Kara is currently serving as the organization's Executive Director. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of our organization with a heavy emphasis on policy research, digital marketing, communications, and grassroots advocacy. She is directly responsible for overseeing operational functions, developing training curriculums, managing grants, and program development. Kara is highly skilled in team management, policy analysis, and public speaking.
Kara is working toward a PhD in immigration policy and children's rights. She holds an MA in Social Cultural Pedagogy from Arizona State University. She serves on the Board for the Social Pedagogy Association of the United States and co-founded the Social and Cultural Pedagogy Graduate Organization (SCP-GO) at ASU.
Kara is the Community Outreach Director for a pediatric dental practice in Washington, DC. She founded and directs the Passport to Philanthropy program, a business-focused philanthropy to support local non-profit and community services, as well as planning and executing Caring for Kids Day, an annual outreach to provide free dental service to children without dental insurance in the DC area.
Kara holds a Bachelor of Psychology with an emphasis in human behaviors, and has worked with children in various professional capacities for nearly 20 years. She has two children at home and is a passionate advocate for children's rights.
Amy is our Executive Secretary, interim Treasurer, and all-around "go-to" woman. Amy coordinates our events, handles much of our grassroots fundraising, and is the 'face' of our community outreach.
Amy has adopted three children from foster care. When Amy became a mother, she discovered a passion and talent for habilitation services for special needs children and channeled that passion into her current position providing respite and habilitaition services for developmentally challenged children. Amy is also the owner and operator of Happy Magpie, LLC, an artisan custom engraving business.
Amy’s professional experience included management and CSR roles, including technical services, before she made the leap to habilitation services. She is currently working toward a degree in non-profit management. Amy is a strong, passionate advocate for the rights of children with severe mental health challenges.
Barb is the Chair of our LGBTQ Committee. She is responsible for training and curriculum to promote tolerance for LGBTQ foster youth. Barb and her team work tirelessly to educate stakeholders on the rights and needs of youth in foster care who identify as LGBTQIA.
Barb has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Ottowa University. She is a nondenominational chaplain and certified grief specialist. Barb is the owner of Support Services Specialists LLC. Barb has adopted two children and is currently a foster parent. She specializes in LGBTQ rights and advocates strongly for children's equality.