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
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 (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 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 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 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.
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.
Melody Curtiss (Director at Large) Melody Curtiss is a licensed attorney with a background in legislation, litigation, mediation and administrative/regulatory law, rule-making and oversight. Curtiss spends much of her time in unpaid policy work and volunteerism.
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
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 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.