A team approach

The Regional Alliance uses a team approach to reach our goals of promoting regional unity, awareness, and equipping as we mobilize our community to protect kids and strengthen families. We have a number of different groups that serve specific purposes:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

An advisory committee guiding the Regional Alliance to ensure our organization exceeds expectations

Alliance staff

Our team dedicated to coordinating events, resources, member services and communication

REGIONAL LEADERS

Local experts who are helping kids & families  and willing to share their knowledge to equip others

 

Board of directors

Sandy Runner - Board Chair

Sandy is a mom of 4 kids – James (11), Haylie (13), Raider (26) and his wife Jennifer. She has been married to her best friend, Micah, for 20 years. Sandy has been deeply active in children’s ministry all of her life, starting in the 6th grade when she regularly volunteered her lunch recess to help in the special needs classes. That's when God planted a seed in her heart for loving and serving others. Throughout middle school and high school she served in the children’s areas of women’s shelters, and in college she launched a weekly Sunday School ministry for kids in the low-income housing area of downtown Sacramento. God used this ministry to create a passion in her for fatherless children. Early in their marriage Micah and Sandy felt called to become foster parents and they were placed with a 12-year old boy, Raider, who was looking to be adopted. God called them further into orphan care ministry and Sandy has worked over the past 10 years to help launch church orphan ministries and other foster care related programs, including Safe Families, which allowed Micah and Sandy to host additional children in their home. Sandy feels blessed to have found her passion and God’s call on her life to "defend the cause of the fatherless." 

Tiffany Loeffler - Board Member

Tiffany first became passionate about advocating for vulnerable kids in 2010 after a mission trip to Haiti. Over the next 7 years, she and her husband Matt returned to Haiti many times leading short-term mission teams while also launching a local church-based orphan care ministry. Tiffany is a church ministry coach for the Christian Alliance for Orphans and out of her passion for unity and collaboration she founded Defending the Cause Regional Alliance in 2016. She now heads up the Board of Directors and works as the Executive Director. She is passionate about unity, helping people find their purpose, and mobilizing the community to serve in ways that strengthen families and protect kids. Matt & Tiffany have 2 amazing kids, James & Laurie, who they adopted from Haiti in 2017 after a 6 1/2 process.

Dave Bowers - Board Member

Dave and his beautiful bride, Sue, have been married for 40 years and have 4 grown children and 11 grandchildren.  Dave, who has been active in youth ministry for 20 years, serves with Sue as the Directors of Royal Family Kids Camp - Brentwood and works as the Outreach Coordinator for Safe Refuge for Children + Families. He is also the Short Term Care Regional Leader for the Alliance and a certified foster parent.

Megan McCleary - Board Member

Megan and her husband Matthew have been married for four years. They currently serve as Children and Youth Directors at Hope Presbyterian Church in Folsom, CA where they love teaching children and youth to know, love and serve God. Megan is also the Director of Serve United, an organization that helps churches activate gospel sharing initiatives through acts of service. Megan and Matthew are a few years into an international adoption process in Ghana, Africa where they eagerly await to bring a child home into their family.

Ricardo Garza - Board Member

Ricardo has been married to his wife, Tiffany, for ten years. They have four vivacious children Penny, Jude, Ryland, and Skyler. Their two youngest were adopted through foster care. He is currently a graduate student at Western Seminary studying to become a licensed marriage and family therapist. In addition to pursuing his masters in counseling, he is a support Pastor at Southport Church in West Sacramento.  His passion is to partner with God to help bring transformation and healing to parents, children, and families.

Sally Beaudry - Board Member

Sally is a follower of Jesus, has been married to her husband Bob for 26 years, and is mom to Gregory and Nikky.  Through her law practice, Beaudry Law Offices, Inc., she has assisted many people in need from wills and trusts to nonprofit formations, from drafting and reviewing all kinds of contracts to referring people to legal specialists.  Her passion is to care for widows and orphans and to share the love of Jesus through prayer and action.

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regional Alliance Staff

Tiffany Loeffler - Executive Director

Tiffany first became passionate about advocating for vulnerable kids in 2010 after a mission trip to Haiti. Over the next 7 years, she and her husband Matt returned to Haiti many times leading short-term mission teams while also launching a local church-based orphan care ministry. Tiffany is a church ministry coach for the Christian Alliance for Orphans and out of her passion for unity and collaboration she founded Defending the Cause Regional Alliance in 2016. She believes that every child deserves a family who loves them and that we’re all called to make a difference for the kids and families struggling around us. Tiffany and Matt have 2 amazing kids, James (12) & Laurie (15), who were adopted from Haiti in 2017 after a miraculous 6 1/2 year international adoption process.

Heidi White - Church Relations Director

Heidi majored in Sociology in college and began her career with Koinonia Family Services where she worked for 4 years (2 years as Child care Counselor in group homes and 2 years as clerk in adoptions). While working in the group home, Heidi felt called to ministry and joined staff at Bayside Church in 2013 as the Women’s Student Life Director of Thrive School (a 9 month internship program for college students). Her favorite thing in life is to see people encounter Jesus and through discipleship Heidi gets to walk alongside people as they pursue God and His call on their life. Her passion for foster care and adoptions began when she was 15 years old and currently Heidi feels called to help connect the heart of the Father with the hearts and homes of the Church.

Michelle Kopkash - Member Services Director

Michelle began helping foster youth in 2015 with a community-wide coat and pajama drive, where she collected over 250 new winter coats and PJs for local foster youth.  She soon realized that no matter how many items were provided, there would always be another need and that the greatest need of all was for these children to feel accepted and loved within a family. With a heart motivated by God's love for at-risk and foster youth, Michelle became a regular volunteer at Koinonia Family Services and Blossom Place. Her mission is to help kids know they are worthy and deeply loved while also finding creative ways to provide for their physical needs and desires so that they can experience childhood.  Michelle was named Koiniona’s volunteer of the year in 2018, she serves as a chaplain at Bayside Adventure Church, and is part of their memorial team. Michelle and her husband, T.J., have two amazing children (Kaden and Kyla), one gentle dog (Jammer) and a stubborn cat (Nala), and all of them enjoy spending time outdoors.

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regional leaders

Prevention Leaders

Mike Mason - Strengthening Men/Fathers Leader

Mike Mason is the Program Manager of Education & Outreach at KidsFirst Counseling and Family Resource Centers. He is a graduate of the Defense School of Public Affairs & has a B.A. in Communication Studies as well as two Professional Life Coaching certifications. A father of 2 adult children, Mike’s background is Marketing & Public Relations, but he found a new passion in social causes - particularly in advocating for child abuse prevention as well as positive father involvement. In addition to his community relations & development duties at KidsFirst, he teaches Mandated Reporting, Child Abuse Signs & Symptoms and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Awareness in Placer County as well as leads his agency’s Forever Fathers dads support groups.