Meet The Team
Leigh Ann Ah Nee Stiker
Community Engagement and Resource Center Manager
Leigh Ann has spent the majority of her career in the hospitality, meetings, and events industry sourcing locations or creating memorable events for attendees both nationally and internationally. Although always very involved with community and school events, she has now focused her efforts and time in an area she is very passionate about - children in the foster care system. After becoming a CASA, Leigh Ann began volunteering in the Community Resource Center (CRC) and will serve as the CRC and Community Engagement Manager for MFCA. She lives with her husband and their lab, Lexi, in Greenbrae and looks forward to when their son and daughter return home on college breaks. In her free time, she loves to play tennis and pickleball.
Program & Development Associate
Lena graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied business with an emphasis in nonprofit management. For over 6 years, Lena has worked with nonprofits including The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and even lived in Africa for six months where she worked for a nonprofit in Kenya. She loves working for a greater purpose in causes she believes in. Lena grew up in the military and has moved multiple times, but currently resides in Novato. You can find Lena and her dog, Birdie, volunteering as a therapy dog team, going on hikes, and playing at the beach in her free time.
Resource Family Outreach
Amanda was born and raised on the east coast and moved to California with her family in middle school. She attended college in southern California and graduated with her B.A. in Sociology. She currently works as the Office Manager and Communications Coordinator at a local church and supports MFCA's resource center and resource families. Amanda and her 10-year-old daughter have been a resource family for over 3 years. She has a passion for supporting bio families as well as other resource families in Marin. It is her true desire that through MFCA’s mentorship and programs every family impacted by foster care in Marin can be feel supported and cared for.
Ashley runs her own event planning business, Eventful Events, Inc., where she creates and produces fundraisers for worthy causes around California. Over the last 10 years, she and her team have raised millions of dollars for many incredible organizations. Originally from San Diego, she now resides in San Rafael with her husband, their energetic and caring son, as well as a foster baby or toddler when they have a placement. Ashley became a foster parent over 4 years ago and believes she is truly called to support and invest in the foster care system. She is all-in and passionate about changing the trajectory of the lives of foster youth. In addition to serving as Board President, Ashley produces Blues & Brews, a large fundraiser for MFCA in the Fall.
Tiffany resides in San Rafael, and loves volunteering and working with children. She was introduced to Marin Foster Care Association by a member of her church and since that time, she and her family have supported MFCA drives and fundraisers multiple times a year. Their interest in supporting MFCA further has grown to doing respite care and becoming a foster family. She joined the MFCA board in November 2020 and looks forward to her new role: Business Relationships and Development! Tiffany currently works from home, where she and her partner raise their two amazing daughters. In her free time, you will find her traveling all over the Bay Area watching her daughters compete in soccer, swimming, or water polo matches.
Kelsey is a SVP with Belay Investment Group, a real estate investment manager, where she invests in commercial and residential real estate with emerging managers. Kelsey has a passion for helping children in need and giving back, something she learned from her dad who was a public school teacher and coach for 40 years. Kelsey has previously volunteered in an orphanage in Malawi, and helped launch a non-profit to provide funds to underserved neighborhood organizations in the Northeast and Midatlantic. Kelsey lives in Novato with her husband, daughter (age 11) and son (age 8). In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys being her kids’ #1 fan in all of their sports, participating in her daughter’s Girl Scouts troop meetings/events, attending church with her family at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and making memories on family vacations.
Joe has been a foster parent for over 10 years. He, his wife Anna, and their two kids run one of our two emergency homes. Joe fosters because he is passionate about making sure kids have a safe place to land.
Peggy is a Colorado native but considers the Bay Area her home. She's a Senior Recruiter for an animation studio in the Bay area. From a young age, she wanted to be involved in social work, specifically foster care. After much research, she and her daughter became involved in the foster care community in 2017 when they became a licensed resource family. She is looking forward to continuing to make an impact in the foster care community by serving on the board. Her interests include supporting her daughter in her school/softball activities, movies, reading, and providing respite care to other resource families in Marin.
Sara is a clinical psychologist practicing in San Rafael. She is passionate about her work with adults, adolescents, and families, using an interactive approach that explores neurobiology, trauma, relationships, parenting, and stress management. She has a passion for working with those who identify as Highly Sensitive. In addition, she holds a certification in early childhood education as well as infant massage, a technique she has used with infants who have experienced trauma. She has personally and professionally worked to support the foster care system for 20+ years. She and her husband are the proud parents of a spirited daughter and son who keep them on their toes, even when everyone should be sleeping.
Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery
Carolyn resides in San Rafael and joined the board after doing respite care and other volunteer work in the foster community for many years. Carolyn creates MFCA’s social media posts and manages our outreach in that arena. She founded Make It Home, a furniture bank in San Rafael, connecting new and gently used furnishing with foster kids, individuals and families that need furniture, easing furniture poverty in the Bay Area. As an interior designer, Carolyn wants to continue delivering inspiring environments to those who need them the most, believing that beautiful spaces support healing, growth and inspiration. In her spare time, Carolyn is a wife, mother of four, avid hiker and loves to cook.
KK is 5th generation San Franciscan, currently residing in Mill Valley with her husband, two toddlers (another one on the way!), and her Goldendoodle, Duke. As a mompreneur, KK splits her time raising her kids, manufacturing socially-conscious apparel, and working closely with non-profits that help the lives of children. Over the last decade, KK has raised millions of dollars for charities around the world. From funding pediatric cancer research to volunteering time in Haiti to building new playgrounds in lower-income communities, KK's true passion and purpose in life is to help people. Her family hopes to foster in the near future and KK is so blessed to have learned about the Marin Foster Care Association a couple of years ago.
Caren joined MFCA’s board to be a voice for those who don’t have one, to ensure that MFCA has the means to provide safety and security for all and to support those families who open their homes to grow love. Caren and her husband Joe are both originally from New York City. Their family loves adventure, traveling, the New York Giants and days at the beach to ensure they are reminded of how blessed they are to live in California. During the day, Caren is an Account Executive at Salesforce supporting some of the largest organizations in Southern California. When the 5pm bell rings, she is the luckiest mom of two fun, energetic and smart kiddos! Caren is the Dance-a-thon Chairperson.