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.

Melanie McDole – Enterprise Mobility | Chair

Ivan Cortes – Hogan Lovells | Secretary

Ben Brouse – Seaboard Corporation | Treasurer

Clayton Yearns – Sanity Solutions, Inc. | Vice Chair

Amy Devine – Eversana Intouch

Brent Wilson – CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

David Woods – Hughes, Hubbard & Reed

Douglas Ghertner – Retired

J. Eugene Balloun – Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Ken Marker – Wells Fargo Advisors

Madison Hatten – Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Margi Pence – Community Volunteer

Mark Hegarty – Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Max Wilber – Christensen Group Insurance

Molly Wilson – Pratt & Grisham, LLC

Paul Caruso – Physician

Raimonda Shelton (King) – AdventHealth Shawnee Mission

Rick Davis – RD Title & Exchange

Stephen Kaine – Children’s Mercy

Tim Decker – Consultant

Wes Engram – Integrity 9 Sports & Entertainment

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

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Chief Business 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.