Our Team2019-01-15T22:33:58+00:00

Our Team


Melissa Pemberton
Melissa PembertonDirector
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.
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Melody Slachter
Melody SlachterOffice Manager / Events Coordinator
Melody has been married to the love of her life, Doug, for 36 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 an 12 year old young man they consider their son. Two of their children have married and have blessed them with 6 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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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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Jessica Flores
Jessica FloresCase Manager
Jessica 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. She and her husband live in North Spokane with their son, Karson, and their fur babies. 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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