Lisa Qualls

Lisa Qualls

Lisa Qualls

Lisa Qualls

Lisa Qualls is the mom of twelve amazing kids by birth and adoption (and more through foster care). Thirty-four years ago she married Russ; they had no idea the adventures awaiting them. Their adoption journey has been marked by joy as well as challenges of trauma and attachment which has led them to learn new ways of parenting and living as a family.

Lisa is a TBRI Practioner and parent coach. She writes the blog One Thankful Mom and is the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a resource site and podcast for adoptive and foster families. Her first book, written with Dr. Karyn Purvis, will be published by Harvest House in 2020.


Maria Hansen Quine

Maria Hansen-Quine

Maria Hansen Quine

Maria Hansen-Quine LASW, MSW, CSC

Maria is passionate about following Jesus wherever He takes her. This deep level of surrender has resulted in Maria’s life looking radically different than the life plans she made. Maria calls herself a precious jewels mamma, as she passionately believes children are sacred gifts from God. Maria has been married to her best friend Sam for 23 years, Sam is an adult adoptee. They have nine beautiful and diverse precious jewels, seven through adoption and two born biologically. Maria so believes in the value of children that she has devoted the past 22 years to working with children from hard places, currently working as an inner city school counselor. Maria has an MSW from Rutgers University and a BA in Psychology from Trinity Western University. Maria is a TBRI trained practitioner. Maria and her family live in the beautiful Phoenix area. Maria blogs at https://preciousjewelsmamma.weebly.com/.


Ruth Graham

Ruth Graham

Ruth Graham

Ruth Graham MA LMHC

Ruth received her master’s degree in counseling psychology at Northwest University. She is an attachment and trauma specialized therapist for children, adolescents, and adults. She serves individuals, couples and families. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner and a certified attachment therapist. Ruth with her husband adopted 13 children in various stages of trauma recovery while fostering for 30 years to over 70 children. Her heart is devoted to God and seeing His spirit heal those He brings into her life.


Yvonne Swinth

Yvonne Swinth

Yvonne Swinth

Yvonne Swinth PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Swinth is a Professor and Program Chair at the University of Puget Sound. She has more than 25years experience working in pediatrics, primarily school-based settings. Within the schools, she has not only provided therapy services for children from birth to 21 years of age, but has been involved in the development of several different programs and grants that address service delivery issues and access to technology to students with disabilities. She served as department head for the OT/PT group in her school district for more than 5years. She also has completed research projects, worked on different local and national committees, and is a past chair of the School Systems Special Interest Section.

Dr. Swinth works in her local community to provide training and support to foster, adoptive and bio parents regarding sensory processing, developmental trauma, social skills, play and executive functioning. She has mentored student research studies for more than 15 years. Currently Dr. Swinth has been researching the effectiveness and outcomes of dynamic seating in general education classrooms to support student participation and how to build resilience in children and families that have experienced trauma. Other research interests include effective and efficient occupational therapy assessment and services in the schools, assistive technology, and service delivery options for children with disabilities.

Dr. Swinth has presented locally and nationally regarding issues of school-based practice for occupational therapists and has authored several chapters in books regarding OT service delivery in the schools as well as pediatric service delivery. Most recently, she authored a chapter on school-based services for Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy and a chapter on services for children with severe disabilities in the new AOTA textbook for school-based therapists. She also recently has several publications in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy on services for children with autism. Dr. Swinth is the founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy In Schools and Early Intervention.


Sheryl Zylstra

Sheryl Zylstra

Sheryl Zylstra

Sheryl Zylstra DOT, OTR/L, BCP

Sheryl Zylstra has been an occupational therapist for over 30 years. She specializes in pediatrics and has spent years working with children with Autism, ADHD, and a variety of other developmental needs. Her interests are in promoting social skills and participation in daily activities. She also specializes in working with children with handwriting difficulties. She currently teaches at the University of Puget Sound, and has She has 4 teenage children, 2 of whom are adopted.


Gail Hardman-Woung

Gail Hardman-Woung

Gail Hardman-Woung

Gail Hardman-Woung LCSW

Gail has twenty-seven years of experience working with neglected, abused and traumatized children as a Foster-Adoptive Parent, a Respite Provider (for kids moving in and out of residential treatment centers), a Caseworker, a Liaison between foster parents and DHS caseworkers, and as a Director of Social Work.  15 of those years have been direct experience working as a Child & Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. She holds a certificate in Attachment, as well as many other advanced trainings.  As a clinician, she has worked with hundreds of foster and adoptive kids, including some of the toughest cases in the state.


Jennifer Pitonyak

Jennifer Pitonyak

Jennifer Pitonyak

Jennifer Pitonyak PhD

Jennifer is an associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound, Dr. Pitonyak has a PHD in Health Policy and her research examines the life course health-development of families. She holds specialty certification in feeding, eating and swallowing from the American Occupational Therapy Association and her clinical practice has focused on the role of occupational therapy in support breastfeeding. She has published and presented nationally on occupational justice issues related to family health-development.


Jessica Mariano

Jessica Mariano

Jessica Mariano

Jessica Mariano

Jessica serves as the Worship Pastor at Overlake Christian Church, has been married for 12 years, and claims the title of mother to four kids and one giant sheepadoodle. Jessica is a lover of art, music, adventure… and more!


Nathan Ross

Nathan Ross

Nathan Ross

Nathan is the Vice President of Children and Youth Programs at FosterAdopt Connect. As an adopted person, Nathan has spent the last 12 years sharing his story with child welfare workers and policy makers around the country, and has spent the last 8 years working with youth in foster care. In addition to being able to use his personal experiences to impact child welfare, Nathan holds a bachelor’s degree in social psychology, and is working on completing his master’s degree in social work. In his role at FosterAdopt Connect, Nathan oversees the development, implementation, and execution of programming, across all of FosterAdopt Connect’s branches, intended to directly serve children and youth affected by the child welfare system.