The Team

Founders

Mike and Mandy Gallagher, Co-Founders

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 their years of experience with adoption, with a variety of special needs, and with personally building strategic partnerships to help more children like those they adopted, they co-founded The Chosen & Dearly Loved Foundation. Mike volunteers full-time as President. Mike and Mandy are currently majority owners of Educational Outfitters, a U.S. franchisor of school uniform retailers. Mike served as CEO from 2008-2010, and currently serves as Chairman. 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. Mike, Mandy and their family live in the Chicago area.

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, he led and developed many industry-leading mobile and digital capabilities that drove new levels of customer loyalty and engagement. At Starbucks, James developed and led key strategic technology partnerships and new business ventures in digital content, mobile payments and loyalty, enhanced in-store experiences, and the first national Wi-Fi platform. He 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, running hundreds of projects that laid the groundwork for him helping Starbucks scale successfully through years of tremendous growth. 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.

Board

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.>

Leadership Team

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.

Chris Page, Kenya Field Director

A West Point grad with a Masters in Public Policy, Chris leads 125 missionaries and employees, managing operations of child rehabilitation / family reunification centers in two Kenya cities. He pioneered a world-leading solution in orphan care providing permanent families to over 700 orphaned children annually. He previously served leadership roles in the US Army and information management sector.

Jonathan Dowell, Global Services Director

Jonathan serves as the Director of Expansion for Agape Children's Ministry. In this role, he is responsible for planting new Agape locations, training & consulting with outside organizations, and sharing The Agape Model with the broader community. Prior to this, Jonathan worked 10+ years in the IT industry as an engineer, IT Project Manager, and in Business Process Management.

Winfred Otieno, Trauma Rehabilitation

Winfred serves as the Manager of Rehabilitation for Agape Children’s Ministry. Over the last 17 years Winfred has served as a teacher and manager in almost every department on campus and has intimate knowledge of how the Agape Model works on the ground. She served Agape’s flagship campus for 16 years and was promoted in 2018 to help with the startup of Agape Kitale as key mentor and leader.

Senior Technical Advisors

Andrew Schneidler, Technical Advisor of Child Permanece Law/Policy

Andrew is founding attorney behind the Children’s Law Center of Washington, a 501c3 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. Andrew 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 foster/adoptive dads designed by foster/adoptive dads. Andrew loves to cook and share a meal with good friends and is a proud member of "The World's Okayest Dad" club (he's got the shirt to prove it).

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 the topics of 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).

Carrie Blaske, Technical Advisor of Trauma Informed Caregiving

Carrie Blaske has been providing trauma caregiving education and training since 2006. She is a certified trainer of the late Karyn Purvis’ Empowered To Connect curriculum as well as David and Jayne Schooler’s Trauma Competent Caregiver Curriculum. Carrie has a passion for equipping and supporting caregivers who raise kids from hard places and is a registered Holy Yoga Instructor, practicing in the Seattle area.