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Brannon Hulsey

Team Leader

Brannon and her husband, Wade, have been married for 15 years and have three biological children. Currently a stay-at-home mom, Brannon is an active member of First Baptist Church Knoxville. After spending some time caring for abandoned babies during a mission trip to South Africa in 2015, 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.

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Zerita Brockman

Conference Coordinator

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.

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Julie Gillen

Treasurer

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.

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Chris Graves

Communications

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.

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Sherry Sewell

DCS Liaison

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. 

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Mia Slager

Social Media / Marketing

Mia and her husband, Josh, grew up in Michigan and have lived in Knoxville for the last 12 years. They have been married for 20 years and have two biological sons. Mia leads The Village, which is the adoption and foster care ministry at Cornerstone Church of Knoxville where she and her husband are members. She also serves with many of the local adoption and foster care organizations including Compassion Closet, Isaiah 117 House, Tennessee Kids Belong, and the Department of Children's Services. She is honored to serve on the KAFCAM leadership team, and desires to see more people who are not adoptive and foster parents serve and care for those who are.

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Kristin Miller

Faith Community Liaison

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 in the adoption, foster and kinship care ministry at Fellowship Church.

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Melanie Cahill

Community Connection Coordinator

Melanie and her husband Bill have been married 35 years. They have
called Knoxville home since moving here from Maryland in 1994. They have 4 grown sons, 3 living here and their oldest in DC with his wife and their adorable son. Melanie is an active member at Fellowship West where she enjoys holding babies in the nursery. She works part-time and
volunteers with seniors living with dementia. She loves the vision of
KAFCAM and has been involved since the ministry’s inception.