Who We Are

OUR NATIONAL TEAM

Full and part-time staff dedicated to serving you out of our office in Bloomington, IL.

Jami Kaeb

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Adoption, foster care, and advocacy were not part of Jami’s dreams for her life, but God changed her heart when He made her aware, and she is passionate about helping others become aware too! She and her husband Clint are parents to their seven children (five through adoption).

Holly Gnuse

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

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 make her aware. 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 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

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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.

Shannon Spaid

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

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.

Lyndsay Shirley

ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

A NETWORK OF INDIVIDUALS WHO BRING THEIR UNIQUE LEADERSHIP, FOSTERING, AND BUSINESS EXPERIENCE TO TFI.

Gary and Marla Ringger

Gary and Marla Ringger have been involved in orphan care since 2003 both professionally and personally. Gary serves as President of Lifesong for Orphans and together he and Marla have 15 grandchildren, nine by adoption. The Forgotten Initiative joined the Lifesong family in 2011 and they are excited to be a part of mobilizing God’s people to show Jesus to the foster care community.

Margie Sauder

Margie Sauder and her husband, Steve, have three children and three grandchildren. She loves her work counseling parents facing unplanned pregnancies, as well as those having abortion wounded hearts. She views The Forgotten Initiative as an opportunity to reflect Christ's heart to the ``least of these`` and is honored to be a part of the team.

Jason and Courtney Strahm

Jason and Courtney Strahm have three children, Jude, Mya and Sienna. As foster parents, they are excited to be a part of The Forgotten family and feel humbled to have the opportunity to bring awareness of the foster care community, spread the love of Christ and be a voice for those who don’t have one.

Clint & Jami Kaeb

Clint and Jami Kaeb are parents to their seven children (five through adoption). Adoption and foster care were not in their original plans, but God changed their hearts when he made them aware of the needs. Clint is a small business owner and brings perspective, support, and encouragement to Jami and TFI.

“We are here to equip you to be a voice for the forgotten.”


– JAMI KAEB, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR