MEET OUR AMAZING BOARD MEMBERS!
Rob was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee as the youngest of 6 kids. Sports, particularly football and baseball, consumed much of his time growing up. Although his father passed away when Rob was a kid, his mom worked hard to provide everything he needed. After high school, he attended the University of Memphis where he obtained a degree in Finance and was active in campus leadership. While he will always have a place in his heart for Tennessee, Rob and his family have called north Florida home since 2013.
Rob is a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones in Saint Augustine. He enjoys helping his clients plan for retirement, invest, and create wealth management strategies. Rob is passionate about financial planning and considers it an honor to assist his clients in securing their financial future.
He and his wife, Christine, have six adult children, three sons-in-law, two grandchildren, and two very beloved (and spoiled) dogs.
However, the story of his family centers around March 12, 2005 when a sibling group of four beautiful kids sauntered into his house as foster children, escorted by a social worker, and joined Rob, his wife, and two other children. Their lives would never be the same as the family was eventually made complete through the adoption of these four wonderful kids.
During the fostering process, Rob and Christine were honored to be named West Tennessee Foster Parents of the Year. In the past, Rob has also served on the board of other charitable organizations, spent time in various mentoring roles, and supported St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Nemours Children's Health and the Alzheimer’s Association.
In his spare time, Rob enjoys sports, historical documentaries, live music, and enjoying the Florida sunshine!
Steph is the Community & Connections Guide at the Women's Business Development Council of Florida and the owner of The Sunbuggy Co., a coaching and consulting firm that works with businesses and individuals to help them increase engagement and build connections.
Steph is a curator of people. She believes every person is a masterpiece and she works to curate you to help people connect with the person the world wants to know.
Originally from Alabama, Steph has an extensive background in marketing and communications. She has a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Masters Degree in Consumer Affairs, both from Auburn University.
Steph served as a college professor at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia and worked for many years in the nonprofit sector and a large corporation before opening her consulting firm.
In addition to her board position with Fostering Connections, Steph has served as a board member of the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Women with Vision Council. Steph's passions in life are empowering women, sharing a message of equality, and sustainability.
Steph has several close friends that have been foster and adoptive parents. She is passionate about supporting foster families and ensuring that all children in foster care have all of the resources they need to reach their full potential.
Steph is the proud mom of a young daughter. They love to travel and explore new places together. Steph loves Disney and frequently visits Disney , her "Happy Place", with her daughter.
Amanda graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor of Accounting Degree in 2004. She earned her Master of Accountancy from The University of North Florida in December 2010 and her Master of Business Administration in 2021 from Southern New Hampshire University. She became a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed within the State of Florida since 2013.
Amanda started her public accounting career in high school, working during school holidays. She now has over fifteen years of full-time experience working at Jacksonville based firms, taking on responsibilities of bookkeeping, payroll, corporate and individual tax returns.
Amanda is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Amanda is a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi and served as its Treasurer while attending Jacksonville University. Amanda has also volunteered in several positions within her church, including spending eighteen months serving a mission in Denver, Colorado.
Amanda is a proud Navy wife and currently serves as the ombudsman for the USS Maryland (738) Gold Crew.
Donna Wagner is so excited to work with Fostering Connections! As an adoptive mother and Registered Nurse for thirty years she knows the impact strong community connections and support can have.
Donna moved to St. Augustine from New York ten years ago and has worked in various positions for Flagler Health + over those ten years. She is currently the Vice President of Education Services and Patient Experience for Flagler Health +.
Donna received her Associates Degree in Nursing from Farmingdale State College of NY, and both her Bachelors and Masters Degree’s in Nursing from St. Joseph’s College.
Currently, Donna is involved in many advisory boards for schools of nursing in St. Johns and Duval Counties as well as being on the St. Johns County School District Advisory Board for the Healthcare Academies. She enjoyed being a Board Member for the GAL 7 for two years which also worked with children in the foster system.
In her free time, Donna enjoys paddle boarding, boating, Zumba, and spending time with her friends and family. She is passionate about education and providing opportunity for anyone who wants it.
Michelle McGlamery joined Fostering Connections (FC) in 2022. After relocating to St. Johns County from living in the metro-Atlanta area for over twenty years, she actively sought out an opportunity to serve her new community.
After meeting the founder of FC and hearing its mission, she knew she found a place to serve.
Michelle was born into the foster care system in Hawaii. She was adopted by an Air Force family that had previously adopted a son. She traveled the United States as a "military brat" until the family settled in Valdosta, GA. She has had the unique experience of meeting and developing a relationship with her biological family. Michelle would describe herself as the "most blessed and loved person" when discussing her adoption journey.
Michelle received a Bachelors of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters of Social Work from Kennesaw State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida and Georgia. She has been in private practice for the past ten years and relocated her business to St. Augustine Beach in 2021.
Since 1994, Michelle has served individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings including courts, hospitals, schools, and non-profits. She maintains a contract with Cobb County Juvenile Drug Court in Marietta, Ga.
