Meet our National Team

Meet Our Team

Shannon Spaid
Administrative Support Shannon Spaid

Shannon is a wife and busy mother of four with a passion for serving and helping others. After experiencing the foster care system as a foster mom, her eyes were opened to the needs of the foster care community. She is excited to serve with the TFI National team in an administrative support role, as well as continue to support her local foster care community in the volunteer TFI Advocate role with her husband, Aaron.

Holly Gnuse
Operations Director Holly Gnuse

Holly grew up with a heart for adoption but didn’t know much about foster care. God used an internship with a local child welfare agency to show her the great need and real, tangible ways she could truly serve and love all those involved with adoption and foster care. Coupling that experience with knowing the joy of the Gospel, Holly is passionate about connecting the local church to the foster care community. Holly and her husband, Scott, were married in December 2013 and are enjoying the crazy adventure of life together.

Jillian Kellenberger
Advocate Support Director Jillian Kellenberger

Jillian has a passion for reaching out and loving those who are hurting. She began serving with TFI in college after learning more about the foster care community. Jillian is passionate about seeing the Church mobilized to serve and step into the lives of those affected by foster care.

Mitch Nelson
Graphic Designer Mitch Nelson

Whether he is drinking coffee or designing graphics, Mitch is always looking for new ways The Forgotten Initiative can grow. His background includes working as a Creative Arts and Communications Director on various levels at a local church. He and his wife Becky were married in April of 2018, and together they enjoy camping, live music, black coffee and good books.

Becky Wiese
Communications Coordinator Becky Wiese

Becky is excited to be a member of the TFI family and learn about the amazing people involved in the foster care community. Her background includes working as a freelance writer and editor on various types of projects. She and her husband Mike are the parents of four sons and one daughter. She enjoys reading, running, playing tennis, and spending time with her friends and family.

Lyndsay Shirley
Executive Assistant to the Executive Director Lyndsay Shirley

Lyndsay loves being a part of the TFI family and having a small part in supporting and encouraging people and churches to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the foster care community. Her background of Project Management with a slightly OCD personality helps keep Jami organized! Lyndsay and her husband Dallon are the parents to one son and one daughter. She enjoys playing tennis, all things music and spending time with her friends and family.

Jami Kaeb
Founder/Executive Director Jami Kaeb

Jami Kaeb is a dreamer and a coffee lover! She is married to Clint and the mother of seven–five through adoption. It was through a difficult season of waiting that Clint and Jami’s eyes were opened to the foster care community. They became foster parents to three siblings who they eventually adopted. Jami founded The Forgotten Initiative in April 2011.

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