Community Outreach: Donna Maddox

Donna Maddox Community Outreach Donna Maddox is a Casa Volunteer in Oklahoma, Mother, Military wife, owner of Declutter Buddy, foster youth advocate, and former foster youth and current Board Member.

College Outreach: Tatiana Staley

Tatiana Staley Community Outreach Tatiana is a full time student at the Oneonta State University. She’s currently earning her B.A. Degree in the field of Music and Entertainment Business. She is a singer/songwriter who has been volunteering with Foster Kids Unite for several years.

Board Member: Stephanie Quoma

Stephanie Quoma Board Member  Stephanie Quoma is currently employed at Interactive Elements Inc. as an administrative assistant. Stephanie earned her masters degree in human resources. Stephanie was drawn to the organization after recently finishing college herself and knowing the difficulty and stress of college. Without the proper tools and support system Stephanie would never have been ever to get through it herself. Now she is happy to give back and hopefully take at least a bit of college stress off aged out foster youth.

Outreach Coordinator : De Smith-Fraser

De Smith-Fraser Outreach Coordinator Denise Smith-Fraser, Ed.D, is a retired social gerontologist and management consultant who now loves volunteering and stand-up comedy. A SAG-AFTRA member, she continues to do TV commercials. Denise was the first director of the graduate gerontology program at the College of New Rochelle and later with her husband, Derrick, owner of Integrated Consulting, Ltd. A writer, she was a weekly columnist for the Gannett Journal News. Denise received her doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She and Derrick have one daughter, Karen, and a grandcat, Joey.  

Co-Founder: Megan Castellano

Megan Castellano Co-Founder For nearly 25 years, she has worked in mental health services in an administrative role.  In her current position as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Putnam County, Inc., she has experience with non-profit management, board relations, staff development, grant writing, program development and evaluation.  In 2007, she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pace University, with a special certification in not-for-profit management. 

Founder: Tanya Cooper

Tanya Cooper Executive Director Tanya Cooper’s life in foster care began at five due to her birth mother’s battle with addiction and neglect and would eventually end with her being separated from all but one of her siblings! Aging out of the foster care system at 18 with no family and place to go, Tanya signed herself back in until age 21! While in care she survived being abused by two foster brothers. She has over 12 years of experience working with youth as a clinician, and over 20 years as a youth counselor… Read More