Developer, relator, responsibility, empathy, belief
Likes: hiking and camping, painting, walks with her dog and husband, creative cooking, strong coffee, and red wine.
Dislikes: mushrooms, pessimism, closed blinds on sunny days.
McKayla is originally from lower Alabama and attended college and graduate school in east Tennessee. After obtaining her Master of Science in Holistic Child Development, she and her husband, AJ, spent three months working with a church in Nosara, Costa Rica. They landed in Marietta, Georgia, in the fall of 2019, beginning McKayla’s involvement with Atlanta Angels. McKayla is an international and domestic adoptions case worker, and has worked with children since she was 14 years old. Her heart is to see parents empowered to provide safe, healthy homes for their children through community support, attachment based interventions, and intentional relationships.
After working at Casa de Esperanza in Houston, Texas, as a foster parent, McKayla knew that her work within the foster care system was just beginning. For the first time, she truly understood that not all individuals were called to be foster or adoptive parents. Upon learning about Atlanta Angels, it was immediately clear that involvement within the National Angels family would be a perfect way to empower people to truly make a change in the lives of children and families in care. Through the mission of Atlanta Angels, McKayla hopes to see children in care develop secure attachments, foster families encouraged and supported in their work, and biological families empowered through relationship after reunification.