Safe Families for Children of Central Indiana (SFFCCI) is excited to announce we have selected our 2020 Leadership Council! What is a Leadership Council? A team of Christian men and women external to SFFCCI that will surround us in prayer, support and accountability. They will provide leadership advice, fundraising support and innovative, strategic thinking. The Leadership Council will work closely with SFFCCI’s Director, Lanna Blanchard, as we move forward as a church-led, volunteer-driven movement.
Get to know our Leadership Council by reading their profiles below, which include their connection with Safe Families and/or why they felt called to serve (listed in alphabetical order):
Debbie Baldwin is the former President of Kaleo. She has been a long-time supporter of Safe Families and is grateful God has called her to be on the Leadership Council because Safe Families lovingly cares for vulnerable children while also helping placing parents take important steps to improve their lives. Debbie’s favorite verse is Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Conner Bland is the Founder of Terra Capital. He and his wife, Kaitlyn, have been hosts and supporters of Safe Families since 2014. They believe deeply in the passion and mission of Safe Families for Children to enter into the space of the vulnerable child to bring Jesus’s love, hospitality, stability and support to families in crisis. Conner is eager to serve Safe Families in the role of Leadership Council member with vision and diligence. Conner’s favorite verses are Ephesians 2:4-6, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—”.
Sharon Gall is the President of Medical Billing Solutions. She and her husband, Andy, and their three children have been blessed to serve as a host family for multiple sibling groups through Safe Families. Sharon’s favorite verse is Proverbs 3: 5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Chris Haynes is a Financial Services Professional at MassMutual Midwest. He and his wife, Tara, felt called to engage in the Kingdom work of serving children and families in crisis, just as God has brought us into His family and showed us love and acceptance. His family had the honor of being the first host family of Safe Families for Children of Central Indiana in 2008. Since then, Chris’s family has hosted 16 children in their home. Chris’s favorite verse is Galatians 6:9, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”
Mindi McMillan owns a family business, Colonial Village Labradoodles. She first became involved with Safe Families as a host family with her husband and children. They have hosted numerous children after hearing God’s call to orphan care. Mindi loves Safe Families’ goals of reuniting the family, fully embracing the entire family by working with the placing parents as well and continually pointing them to the ultimate answer of what they need most in their lives — a relationship with Jesus. Mindi’s favorite verses are Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We want to thank each Leadership Council member for agreeing to volunteer their time to ensure we serve families in a God-centered way! Thank you for sharing your time and God-given gifts!