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FosterAdopt Connect's Dedicated Team of Foster Care Professionals

For more than 20 years, we have worked to support children and families navigating the child welfare system in Missouri and Kansas. We have offices and staff serving in the regions of East Kansas, West Missouri (HQ), and Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, and Southeast Missouri. Led by our President and CEO, Lori Ross, we help children and families heal from the effects of abuse, neglect, and trauma.

Board of Directors

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

David Woods – Hughes, Hubbard & Reed | Chair

Clayton Yearns – Dell | Secretary

Douglas Gertner – Retired

Ivan Cortes – Littler Mendelson P.C.

Madison Hatton – Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Mark Hegarty – Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Stephen Kaine – Children’s Mercy

Wes Engram – Integrity 9 Sports & Entertainment

Melanie McDole – Enterprise Holdings, Inc. | Vice Chair

Ben Brouse – Hostess Brands | Treasurer

J. Eugene Balloun – Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Jessica Smith – Louis Dreyfus Company

Margi Pence – Community Volunteer

Raimonda King – AdventHealth Shawnee Mission

Time Decker – Consultant

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

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Founder / CEO / President

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Chief Operations Officer

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Chief Development Officer

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Chief Financial Officer


Helping Hands Advisory Council

The Helping Hands Advisory Council is a critical auxiliary board to FosterAdopt Connect Southwest Missouri. It 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 trauma. Their responsibilities include:


Raising community awareness of the needs of children who have experienced abuse or neglect, and showing how FosterAdopt Connect works to make a difference.


Raising money and resources to support FosterAdopt Connect’s work in Southwest Missouri.


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 extracurricular activities, and so much more!

Interested in Joining Our Team?

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