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Board of Directors

Jo Anne Osborn

Board President

Jo Anne Osborn works as a WCDS Operations Deputy Director for Public Assistance Software applications to meet regulatory and business policy requirements for a consortium of 18 of the California Counties. As one of the founding Board of Directors for Chrysalis House, the vision of creating families is at the forefront of all that we do. Jo Anne provides a wealth of experience in human services, management and leadership to Chrysalis House. She believes every child deserves a loving environment in which to learn and grow.

Dawn Kennedy

Board Vice President

Dawn Kennedy had the privilege of working with founder, Jo Kuhlman, on the adoption of her daughter in 1995. As an attorney, Dawn had a great appreciation of the agency's ethics, efficiency and devotion to children in need of a forever home. It is her way of honoring Jo's memory and the agency she built with love and dedication by serving on the Board. Jo's vision lives on in the goals we strive to maintain. Dawn has been a member of the Board since 2002.

Ron Davey

Board Secretary/ Treasurer

Ron Davey has served on the Board since Chrysalis House's inception in 1985. He currently serves as the Board Secretary/Treasurer. Ron is a retired Auto Mechanic of the County of Fresno. His mother-in-law was the founder of Chrysalis House and he believes in helping children and families to become ONE.

Carrie Wade

Board Member

Carrie Wade worked for Chrysalis House as an Office Assistant before becoming a Board Member in 1998. The founder, Carrie's great-grandmother, believed that Carrie's aspirations in the field of education would lend a unique voice to the Board. Carrie currently lives and teaches in Wisconsin where she has two beautiful children who are her world and inspiration. Though she has moved to Wisconsin, she continues to believe in Chrysalis House's objectives and enjoys being involved in guiding the mission and vision of the Founder.

Lyle Ens

Board Member

Lyle Ens was born and raised in Fresno. He is a business owner with a background in finance. He is also an adoptive parent that understands both the needs of adoptive families and the goals of Chrysalis House. Lyle joined the Chrysalis House Board in 2006.

Mark Pearce

Board Member

Mark Pearce is a Senior Vice President with Umpqua Bank. He has over 20 years of experience in banking and finance. He serves on the Finance and Quality Control sub-committees of the board since 2008. Mark and his wife are proud adoptive parents and are grateful to Chrysalis House for their forever family.

Christina Toste

Board Member

Christina Toste is a Pediatric Clinical Pharmacist at Children's Hospital Central California. She is an adoptive parent, serves on the Parent Advisory Committee at her child's elementary school, and has been a Board Member at Chrysalis House, Inc. since 2008.

Lisa Herman

Board Member

Lisa Herman is a wife, mother of three beautiful children and full-time employee of Quinn Caterpillar. She and her husband have two adult daughters, 22 and 19, and a 13 year old son who they adopted when he was four through the Chrysalis House, Inc. Fost/Adopt program. Lisa has over 23 years of business experience, along with a BA in Business Management and a Masters Degree in Business Leadership Studies, both through Fresno Pacific University. Her leadership roles and business experience, previously as a credit manager, and now working to identify and educate others in customer experience as a Customer Experience Champion, have helped her bring a few specific skills to the Chrysalis House, Inc. Board of Directors since 2012 such as: negotiation, leadership, and most importantly, her experience as an adoptive parent.

Nicole Searcy

Board Member

Nicole Searcy has been in service with Chrysalis House since 2014. Her passion in volunteering for the community brought her to Chrysalis House. She wants to make a difference in the lives of their families and bring this non-profit adoption agency to the light in its community by putting on community events and fundraisers that help cultivate an awareness of their mission. Nicole believes in the work that Chrysalis House does and wants to help impact the lives of those in need.

Patty McLane

Board Member

Patty McLane is a Registered Nurse who recently retired from a lengthy nursing career. During her nursing career, Patty completed her BA degree in Management of Human Resources through Fresno Pacific University. On a personal note, Patty is married and has 3 step-children and several grandchildren. She is also a birth mother who made the difficult decision to place her daughter for adoption. As a birth mother, Patty knows the emotional heartache this decision brings while at the same time understanding the joy created for an adopting family. Because of her experience as a birth mother, she had volunteered as a counselor at the Pregnancy Care Center. Through this experience she was fortunate to have helped facilitate an open adoption for a young teenage girl and the family who adopted her baby. Through her professional and personal life, Patty brings her strong leadership skills, as well as compassion and empathy to the Chrysalis House Board of Directors since 2014.

Tristan Keller

Board Member

Tristan is a Business Development Manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Fresno and Has been working in the non-profit industry for the last 4 years. She is passionate about Chrysalis House because she is an adoptee and has a successful open adoption. Tristan wants to impact Chrysalis House and the community it serves by raising awareness about open adoption through speaking engagements and community fundraisers.

Jenelle Osborn

Board Member

Jenelle Osborn is currently an Executive Secretary for Community Medical Centers. She has 8 years of previous experience working at a local nonprofit organization and has recently had secretarial work experience in the field of education at Fresno County Superintendent of Schools and UCSF Fresno Medical Education Program. She believes in the objectives of CHI and wants to support the process of creating families. She brings skills in office management, graphic design, and event planning to the table and has been a board member since August of 2016.

Katy Damm

Board Member

Katy is the owner of a local small business, Swell Swim School. Prior to opening the swim school, Katy worked as an elementary school teacher. Katy and her family are currently serving as a host family for Safe Families, an organization to provide short term care for children in crisis. As an adoptee, she is passionate about what Chrysalis House is doing in the community and hopes to promote positive education around adoption.

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