Tiffany Kraker // President
Taking a stand for the vulnerable is just one area that Tiffany focuses on. She works to bring systemic change through education, reformation, and relationships. Her extensive background in Creative Services Management for non-profit, government organizations, and small business are what help to make the Michigan Fosters dream a reality.
Tiffany and her husband, Andrew provide emergency foster care for children all across the state of Michigan. They have 5 daughters both biological and adopted.
Wendi Kapenga // Vice President
Encouraging youth and helping them engage in life by finding activities they love is something Wendi is passionate about. You will often find her volunteering at church or school. Professionally, she has spent her career working in financial services marketing and education non-profit.
She is a foster parent along with her husband Dave. They have 2 daughters and a son.
Erin Beyer // Secretary
A strong & passionate advocate for kids and families. Erin has spent her life working as a camp counselor, Sunday school teacher, doula, and foster parent. She’s also served on a preschool parent board and as camp Assistant Director. Currently, she is an elementary school paraprofessional.
She and her husband, Ryan, have 4 daughters both biological and adopted.
Margarita Hughes // Member
Committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the child welfare community is at the forefront of Margarita’s goals. She’s taken her BA in Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Public Administration, to focus on research and analysis, program operations, public policy, leadership, and diversity. She takes all of this along with her 10 years of working as a child welfare professional to create programming that will educate others on the disproportionality of children of color in foster care, and creating an environment where children and families can work alongside child welfare professionals to establish realistic and attainable goals towards reunification.
Margarita resides in Holland, with her husband, Troy, their 3 children, and 2 dogs.
liz sharda // Member
Care for the caregivers- parents, foster parents, social workers- is where Liz’s passion lies. She knows firsthand how challenging these roles can be, having worked for several years in the child welfare system in a variety of capacities (residential treatment, foster care, trauma treatment) before pursuing her PhD in social work. She is currently a professor of social work, educating future social workers on how to care for others effectively while also caring for themselves.
Liz and her husband, Brian, have been foster parents for over ten years. They have one biological daughter, one long-term foster daughter, and a new foster grandchild.
Mitch neubert // Member
Enabling kids to have the opportunity to just be kids is what Mitch is most passionate about. He has spent his career working in the non-profit fundraising field, working for a variety of higher ed and social service organizations. He’s currently the Donor Relations Manager for a West Michigan-based non-profit, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, which focuses on supporting those on a cancer journey, as well as those experiencing grief due to any cause. Additionally, he serves on the missions committee at his church, Faith CRC, and as a CASA for Ottawa County.
Mitch and his wife Marissa are currently foster parents of two siblings.
Kate Chrisman // Member
(Zeeland Board of Public Works)
Holding the belief that all children have the right to be cared for in a loving, equitable, supportive environment, Kate hopes that her experiences, wisdom and passion can help create a warm loving aura for all children. She comes to Michigan Fosters with for-profit, non-profit and government accounting skills and is committed to spending her time making a presence for change. Kate holds the role of Utility Accounting and Finance manager for the Zeeland Board of Public Works and also serves on the Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals Board of Directors.
Kate is a single mother to two teenage girls.