The staff focuses primarily on the organization and operations of the Foster Family Network. They work alongside the other staff, the board members and the volunteers to ensure we are functioning in the most efficient and effective manner possible and to manage the overall direction of your network.
Jennifer Karaim, Executive Director
Jennifer brought experience in project support to community based initiatives and business with her when she joined the Manitoba Foster Family Network staff team 6 years ago. She has carried a number of roles within the organization including Intake Coordinator and Project Manager. In February 2017, Jennifer became the Executive Director. Jennifer works passionately to strengthen Manitoba Foster Family Network, and is honored to lead such a dynamic staff team.
Ashley Prefontaine, Executive Assistant
Ashley has been with the Manitoba Foster Family Network since April 2015. She started as the Administrative Assistant and is now the Executive Assistant. Prior to working at The Network, Ashley completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Winnipeg. With a passion for helping people and experience answering crisis calls Ashley is a critical first-contact on the Peer Support Program. Ashley always has a smile on her face and is willing to work hard until a problem is resolved.
Terri McNaughton-Wright, Education Coordinator
Along with my great partner and husband Bradson, I have worked in many areas of the Child Welfare arena in two provinces, over 35 years. Providing foster care, frontline delivery of programs, development and implementation of programs, diverse emerging ideologies and related programs has been a constant in my work history and life. With my combined education and life experiences I am confident that I will be able to provide support and direction with the current and future education programs of the Manitoba Foster Family Network.
A great joy has been the time spent with many foster children and their families on their journey. It is a gift to be cherished. It continues to enhance our family experience. I am inspired by the kindness and dedication of foster and kinship parents.
Brad Wright, Curriculum Writer/Community Development Worker
Brad is a 35 year veteran of fostering. He has a passion for strengthening foster parent skill development through education. This passion has led Brad to develop numerous programs that emphasize strategies, tools, and skills to empower foster and kinship parents to become members of the professional team.
Charlotte Sauder, North Community Development Worker
As the Community Development Worker for the North, Charlotte can be found at 621 Main Street, Swan River. Charlotte has a keen interest in delivering MFFN programming to our Northern Communities. Charlotte brings the ability to engage and connect with families, years of life experience, education in Social Work and the willingness to learn from others.
Larissa Wilton, Accounting
Larissa has been working in the finance industry for 9+ years. Larissa graduated Red River College with a Business Admin Diploma and continues to grow academically taking numerous courses. Larissa enjoys learning more about the Manitoba Foster Family Network every day and loves the people she gets to work with.
Haley Stodgell, Administrative Assistant
Haley joins the staff of the Manitoba Foster Family Network after many years welcoming guests and planning events. She hopes to use the skills she has acquired in that role to help the kinship and foster parents of Manitoba feel welcome when phoning or visiting the Network office in Winnipeg.
Craig Collins, South Community Development Worker
Prior to joining the Network Craig worked at Metis CFCS from 2007-17 predominantly as a Resource Development Social Worker with their Alternative Care Department. From 1995 – 2006 Craig worked in Thompson, Manitoba supervising group homes then joined B&L Resources working with their team of kinship and foster parents. Craig is passionate about supporting foster and kinship parents. Craig looks forward to his new role with the Network to further enhance his skill set to better serve kinship and foster parents in Manitoba.