Kansas Family Advisory Network (KFAN), 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. Meet KFAN's Leaders.
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 19 grandchildren.
Kinship Program Manager and Ombudsman
Randi Halonen, Statewide
Randi Halonen serves at KFAN knowing that she can't change the world but she can make a difference for those whom God puts in her path. Randi is a natural encourager and embraces every opportunity she gets to empower families. Because of her love for and belief in the ministry, Randi enjoys her time in the community sharing the mission of KFAN.
Lead Family Engagement Supervisor
LaKisha Johnson, Statewide
LaKisha, also known as Kisha, is passionate about serving children and families. Kisha serves on many boards in her local community to ensure children and families have what they need. Kisha also believes in collaborating with community partners because she knows it takes a village to help families.
Family Engagement Supervisor/Practicum Supervisor
Deneice "Neicey" Flemming, Wichita
Deneice, also known as Neicey, has worked with families involved in child welfare for many years. Neicey is committed to ensure families have what they need to be successful. It is important that caregivers voices are heard and that they understand the process in navigating the child welfare system because they are the experts of their children. Families should never give up the hope in bringing their children safely home. Deneice believes that restoration of a family is possible.
KFAN Staff (from left to right)
Randi Halonen - Kinship Program Manager - Wichita
Min. Nina Shaw-Woody - Executive Director
Laura Chavez-Delgado - Special Parent Advocate - Dodge City
Deneice Flemming - Family Engagement Supervisor - Wichita
Carol Roberts - Special Parent Advocate - Wichita
Luis Villavalverde - Special Parent Advocate - Dodge City
LaKisha Johnson - Lead Family Engagement Supervis - Coffeyville
Kassi McDowell - Special Parent Advocate - Topeka
Missing from picture:
Drenda Canidy - Family Engagement Specialist - Wichita
Haylie Bagwell - Special Parent Advocate - Coffeyville
Mary Ward - Therapist - Wichita
President - Min. Nina Shaw-Woody, Wichita
Vice President - open
Secretary - Amber Jewell, LeRoy
Treasurer - KImberli Lee, Wichita
Toletha Dean, Coffeyville
Laura Henriques, Wichita
Michelle Goldston, Olathe