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    Dawn Davenport, Executive Director

    As Executive Director, Dawn sets the direction for Creating a Family, along with our Board. She produces educational content for the website weekly and plans and hosts our weekly radio show/podcast, where she interviews leading experts in the world of infertility and adoption. She also hangs out on our social media support groups.

    Things I do in my spare time:

    Run, tennis, hike, read, lose at dominoes, cards, and Guesstures when playing with my family, and play way too much Ruzzle on my phone.

    What you really need to know about me:

    I’m a bit of a research geek, and am living my dream getting to interview experts each week on the Creating a Family show. Oh, and I’m a mom of four through birth and adoption.

    Jamie Gilmore

    Jamie Gilmore, Assistant Director 

    Jamie keeps us organized and is in charge of our Online Adoption Education section and our Waiting Child section. She also handles all the details that slip past our Exec. Director.

    Things I do in my spare time:

    What spare time??? Things I would love to do if I had more time in the day: gardening, reading, hiking, running, swimming, yoga, art, travel.

    What you really need to know about me:

    I have two little boys and one “big boy” (my husband) who keep me on my toes and add great joy to my life.

    Peter Johnson

    Peter Johnson, Financial Manager

    Peter, otherwise known as “the money guy”, keeps the financial wheels on the Creating a Family bus.

    Things I do in my spare time:

    Swim for exercise, taking up kayaking, big property=lots of work

    What you really need to know about me:

    I love my wife, my kids and I love my life.

    Development Director, Carolyn Ashworth

     Carolyn Ashworth, Development Director 

    Carolyn is in charge of our grants, fundraising, and general financial health.

    Things I do in my spare time:

    In my spare time, I like to tackle ambitious cooking projects, listen to live music, and exercise. I especially like to run, even though a turtle running through peanut butter is probably faster than me. I’m also a podcast junkie and particularly love Serial, This American Life, RadioLab, and The Moth.

    What you really need to know about me:

    I have three little boys under the age of six, including a new little guy who was just born in September 2014. Life with three wild boys is never clean, quiet, or dull, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

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    Melanie Yeager, Executive Assistant 

    Melanie pretty much does everything, including our social media postings, correspondence with show guests, and working her behind-the-scenes magic on the website.

    Things I do in my spare time:

    I’ve recently gotten back into my old love of running and I like taking classes at the gym whenever it’s possible. I also enjoy being in nature, connecting with friends and family, and appreciating the finer things of life such as People Magazine and peanut M&M’s, preferably at the same time. 

    What you really need to know about me:

    My two little girls (ages 2 & 4) are my life along with my wonderful husband and our animal family. It’s a chaotic, busy, fun and silly life and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

    Cait Johnson

    Cait Johnson, Content Manager

    Cait adds content to our site, reviews adoption and infertility books, and is responsible for keeping the Adoption Comparison Charts up to date (no small feat).

    Things I do in my spare time:

    Read, write, run, play Candy Crush instead of cleaning my kitchen

    What you really need to know about me:

    I make travel plans around how many historic ruins I can see, I can hold entire conversations only quoting 30 Rock and I like cheese more than most people.

    Erin Crouse

    Erin Crouse, Content Manager

    Erin adds content to the site, and, in addition to our webmaster, is our go to for answering technology questions.

    Things I do in my spare time:

    Sing, read, hike, bike, knitting, yoga, origami, local politics, play piano

    What you really need to know about me:

    I use three forms of transportation to commute every weekday: car, bus, and bike! In addition to working for Creating a Family, I’m also a graduate student, so I’m not really sure what spare time is anymore. I hope to relearn that after I finish my thesis.


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