About

Our Founders

Mike & Mandy Gallagher

Mike Gallagher and his wife, Mandy have six beloved children. Their youngest three children were adopted, one daughter domestically and boy and girl twins from Uganda. Flowing from years of experience with adoption, with special needs, and with building strategic partnerships to help more children like those they adopted, Mike and Mandy Gallagher co-founded The Chosen & Dearly Loved Foundation in 2014. Mike volunteers full-time as President.

Mike and Mandy are majority owners of Educational Outfitters, a U.S. franchisor of school uniform retailers. He previously served as a Managing Director of Denver-based private equity firm, Gallagher Industries. Mike currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Christian Alliance For Orphans (CAFO) and the International Advisory Board of University of the Nations. He previously served as a founding Board member of Ekisa Ministries International.

Leadership Team & Technical Advisors

James & Millie Snook

James & Millie Snook

Board of Directors

In his two-decade career with Starbucks, James Snook served in a range of business and technology leadership roles, including most recently as vice president of emerging platforms and innovation. In this position, James played a principal role in many mergers and acquisitions that helped expand Starbucks’capabilities and leadership around the globe. Previously, Snook served as a top systems consultant to large enterprises, including US Bank, General Electric, Boeing and Microsoft. Millie is actively involved in her church, and in all aspects of her children’s lives. She and James have been long-time advocates of orphans.James, Millie and their four children live in Redmond, Washington.

Daryl & Cathy Heald

Daryl & Cathy Heald

Directors

Daryl began his career in commercial real estate. In 1997 he joined the Maclellan Foundation executive committee and has since helped lead its global grant-making strategy. Beginning in 2000, Daryl helped launch several organizations, including Generous Giving, Giving Wisely and Global Generosity. He works with families on four continents regarding their philanthropy, and actively invests private equity into businesses with social impact. Daryl holds a BS degree in economics from Westmont College. He and his wife, Cathy, reside in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and have nine children.

Michele Schneidler

Michele Schneidler

President and COO

Michele leads our growth strategy implementation, high-performance team building, and process improvement. A champion for families overcoming trauma and special needs, she co-founded Refresh, the world’s largest conference for foster and adoptive parents. Michele led child permanence nonprofits for 10 years, and served 13 years in HR leadership and Executive Management at Boeing, Microsoft and Milgard.

Andrew Schneidler

Andrew Schneidler

Technical Advisor of Child Permanence Law/Policy

Andrew is founding attorney behind the Children’s Law Center of Washington, a 501(c)(3) law clinic offering free & low-cost legal services to achieve permanence for Washington State’s orphaned and vulnerable kids. Andrew and his wife Michele co-founded the Refresh Conference eight years ago. He is particularly passionate about the roles of dads in foster/adoptive families and, together with a few of his friends, he co-founded roadtripdads.com, the first-ever experience exclusively for, and designed by foster/adoptive dads.

Brandon Stiver

Brandon Stiver

Director of Community and Church Engagement

Brandon has worked in the child welfare and nonprofit sectors for over ten years. Before joining 1MILLIONHOME, he led a family based care and advocacy program in Tanzania for several years. Brandon has also worked at a Tanzanian orphanage, in the Californian foster care system and at various churches. He has his Master’s Degree in Global Development and Justice and is passionate about indigenous leadership, community mobilization and seeing global entities come together to deliver the best care for at risk children.

Deborah Gray

Deborah Gray

Technical Advisor of Attachment and Trauma

Deborah advises on Child Welfare Issues of Permanency on a National and State level as well as working as a child and family therapist. Honored as the Henry Meier Practitioner in Residence at the University of WA, she has also taught in Post-graduate programs on trauma, attachment, and child welfare systems. Deborah is author of four books and the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Training on Attachment and Trauma in Children (ATTACh).

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