Gayle Fidanzo, Executive Director
When I graduated from Multnomah University with a degree in Ministry and Leadership, I was full of passion to fight injustice in the world. I never imagined it would be in the area of adoption. My husband and I adopted our daughter from the foster child system 18 years prior, which gave us invaluable firsthand experience. I remember looking through the profiles of waiting children and sobbing because I could not adopt every one of them. It just seemed so unfair that these children didn't have families- a view I am even more convinced of today. Those who rescue, defend, and work tirelessly on behalf of the little ones are very close to the heart of God. This describes my team at CFA. I am surrounded by the most amazing staff that treats this job as an honor and a privilege. They are dedicated, passionate individuals and I'm extremely proud to work alongside them. At home I have my own triad: my husband Joe and our crazy dog Crosby who keeps us humble with his endearing yet embarrassing antics.
Becky Hartman, MSW, Director of Social Services
I have the honor of working with amazing families who want to adopt waiting children from the state foster care system. I also get to partner with our committed and experienced social work staff to make sure these families receive the preparation and support they need for their adoption journey. Every day at CFA, I get to do something I believe in with my whole heart: caring for the fatherless as God instructs us to, but helping to place them in loving, permanent homes. When I'm not at the office, I like to hike in the beautiful northwest, act with my church's drama team, and watch movies that make me cry. Oh, and eat ice cream (almond brittle with salted ganache from Salt and Straw is the best!).
Julie Webb, BS, Domestic Infant Program Director
After years of infertility, grief and loss through many miscarriages, I became passionate about adoption while sitting in an adoption information meeting. Since then, my husband and I have adopted two beautiful children and had one by birth. God turned my mind and heart towards helping others learn about the beauty of adoption. I have worked in the domestic and international adoption field for over 11 years. I received my BS in Sociology and minor in Psychology from Oregon State University with a focus on children and families. My role at CFA is managing and coordinating the local and national adoption program. In my free time, I love to travel and spend time with family and friends, remodel my house with my husband, working in the yard, and spend time with my now adult children.
Taryn O'Flynn, MA, Director of Advocacy and Outreach
A social worker by nature, I have been working with vulnerable populations since 2001. I have a BS in Human Development and a MA in Psychology. My desire to work in adoption stemmed from my college thesis paper on attachment in the family system, and the vital role attachment plays during all phases of life. I am passionate about education, breaking negative stigmas and cycles, helping strengthen families, and making a difference in my community. My role gives me the opportunity to work with both birth parents and many of our community's change agents and advocates for the greater good. I believe that sometimes all someone needs is one stable person in their life to support them in a time of crisis. It's an honor to be that person to my clients. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, making art, cooking, enjoying , the snow and sand, entertaining, live music, and taking part in all the PNW has to offer.
Erin Heins, BA, CADC1, Birth Parent Advocate
Social work is my heartbeat. Even from a young age I knew whatever I ended up doing for work would have to be serving, supporting, and working directly with people. Throughout my career as a drug and alcohol counselor and intensive case manager I have had the privilege of walking alongside clients in crisis and vulnerable circumstances. After taking a break from full time employment to raise two young children, the Lord began putting adoption on my heart and led me to CFA. It has become evident throughout the road to get here that this is exactly where I’m meant to be. I am truly honored to serve as an advocate and be able to encourage birthparents through the entire adoption process and beyond. When I’m not working I love to garden, cook, and be around music and photography. My little family of four loves the OSU Beavers, traveling, and exploring together.
Jodi Miller, M.Ed, Infant Adoption Program Coordinator & Birth Parent Advocate
Adoption is an area of work that I have had one of the greatest honors of serving in. I graduated from the University of Idaho with a masters degree in Counseling and Human Services. I have worked in both the private and public sectors with families and children. I was fortunate to work in adoption prior to coming to CFA in Idaho where I helped facilitate and support adoptions nationally and internationally. I am the proud mom of boys and our youngest came to us through the gift of adoption. Other things in life I enjoy are hiking, traveling and music.
Kathy Thompson, BA, Birth Parent Advocate
I have worked in the early childhood and family services field for the past 30 years. I have a lifelong passion to advocate for children and help families become healthy and self sufficient. I retired as Program Manager for Healthy Families of the High Desert program in 2015. After a few months I felt my heart was being called to once again serve those who may be vulnerable and in need of extra help and support during difficult times in their lives. In that calling, God blessed me with the position of Birth Parent Advocate, working for women who may be struggling with the most difficult decision of their lives. I have been blessed with two amazing adult children, four beautiful and exuberant grandchildren and a husband that supports me in whatever I choose to do in my life. As a family we enjoy all that Central Oregon has to offer with hiking, camping, boating, kayaking and more recently snowshoeing.
Cathy Tuma, MSW, Adoptive Family Case Worker
I was delighted to be hired by CFA at the end of 2009 when CFA took over the programs of PLAN Loving Adoptions Now. I worked as a birthparent counselor, adoption caseworker, and directed the infant adoption programs at PLAN until 2008. At that time, I decided to focus on providing home studies and post-placement services. I am passionate about moving children from foster care into loving and stable homes. I am also part of the team that teaches the Foundations Training for Caregivers. I have a Masters in Social Work, and Certificate in Therapy With Adoptive Children and Families through Portland State University. My personal interests include walking with a group of friends and kayaking and bicycling with my husband. My husband and I are the parents of four adult children and one very robust and loving grandson, the joy of our lives.
Nancy Miller, MS, Adoptive Family Case Worker
I work as needed for CFA, doing home studies and post placement services. In the past, I was a birthparent advocate and international adoption worker. I also worked for many years in early childhood education and in youth and children's ministry. I believe nothing is more worthwhile than providing loving families for children! I respect the commitment families make, and I seek to be a merciful presence during a difficult process. My children are in their last year of college, so I'm working a lot to support them through these years. I also work at residential facilities for adults with mental illness, and I teach child development classes for an au pair agency.
Amy Kula, BA, Administrative and Communications Specialist
At CFA I'm the first point of contact for many families and birth parents- call and say hello! I have a passion for cause-based work, which has led me to originally volunteering at CFA (and then eventually getting a job here!), and previously doing marketing for a nonprofit independent radio station and working as a youth mentor in Vancouver. In my spare time I enjoy biking and learning how to play the banjo, and trying out new vegan recipes!