PAT LLEWELLYN Contact | Term 6.30.18
NFPA Board of Directors | President
KAREN POTEET Contact | Term 6.30.19
NFPA Board of Directors | Vice President
After life as an Army brat and later a Marine wife I now live in Missoula, MT. We first began our introduction to foster care in 1993. We have 14 children,10 adopted from foster care, 26 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and currently raise 2 of our grandchildren. From foster care, to adoption to kinship care I have been fortunate to have been a part of my state association for many years, to have found the NFPA and to belong to a church with several foster family members, reaping the benefits of many times much needed support from so many great people. I love traveling and the chance to seek good BBQ in every state I visit. I adore being a grandmother and feel exceptionally blessed to be a great grandmother.
Karen received her Master of Public Administration degree from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Nazarene University. She has over 33 years of experience in human services in two state systems, Illinois and Oklahoma. She has held positions of ever-increasing responsibility within the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. From 2006-2010, she served as the Oklahoma Administrator of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance. IShe also serves as the Project Director for the MIPPA-ADRC and MIPPA-AAA grants funded through ACL as well as the lead for Aging Services on the CMS Money Follows the Person grant in partnership with Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Ms. Poteet and her husband were also licensed foster parents in Illinois and adopted their two youngest children from the Illinois child welfare system.
EILEEN MAYERS PASZTOR Contact | Term 6.30.19
NFPA Board of Directors | Secretary
Eileen became a member of the NFPA in the late 1970s when she worked at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale to develop what would become the "Nova model of foster parent recruitment and preservice training to train foster parents as mental health workers." Eileen became a foster parent as well as becoming the principal developer of the original MAPP (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting) program. She then joined CWLA as its national program director for family foster care, kinship care, and adoption where she had the privilege of working with across the country and overseas to initiate the PRIDE Model of Practice to develop and support foster and adoptive parents.
Peggy Kirby resides in West Monroe, Louisiana, has been a certified foster parent for teen girls for thirty years, has fostered more than 100 young ladies and is very active in advocating for policy changes to ensure teens transitioning out of care have the support they need. She has served as the Director of FAIR Visions for fifteen years and has been active with the State Association since 2000.
JIM HATCH, MBA, LSW Contact | Term 6.30.19
NFPA Board of Directors | Chair, Council of State Affiliates
TAMMY WELLS Contact | Term 6.30.18
NFPA Board of Directors | Member At-Large
Jim Hatch has worked professionally with children and families in Maine since 1994. He and his wife were also foster parents for twelve years and adopted two children. Jim enjoys hiking with his family and spends much of his time finding new ways to support adoptive, foster, and kinship families state and nationwide.
Tammy and her husband have two grown biological children, a daughter and a son, a son-in-law, two granddaughters and one grandson. In August of 1998 she became employed at a public-school system as a Resource Para-Educator; supporting students with educational, social, and behavioral struggles; through educating, and practice of life and social skills. In 2000 her family became a licensed traditional foster family for sibling groups of three or more children. During 2010 she became active in Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, mentoring and supporting families and in December 2011 her family adopted three brothers.
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