Kansas Family Advisory Network is comprised of staff who are parent partners, adoptive parents, former foster parents, kinship parents, community partners and those who have a love to serve others.
Executive Director & KFAN Therapist
Min. Nina Shaw-Woody, LMSW
True ministry is being able to help and empower those who find themselves in the midst of life struggles and do not know where to turn. True ministry is aiding those who feel down trodden and less fortunate and are looking for someone who believes in them and who accepts them as they are. True ministry is being able to serve your neighbor, your community and all those who may cross your path in life.
Assisting families in creating a new vision for themselves and then equipping them with the tools to be successful in their own right is very rewarding. Nina has a love for families and a passion to make a difference not only to those families involved in child welfare but also to families who desire to bring about positive change to impact their future. Many have heard Nina say that she felt like the "Saint Teresa" of child welfare as it gives her the ability to work and serve the "least of these" to speaking before organizations CEO's and staff, to Senators and Legislatures on behalf of those who may be struggling across Kansas. Nina feels it is a true honor to serve and represent the families of Kansas.
Nina is an ordained Minister of the Gospel, has a Masters of Social Work degree from Newman University and a Bachelors degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Friends University. Nina acknowledges that she was "called" to be a social worker just as much as she was called to be a minister of the gospel.
Nina and her husband Conway Woody are the proud parents of eight beautiful children and 15 grandchildren.
Kinship Family Engagement Supervisor
Gloria Calderon, Dodge City
I have been with KFAN for two years and I love serving families in my community in any way I can. We all go through struggles and no one is perfect. St. Theresa of Calcutta once said, "We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love." The thing I love most about my position is doing those small things with great love. Great love for God and others. Please let us know how we can be of service to you or your family.
Family Special Parent Advocate
Kassi McDowell, Topeka
I am a parent advocate with Kansas Family Advisory Network. The reason why I came to KFAN, is because I love this ministry and it was all about restoring families. We work with all kinds of families, and my family was one of the families that KFAN helped. We are here to assist in strengthening families across Kansas.
President - Nina Shaw-Woody
Vice President - Kerri Burr
Secretary - Amber Jewell
Treasurer - Margarita Carlson
Dennis Dixon - Board Chaplain