom are foster/adoptive parents.

Junior Board

Officers

President: Kaitlin HrenakVice President: Dashawn Cason
Secretary: Sara PriceTrivia Chair: Erin Sternberg
Trivia Chair: Graham SpenceNetworking Chair: Diana Blair
Event Support: Joe SchwegelEvent Support: Courtney Troy
 

Junior Board Members

Ola Babalola

Jacklyn Barron

Daniell Bennet

Sara Chamberlain

Courtney Conely

Emily Gaither

Ashley Hayes

Allison Johnson

Dru Lott

Kasey Lucas

Rachel Lynch

Tyler Mackie

Kathryn Modeer

Vanessa Palka

Grace Palmer

Vince Penna

Sara Price

Maura Ritter

Maureen Coughlinh

Abigail Smith

Ali White

Wynette Whitegoat

Kevin Zhou

About the Junior Board

Our Junior Board is an auxiliary committee made up of young professionals, ages 25-35 who want to get involved and make a difference. The Junior Board serves three distinct purposes:

  • Be ambassadors for the Coalition in the community
  • Participate in an annual service project
  • Help fundraise for the organization

If you are interested in joining our Junior Board, please contact Natasha Leonard at natashaleonard@foster-adopt.org or at 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373).

Staff

Melanie Scheetz – Executive Director

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Melanie Scheetz and her husband are proud adoptive parents of two children. Melanie has 29 years of nonprofit management experience in the areas of administration and development. She joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition as its Executive Director in 1999. Under her guidance, the agency developed the groundbreaking programs, Extreme Recruitment® and 30 Days to Family®. Melanie has been honored with the St. Louis Business Journal’s 50 Most Influential Business Women of 2019 award; North American Council on Adoptable Children’s “National Adoption Advocate” award; the Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award; and the “Women of the Well” award. She has a BS in accountancy from Miami University.

Makayla Abernathy – Family Connection Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Makayla joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition as a Family Connection Specialist in June 2022. Makayla graduated from the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice in 2019 and is now pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at UMSL. Prior to joining the Coalition, Makayla worked as a Foster Care Case Manager for the State of Missouri. Makayla was born and raised in St. Louis. Makayla is excited to be working with the Coalition as she is passionate about working with children and families from the very community in which she grew up. In her free time, Makayla enjoys traveling and spending time with family.

Niquisha Adail – Extreme Recruiter

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Niquisha joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition as an Extreme Recruiter in May 2022. Prior to working at the Coalition, Niquisha worked as a Foster Care Case Manager for three years in St. Louis City and County and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Niquisha graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. As an Extreme Recruiter, Niquisha is responsible for adoption recruitment for children in foster care, ensuring that they find permanency with forever families. Niquisha has a passion for serving youth who have been affected by childhood trauma as a result of placement disruption. Niquisha is a firm believer in community service and is intentional about meeting the needs of those less fortunate than herself. In an effort to serve, Niquisha volunteers with a small group that provides food and other basic necessities to unhoused individuals throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area. 

Karen Alyasiry – Director of Family Development 

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Karen joined the Coalition on May 21, 2018. Karen graduated from Saint Louis University with a BA degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership. Karen also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Northcentral University and a Doctorate in Business from Northcentral University. Karen has dedicated 18 years of community service and development within the underprivileged communities of St Louis. After working for over ten years as a career foster placement provider and adoptive parent of a loving boy with high needs, Karen decided to assist families in finding permanency from a different capacity. Karen is passionate about advocating for families and is dedicated to ensuring that all children and families impacted by foster care receive the support, value, and voice they deserve.

Taryn Anderson – Educational Advocate

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Taryn joined the Coalition in 2019 as an Educational Advocate. She taught for six years in preschool and elementary classrooms before becoming a service coordinator with Missouri’s First Steps early intervention program. Taryn has an understanding of early childhood and elementary special education and working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays. Taryn graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, emphasis in Early Childhood Education. She then earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri Columbia. She is the mother of one adopted daughter.

Gerald (Jerry) Bailot – Technology Manager

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Jerry joined the Coalition in November 2017 with over 20 years of technology experience. He holds degrees in Small Business Administration (first career) and Computer-Aided Design (second career). Prior to coming to the Coalition, he was a program manager for an electronics/software company and a computer software consultant specializing in automating business processes. Jerry and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters, one of whom is adopted.

Kim Barnhart – Metro East Family Support Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Kim Barnhart joined the Coalition in July 2020. Kim graduated from Evangel University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Early and Elementary Education. Kim taught kindergarten in Japan for several years before returning and attending the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where she obtained her Master’s in Social Work in 2013. Kim worked as a Foster Care Case Manager in the Metro East. She then worked doing Intensive In-Home Services, helping families in crisis in the St. Louis area for almost six years. Kim is excited to be working back on the Illinois side of the river, helping to prevent placement disruptions for children in foster care, guardianship, or adoptive homes. Kim grew up in and currently resides in Illinois as well. Kim enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Cisely Beard – Senior Director of General & Targeted Recruitment

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Cisely joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in December 2011 as a 30 Days to Family® Specialist. In 2018, she transitioned to Supervisor of Advocacy and Family Works STEPS. Later in 2019, she transitioned into the Director of Advocacy and Support role. In 2022, she became the Senior Director of General & Targeted Recruitment. She graduated with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1999 and has a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. Cisely’s over twenty-four years of child welfare experience includes specialized case management, foster/kinship parent training and licensing, and program development.

