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, hike, read, lose at dominoes, cards, and Guesstures when playing with my family, and play way too much Word Streak 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 Education. 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, Director of Community Engagement

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. Life with three wild boys is never clean, quiet, or dull, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Cressa Megown

Cressa MegownOnline Education Project Manager & Executive Assistant

Cressa manages all projects related to Online Education including our 4 online learning centers.  She also works her behind the scenes magic on the website and inquiries.

Things I do in my spare time:

I spend part of everyday outside feeding horses, feeding chickens and sometimes feeding 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.

Tracy Whitney, Content Manager

Tracy is our social media guru who manages all of our online accounts as well as writes and edits various types of content for the website.

Things I do in my spare time:

I like to read brainless light-hearted fiction, do lunch with a girlfriend, or watch cheesy movies with a big bowl of popcorn and my kitties on my lap.

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

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 love parks, trails, and transit, and try to live my life in close proximity to all three things. Autumn is my favorite season.


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