Brannon and her husband, Wade, have been married for 13 years and have three biological children. Currently a stay-at-home mom, Brannon is an active member of First Baptist Church Knoxville where she and Wade lead a small group for young adults. After spending some time caring for abandoned babies during a mission trip to South Africa a few years ago, Brannon became interested in finding ways to support foster care and adoption. She is excited to volunteer for KAFCAM and support families in their foster/adoption journey.
Zerita and her husband, Brian, have been married for over a decade and
have adopted two children, Zebedee and Zoe, domestically. Both adoptions are open and include sharing photos, texts, phone calls, and visits multiple times a year with each birth family. Zerita taught for Knox County Schools for seventeen years and is currently an educational tutor. She serves on the Compassion Ministry team and the Foster Care and Adoption Ministry team at her church. She also volunteers monthly with a group of area birth moms through a program that seeks to support these women that was created by a local adoption agency.
Michael and Candi Clark have been married for over 14 years, have two bio children, Elianna (11) and Judah (8). They have been DCS Foster Parents for over 4 years during which they had multiple placements, 2 of which led to adoptions (Levi-3; Josie-1). Life is full, as Michael is the Executive Director of an Urban Youth Ministry called KICKO (Knoxville Inner City Kids Outreach) and Lead Pastor of Emmanuel Assembly of God in East Knoxville. Michael also serves with the KCSO Chaplain Corp, while Candi leads worship at both the church as well for other groups in town. They have a heart to see children and families walk in wholeness, experiencing their created purpose, and the renewal of their city-one person, one family…at a time.
I am blessed to have been married to my best friend since 1998, and we
have four children. Our two oldest were adopted via international
adoption, and our two youngest via foster care. I am the director of
Compassion Closet, which provides foster and adoptive families with
clothes and baby items. Adoption and foster care are very close to our
hearts, and we are burdened and pray for more families to rise up to
care for the fatherless.
Chris Graves married Anne, a Midwest farmer’s daughter, in 2001. We have two biological sons, and we adopted our third son in 2011 from northern China. Our home is busy with trick shots, aspiring YouTubers, perpetual science projects, and two entertaining bulldogs. Chris and Anne have been active with KAFCAM, Fostering Hearts, The Empty Cup coffeehouse, and other adoption/foster care ministries for several years.
Communications / Social Media
Leslie Nack and her husband, Andy, started their family by fostering and adopting their three sons in 2012 and then welcoming a daughter by birth a year later. Their family now also includes a grandson as well as sons’ birth sister and her boyfriend. Leslie holds a degree in marketing and public relations from the University of Tennessee. Most recently she has worked as a Foster Parent Trainer and now as Event Coordinator for Harmony Family Center. In her spare time, you can find her with a cup of strong coffee, listening to a podcast and cheering on her beloved Vols.
Sherry Denise Sewell, born in Knoxville, Tn. Mother of three adult children and seven grandchildren. Member of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ, Inc., Born again Christian and servant of Jesus Christ. Department of Children Services Worker for the past 24 years. Hobbies include reading the Bible and other Biblical material, serving as a deaconess, serving as a Sunday School, serving as a church choir member, serving as a church van driver, serving annually in the Mission of Hope Ministry in the Appalachian area, walking, swimming, serving in a monthly feeding and nursing home ministry and spending quality time with my grandchildren who are the joy of my life.
Community Connection Coordinator
Sara and her husband have been married since 2008. They have four beautiful children that were adopted from foster care. Sara stays at home and homeschools their children. They are involved in student ministry at their church. They were foster parents for 5 years until they closed their home after their fourth adoption but want to continue supporting other foster/adoptive parents and supporting the community. Sara is excited to be helping serve the adoption community with KAFCAM. When she get spare time, Sara enjoys reading, bargain shopping, and planning her next trip.
The Millers have 2 adopted girls from Ghana and two biological sons. Kristin also has 3 adopted siblings from Guatemala. She works as the East TN Community Coordinator for TN Kids Belong and serves as the lay leader of the adoption and foster care ministry at Fellowship Church.