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Our Team 2017-07-26T05:32:54+00:00

Our Team

 

Kathy Ahern
Kathy AhernDirector
Kathy helped start Antioch Adoptions’ Spokane Office in 2011, which became A Child’s Hope Spokane in 2017. Kathy has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked as a mental health and crisis pregnancy counselor. Kathy loves seeing how God uniquely works to bring children into the lives and homes of amazing Christian families. She also loves getting to work alongside a group of talented, passionate staff.
Kathy grew up in western Montana and came to Spokane in 1990. She and her husband have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. Kathy is also a member of the Board of Trustees at A Childs Hope Spokane.
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Melody Slachter
Melody SlachterOffice Manager / Events Coordinator
Melody has been married to the love of her life, Doug, for 35 years. They thoroughly enjoyed raising their three biological children and felt the Lord calling them to care for children in the foster care system when their youngest daughter left for college. Since that time, they have adopted a daughter and have guardianship of a ten year old little boy they consider their son. Two of their children have married and have blessed them with 5 ADORABLE grandchildren.
Melody has a heart and passion for children and loves working for A Child’s Hope where so many lives have been touched and changed by Jesus Christ and the power of a loving family.
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Melissa Pemberton
Melissa PembertonCase Manager, Placement Coordinator
Melissa Pemberton has been with A Child’s Hope Spokane for over three years. Her current roles within the agency are Case Manager and Placement Coordinator, as well as teaching the quarterly Intro Class. Since 2004, Melissa has worked with low-income, high-risk families in various capacities with the most recent being an Adoptions Social Worker for the state of Washington. In addition, Melissa volunteered for four years with Teen MOPS, a support group for teenage mothers in the Spokane area.
Melissa and her husband Jon have three daughters and live in Cheney, WA. Melissa enjoys running, reading, spending time with her family, and cooking. She feels so blessed to work for A Child’s Hope Spokane as it allows her the opportunity to work with those involved in the foster care system while still being available for her family.
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Kindra Purviance
Kindra PurvianceCase Manager
Kindra Purviance began working as a Case Manager with A Child’s Hope Spokane in May 2017. Kindra graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has worked with Child Protective Services and volunteered at a Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Most recently, she attended training to become a CASA, until God called her to A Child’s Hope Spokane. Kindra and her husband Gary live in the North Spokane area with their three children. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and watching football – Go Seahawks! She feels extremely blessed to be working with children and families, fulfilling a calling from God that she received at a young age.
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Cathie Throckmorton
Cathie ThrockmortonBirth Parent Advocate
Cathie has a passion to help women and children. She volunteered for four years at Life Services crisis pregnancy clinic and then managed the clinic for 6 years. The best part of serving at the clinic was sharing God’s love, truth and hope with families in crisis.
Cathie recently worked with special needs children as a substitute educational assistant at West Valley School District. She is an avid nature lover who enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and anything to do with horses. Cathie has been married to her Bible college sweetheart for almost 40 years. They love spending time with their three children and four grandchildren who are their pride and joy!
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Our Board of Directors

Neil ZieglerBoard Member
As a businessman, Neil’s education and background is in accounting, finance and administration in a large family business. He has been engaged in a variety of non-profits and ministry work, as diverse as leading short-term international missions’ teams, micro-finance in Africa, overseeing a local county cemetery, and serving in a variety of capacities at his church, Life Center. God has blessed Neil and wife Natalie with a blended family of five adult children, and five grandchildren.
Kelly KlossnerBoard Member
Kelly Klossner is a CPA at Griffiths, Dreher & Evans, PS in Spokane, WA. Kelly has a passion for adoption, as he and his wife, Amy, of seventeen years have adopted three of their four children from within the Spokane area. Kelly enjoys serving in ministry. He’s thankful to use one of his favorite hobbies – running – in a ministry with Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission, coaching women within the recovery program to complete a half marathon. Kelly also serves on his church’s Deacons Board, and is also grateful for his involvement in Bible Study Fellowship.
Mirisa BradburyBoard Member
Mirisa Bradbury is a local attorney who is passionate about adoption. A significant portion of Mirisa’s professional history includes promoting the welfare of children. She represented Department of Social and Health Services and later represented potential adoptive parents in adoption proceedings. Mirisa and her husband have three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, teaching, and spending time at the lake during the summer.
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