Meet The Team
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.
Leigh Ann Ah Nee Stiker
Community Engagement & 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.
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 11 year-old daughter have been a resource family for over five 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.
Marketing & Events Manager
Joanna’s career in marketing and events launched when she had the incredible opportunity to collaborate (and travel!) with brands on their partnerships with the Olympic Games and other global sports properties. She transitioned to working with marketing agency leadership teams to develop agency brands, grow new business opportunities, and enhance workplace culture through communications, events, and public relations initiatives.
A Marylander at heart, Joanna lives in Novato with her husband, son, and a snuggly Labradoodle named Maui. Passionate about kids, she is an elementary school volunteer, art docent, fundraiser, and team mom. In her role with MFCA, Joanna aspires to heighten awareness of foster care needs that inspires our community to take action in Marin and beyond.
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 her 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.
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 previously volunteered in an orphanage in Malawi, and helped launch a non-profit to provide funds to underserved neighborhood organizations. Kelsey lives in Novato with her husband, daughter and son. 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 and making memories on family vacations.
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.
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.
Rodrigo Eshler Dias
Rodrigo was born in Cascais, Portugal and immigrated to the United States when he was two years old. He was raised in the Bay Area and attended college at UC Berkeley. Today, Rodrigo lives in San Rafael with his husband, Jason, along with their two children, Annabelle and Layton, whom they adopted through foster care. Rodrigo and his husband have been foster parents since 2018. Rodrigo is also a family law attorney and has represented children and parents in a variety of family law matters throughout the Bay Area, including adoptions. Rodrigo joined the Board in 2023 to continue supporting foster children and their families.
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.
Devorah has been working in Marin County for 12 years at Equator Coffees and would love to brew you a cup. She moved to Marin in 2019 with her husband, tiny dog, and big cat. She is passionate about community, connection and listening to children. She’s been a resource parent since spring 2020 and adopted her first placement in the winter of 2022. Her growing family is still an active foster home. Devorah thinks parenting children in the foster system is a great honor and enjoys every day she gets to connect with these amazing kids. She encourages everyone to connect to the foster community in the way that works best for them. Every form of support is meaningful.
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.
Cammie is a faculty member at Stanford University, researching the neural features underlying symptoms common to psychiatric disorders for the application to targeted neural therapeutics. Cammie has always been passionate about outreach work with foster youth. Her early college work leading a theater therapy program for foster youth utilizing a personalized musical theater experience as an alternative avenue for emotional rehabilitation motivated her to understand the interaction of neural processes, trauma and behavior - motivating her path towards becoming a Neuroscientist. Cammie joined the board in 2023, excited to more directly serve the population and community that inspired her career trajectory.
Kip grew up with his wife Jacquie and 5 children in the San Francisco Bay Area. His family moved from the south bay to Novato in 2019. Kip and his wife had 4 foster children for 4 years in the 1970’s. Kip graduated from UC Berkeley in Criminology and obtained is JD from Golden Gate University of Law in San Francisco. Kip and his daughter, Cammie, have teamed up to support foster children in Marin County reach their potential through volunteering with Marin Foster Care Association.
KK Sample is 5th generation San Franciscan, currently residing in Mill Valley with her husband, 3 babies, and Goldendoodle, Duke. As a mompreneur, KK splits her time raising her kids, manufacturing socially-conscious apparel, and working closely with non-profits that better the lives of children. Over the last decade, KK has helped raise millions of dollars for charities around the world. From funding pediatric cancer research to volunteering time in the arts in Haiti to building new playgrounds out of shoe soles in lower-income communities. KK's true passion and purpose in life is to help those around her. The Sample Family is ready to foster the children in our community and is so blessed to have learned about Marin Foster Care Association.
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.
Beth Van Slyke
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.
Gustavo is originally from South America. He grew up in Lima, Perú, till the age of 9. After that, Gustavo moved to the US, where he lived in the San Francisco Twin Peaks area for 14 years before moving to Marin County, where he resides today in Novato. He met his lovely wife, Roxana Lucar Vidalon, 14 years ago, who was his neighbor when they lived in Perú as children. They both now live in Marin with their Pug Benji, and their 19-year-old foster son Gustavo is also a business owner who has dedicated his time as a Landscape contractor and designer for the past 12 years. He’s looking forward to the board position and making a difference in the lives of foster kids in Marin.