Melissa Pemberton has been with A Child’s Hope Spokane since 2014. Her current roles within the agency are Director, 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.
Melody began volunteering at ACHS (formerly Antioch Adoptions) in 2013. A year later, she was offered a position as Administrative Assistant and has since added Event Coordinator to her role.
Melody and her husband of 38 years thoroughly enjoyed raising their three biological children and when their youngest daughter left for college, felt the Lord calling them to care for children in the foster care system. Since that time, they have added three children to their family through adoption and guardianship. Their 6 ADORABLE grandchildren are their pride and joy. Melody loves to garden, hike, travel, and play with her grandchildren as often as possible!
Melody has a heart and passion for children and loves working for A Child’s Hope Spokane where so many lives have been touched and changed by Jesus Christ and the power of a loving family.
Kindra PurvianceCase Manager / Foster Home Licensor
Kindra has been with a Child’s Hope Spokane since May of 2017. She has been married almost 15 years to her awesome husband, Gary, who she met in college. She has three crazy kids – Lily who is 10, Chloe who is 9, and Austin is 6. Kindra grew up in Vancouver, WA, and moved to the Seattle area to attend Seattle Pacific University. She graduated from SPU with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. For two years, while she was in school, she worked with Child Protective Services. She did an internship for Bethany Christian Services and volunteered for Crisis Pregnancy Center in Seattle. Kindra and her family moved to Spokane in the summer of 2016, to afford her children a better education. After moving to Spokane, she trained to become a CASA, which God quickly used to help the families at ACHS. She was trained as a TBRI Practitioner in April 2019, and is excited to see how TBRI can help ACHS families and the community. In her spare time, Kindra loves to workout, watch movies, play with her kids and dogs, and best of all watch football. GO HAWKS! She has known from a young age that God was calling her to work with kids and families and feels that God has blessed her with this very special position at ACHS.
Jessica has been with A Child’s Hope Spokane since September of 2017. Her current roles include Case Manager, Foster Home Licensor, and Trainer. She has a heart for working with children and families. Over the past 10 years, she has worked with various agencies that serve these populations including Head Start, Vanessa Behan, Excelsior Youth Center, YMCA, and Frontier Behavioral Health. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University. Jessica became TBRI certified in April 2019, and looks forward to implementing the skills she learned with the families with whom she works. She and her husband live in Spokane Valley with their son, Karson. Jessica enjoys running, cross-fit, spending time at Priest Lake, and traveling. She feels extremely fortunate to be a part of A Child’s Hope, as it allows her to be involved in the lives of amazing children and families as well as getting to witness how God can impact and change the lives of those with whom she works.
Janelle RitchieCase Manager / Foster Home Licensor
Janelle Ritchie began working at A Child’s Hope in May of 2019. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico and continued her education at Eastern Washington University, where she graduated with a Master’s of Social Work in 2016. She has worked with children and adults in different agencies, and most recently at Frontier Behavioral Health. She has a passion for children and hopes to be a light to the many children and families with which A Child’s Hope comes into contact.
She enjoys traveling, being outdoors and spending time with her extended family in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She and her husband have been married for 5 years, have two young boys, ages 2 and 9 months and a doodle that is part of the family.
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.
Kimberli SandbergBoard Member
Kimberli Sandberg worked as a Registered Nurse for many years in pediatric and neonatal intensive care units prior to completing her master’s degree in Nurse Anesthesia at Gonzaga University. Now, Kimberli practices anesthesia as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) for Providence Medical Group in Spokane, WA. Studying in both Portugal and Spain, combined with a joy for international travel, has brought Kimberli an appreciation for the interconnectedness of humanity. Her passion for God’s children and orphans extends to her volunteer experience in Guatemala providing anesthesia for children undergoing life-changing surgeries through Hearts in Motion. She has enjoyed volunteering as a camp nurse for various medical and faith-based kid camps throughout the years. In 2013, Kimberli and Todd, her husband of 21 years, felt called to foster-adopt their two youngest children. Now, they enjoy the blessings their four beautiful children add to their family. Spending time in God’s playground (nature) is very relaxing to Kimberli. She enjoys playing soccer, camping, hiking, and yes…. yard work! Kimberli feels honored and grateful for the opportunity to support A Child’s Hope of Spokane and the mission to bring children into the homes of Christian families through adoption.
Michelle DeBordBoard Member
Michelle DeBord graduated from EWU with a BS in Public Health and is currently the Administrative Assistant at Cup of Cool Water, a local nonprofit that serves youth who are homeless in Spokane. Ministry has always been a part of Michelle’s life and she always felt called to work in the nonprofit sector. Working with the youth at Cup of Cool Water she has witnessed the traumas from growing up in an unsafe and unstable home which makes her so grateful for ACHS. Michelle states that she feels truly blessed to be a part of this ministry. In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 dogs (fur babies), drinking iced coffee, going on country drives and being out in nature enjoying God’s beauty!
Chris PawlowskiBoard Member
Chris joined the United States Navy in 1995, and served our country for 22 years, retiring in 2017, as a Chief Petty Officer. Believing that God had called him to full time ministry Chris began attending college in 2008. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity in Homiletics from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. In December 2018, he was called as the Lead Pastor of Dishman Baptist Church in Spokane Valley. He has been married to Rebekah for 13 years and they have three biological children, Hayden (10), Jeremiah (8) and Adelynn (7). They began to foster in 2017, and it was through this avenue that God brought Nyah (3) who is now fully adopted and Kaleb (1) into their family. Chris’ deepest desire is for the church to passionately pursue Christ and represent Him to a world that needs to hear His Gospel. This can happen best through fervent preaching of the Word of God and compassionate shepherding of His people.