Anthony Bedford – Family Works STEPS Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Anthony joined the Coalition as a Family works STEPS Specialist in May 2022. He graduated from William Woods University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and went on to further his Education at Abilene Christian University, earning a Master’s degree in Education. Prior to joining the Coalition, Anthony worked as a Children’s Services Worker for the Children’s Division. His role was to work with parents and children once the children were removed from their homes due to abuse and or neglect. He continued the same line of work in transitioning to Lutheran Family and Children’s Services as a Family Case manager for three years in the Foster Care department. Before leaving LFCS, Anthony transitioned to the Child Development department, offering parents and children early intervention and prevention services. He gives credit to his humble beginnings in life, being born drug-exposed and later adopted as the catalyst that created the platform for his career in Social Services. Anthony takes joy in knowing that he can be a part of helping so many individuals overcome challenges in their lives and showing them that they, too, can turn their pain into purpose.

Maddie Bobbitt – Extreme Recruiter

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Maddie joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in September 2017 as a 30 Days to Family® Specialist. In November 2019, Maddie transitioned into her current role as an Extreme Recruiter. As an Extreme Recruiter, Maddie is responsible for doing adoption recruitment for children in foster care. Maddie graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Prior to working at the Coalition, Maddie worked as a Foster Care Case Manager for three years in St. Louis and Jefferson County. Foster care and adoption have played a big part in Maddie’s life and she is honored to serve children and families through the Coalition.

Madison Brown – Volunteer Manager

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Madison joined the Coalition in March 2022 as the Volunteer Manager. She graduated in 2019 from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors in Sociology. After finishing up her undergraduate degree, she moved to St. Louis and completed her Masters in Social Work at the Brown School of Social Work. Madison focused on community development and community organizing during graduate school, engaging with and supporting caregivers, young people, and educators in the St. Louis region. Before coming to the Coalition, Madison worked alongside young people for over six years through volunteering with and developing empowerment and anti-racism programs in Nashville, Georgia, and St. Louis. She is passionate about building networks of care for Black children and families. When she is not managing volunteers and donations, she enjoys walking her dog, baking for friends, and reading in Tower Grove Park.

Tonya Campbell – Director of Geographical Support

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Tonya Campbell joined the Coalition in July 2019 as a Families United Specialist. Tonya has over 20 years of experience in the Child Welfare field in the areas of case management, crisis intervention, program development, and licensing, training, and recruiting foster parents in Illinois. The Coalition was a vital part of Tonya and her wife’s foster/adoptive journey. She looks forward to offering the same level and quality of support and assistance to others as they navigate the foster care system. Tonya and her wife have two adopted children and continue to foster other children.

Yanelis Castillo – Director of Grants

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Yanelis joined the Coalition in August 2019. She has over 5 years of experience working with nonprofits in the child welfare field. Yanelis completed her MSW at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Rufus Conner III – IT Support Specialist II

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Rufus joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in August of 2022. Before joining the Coalition, Rufus worked for an agricultural software company within Bayer (The Climate Corporation) running the service desk and improving the onboarding processes. Rufus spends his free time crate-digging for old vinyl records at record stores to make music with. He loves music and is an avid movie fan as well. Rufus also enjoys learning and talking about outer space.

Angela Chewe – Director of Treatment Foster Care

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Angela joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in September of 2014. Angela has always had a passion and desire to help older children in the child welfare system. Angela’s sixteen years of child welfare experience with a contract agency includes crisis management, creating community partnerships, and securing and coordinating resources that ensure client success through stabilization and utilization of services. Angela also has experience being the Lead Drug Court Case Manager for her consortium for over five years. While in this position, she was able to build successful relationships with St. Louis Family County Courts, residential facilities, Probation and Parole, and the Department of Mental Services. Angela graduated from UMSL with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Adolescence in May of 1998.

Connie Christman – Family Development Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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conniechristman@foster-adopt.org
Connie first began with the Coalition in 2014 as a contractor, providing training services to foster and adoptive families. In February of 2017, she came aboard full-time as a Family Development Specialist within the innovative Dennis and Judy Jones Foster Care and Adoption Program. In addition to past experience in child welfare, Connie brings years of specialized training services to the Coalition, as well as personal experience in her favorite role she shares with her husband–proud adoptive parent of five children. She holds a BA in Communications Management from the University of Dayton.

Quesha Combs, MSW, LMSW – Family Works Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Quesha joined the coalition team in August 2020 as a Family Works Specialist. Quesha obtained her Bachelor of Psychology from University of Missouri-Columbia and her Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University. She has previously worked both direct care and clinically in residential programs, where she developed her passion for working with adolescents and their families in a trauma-informed way. Quesha is passionate in her pursuit of being a “lighthouse” who guides people to their best selves.

Colletta Daniels – Educational Advocate

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Before joining the Coalition in 2021, Colletta worked for Memphis-Shelby County Schools as a special educator for students with severe/profound disabilities and as a mentor teacher. Colletta has more than 15 years of experience serving students with specialized needs. She holds a BFA in English, an MA in Professional Counseling, and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership & Instruction. As an Educational Advocate, she strives to provide children with the services they need to grow and caregivers with support to become the best advocates for their children. 

