Recognized for its leadership and expertise in child welfare—especially adoption from foster care—Families Rising’s board of directors includes adoptive, foster, and kinship care parents, child welfare professionals, adoptees and people who were in foster care, researchers, and other advocates who have a wealth of experience.

Executive Board

Kim Stevens
Kim Stevens
Louisiana, Director- Board President
JaeRan Kim, PhD
JaeRan Kim, PhD
Washington, Co Vice President
Cathy Murphy
Cathy Murphy
Ontario, Director, Secretary
Ronya Faulkner
Ronya Faulkner
Tennessee, Treasurer
Kim Grzybowski
Kim Grzybowski
British Columbia, Co Vice President

Board Members

Kim Stevens
Kim Stevens
Louisiana, Director- Board President
JaeRan Kim, PhD
JaeRan Kim, PhD
Washington, Director
Cathy Murphy
Cathy Murphy
Ontario, Director, Secretary
Jarel Melendez, MBA
Jarel Melendez, MBA
New York, Director
Maximillian Lisembee
Maximillian Lisembee
Indiana, Director
Kim Grzybowski
Kim Grzybowski
British Columbia, Vice President
Ronya Faulkner
Ronya Faulkner
Tennessee, Treasurer
Stacey Mason
Stacey Mason
New York, Director
Mercedes Zahler
Mercedes Zahler
Washington, Director
David Simmons
David Simmons
MSW, Oregon, Director

“Families Rising is an introduction to innovation, progressive thinking, and forward-moving by people who are always looking for ways to do what we do better, faster, and smarter.”
–Claudia, adoptive parent and professional