The Compelled to Care team is made up of people who are passionate about foster, adoptive and kinship families because each of them have been personally involved with the foster care system and caring for the vulnerable in different capacities.
MEET THE BOARD
Ashley has been leading Compelled to Care since 2016. She led Compelled to Care from a small group dinner to one of he largest foster, adoptive and kinship ministries in the state. She has spoken at events, taught classes on ministry strategy and marketing and has also sat on panels regarding the future of orphan care ministry. She also led as the Early Childhood Director at ECC and brought a trauma informed lens to kids ministry through building systems and writing curriculum. Ashley also has a professional background in corporate event planning. She has been married to Nick for 14 years; together they are raising 7 children under 11 years old and go on road trips in their 15 passenger Fam Van. They have grown their family through birth, foster care and adoption. Ashley loves chocolate, coffee and street Tacos.
Youth Program Director
Cyndi brings a wealth of business knowledge from her years as the owner and operator of two Grocery Outlet stores. She also designed national marketing campaigns for Grocery Outlet and trained new owner/operators. She has also served as the Director of Children's Ministry at two large churches. She combines her knowledge of business and passion for ministry to serve the Compelled to Care community. Cyndi is passionate about bringing a trauma informed lens to children's ministry and curriculum. Cyndi inspires people with her photography and writing about servant leadership. She bakes the best cupcakes, loves going on adventures with her husband Doug and owns many many baskets. In fact, her business Costco card says "The Basket Case."
Fundraising & Development
Krista has been serving and leading with Compelled to Care in different capacities since 2016. As a professional graphic designer Krista has brought her eye for design to Compelled to Care's largest event the Restore Retreat. She has a passion for serving and encouraging moms. Krista is also the heart behind The Care Box Project and brought her background in package design to this project. She is the mother of two teens and a toddler. She enjoys dancing with her teen on Tiktok or by herself in Target for Instagram Stories. She loves giving and receiving gift baskets, drinking gas station Slurpees and drinking coffee. She always assumes the best in people.
We are so thankful for the many volunteers, leaders and interns that work together to serve foster, adoptive and kinship families through Compelled to Care.
MEET THE LEADERS
Kids Program Director/
Dad's Night Group Leader
Nick is passionate about Children's ministry and has worked in vocational kids ministry at small mobile campuses as well as large historic churches. He especially enjoys creating fun events like day camps. Nick has been married to Ashley for 13 years; together they are raising 7 children under 11 years old. They have grown their family through birth, foster care and adoption. Nick is a dedicated Seahawks fan. Loves burgers and drinking coffee. He also throws an epic Nerf Night.
Single Moms Night Out
Jessica is an experienced foster mom who knows how to masterfully juggle work, the foster care schedule and all her young kiddos. She is passionate about foster care and being in community with others on the same journey. She also keeps us up to date with all the changing foster care policies and WAC's.
We Foster WA Admin
Nathan is a veteran foster parent who has been fostering since he was 21 years old. He specializes in fostering teens with bigger behavioral needs. He is a caregiver/community trainer with Coordinated Care , the Region 5 & 6 Alliance CaRES Mentor, founder of Evergreen Caregiver Support, a Region 5 1624 Rep and he is on the board of Male Survivor. He is also the dad to a much loved pup.
Mom Squad Group Leader
Melanie is an experienced foster/adoptive mom, author and career educator. She is passionate about kids and especially her own that range from babies to teens. She has great advice about raising adoptive children while also maintaining families of origin. Her favorite color is red and she could be a professional Amazon shopper. She lets everyone know that her meet-up is the most popular and she is not wrong!