Michelle Davis – Director of Coalition Careline

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Michelle Davis joined the Coalition in June of 2021. Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in the child welfare field in the areas of case management and resource development: recruiting, training, and licensing foster parents. Prior to joining the Coalition, Michelle served as a case manager for over 15 years, as a supervisor for five years, and most recently, as the Program Manager of Foster Care for two and a half years. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Amanda Denning – Director of Extreme Recruitment

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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amandadenning@foster-adopt.org

Amanda joined Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in September of 2014 as an Extreme Recruiter. In 2022, she was promoted to the Director of Extreme Recruitment. Amanda graduated from University of Missouri-St. Louis with her BSW in 2009. In 2011, she obtained her MSW from Saint Louis University with a concentration in Community Programs and a certificate in Nonprofit Administration. She has worked in the child welfare field in the St. Louis community for nine years. Her experience includes residential work, respite/mentoring programs, and foster care case management with a contracted agency. Her previous work experience has instilled a desire to prevent kids from aging out of care without family connections and permanency. Amanda believes in fostering connections with biological families for youth and providing every youth with a forever home.

Sherry Diaz de Leon – 30 Days to Family® Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Sherry joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in November 2017 as a 30 Days to Family® Specialist. As a 30 Days to Family® Specialist, Sherry is responsible for locating safe and appropriate relative supports and placement options for children in foster care. Sherry is a North Carolina native and she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2008. She has worked as a Foster Care Social Worker for the Surry County Department of Social Services in North Carolina for 3 years and as a Foster and Adoption Supervisor for another 2 years. When she moved to St. Louis prior to working at the Coalition, Sherry worked as a Foster Care Case Manager for three years in St. Louis and St. Charles County. Sherry is passionate about working with and improving the lives of the families and children she works with through the Coalition.

Kylie Dickerson – Director of Marketing

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Kylie joined the Coalition as the Director of Marketing on May 2, 2022. Kylie graduated from the University of Missouri with dual Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and International Studies—together, the International Business joint degree. Kylie also obtained the Multicultural Certificate, ratifying her efforts to learn about and celebrate other cultures throughout the globe. As a sophomore, Kylie co-founded Buckets for Change, an organization designed to serve underprivileged children in the broader Columbia community through tailored mentorship and educational and career advocacy. Kylie currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the City of St. Louis. In this role, she ensures the voices of St. Louis-area children in foster care are heard in the courtroom. Prior to joining the Coalition, Kylie worked as a legal and marketing analyst for a plaintiff-side law firm. Kylie is thrilled to use her communications and marketing skill set to amplify the innovative, impactful work that the Coalition does on behalf of children in foster care.

Molly Tyo Doyle – Family Development Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Molly joined the Coalition on April 19, 2022, as a Family Development Specialist. Molly graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and a minor in Child and Family Development. Molly has extensive experience working in child welfare across case management, child abuse and neglect investigation, and licensing/resources. Throughout her child welfare journey, Molly has partnered with the Coalition on efforts to stabilize foster homes and develop and increase access to critical support programs. Molly continues to advocate for foster families and children through her current role as a Family Development Specialist. 

Samantha Fisher – Extreme Recruiter

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Samantha joined the Coalition in October of 2019 as an Extreme Recruiter. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Social Work from University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to joining the Coalition Team, Samantha served as a foster care case manager for three years and stepped into a foster care supervisor role for two years, serving three counties. She is passionate about locating permanent support systems for children and older youth. Samantha works with a local animal rescue fostering cats and dogs in her spare time.

Emma Fitzgerald – Family Support & Advocacy Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Emma joined the Coalition in May 2018 as the Family Support & Advocacy Specialist. Emma is a born advocate with a passion for connecting people and families to each other, to supports, and to meaningful resources. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University. She became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2013. Emma and her husband eagerly became licensed foster parents in 2007 and have since adopted. Emma brings experience working with domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. She also worked as a foster care case manager with Children’s Division for 9 years, which only furthered her passion for working to promote equity, equality, and respect for kids, parents, and foster/adoptive/guardianship families that cross her path.

Joel Friesen – 30 Days to Family® Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Joel joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in July 2019 as a 30 Days to Family® Specialist. He is responsible for locating safe and appropriate relative supports and placement options for children in foster care. Prior to working at the Coalition, Joel worked as a Foster Care Case Manager in St. Louis City and County. He graduated from Covenant College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Community Development. Joel lives in south St. Louis and enjoys looking at birds and playing soccer.

Edna Green – Relative Support Specialist

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Edna joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in August 2011 as an Extreme Recruiter. In the late 1980s, she began her work with families at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys as a Child Care Worker (CCW). Edna has worked as a Contracted Case Manager, Family Focus Case Manager, Family Advocate, and briefly contracted with Probation & Parole as a case manager, mentor, and residential case manager. Her previous work experience prepared her for her position as a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiter, where she was able to go into the field and actively advocate and recruit for children in foster care. In 2021, Edna transitioned to the Families United team on a renewed journey – supporting relatives who have children in foster care coming into their homes. She works with relatives to continuously build stronger relationships within their families and helps provide permanency for children as a Relative Support Specialist.

Michael Hall – Family Search and Permanency Support Specialist

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Michael joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in November of 2017. Michael works primarily with Extreme Recruitment® locating and notifying family members of children in foster care, facilitating reconnections, and supporting adoptive placements through permanency. Michael also heads up the Diligent Search for Dads program, locating and notifying fathers of children in foster care. Prior to the Coalition, Michael worked for two and half years as a Foster Care Case Manager and two years as a Correctional Officer in St. Louis City. Michael’s dedication to locating family supports for children in foster care as a case manager led him to full-time family finding.

