**Give Joy to foster kids this holiday!**



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.

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

Lori Ross

Founder / CEO / President

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Bridgett Myers

Chief Development Officer

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Leon Fisher

Chief Financial Officer

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Jennifer Johnson

Chief Operations Officer

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Barbara Kempf

VP of Family Support Programs

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Nathan Ross

VP of Children and Youth Programs

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Allison Gregory

Executive Director - SWMO

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Mary Haldeman

Program Director - SEMO

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Garni Churan

Program Director - NWMO

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Joni Hiatt

Program Director - East Kansas

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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 Hughs, Hubbard & Reed | Board Chair

Becky Joyce Hallmark | Board Secretary

J. Eugene Balloun Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Douglas Ghertner Retired

Tim DeckerMissouri Children’s Division (Retired)

Margi Hall PenceCommunity Volunteer

Stephen KaineChildren’s Mercy

*Past Chair

Bill Schwarz KCP&L | Board Vice Chair

Lee Driver Grant Thornton | Board Treasurer

Ken Eaton* Stepp and Rothwell

Janice Breakfield Hallmark Cards

Ken MarkerWells Fargo Advisers

Mark HegartyShook, Hardy & Bacon

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.