DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Nicole represents The Twig in the community, speaking at events and raising awareness about how people can help children in foster care while also handling The Twig's donor base and grants. . She has developed and oversees a number of fundraising and development events for The Twig, including our annual Turkey Trot for the Twig, A Taste for The Twig, our Online Auction and Cheers to our Champions. Nicole has a heart for children and that heart led her to pursue a degree in psychology to better understand the needs of children who have experienced trauma. Nicole is actively involved in the community, serving in various organizations. She is a graduate of the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute, is a past chair of the Events Committee for the Venice Chamber of Commerce VAYP, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Nicole and her husband Matt have the joy of parenting four children - Ryley, Hayley, Mattie, and Wyatt - while also serving as foster parents. They are active members of The Exchange Church in Osprey.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Callie develops programming and resources to better serve our families and young adults who age out of foster care. Callie serves as our point of contact with local agencies that serve the foster care community and is a member of the Family Safety Alliance for the 12th Circuit where she represents the faith-based community. When she was 15 years old, Callie's family adopted a baby girl through the foster care system. That experience changed her life and gave her a heart for children in foster care. Callie spent time working in orphanages in Romania and Guatemala before earning her degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina. Callie then went on to earn her juris doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. During her time in law school, Callie interned with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, D.C. where she worked closely with former foster youth serving as Congressional interns. She also served as a Guardian ad Litem and volunteered with the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco. Callie has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2008 and has practiced family law, worked in higher education, and served as the executive director of Pregnancy Solutions prior to joining the team at The Twig. Callie and her husband Nate are the proud parents of three children - Patrick, Grace, & David - and they are actively involved as members of Lift Church in Venice.