Yulanda Harris – Chief Organizational Development Officer

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Dr. Yulanda Harris joined the Coalition as the Chief Organizational Development Officer in 2021. She is a philanthropist who spent over 30 years in Training & Development and Talent Management working in various industries. Yulanda received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Management and Master’s in Human Resource Management. Throughout her career, she has developed and implemented a wide range of diversity training initiatives along with a portfolio of leadership and professional development classes and workshops. Her training on “Work-Life Balance” received Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the Ohio Nurses Association. As Chief Organizational Development Officer, she designs, implements, and evaluates change management initiatives, assesses organizational needs, and facilitates the Coalition’s professional development and continuous learning process. Her extensive mentoring and coaching skills allow her to develop and facilitate programs to remove barriers, challenging a team, and fostering team management, thereby assisting organizations to become immediately resourceful. In 2018, Dr. Harris was officially diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum, which was a defining moment as her life would change. As a result, she became a self-advocate and a Certified Neurodiversity Professional. 

Jefferic Hibbler – Educational Advocate

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Jefferic joined the Coalition in June of 2022 as an Educational Advocate. He has over 12 years of experience in educating and supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with the families and professionals that support them. Prior to joining the coalition, he served students with disabilities as a Special Education Teacher, provided residential case management as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional, and served as a Regional Trainer for a network of residential facilities that serviced youth and adults with developmental disabilities. He holds a BS in Sociology from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga and a MAT in Special Education from the University of Memphis. Jefferic is a passionate advocate who strives to build meaningful relationships with the individuals he supports to facilitate positive outcomes for them.

Quintella Ivory – Director of Human Resources

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Quintella joined the Coalition as the Director of HR in July 2022. Quintella is a well-organized and highly efficient HR professional with several years’ experience in HR and Healthcare. She is experienced in administering employee benefits, recruiting, Onboarding, employee relations, problem-solving mentoring, FMLA, Cobra, Performance Reviews, payroll, and building relationships. Quintella holds two Master’s degrees, one in Healthcare Administration and one in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. Her career started in Customer Services with United Healthcare, and she eventually transitioned into HR as the On-site Benefit Manager role with Cigna Healthcare. She is very passionate about HR and enjoys discovering why things operate the way they do. She is considered a great listener and believes in fair treatment for all. She may seem a little reserved until she gets to know you, but once she does, watch out! She is the life of the party. Quintella enjoys working out, live music, seafood/ Mexican, traveling, planning events, and spending quality time with family and friends. She also spends a lot of time volunteering with various organizations throughout St. Louis and hopes to obtain her PHR/SHRM by 2023.

Tammy James – Family Support and Advocacy Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Tammy James joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition on June 6, 2022, as a Family Support and Advocacy Specialist. Tammy graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and has a Master’s degree in Counseling from Lindenwood University. Tammy Has over 21 years of experience in the field of child welfare, where she has worked in the areas of case management,  hotline investigations, and supervision of hotline investigators. Tammy enjoys advocating for families who have experienced some level of trauma and assisting families with working through the different systems of care.

Dori Johnson – Navigation and Support Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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Dori joined the Coalition in May 2022. She has dedicated her educational and career pursuits to the field of social services, serving at-risk youth and families, for over 12 years. Dori has served families in both Kansas and Missouri. She has experience in program development and leadership, and she is certified and trained in suicide prevention. Dori earned degrees in Human Services and Social Work. She was fortunate to collaborate with medical providers as a Medical Case Manager with special concentration at the Department of Pediatrics under the Ryan White program. She is a proud member of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) committee. 

Dori finds comfort in gardening and music. She is a proud mother of two children and a fur baby (miniature poodle). Dori enjoys outdoor adventures, reading, biking, and traveling with friends. During the pandemic, she developed a special interest in DIY home projects.

Jenny Jones – Director of Traditional Licensing/Respond

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Jenny joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in July 2017 as a Family Development Specialist in the Dennis and Judy Jones Foundation Foster Care and Adoption Program. In 2022, Jenny transitioned into her current role as the Director of Traditional Licensing/Respond. As a Family Development Specialist, Jenny was responsible for training potential foster parents as well as providing them with resources and support during their first year of licensure. Jenny graduated from Lindenwood University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology. Prior to working at the Coalition, Jenny worked as a Licensing Worker for three years in St. Louis County. Jenny is passionate about supporting and training families as they begin their exciting journey as foster and adoptive parents.

Denise Kelley – Chief Program Officer 

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
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In 2001, the Coalition expanded services to foster and adoptive families through its Family Advocacy program. Denise instituted a self-advocacy model to provide one-on-one case-based advocacy to foster parents, adoptive parents, relative caregivers, biological parents, and child welfare professionals. When the Coalition launched its groundbreaking permanency program, Extreme Recruitment, Denise took on the role of supervisor. In addition to continuing supervision of Extreme Recruitment, in 2011, Denise became the Director of Programs to provide additional support to the Coalition’s expanded programming. In 2022, she transitioned into her current role as the Chief Program Officer – Recruitment. 

Prior to joining the Coalition team, Denise worked in the child welfare field providing crisis intervention services through the Intensive In-Home Services program and later as a foster care case manager. Denise holds a Master in Social Work from Saint Louis University and has received ongoing professional development in the areas of trauma and best practices to enhance child well-being.

