The staff focuses primarily on the organization and operations of the Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba. They work alongside the other staff, the board members and the volunteers to ensure we are functioning in the most efficient and effective manner possible and to manage the overall direction of your network.
Jennifer Karaim, Executive Director
Jennifer brought experience in project support to community based initiatives and business with her when she joined the Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba staff team 6 years ago. She has carried a number of roles within the organization including Intake Coordinator and Project Manager. In February 2017, Jennifer became the Executive Director. Jennifer works passionately to strengthen the Kinship & Foster Family Network, and is honored to lead such a dynamic staff team.
Terri McNaughton-Wright, Education Coordinator
Along with my great partner and husband Bradson, I have worked in many areas of the Child Welfare arena in two provinces, over 35 years. Providing foster care, frontline delivery of programs, development and implementation of programs, diverse emerging ideologies and related programs has been a constant in my work history and life. With my combined education and life experiences I am confident that I will be able to provide support and direction with the current and future education programs of the Kinship & Foster Family Network.
A great joy has been the time spent with many foster children and their families on their journey. It is a gift to be cherished. It continues to enhance our family experience. I am inspired by the kindness and dedication of foster and kinship parents.
Brad Wright, Curriculum Writer/Community Development Worker
Brad is a 35 year veteran of fostering. He has a passion for strengthening foster parent skill development through education. This passion has led Brad to develop numerous programs that emphasize strategies, tools, and skills to empower foster and kinship parents to become members of the professional team.
Larissa Wilton, Accounting
Larissa has been working in the finance industry for 9+ years. Larissa graduated Red River College with a Business Admin Diploma and continues to grow academically taking numerous courses. Larissa enjoys learning more about the Kinship & Foster Family Network every day and loves the people she gets to work with.
Haley Stodgell, Administrative Assistant
Haley joined the staff of the Kinship & Foster Family Network in 2017. She spent many years welcoming guests at a busy hotel and planning events. Haley has a passion for helping others. She hopes to use the skills she has acquired in her pervious jobs to help the kinship and foster parents of Manitoba feel welcome when phoning or visiting the Network office. Haley enjoys learning new skills and ways to help build and better serve The Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba.
Craig Collins, Community Development Worker
Prior to joining the Network Craig worked at Metis CFCS from 2007-17 predominantly as a Resource Development Social Worker with their Alternative Care Department. From 1995 – 2006 Craig worked in Thompson, Manitoba supervising group homes then joined B&L Resources working with their team of kinship and foster parents. Craig is passionate about supporting foster and kinship parents. Craig looks forward to his new role with the Network to further enhance his skill set to better serve kinship and foster parents in Manitoba.
Wendy Gillespie, Education Assistant
Joining the Kinship & Foster Family Network of Manitoba has been an enjoyable experience. I have a background in education and curriculum development. Having briefly been in foster care as a child, I have a special interest in encouraging and supporting foster families.
Pat Alphonso-Cox, Community Engagement Specialist
I have worked in the Child and Family services system for 37 years in many capacities including Child and Youth Care, the Child Protection Branch; as the Placement Desk Coordinator and Resource Development Specialist and almost ten years with Metis Child Family and Community Services in the Resource department. I am excited to join the Kinship and Foster Family Network of Manitoba and to be part of a team dedicated to the support, and skill and knowledge enhancement of Kinship and foster parents.