How America’s Kids Belong Is Improving Foster Care Outcomes

We’re dramatically improving the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care, so they find and thrive in safe, loving families, supported by Foster Friendly communities where they belong.

We Have 1 Meaningful Mission

To dramatically improve the experiences and outcomes for kids in foster care by ensuring they can be placed with caring foster and/or adoptive families.

There is a dramatic shortage of homes and it’s increasingly difficult to recruit and retain enough foster and adoptive families to close the gap. These conditions mean kids wait longer and move more frequently between temporary placements. This high rate of disruption compounds kids’ trauma and reinforces the sense that they don’t belong.

Our Shared Services Team

Our mission is executed at a grassroots level by our state-based teams, supported and empowered by a lean shared services team that provides strategic direction, technological enablement and operational efficiencies.

Executive Team

Brian Mavis

Brian Mavis

Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships

AKB co-founder, dad, former foster dad and pastor, world’s greatest “papa”, and husband to the beautiful Julie Mavis for 31 years. Enjoys good company, conversations, and cuisine.

Phil Grizzle

Phil Grizzle

Executive Director, Operations

A bio, foster and adoptive dad of four, Phil’s leadership focus is on sustainable change, excellence, and efficiency. He loves exploring new places, the outdoors and is continually in search of the perfect cup of coffee. 

Nanette Kirsch

Nanette Kirsch

Executive Director, Marketing and Communication

Tech-driven marketer, writer, mom to four adoptive and bio kids, Nanette loves reading, writing and all forms of clear and compelling communication.

I Belong Project™ Shared Services Team

Lisel Atherton

Lisel Atherton

Child Welfare Specialist

A former child-welfare caseworker, Lisel helps ensure the safety and dignity of the kids filmed for IBP. She is a bio and foster mom to four busy sons.

Brian Edman I Belong Project Creative Director

Brian Edman

Creative Director

Brian leads video editing for the I Belong Project and enjoys using his talents to improve the outcomes of kids in foster care.

Operational Shared Services

Leah Busboom

Leah Busboom

Operations Project Manager

Leah is a Salesforce administrator and operational lead on the Foster Friendly App. She also is a published author and committed advocate for vulnerable kids.

Marty Hyde

Marty Hyde

Operations Project Manager

Marty manages special projects for IBP and the leadership team and provides support for AKB Operations. Her work allows our entire team more easily reach their goals and fulfill our mission. She has served on a local church’s WRAP team.

Amy Booth

Amy Booth

Operations Project Manager

Amy works behind-the-scenes in Operations managing donations and systems that support AKB’s team members, assisting them in improving the experience and changing the outcomes of kids in foster care.

Abby Koenigseker

Abby Koenigseker

Development Manager

Abby is a foster mom and bio-mom. She believes every child needs a loving home and that is why she is a part of the AKB team. Because, as Brian Mavis puts it, a good family is better than a program. It is an honor to do my part in helping kids and families.

Marketing

Travis Vangsnes

Travis Vangsnes

Grant Writer and Storyteller

A bio, foster and adoptive dad, Travis meets with, honors and shares the stories of folks from all dimensions of AKB’s foster, adoption and Foster Friendly work.

Christina Bauer

Christina Bauer

Social Media Manager

A former foster youth and new mom, Tina draws from both experiences to ensure an authentic, knowledgeable and empathetic voice across AKB’s social media platforms.

Juliana Hill

Juliana Hill

Marketing Manager

A creative director with 15+ yrs experience in both nonprofit and commercial sectors Juliana is committed to seeing at-risk youth and children find forever families.

Want to Join Our Growing Team?

We are a fast-growing, performance-driven nonprofit, working to accelerate our reach and impact nationwide. Our national team is fully remote; our state chapters and affiliates primarily work from home, although some have limited on-site work settings and teams go on-site for I Belong Project video shoots. 

Send us your resume and we’ll keep you posted as new opportunities become available. 

Email: jobs@amkidsbelong.org

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Contact Us

America’s Kids Belong
1151 Eagle Dr., #464
Loveland, CO 80537