OUR FOUNDERS

Renee Bernhard

Renee Bernhard

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Hobbies:​
Running, Yoga, Reminiscing.

Renee is a former foster parent, a Foster Parent of the Year award recipient for Adams County, and a mother of three. A native of Colorado, Renee spent her early career working in emergency services at the US Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany. Within hours of becoming certified to be foster parents, Renee and Brian received their first placement, a baby boy they would adopt 2 years later. After closing their home to further placements, they founded Foster Source in the summer of 2016.

 

Brian Bernhard

Brian Bernhard

Co-Founder

Hobbies:​
Crossfit, Community Theater, Legal Mgmt Associations.​​​

Brian is a former foster parent and Foster Parent of the Year award recipient for Adams County. He has dedicated his career to the field of immigration. In addition to having worked for the government, he has also spent the last 15 years managing immigration law firms. Brian is passionate about foster care and providing the children in foster care resources they need, particularly those aging out of the system. Brian is a parent to three children, one of whom was adopted out of foster care. He’s a very active member of his church and associations focused on legal management.

 

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rebecca Allen

Rebecca Allen

Board of Directors - President

Hobbies:​
Skiing, Traveling, Reading

Rebecca Allen is currently president of The Allen Family Foundation, a charitable foundation she has greatly enjoyed running with her family for the last six years. Previously she worked for 10 years as a Nurse Practitioner in Women’s Health and Infertility until she and her husband decided to become Foster Parents. After fostering, Rebecca remained a stay-at-home mom to her bio daughter.

 

Maria Avila

Maria Avila

Board of Directors - Director

Hobbies:​
Travel, Gardening, Photography.

Maria Avila is a caseworker in Foster Care and Kinship Certification and Support at Adams County Human Services Department (ACHSD). She has 20 years of experience working with families that provide care for children in out-of-home placements. Maria has a BA in psycology, a BS in international marketing and a MSW. Maria is also a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of Colorado. Maria is a married mother of two children. Maria and her husband were foster parents with Boulder County for two years, and they were foster parents for their daughter whom they adopted in 2006.

 

Adrienne Parrot

Adrienne Parrot

Board of Directors - Director

Adrienne grew up as an only child and always wanted a large family. She fostered as a single parent from 1990 through 2005 when she met her husband. He grew up in foster care in Oklahoma and totally understood the need for positive foster families and the journey of these children.

Over the years of fostering until 2012, her family has gained so many positive strengths, knowledge, patience, an invaluable sense of humor, how to keep going when you wanted to give up and the value of commitment. They grew as a family from 4 boys initially to a total of 5 boys and 5 girls. Her youngest adopted son came to them as a foster child at the age of 4 with a host of special needs. He is now 17.

Adrienne no longer actively fosters, but her heart desires to participate in anything she can to encourage families to foster and to continue fostering.

 

Kriss Porco

Kriss Porco

Board of Directors - Treasurer

Hobbies:​
Anything Outdoors, Traveling, Reading

Kriss is a native New Yorker, who along with her husband of over thirty years, decided to call Colorado home over 23 years ago. Working primarily in the financial services sector most of her career, Kriss has over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications. Kriss was introduced to Foster Source a few years ago through her current organization, Thrivent. With her business experience and her care for community, she looks forward to learning firsthand about the needs of the foster care community and how she can make a difference. Kriss is married with two identical twin daughters who are 22 years old.

 

Karen Wolf

Karen Wolf

Board of Directors - Director

Karen Wolf is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker; born and raised in the Denver metro area. Karen has extensive experience working with children and families who have experienced trauma and has a strong passion for the foster care community. Providing support and education about trauma-informed care, child development, and self-care are essential to making the foster parent experience work in the long term and Karen is dedicated to providing that education and advocating for better pathways to ensuring all foster parents have access to the information they need to foster longer!

 

OUR TEAM

Renee Afshar

Renee Afshar

Marketing Advisor

Hobbies:
Tennis, Skiing, Cooking & Eating

Over the last 20 years, Renee developed and marketed the employer brands of many Fortune 500 companies. She’s worked with clients in industries from aerospace, consumer products and financial services to healthcare, manufacturing and mining. Renee spent the first half of her working life employed at some of the leading newspapers, advertising agencies and human resource consulting firms in the U.S. and Australia. For her next half, she plans on raising the profile of nonprofits while taking in everything the Sierras have to offer. Renee hopes to grow the Foster Source brand so more foster parents receive support to bring hope and healing to children in care.  

