Connie Kerbs Vice-President

Title: 
Vice-President
Term: 
2016

Connie Kerbs Vice-President  Connie has fostered/adopted severely traumatized children with extra-ordinary special needs with her husband for over 20 years,

Gina Coats

Title: 
Director
Term: 
2015

 

 

Mary-Jeanne Smith

Title: 
Director
Term: 
2014

Mary-Jeanne Smith, Region 2 FPAWS Director. She is active with many FPAWS tasks. She also works with fundraising, grant writing and various other duties as needed. If your interested in becoming a FPAWS sustaining member or sponsor please contact her at 509-876-6245 or e-mail MJ@fpaws.org

Talya Miller

Title: 
Director
Term: 
2014

Ms. Miller was a teen parent, a mother of 3 at the tender age of 19. Contrary to what research and statistics show about teen mothers, Ms. Miller has a productive and successful life.

 

Tess Thomas

Title: 
Director
Term: 
2015

Tess Thomas is a long-standing Board member and does foster care in the Seattle area and fosters teens with a myriad of difficult backgrounds and situations. Tess’ home was featured in a documentary “Take This Heart” sponsored by the Casey Foundation to promote foster care and educate for public awareness of foster issues. Tess continues to serve in an advisory capacity on several boards and commissions regarding youth in out of home care. She has authored a book “The Love Returns”. Ms Thomas has been a foster parent for over 15 years.

Dianne Dorey

Title: 
Treasurer
Term: 
2014

Dianne Dorey (FPAWS Treasurer) Dianne and her husband Stephen, who passed away in 2009, have been foster parents for 125 children for nearly 20 years and have three sons of their own.  Dianne has been the Lewis County Assessor for the last 12 years and worked in her office for a total of 34 years. 

Lynn Urvina

Title: 
Director - Kinship Support
Term: 
2014

Lynn Urvina works at Family Education and Support Services, a non-profit agency, where she serves as the Kinship Navigator for Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties.  She and her husband have four children and fourteen grandchildren, They have raised  their 8 year old granddaughter since she was just a year old and have recently ad

Mary McGauhey

Title: 
Director
Term: 
2016

Mary McGauhey is a foster parent in Region 3 who cares for Developmentally Delayed Treatment Foster youth. Mary is a volunteer on the task force for educating foster families concerning the mental health system through the Bright Futures grant. She has been a therapeutic foster parent for 13 years and has fostered for over 35 children specializing in developmental delays and mental health issues. She developed and coordinated a respite program for children from families impacted by mental health issues with Compass Mental Health.

Sandra Quiroz

Title: 
Director- Foster Care Alumni Support
Term: 
2014

Sandra Quiroz recently transitioned from foster care and continues to live with her foster mother though her siblings were moved. Sandra is passionate about the siblings in care connections issues. Sandra has been separated from her siblings and is working with FPAWS and Gateways for Youth and Families to help move Sandra's Law forward.

Beth and Mike Canfield

Title: 
Co-Presidents
Term: 
2016

Mike and Beth started as house parents in a group home for up to 10 severely emotionally and mentally disturbed adolescent boys on March 3rd 1983. While at the group home, in cooperation with DCFS, they developed their foster home to work with those youth stuck in the group care system. Their home has developed to where DCFS can place the child who would typically bounce between 25-50 homes before coming to them. In 1989 Mike started working as a Child and Family therapist and is now a Master Trainer and Consultant for the State’s Aggression Replacement Training Program.

Amy Gardner

Title: 
Director
Term: 
2016

A Foster Parent for over 8 years, Amy and her husband, Mike, are experienced caregivers for drug affected and medically fragile infants.  Amy and Mike have been married for 22 years and have raised a daughter, Catie who is 18 and runs her own business.  Over the years, they have fostered 14 special needs infants, 3 of which were twins!  While Mike works for Georgia Pacific, Amy spends her time

Marci Miess

Title: 
Secretary
Term: 
2014

As a Foster Parent for nearly 10 years, Marci has had the chance to advocate for other fostering families in her community, region and across the state.  She is active in her local Foster Parent organization, is currently a Region 6 Representative on the HB1624 Foster Parent Consultation Team and is anxious to contribute on a much broader level with her new position as a board member for FPAWS.

Nancy Schrader

Title: 
Director
Term: 
2015

Nancy is the mother of 10 children 5 of whom were adopted through the Washington State Foster to Adopt Program.  Nancy has an extensive background as a foster parent being first licensed in Indiana in 1976.  Nancy has been employed as a Home Support Specialist for Children's Administration, a liaison for foster parents and a welfare eligibility worker.  Nancy has been training Pride Pre Service classes to potential foster, foster/adopt and kinship care parents for the past six years in Bremerton, Port Townsend and Port Angeles as a licensed contractor.