Holly Kieu – Director of General Recruitment

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
hollykieu@foster-adopt.org
Holly joined the Coalition in October 2013 as a Foster and Adoptive Home Recruiter. Holly graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She later returned and earned her Master of Social Work in 2013. She has almost 15 years of experience in social services, including prior experience as a foster home licensing representative in Illinois. At the Coalition, Holly works to recruit and support foster and adoptive families throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area, including Southern Illinois.

Stacy Irby King – Family Development Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e stacyirbyking@foster-adopt.org
Stacy joined the Coalition on April 19, 2022, as a Family Development Specialist. Stacy graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Stacy has extensive experience working in child welfare with a particular focus on case management and licensing/resources. Stacy spent the past 22 years partnering with community resources and agencies to advocate for foster youth’s best interests. Stacy leverages her passion for licensing and training to increase foster parents’ capacity to build healing, supportive homes for children in care navigating separation, loss, and grief. 

Michelle Knighton – Technology Support Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e michelleknighton@foster-adopt.org
Michelle joined the Coalition in May of 2021. She has over 15 years of IT experience and administrative expertise that started and developed while serving in the US Military and has flourished since.

Michelle loves children and has worked in child-related organizations and programs for over 20 years including Before/After care, children’s ministries, and most recently, within a local School District as Support Staff.

Michelle has two children (son & daughter) of her own – they keep her youthful and on her toes! One of her goals and dreams is to become a foster parent in the future. She believes that supporting and pouring into children is an amazing gift and benefit.

Natasha Leonard – Director of External Relations

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e natashaleonard@foster-adopt.org
Natasha Leonard joined Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition team in October 2018. She saw this position as a perfect way to continue her passion for community empowerment and development with her fundraising, nonprofits, and event management background. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Millikin University and Master’s Degree from Lindenwood University in Public Administration. Her focus and ambition are to create sustainable relationships in the community sector and to continue to advocate and build lasting relationships for the Coalition.

Jaime Ley – Grants and Data Manager

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e jaimeley@foster-adopt.org
Jaime joined the Coalition in January 2020. She graduated from the University of Missouri—Saint Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology in 2010 and has her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Administration from Lindenwood University. She has ten years of experience working with children and families at risk of child abuse and neglect. Her broad range of experience across the child welfare spectrum includes investigation of child abuse and neglect allegations, provision of family-centered services to at-risk families, foster care case management, foster parent licensure, and adoptions. Working to make a difference within the child welfare system has greatly impacted Jaime’s life. She is passionate about supporting the foster and adoptive community.

Brittney Lockett – Older Youth Specialist/Navigation Support

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e brittneylockett@foster-adopt.org
Brittney joined the Coalition in May 2022. She graduated from Denison University with a BA double major in Psychology and Black Studies. Prior to joining the Coalition, she worked for over eight years in the child welfare field, serving as a case manager and later as a supervisor in hotline investigations. Brittney is extremely passionate about working with children and families who have been impacted by the foster care system. She enjoys advocating for them, but delights more in empowering them to become advocates for themselves to find their voice and recapture the control and power that is often stripped from them by agencies and systems.

Karen Martin – Director of STEPS/Older Youth

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.607.0557
e karenmartin@foster-adopt.org
Karen Martin joined the Coalition as a 30 Days to Family® Specialist to locate safe and appropriate kinship placements for identified children entering the Foster Care system. Currently, she works as the Director of STEPS/Older Youth. Her responsibilities are to identify needed medical, educational, specialized, socialization, developmental, mental health services, and supports for children entering into or presently placed in Foster Care. There is an equally committed effort made to secure services for placement providers and parents and address barriers that impede placement stability. Karen has served Children and Families in various capacities for over 30 years. Her work history includes DMH Case Management, Residential Care, Supportive Living, Family Reunification, Intensive In-Home, Family Focus, and Direct Care. Karen received a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Teresa McGlown – Family Support and Advocacy Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.806.2561
e teresamcglown@foster-adopt.org
Teresa McGlown joined the Coalition in October 2021. Teresa has over 25 years of child welfare experience in the area of case management and advocacy. Teresa’s experience includes Director of Residential Services and Coordinator of Contracted Services which included foster care case management, family reunion, and IIS. Teresa also has over 10 years of experience being a Family Case Manager. Teresa has participated in numerous trainings with the Children’s Division and the Juvenile Court System, both with City and County Courts. Teresa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Social Work from Alcorn State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Teresa is also a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) through the State of Missouri.

LaTieke Moore – Families United Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e latiekemoore@foster-adopt.org
LaTieke Moore joined the Coalition on May 16, 2022, as a Families United Specialist. Prior to the Coalition, LaTieke served as a licensing worker at Family Forward for 3 years. She also served as a mentor and youth advisor with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Saint Louis and an ILP Case Manager with Epworth Children and Family Services. She has a passion for assisting youth and families, encouraging them to reach their fullest potential. In 2008, LaTieke graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s in Counseling in an effort to better serve the community.

