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Executive Team

 

Lacy Foster FloridaLacy Basford

Director of Outreach and Co-Founder

Lacy is the biological, adoptive, and foster mama to six amazing kids. She married her high school love, rode away on a tractor, and landed with a barely used masters degree in Gainesville, Florida. They have been foster parents since 2014 and have welcomed over 20 children across their threshold. Her heart for the vulnerable is rooted in her own adoption as a child. When she’s not knee-deep in diapers, tweens, and child welfare, you can find her engaging audiences of all sizes on things that matter most in this world.


Kristy SuttonKristy Sutton

Director of Advocacy and Co-Founder

Kristy met her husband Zach in their early days at the University of Central Florida-collegiate dancer meets baseball stud. They moved to Gainesville after getting married in 2005. Kristy worked as a trauma nurse while Zach pursued his doctorate in physical therapy. After a trip to Haiti in 2009, they knew God was leading them to the foster/adoption world. They now have seven forever kiddos and have fostered over fifty since being licensed in 2012. Kristy is a native Floridian but spent her childhood traveling and living in SE Asia (Army brat life) where her strong desire for advocacy and justice were birthed. She loves coffee, sleeping in, dreaming big and writing at This Hard Calling.


Marie Rogerson Foster FloridaMarie Rogerson

Director of Operations

Marie and her husband Aaron are parents to three girls and served for a year as foster parents. In that time they had 13 children come through their home so they are well acquainted with the struggles and triumphs of life on the frontlines. Marie comes to us from the political arena, having worked as a campaign manager and political adviser.

 

 

Board of Trustees

 

Jim McKenzie Foster FloridaJim McKenzie

Jim McKenzie has 25 years of experience in education and has taught in both public and private schools at elementary and high school levels. He currently serves as the Headmaster of The Rock School, a K-12 Christian school in Gainesville, FL. Jim is an educational speaker and consultant and has presented at schools and conferences across North America. He is the board president of the Sira Pregnancy Center, Gainesville’s crisis pregnancy center. Jim and wife, Hannah, have been married for 18 years, and have five children.


Martin Wynkoop Foster FloridaG. Martin (Marty) Wynkoop

Mr. Wynkoop is a serial entrepreneur with over thirty years’ experience with companies both public, private and with not-for-profit organizations. His focus is on assisting and coaching small organizations for strategic growth, financial strength, operational structure and market development. Mr. Wynkoop served as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Florida, School of Engineering and is an Adjunct Instructor. Marty is married to Patricia and they have four children and eight grandchildren.


Martie Gillen Foster FloridaMartie Gillen

Dr. Martie Gillen is an associate professor in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences at the University of Florida. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Florida Institute for Child Welfare. She’s a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner and a Financial Social Work Educator. Martie has been a foster mom for over four years and has welcomed 11 children into her home, some for a few days, some for months, some for years, and two for forever through adoption. She is a Guardian ad Litem volunteer.


Drew Boyd Foster FloridaAndrew (Drew) Boyd

Drew Boyd has worked in public and private education, food & beverage, vocational ministry, hospitality, and commercial risk management. Drew is the founder and CEO of Jefferson Maxey Consulting, an outsourced commercial risk management firm in Gainesville Florida. He is a chronic professional networker, serves as an advisor for the Interact Club of Newberry High School, and is active in local worship ministry as a vocalist and keyboard player. Drew and his wife Devin have been married for 15 years and have six children.


Jen Burgess

Jen has extensive experience in the child welfare system. She has worked as a Family Care Couselor, Foster Parent Advocate. She has always called Florida home and has a passion to serve the most vulnerable in our population with the hope of bringing healing to families across our state.