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.

Contact: Renee@fostersource.org

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.

Contact: Brian@fostersource.org

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.

Contact: Rebecca@fostersource.org

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. 

Contact: Maria@fostersource.org

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.

Contact: Adrienne@fostersource.org

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.

Contact: Kriss@fostersource.org

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!

Contact: Karen@fostersource.org

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.  

Contact: Reneeafshar@fostersource.org

Deanna Bauer

Deanna Bauer

Team Member

Hobbies:​
Hiking, Playing with her Dogs.

Deanna Bauer is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health: Science, Society, & Policy as well as Anthropology. She has many years of policy and management experience, especially in the disability and aging fields. She currently works as a Behavior Therapist for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She currently is working on her MSW at Colorado State University. She is a recent transplant from Boston, MA and is so excited to begin her time in Colorado working with Foster Source.

Contact: Deanna@fostersource.org

Vincen Collins

Vincen Collins

Information Technology Advisor

Hobbies:​
Ice Hockey, Classic Cars

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

Contact: Vincen@fostersource.org

Kelsey Cox

Kelsey Cox

Team Member

Hobbies:
Hiking, Spending Time in the Mountains, Playing with her Dogs

Kelsey is currently working on obtaining her Masters of Social Work from Colorado State University. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology which she currently utilizes in her role as a geriatric case worker. Kelsey is extremely interested in early childhood development and trauma informed care, and hopes to gain greater insight as to how best to support foster parents and families as they continue to better the lives of youth. She loves the foster population and is excited to be working with Foster Source.

Contact: Kelsey@fostersource.org

Mary Friedman

Mary Friedman

Team Member

Hobbies:
Anything outdoors! Soccer, Reading, Traveling & Playing with my dogs!

Mary moved from Minnesota to Colorado to complete her undergraduate internship as a Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist, fell in love with the mountains, and never left. Mary has worked with many populations as a CTRS, such as children and adults with developmental disabilities, geriatric population, veteran population, and currently works within the mental health field. The mental health field is what encouraged Mary to pursue a Masters level degree in Social Work, and motivates her to become an LCSW. As an aspiring social worker, Mary is dedicated to continuing her education and support for those who have experienced trauma in their lives, starting with Foster Source!

Contact: Mary@fostersource.org

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.

Contact: Lisa@fostersource.org

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.

Contact: Lindsey@fostersource.org

Amber Slone

Amber Slone

Team Member

Hobbies:
Reading, Traveling, Photography, Drawing

Amber is currently a senior in the social work program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has always had a passion for helping people and has spent several years abroad working with underprivileged youth and their families. She wants to work with teenagers in foster care and advocate for the needs of those who are aging out of foster care once she graduates in the Spring. She is originally from Oklahoma but has spent the majority of her life living in Colorado and she is excited to gain insight and experience from working with foster families through Foster Source.

Contact: Amber@fostersource.org

Devin Sweat

Devin Sweat

Team Member

Hobbies:
Traveling, Baking, Reading

Devin completed her Bachelors degree in 2012 at Colorado State University. Since then, she has been working with substance users in a variety of settings: a residential facility, a shelter, detox and now a primary care clinic. Devin currently works as a substance use counselor at Denver Health while going to Metro State University for her MSW. Devin is looking forward to furthering her education and experience into human services and foster care.

Contact: Devin@fostersource.org

Samantha Williams

Samantha Williams

Team Member

Samantha is currently a senior in the social work program at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She has always had a passion for working with children and advocating for disadvantaged populations. Her career goals, although broad, are to create positive change in children’s lives. She is a Colorado native and enjoy the sunshine, her dogs, and coffee. She is excited to have the opportunity to be a part of Foster Source!

Contact: Samantha@fostersource.org