Kami Narayan – Educational Advocate

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.614.2428
e kaminarayan@foster-adopt.org
Kami Narayan joined the Coalition in December 2013. After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2008, Kami returned home to St. Louis and began to teach preschool through 12th grade in a wide variety of settings, from a summer preschool program to an alternative high school. After gaining experience teaching, Kami attended Washington University Law School with the career goal of impacting the educational futures of children in need. As a clerk in law school, Kami interned at the Children’s Legal Alliance (CLA), a division of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. While at the CLA, which focuses on disadvantaged children’s educational needs and goals, Kami gained experience with federal and state educational law, the special education process, IEPs and 504 plans, and the rights of children facing suspension and expulsion. Kami is excited at the opportunity to bring this training to the Coalition, where she can help foster and adoptive children and their families navigate the school system and achieve their educational goals.

Beth Nesbit – Director of Educational Advocacy

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e bethnesbit@foster-adopt.org
Before joining the Coalition in 2020, Beth worked for the Special School District of St. Louis County. She served in multiple roles during her tenure: teacher, inclusion facilitator, instructional coach, assistant principal, and area coordinator. She holds a Master’s of Educational Leadership, 30 additional graduate hours along with certification as a Director of Special Education. She has a passion for supporting families, students, and teachers to ensure educational equity and stability in addition to, success in inclusive environments. As an adoptive mom, Beth is excited to be a part of the Coalition and give back to the community in which she has received much.

Veronica Neuhoff – Family Support Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.614.1328
e veronicaneuhoff@foster-adopt.org
Veronica joined the Coalition in March of 2020 as a Jefferson County Family Support Specialist. Veronica graduated from the University of Missouri- St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. As a Family Support Specialist, Veronica is responsible for providing a mixture of direct and navigation services proven to prevent placement disruptions for children in foster care, guardianship, or adoptive homes. Veronica brings to the Coalition over eighteen years of child welfare experience in areas of residential treatment, case management, child advocacy, crisis intervention, and program development. Veronica resides in Oakville with her husband and son.

Brooke Nicks – RESPOND Family Development Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e brookenicks@foster-adopt.org

Brooke joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in August 2022.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Gerontology from Lindenwood University.  Prior to joining the Coalition, Brooke worked for the State of Missouri Children’s Division as a Child Abuse and Neglect Investigator specializing in Newborn Crisis Assessments.  Brooke is passionate about helping families thrive and being a beneficial asset to the Coalition.  She is a mother to one son and one daughter, who are the epitome of her life.  Brooke is eager and excited to be a part of the Coalition and is thrilled to work with her new families.

Clementina Ojo – Children & Family Data Analyst

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e clementinaojo@foster-adopt.org

Clementina joined the Coalition as the Children & Family Data Analyst in July 2022. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Coalition, Clementina was completing her master’s degree while working as a research assistant in the School of Social Work at SLU. She collaborated with faculty on various publications on the topic of evaluating inter-agency collaboration between social service workers and police officers. Before that, she worked as a research assistant at the PRiME Center in the School of Education at SLU, where her primary objective was to investigate the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline and traditional discipline alternatives. Clementina is passionate about creating research that inspires the development of solutions to social issues. 

Norah Okilee – Marketing and Multimedia Manager

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e norahokilee@foster-adopt.org

Norah joined the Coalition as the Marketing & Multimedia Manager in July 2022. She graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications. Prior to joining the Coalition, Norah worked for a health-communications nonprofit as the Community Outreach Coordinator. Her role was to recruit people with certain health conditions to see if they’d be interested in sharing their feedback on clinical trial summaries about their condition. She used social media to connect with groups and organizations rooted in advocacy and awareness. She also facilitated email campaigns and overall external participant communication. Norah is passionate about movies, music, animals, and human rights.

Risharda Parker – Family Works STEPS Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e rishardaparker@foster-adopt.org
Risharda joined the Coalition in September of 2021. She has a passion for working with children and families. She has experience working in Child Protection, Service Coordination for Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Foster Care, Autism Spectrum Disorders in both children and adults, and Mental Health Case Management. She has also worked with transitioning service members and their families in the roles of Transition Counselor and Site Manager.

She graduated from Fontbonne University in 2007 with a Bachelor in Organizational Studies: Human Resource Management and has a Master in Human Services: Social and Communities Services.

She and her husband have two children. She was born and raised in Saint Louis, MO. She enjoys camping, reading, skating, and traveling with family and friends.

Denise Pudlo – Director of Information Systems

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
denisepudlo@foster-adopt.org
o 314.367.8373
Denise joined the Coalition in  April 2014. After working 19 years at The Boeing Company as a Programmer/Analyst, Denise chose to stay home to raise her children for nine years. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a BS in Business Administration with Majors in Computer Science and Accounting. She is happy to be using her skills at the Coalition. 

Shonetta Reed – Director of 30 Days to Family® 

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.810.2265
e shonettareed@foster-adopt.org
Shonetta joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in March 2012 as an Extreme Recruiter. In 2014, she joined Carlos Lopez as an investigator. In 2022, she transitioned into her current role as the Director of 30 Days to Family. Shonetta always had a passion for working with and helping to improve the lives of the youth in our communities. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on Adolescence and Criminology, she began her career in the child welfare system in 1999 as a Program Specialist with SafeFutures, a community-based program for at-risk youth. Shonetta then dedicated 12 years to a position at the Missouri Children’s Division, where she worked with youth and families involved in foster care. There, she built connections with community partners, court professionals, and other agencies. This experience matched with her understanding of the need for reconnecting children in foster care with their biological families is what drives her in her pursuit to track down lost relatives, get the facts, and help pursue permanency for kids and teens.