 

Jody Britton

Jody Britton

Team Member

Hobbies:​
Relaxing in her hot tub, playing games, and playing with her dogs

Jody spent 18 years as a stay-at-home mom to six children (3 biological, 2 adopted, 1 kinship). She began her pursuit of a Social Work degree at MSU Denver in the fall of 2017. Jody has been a community advocate for foster care and adoption since 2008, organizing support groups and educational events. She became a kinship foster mother in 2017. Jody is passionate about supporting foster and adoptive parents and advocating for vulnerable youth.

 

Vincen Collins

Vincen Collins

Information Technology Advisor

Hobbies:​
Ice Hockey, Classic Cars

Vincen was born and raised in Colorado with over 15 years of experience as a technical agile coach and IT manager with a wealth of knowledge in collaborating with various stakeholders to define and deliver value streams through the use of technology.  Vincen and his wife Doreen are former foster parents and through the use of technology want to help other foster parents successfully navigate their journey as well.  Vincen plays ice hockey in an adult league and has a 1957 Chevy that he occasionally takes to car shows.

 

Eleanor Fiedler

Eleanor Fiedler

Team Member

Hobbies:
Lacrosse, beach volleyball, singing and adventuring with new and old friends

Eleanor is currently in her final year at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. She is studying sociology with criminology and criminal justice with a minor in social welfare. During the school year Eleanor is on the lacrosse team and spends lots of time with her team on and off the field. This summer she worked at a Camp in Wisconsin and got to work with all ages of kids. This fall she is excited to learn and grow with Foster Source and impact the lives of foster families and those children.

 

Lisa Gallegos

Lisa Gallegos

Development Coordinator

Lisa has almost 20 years experience in development fundraising. She has raised money to provide services to homeless families, legal aid for victims of domestic violence, mentors for at-risk youth, early childhood education for children with special needs and advocates for children in the child welfare system. Originally from New Mexico, Lisa had a 10 year career as a Chemical Engineer. Lisa is an avid advocate for her grandson who has special needs.

 

Anna Hallinan

Anna Hallinan

Team Member

Hobbies:
Yoga, rock-climbing, cooking, and baking

Anna is a first-year master’s student at Metro State University in Denver, CO. She is currently working towards her master’s in social work. She has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Youth Ministry from Colorado Christian University. Currently she is working as an assistant teacher at St John’s Early Learning Center teaching preschool. She has a passion for working with children and supporting families.

 

Kaitlin Kennedy

Kaitlin Kennedy

Team Member

Hobbies:
Hiking, weightlifting, spending time with friends 

Kaitlin is currently a Social Work student at MSU Denver and will graduate with her bachelors in May. She will continue to pursue her Masters Degree in social work in hopes of changing the world one child at a time. She grew up in a small town in Colorado and has loved all 19 years that she has been here. She has 6 years of experience with children aged 6 weeks to 12 years. The children she has worked with made her want to continue her work with them in the Social Work field.

 

Daniel McCabe

Daniel McCabe

Team Member

Hobbies:
Camping, Going to the Movies, Traveling

Dan is a senior at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and is eager to complete his internship at Foster Source supporting, working with, and advocating for foster families. Dan is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and though he dearly misses the East Coast, he does not miss the weather. When not out camping or at the movies, he is relaxing at home with his wife Leslie and 3 cats Dorian, Lola, and Sammy.

 

Lindsey Mathias

Lindsey Mathias

Program Manager

Hobbies:​
Reading, Spending Time with Family, Playing with my Dogs

Lindsey is the program manager at Foster Source. She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a Bachelor of Social Work. Lindsey spent her teen years in foster care, so she brings a unique perspective to Foster Source. Lindsey moved to Colorado in 2014 when her husband was stationed at Buckley Air Force Base.

 

Elizabeth Reiser

Elizabeth Reiser

Team Member

Hobbies:​
Learning and practicing new recipes from Samin Nosrat (creator of Salt, Fat, Acid Heat), fine-tuning her homemade pesto, snuggling with her toddler, and catching up on cheesy outdated movies. 

Elizabeth is a recent transplant to Colorado from eastern Pennsylvania, moving here about five years ago. She is married with a toddler at home. Elizabeth is an MSW student at Metro State University and has a background in community-based mental health as well as crisis support, having worked on the Colorado Crisis and Support line for nearly a year and a half. She is excited to start with FosterSource.

 

Eileen Seymour

Eileen Seymour

Administrator

Hobbies:​
Reading, Listening to Music, Spending Time with Family and Friends, Watching TV, Laughing

Originally from Upstate NY, Eileen has lived in Colorado for over 20 years with her husband, four children and furbaby. She has 15 years of experience with early childhood education. She has a BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in child development. She is happy and excited to be part of this amazing team at Foster Source. She is passionate about helping foster parents foster longer and better.