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OUR LEADERSHIP

Meet The Team

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Ashley Hurd

Executive Director

Ashley grew up in San Diego and 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. She went to Vanguard University in Orange County, where she majored in Sociology. Ashley has run an event planning company specializing in nonprofit fundraisers where she and her team have raised millions of dollars for worthy causes around the Bay Area for the last 15 years. Ashley became a foster parent over 6 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 her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time outside near a beach, if possible.

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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.

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Lena Strickling

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.

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Amanda Milholland

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. 

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Linda Gregory

Board President

Linda lives in San Rafael and is inspired by the amazing resource parents in Marin. Out of a desire to have more children in their home and to give back to the community, Linda and heart late husband, Jeff, became resource parents in 2009, fostering young children and infants. Their family grew when they adopted one of their foster children. Linda became active in MFCA and served as board president from 2010 through 2014. She welcomes the opportunity to move back into a leadership role on the board. Linda and her youngest son, now a teenager, continue to welcome children into their home, providing OCED (emergency on-call duty) and respite care. Linda enjoys hiking and outdoor adventures with kids of all ages and cherishes her summers in Bar Harbor shared with family and friends.

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Tiffany Fetterman

Board Secretary

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. 

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Kelsey Harstad

Board Treasurer

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.

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Anna Benitez

Board Member

Anna was born and raised in Chicago and is a first-generation immigrant. She received her B.A. in Human Development and Women’s Studies from Prescott College and spent the first part of
her career leading therapeutic outdoor trips, working as a social worker and an educator. She has always felt a calling to serve and make a positive impact in her community and has chosen to work in nonprofits, many of which involved working with foster teens or the undocumented community. A move to California in 2013 brought an opportunity to be fully immersed in creating positive change by becoming an emergency foster parent. Anna is dedicated to providing compassionate, consistent, and safe care to all foster kids. In her free time, when she’s not working her full-time job as a nurse, you can find her at the gym or going for long hikes with her family and friends.

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Joe Devine

Board Member

Joe was born and raised in Iowa. He graduated from Prescott College with a degree in education and environmental sciences. He was a public high school teacher in Arizona, where he worked with students who had not been successful in the traditional high school environment. This school was where he began working with foster kids, as some of the students were involved with the child welfare system or on probation. Other nonprofit work found him providing respite care or therapeutic behavioral services with foster kids. In 2013 he became an emergency foster parent and dedicated himself full-time to being a kind, compassionate, and
uplifting parent to foster kids. He later went on to work for CFS in Marin county as a Resource Parent Liaison, supporting other foster families and their foster kids. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his two kids and wife, fishing out in the bay/ocean, and seeking adventures in California.

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Peggy Dollaghan

Board Member

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.

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Sara Edrington

Board Member

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.

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Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery

Board Member

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.

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Devorah Freudiger

Board Member

Coming soon!

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Paige Martin


Board Member

Paige is a landscape architect and small business owner in Marin. She specializes in hospitality, resort design, and private residences. She is dedicated to helping people connect to the land and find healing and inspiration through nature while also supporting wildlife through design. Paige is a licensed resource parent and an advocate for child-focused solutions who supports all members of the child/family team to provide kids in care with the advocacy, love, and support they deserve. Paige is committed to helping foster and bio families create meaningful connections that bridge the gap between families. Paige loves to run the trails of Marin with her dog Pace, paint landscapes, practice herbalism, and connect with family and friends. She joined the board in 2022 and hopes her creativity, compassion, and collaborative nature will bring value to the MFCA community.

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KK Sample

Board Member

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.

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Caren Wachtenheim

Board Member

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Beth Van Slyke

Board Member

Beth is originally from New England where she worked for 13 years in CPS, foster care and adoption.  After living in Seattle and managing a foster care adoption program, she moved to Marin with her husband, son, and two crazy pups.  She has been exploring different ways in which to support the foster care community and to raise awareness of the issue here in Marin.  She's excited to have discovered MFCA and to be able to help in all that they are doing.

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.

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Advisory Board

Darcy Barrow
Patty Cala, AFS
Leslie Fields, CFS
Daniela Bravo, TLC
Jill Parker
Annette Venables
Shawn Yarnell

#fosterhope

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