Michelle served on the board for the Paulding County Boys and Girls Club for three years. She is a member of Phi Mu Fraternity and has served as chapter advisor to several universities.
Michelle is a mother of two college age children. She is a huge University of Georgia fan and you can hear her "barking" support for the team during football season. She does not miss the traffic in Atlanta and enjoys island time across the bridge. Her hobbies include aeroponic gardening, remodeling her home with her fiancé, and playing with her dogs.
Casey is a St. Johns County Court Judge, she was elected to the bench in 2022 and sworn into office in January 2023. Casey was formerly a partner at St. Johns County law firm Woolsey Morcom PLLC, where she helped individuals and small businesses in need of legal assistance with litigation matters including personal injury and real estate.
In addition to her work as Judge, she is proud to be a wife to Josh and mom to four young boys. Casey and her family enjoy traveling and spending time with their animals, including two dogs, two cats, two goats, and ten chickens.
Through her legal work, Casey has seen first-hand the impact of trauma on families, as well as the need for support and resources for foster families and children in the foster care system.
She is proud to be part of this organization that provides much-needed resources and support for families in our community.
Eileen Ward graduated from Flagler College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Youth Ministry.
Eileen and her husband Josh have ministered to college, high school, and middle school students for well over a decade.
Fostering and adoption has been a passion of Eileen’s since she was a child. Early in the year 2020, the Wards adopted a beautiful teenager and became grandparents to her sweet daughter.
Eileen currently homeschools her kids while her husband Josh is a manager at a restaurant in downtown St Augustine.
Anastasia Gray joined the Northwestern Mutual team in early 2017. Her passion is to help people achieve financial freedom and create legacies. Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual she was an aspiring professional golfer.
She graduated with Honors from the University of Southern Indiana with a double major in Finance and Spanish. While in college, she also distinguished herself as a record-breaking member of the Women’s Golf Team, being the first and only golfer from her university to advance to the NCAA D2 National Championship. She was the president of the Speaking Eagles Toastmasters Club, active member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She aspires to be the best she can be, not only in her work, but in every aspect of her life.
Anastasia was born in Louisiana, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and has lived in Boston, Massachusetts as well as the Philippines. She now resides on Anastasia Island in St. Augustine, FL.
She is actively involved in Resources for Philippines Rural Communities, which teaches pastors in the rural areas of the Philippines how to farm and be self sufficient. "Our Mission is to come alongside the rural communities and uncover the full potential of the people and their land."
Among the many things Anastasia enjoys are ballroom dancing, cooking, gardening, reading, singing on the worship team at her church, traveling, and being in the great outdoors. With her, there is always something new to learn and experience.
Whitney Kersey Graves
Whitney is the Assistant Director of Driver Licenses for the St. Johns County Tax Collector’s Office. She has worked in local government for the last thirteen years. Whitney is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician with a passion for providing car seats and education to residents in St. Johns County.
Whitney graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. She obtained a MBA from Louisiana State University as a working mom with three young children.
As an alumnus of Leadership St. Johns, Whitney felt a calling towards servant leadership and wanted to place her time and efforts into an organization that works towards making a difference in the lives of children and families here locally.
When Whitney is not working, she enjoy spending time with her husband and children in the outdoors.
Melissa was born in New York and relocated as a teen to Florida with her single mother to be with her grandmother. Her grandmother’s trauma and experience in foster care in the 1930’s was a big motivator for her wanting to be involved with Fostering Connections.
Currently, Melissa is the Senior Business Development Consultant for Arcadia Consulting and the owner of Solutions Sales Training.
Prior to joining Arcadia Consulting and starting her own company, Melissa spent most of her career in Telecommunications/Wireless on the National Level. She worked her way up from a Wireless Sales Consultant to a National Sales Trainer. After a decade and a half of working in Wireless, she spent several years in Merchandising where she managed an amazing team of account managers for a Marketing & Branding Company in the Entertainment/Music Industry.
Although she cannot have any children of her own, she has helped raised children within her own family, and loves giving back to the youth in the community.
Melissa is a coffee aficionado, Disney obsessed, and a car enthusiast. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her family, mountain biking, car shows, and park hopping with her husband Phil.
Lori has lived in the Jacksonville and St Augustine area for the last twenty-five years.
She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) focused in Communications and Advertising from the University of North Florida and a Master of Meeting and Event Management from San Diego State University.
Lori was a Guardian Ad Litem in Duval County for several years and is thrilled to serve as the Events Chair for Fostering Connections. She brings seventeen years of event experience to the organization and serves on several national boards for Meeting Professionals International.
Lori lives in St. Augustine with her daughter along with their two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys attending her daughter’s volleyball games, antiques, traveling, and a good cup of coffee.
Kyle is the owner of Uptown Scratch Kitchen, a progressive, hybrid scratch kitchen food truck serving fresh, twisted, contemporary American cuisine.
Kyle grew up in St. Augustine while attending the Florida School for the Blind. He has worked with multiple nonprofits working with families and children with disabilities.
Kyle has a beautiful wife, April, and two daughters, Savannah and Katie Mae.