Terricka Reese – RESPOND Family Development Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e terrickareese@foster-adopt.org

Terricka joined the Coalition as a Family Development Specialist for RESPOND in July 2022. She graduated from Harris Stowe University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Coalition, Terricka worked for the State of Missouri Children’s Division and as an ICPC Specialist. Terricka is a critical thinker passionate about helping individuals in need and taking on DIY projects. She has a 2-year-old daughter and a husband, both of whom bring her life immense joy. She is very excited to embark on this journey of learning and helping others with the Coalition.

Summer Renne – Director of Families United & A Place to Call Home

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e summerrenne@foster-adopt.org

Summer joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in December 2016 as a Manager of Training & Community Engagement. In 2019, she transitioned into her current role as the Director of Families United. Summer assists relative foster parents through the licensing process by providing training, assessment, and ongoing support. She also coordinates “A Place to Call Home” in partnership with St. Louis’ NBC affiliate, KSDK 5 On Your Side. Prior to joining the Coalition, Summer worked in early childhood education, training, foster care licensing, and adoption recruitment. She is passionate about working alongside families as they navigate the intricacies of the child welfare system and providing positive memories for children during their times in care. Summer is a graduate of Lindenwood University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Tierney Rhone – 30 Days to Family® Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e tierneyrhone@foster-adopt.org

Tierney joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in July 2020 as a 30 Days to Family® Specialist. As a 30 Days to Family® Specialist, Tierney is responsible for locating safe and appropriate relative supports and placement options for children in foster care. Prior to working at the Coalition, Tierney worked as a Foster Care Case Manager in Jefferson and St. Louis County. Tierney has a passion for supporting and strengthening children, youth, families, and communities. Tierney attended Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale, IL where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 2018. At the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Tierney obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2019. Tierney enjoys going to the movies, out to eat, and spending time with family and friends during her free time.

Claire Sabourin – Director of Evaluation & Learning

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e clairesabourin@foster-adopt.org 
Claire joined the Coalition in October 2018 as the Director of the Educational Advocacy Program. In 2020, she transitioned to the role of Director of Research Implementation. In 2022, she transitioned to her current role as the Director of Evaluation & Learning. Prior to joining the Coalition, Claire worked as a Guardian ad Litem (attorney for the best interest of the child) for foster children in St. Louis City. She obtained her Juris Doctorate and Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. Claire is passionate about expanding access to stable and quality education for youth impacted by the foster care system.

Danielle Sitze – Family Development Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e daniellesitze@foster-adopt.org 
Danielle joined the Coalition on April 19, 2022. Danielle graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Master’s in Social Work with a Community & Organization concentration. Danielle has extensive experience working in child welfare in the areas of teen outreach, case management, and case advocacy. The Coalition has been an ongoing resource for Danielle while supporting her clients through foster care. Danielle continues her passion and desire to support families through her current role as a Family Development Specialist. 

Felisha Smith – Director of Special Events

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.560.9266
e felishasmith@foster-adopt.org
Felisha joined the Coalition in August 2020 as the Special Events Manager. She has lived in St. Louis since she was 10 and absolutely loves it. Graduating from University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Child Advocacy Major, she has always wanted to help foster and adoptive children. With years of fundraising experience, she is elated to be a part of such an amazing group that achieves so much impact.

Amy Storm – Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e amystorm@foster-adopt.org
Amy joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in May 2022 as a Therapeutic Foster Care Specialist. Amy is a natural advocate for children and families with over 15 years of experience in education and child welfare services. Prior to joining the Coalition, she worked in residential care, special education, early childhood education, and private adoption. Amy has spent the past five years as a home visitor with at-risk families in Arizona. Amy’s training in trauma-informed care has strengthened her passion for supporting families and advocating for all children to have safe and loving homes. Amy graduated from Principia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and History.

Rossi Summers – Chief Operating Officer

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e rossisummers@foster-adopt.org
Reshelle “Rossi” Summers has more than 20 years of child welfare experience. She holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and Master’s degrees in Human Service Agency Management and Human Resource Management. Rossi joined the Coalition in 2000, and her duties have included workshop and support group facilitation, newsletter editor, business and human resource management. As the Director of Operations, Rossi oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency. Rossi and her husband are the proud parents of three children, two of whom were adopted.

Shelley Thomas-Benke – Director of FosterServe Volunteers

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e shelleythomasbenke@foster-adopt.org
Shelley joined the Coalition in 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota and received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin law school. She works part-time at the Coalition, helping to make the time children spend in foster care as enjoyable as it can be. Shelley worked as an attorney specializing in child abuse/neglect issues and appellate work for over 10 years before joining the Coalition. 

Trish Taddeucci – Lead Educational Advocate

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.614.2420
e triciataddeucci@foster-adopt.org

Trish joined the Coalition in 2011 as an Educational Advocate with over 15 years of diverse teaching experience in the St. Louis area in both public and private schools, as well as experience as a classroom teacher for the Missouri Division of Youth Services. Trish graduated from The University of Tulsa with a BA; she completed her Master’s in Educational Administration at UMSL. In 2014, her dedication and commitment to children earned Trish a 2014 Missouri Child Advocate Award. As an educator, Trish has always believed that relationships and connection are the hidden keys to a student’s educational success, which can only be nurtured through educational stability, continuity, and interconnectivity.

