Janelle Ison | Executive Director
Janelle Ison, MBA, has devoted her professional and personal life to making a positive difference in the lives of children and families. From 2007-2016, she worked for the National Council For Adoption (NCFA), an advocacy and education organization with the mission to meet the diverse needs of all those touched by adoption. From 2009-2016, she served as NCFA’s Finance and Administration Director responsible for: accounting, auditing, budgeting, financial reporting, operations, compliance, and human resources. Prior to this role, she served as Program Manager for the federally funded Infant Adoption Training Initiative, a program designed to educate and enable healthcare providers to offer adoption information and referral on an equal basis with all other options to someone facing an unintended pregnancy. In addition to her professional commitment, Janelle has been personally involved in local and national child and family advocacy efforts. As an adopted individual and birth mother, Janelle openly shares her unique adoption story with others. She has been interviewed by the media, on radio, and for various video series, including a four-part documentary on open adoption. Janelle has spoken on several adoption panels and participated in support groups for both teen parents exploring the option of adoption and couples considering adoption.
Rebecca Vahle | Founder, Director of Training and Program Development
Rebecca Vahle, MA, is the founder of the Family to Family Support Network (FFSN) and the Director of Training and Program Development. FFSN began as the Family to Family Adoption Support Network Program at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado in 2004. The program, created by Rebecca, was the first hospital-based adoption support program in the nation and has been recognized as defining best practice in handling the complex, emotional and logistical needs present in infant adoptions in the hospital setting. Following nationwide interest in the program, FFSN was created to implement the care model into hospitals across the country. Rebecca has a Masters Degree in Education, was a parenting instructor with Centura Health for the past 17 years, and is the mother to 3 amazing kids that came home through infant adoption. Rebecca was named the Angel in Adoption Award winner for the state of Colorado and was honored in Washington D.C. by Congressman Mike Coffman in 2011. She also was the host of the weekly radio show “Adoption Perspectives” on Denver’s 670KLTT from 2010 to 2015, her passion now is to share the Family to Family model with other medical professionals across the nation.
Lori Holden | Board Member
Lori Holden, MA, writes at the award-winning site, LavenderLuz.com. She is the author of The Open-Hearted Way to Open Adoption, written with her daughter’s birth mom and acclaimed by people in all parts of the adoption constellation. She presents around the U.S. about openness in adoption. She has written for The Huffington Post, Parenting magazine, and Adoptive Families magazine. Lori volunteers with Family to Family Adoption Support Network, the Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families, and Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. She lives in Denver with her husband and their two teenagers.
Charity Huff | Board Member
A successful entrepreneur, Charity Huff has built a career on developing scalable businesses in the tech and media industries. Over 20 years, Charity has contributed to both the business and non-profit communities. Her business contributions included her Maroon Ventures consultancy, start-up advisory, public speaking, guest blogging, and her own entrepreneurial ventures. Charity co-founded Tru Measure in 2009, building the advertising analytics platform used by the majority of the U.S. publisher market, digital ad agencies, and adtech platforms in the US, Europe, Australia, and Central America. Tru Measure was acquired by McClatchy in 2013. Charity contributes her time and resources through her involvement in Girls Scouts, The Huff Family Scholarship Fund, and Family to Family Support Network.
Sheryl Mikuska | Board Member
Sheryl Mikuska graduated from the University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and Master of Accountancy in 1997. She then worked in Ernst & Young LLP’s Audit and Assurance group for approximately three years prior to accepting a Finance position with Jones Media Networks. Sheryl joined a local accounting firm in 2004 as an Audit Manager and worked in that capacity for over seven years. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the AICPA. Sheryl and her husband, Ken, adopted their son as an infant. They attended several of the classes offered by the Family to Family Adoption Support Program at Parker Adventist Hospital, and have since returned to speak as panel members for various classes offered by the Program. Sheryl enjoys reading, travel, and outdoor activities with her family.