Creating a Family Staff

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. She also 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.

Melissa McFarland, 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

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.

Cressa Megown, Online Education Director

Cressa manages all projects related to Online Education.  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 – 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

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.