Creating a Family Staff
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, pickleball (stupid name, but a fun game) hike, read, lose at dominoes, cards, and Guesstures when playing with my family, and play way too much Wordle.
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, Assistant Director
Jamie is a Jack (or Jill) of all trades. She manages projects and relationships with partners and handles all the details related to the website and technology.
Things I do in my spare time: I enjoy traveling and exploring new places with my family. We especially like camping adventures in our VW bus.
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.
Cressa Megown, Operations Director
Cressa keeps us organized. She is our prime project manager and our LMS (learning management system) guru. She also works her behind-the-scenes magic on the website and inquiries.
Things I do in my spare time: I spend part of every day outside feeding horses, chickens, and sometimes bees . . . or cleaning up after all of them. You might find me on the tractor, in the garden, collecting eggs, petting the cat, or even walking the dog. When that’s all done, I cook, read, or just sit.
What you really need to know about me: After 22 years on the move, my husband and I are living our dream, down on the farm. We are a full house that includes three children (one out of the house), a dog, a cat, two horses, nine chickens, and a beehive. My best friend (my husband) and I love to work on our property, hang out in nature, or follow our children throughout their many activities and adventures.
Melissa Stegle, Development Director
Melissa assists with the development goals for the organization. This includes fund development, grants, marketing, & relationship development with partners.
Things I do in my spare time: I love cooking and trying new recipes. Also, as a fairly new resident of western North Carolina, I love exploring the mountain trails with my dog and fiancé. After a hike, you can find us checking out a local restaurant or brewery and relaxing.
What you really need to know about me: I am a people person! I enjoy meeting new people and creating relationships.
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, camp, kayak, and yard work (big property=lots of work)
What you really need to know about me: I love my wife and my kids and I love my life.
Tracy Whitney, Content Manager
Tracy is our social media guru who manages all of our online accounts, main administrator as well as writes and edits various types of content for the website. She reviews books for our Best of the Best Adoption book list for kids broken out by type of adoption and age of the child.
Things I do in my spare time: I like to read – I’m always seeking a balance of light fiction and equipping non-fiction. I love to do lunch with a friend or one of my grown-up kids. I also love a good rom-com movie on a quiet night.
What you really need to know about me: I am an organizational geek and I like to make “systems” for just about anything. I have 6 kids and my happiest days are the times we can all be together in one place. Now that my oldest 3 are adults, I’m re-learning how to cook smaller portions. New recipes make me giddy.
Cait Johnson, Content Manager
Cait adds content to our site and is responsible for much of the content in Parent Support Group Curriculum & CE.
Things I do in my spare time: Read, write, run, and 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.
Sarah Moser, Prenatal Exposure Content & Training Development
Sarah has been instrumental in the development and implementation of our prenatal exposure training. She has worked alongside experts to develop the content, outline videos, and work with teachers, preschool teachers, daycare providers, after school providers, and foster parents to pilot the program.
Things I do in my spare time: Play the piano, hike, backpack, mountain bike, fish with my husband, and travel, often to see my children.
What you really need to know about me: I love kids! I retired from teaching elementary music for over 30 years and love spending time with my husband and our two adult daughters.My husband and I are also licensed foster parents.
Jacob Bullard, Video Guy
Jacob is our videographer and animation creator.
Adopted into a family of outdoor enthusiasts, he immediately fell in love with the outdoors, all things traveling and learning how to see the world in different ways. “As I grew older I expanded my leadership and outdoor knowledge while simultaneously creating a passion of being able to share and capture the world through my eyes.”
Things I do in my spare time: I love going out and getting lost in the woods either hiking, biking, climbing or whatever you’d expect at a summer camp. Skating and surfing when available to me are also fun outlets.
What you need to know about me: My nickname growing up was Mowgli from The Jungle Book because I would climb everywhere and eat bananas.