The Team


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.


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.

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 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.