FosterAdopt Connect's Dedicated Team of Foster Care Professionals

For more than 20 years, we have worked to support children and families impacted by the child welfare system in Missouri and Kansas. We have offices and staff serving in the regions of East Kansas, West Missouri (HQ), Northwest Missouri, Southeast Missouri, and Southwest Missouri, led by our President and CEO, Lori Ross.

Board of Directors

FosterAdopt Connect's Board of Directors is a group of committed civic leaders who set the direction and oversee the performance of the organization. They serve as vitally important ambassadors from FosterAdopt Connect into the community.

David Woods Hughes, Hubbard & Reed | Board Chair

Becky Joyce Helzberg Diamonds | Board Secretary

J. Eugene Balloun Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Ivan Cortes Littler Mendelson P.C.

Tim DeckerMissouri Children’s Division (Retired)

Douglas Ghertner Retired Trial and Appellate Attorney

Mark HegartyShook, Hardy & Bacon

Stephen KaineChildren’s Mercy

Bill Schwarz KCP&L | Board Vice Chair

Lee Driver Grant Thornton | Board Treasurer

Raimonda KingAdventHealth Shawnee Mission

Ken MarkerWells Fargo Advisers

Melanie McDole Enterprise Holdings, Inc

Margi Hall PenceCommunity Volunteer

Paul Potter Carmax

Clayton Yearns Dell

*Past Chair

Meet the team of leaders shaping the future of children in foster care:

lori ross

Lori Ross

Founder / CEO / President

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jennifer johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Chief Operations Officer

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bridgett myers

Bridgett Myers

Chief Development Officer

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barbara kempf

Barbara Kempf

VP of Family Support Programs

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allison gregory executive director SWMO

Allison Gregory

Executive Director - SWMO

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Kristalle Hedrick

VP of Kansas Programs

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mary haldeman

Mary Haldeman

Program Director - SEMO

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garni churan

Garni Churan

Program Director - NWMO

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joni hiatt

Joni Hiatt

Program Director - East Kansas

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Helping Hands Advisory Council

The Helping Hands Advisory Council is a critical auxiliary board to FosterAdopt Connect Southwest Missouri and is made up of energetic leaders working to make a difference in the lives of kids and families in their community who have been affected by abuse and neglect.

Raising awareness within the community about the needs of abused and neglected children and how FosterAdopt Connect works to make a difference.

Raising money and resources to support the work of FosterAdopt Connect SWMO.

Assuring children in foster, adoptive, and kinship homes have the same opportunities as other children in their communities by helping with holiday activities, assisting with back-to-school preparation, helping with educational expenses for teens, providing opportunities for kids to participate in extracurricular activities, and so much more!

To get involved in this life-changing mission, contact Allison Gregory at allison@fosteradopt.org.

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Check out our Careers page to learn more about FosterAdopt Connect's current employment opportunities.