Hannah Trout – Families United Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.614.2420
e hannahtrout@foster-adopt.org

Hannah joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in December 2019 as a Families United Specialist. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology before obtaining her Master of Social Work in 2017. Prior to the Coalition, she worked for 2 years as a foster care case manager in St. Louis County and City and then 1 year as a relative licensing worker. Hannah has always been passionate about working with children, and having been adopted herself; she is dedicated to advocating for and supporting foster and adoptive families in the community.

Teara Westfall – 30 Days to Family Specialist®

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.817.4520
e tearawestfall@foster-adopt.org

Teara joined the Coalition in October 2019 as a 30 Days to Family® Specialist. Teara graduated from University of Missouri- St. Louis in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. As a 30 Days to Family® Specialist, Teara is responsible for locating safe and appropriate relative supports and placement options for children in foster care. Teara brings to the Coalition over five years of child welfare experience. Prior to working at the Coalition, Teara worked as a child abuse/neglect investigator for the Missouri Children’s Division. Teara resides in St. Louis with her husband and children.

Paula White—Senior Director of Specialized Support

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
c 314.614.6388
paulawhite@foster-adopt.org

Paula White is a native and lifelong resident of St. Louis; Paula has over 19 years of experience working in child welfare at Missouri Children’s Division (the state’s child welfare agency). Prior to joining the Coalition, she worked diligently in the community advocating for a well-being orientation for the children in the St. Louis region. She joined the Coalition in September 2018 as a Family Works STEPS Specialist and was promoted to Director of Navigation and Support in March 2020. She continues to advocate for families who experience complex trauma and assist families with navigating through the many systems of care. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Kyle Williams – Senior Director of Development

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
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e  kylewilliams@foster-adopt.org

Kyle Williams is the Senior Director of Development at the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, helping donors and foundations create lasting, systemic change in foster care and adoption through Coalition programs. He has worked as a fundraiser in foster care his entire career, and has been at the Coalition since 2016. Kyle graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a BA in Anthropology, focusing on Archaeology.

La Carla Williams– RESPOND Family Development Specialist

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e lacarlawilliams@foster-adopt.org

La Carla joined the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition in August 2022. La Carla was born and raised in North St. Louis City and graduated from Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School in 2000. In 2004, La Carla graduated from Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO.), where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology. She enjoys collaborating with individuals, no matter what the capacity may be. Prior to working at the Coalition, La Carla has operated extensively within the Healthcare and Social Services realm with over 13 years of proven success. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, in which she is dedicated to serving those in need from the very community in which she was reared. In her free time, La Carla loves to travel, meet new people, and spend quality time with her family and friends.

Kenya Willis – Senior Director of General Support

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e kenyawillis@foster-adopt.org

Kenya Willis joined the Coalition in October of 2020 as a Family Development Specialist. She transitioned into her current role as the Senior Director of General Support in 2022. Kenya graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. As a Family Development Specialist, Kenya was responsible for training potential foster parents as well as providing them with resources and support during their first two years of licensure. Kenya brings to the Coalition over sixteen years of child welfare experience in the areas of resource licensure, subsidy, case management, and child abuse & neglect investigation.

Hannah Woods – Director of Family Works

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e hannahwoods@foster-adopt.org

Hannah joined the Coalition in May 2018 as a Family Works Specialist. Hannah received both her Bachelor’s of Social Work and Master’s of Social Work from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Hannah is a licensed clinical social worker and thoroughly enjoys facilitating growth and healing in the families she serves. Hannah has an extensive background in serving children and families in the St. Louis area. Hannah has experience in medical social work, domestic violence services, and parenting education services. One of Hannah’s greatest joys in life is being an aunt to her nephews, one of whom is adopted.

Jo Anne Zarky – Senior Director of Child Specific Recruitment

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
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Jo Anne Zarky joined the 30 Days to Family® Team in September 2012. Before transitioning into her current role as the Senior Director of Child Specific Recruitment, Jo worked as a Case Manager for the 30 Days to Family® program which helps search for safe, appropriate relatives/kin within 30 days of a child entering the foster care system. Prior to joining the Coalition, Jo had over 15 years experience in the child welfare system. She has worked in residential care as a children’s services case manager, a foster and adoptive licensing specialist, and a Deputy Juvenile Officer.  Jo earned her Psychology, Criminal Justice degree from Southwest Missouri State University. She resides in Webster Groves with her husband and five children.

Katie Zimmer – Foster & Adoptive Home Recruiter

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
e  katiezimmer@foster-adopt.org

Katie joined the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in 2018 as Office Manager. In 2021 she took on additional responsibilities in HR, and in 2022 she transitioned into the role of Foster & Adoptive Home Recruiter. She graduated from the University of Missouri, St. Louis with a BS in Public Policy Administration. She brings more than 10 years of experience in office and volunteer management and also more than 6 years as a foster parent. Katie and her husband Kevin live in St. Louis with their three children. They enjoy spending time in nature, camping, swimming, riding bikes, fishing and hiking.

Anne Zink – Director of Family Support

1750 South Brentwood Boulevard, Suite 210, Saint Louis, MO 63144
o 314.367.8373
annezink@foster-adopt.org
Anne joined the Coalition in 2015 as the Director of Family Support. She manages the Family Works Program. Anne has 35 years of experience. Her certifications include: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Triple P® Positive Parenting Trainer, Batterer’s Intervention Trainer, Training for Adoption Competency (TAC), STARS Trainer, and Nurturing Parenting Program™ Trainer.