Today we’re introducing a member of our board of directors, Mari Kirchner. The job of a board director in a non-profit organization can vary, but in our organization they provide oversight to make sure we are in compliance with laws, stay on mission, and help guide the direction of the organization.
Meet Marie Kirchner
Marie has served on the Southeast Asia Partnership Board of Directors for years. She brings a wealth of non-profit ministry experience to the Finally Family Homes board
What do you do for work?
I am the Global Missions Director at Pacific Crossroads Church.
Why did you choose that / How did you end up there?
I decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in intercultural studies in 2012. I had worked in corporate marketing for over a decade, and after a few global mission trips with PCC, I felt led to return to pursue my master’s degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
I started with the church as the Communications Director, and after a few different roles, I began as the global missions director in 2017.Get to know the faces behind Finally Family Homes! #finallyfamilyhomes #afterfostercare #supportforfosterkids #AHopeandAFuture @finallyfamilyhomes Click To Tweet
What do you do for fun?
I have a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son who take up a lot of my time. As a family, we love being outdoors, whether at the beach or at the park. We also enjoy traveling as much as we can.
What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Ice cream is one of my favorite things in life! I love pretty much all kinds, but have a weak spot for chocolate chip cookie dough!
What skill would you like to master?
There are so many – is patience a skill one can master? I used to rock climb quite a bit and would love to start doing that again.
Where’s your favorite place to go in the Los Angeles area?
We love the LA Zoo – my kids are really into animals right now. My happy place in LA would be Playa Del Rey – a quiet beach that is so relaxing.
How did you find out about foster kids aging out and the struggles they face?
Through the Invisibles initiative at Pacific Crossroads Church, our congregation (along with myself), were introduced to the challenges within the LA foster care system, including children who could no longer utilize the county’s resources.
Describe your life when you turned 18.
I had just graduated high school when I turned 18 in June. I spent my summer waiting tables at a local restaurant to pay for my college. I lived with my parents over the summer.
In the fall, I was fortunate to start college at the University of Washington. I moved on campus into the UW dorms and had a roommate from Hawaii.
I grew up in a town of 500 people, so moving to Seattle and starting at a large university was quite the change for me.
Who was your biggest supporter at that time?
I was fortunate to have my older sister attending UW at the same time. She was married and living off-campus with her husband, but it was very comforting to have family close by.
What were your plans for when you “grew up”?
I had no idea! College opened up my eyes to many opportunities that a small-town girl didn’t even realize existed."College opened up my eyes to many opportunities that a small-town girl didn't even realize existed." – Marie Kirchner @finallyfamilyhomes Click To Tweet
What makes you excited about / want to be involved with Finally Family Homes?
I love the mission and vision of Finally Family Homes.
The organization will help so many young adults that the system no longer supports. And that support will enable them to have successful adult lives – it is not a temporary handout, but building up young adults for an independent life.
To be part of something that can have such a long-term impact is so exciting!
What’s your favorite Bible verse?
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
The mission of Finally Family Homes is to provide family-like support to help teens who don’t have a family or home, transition into successful adulthood.
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