Leading With Our Hearts

We are proud all our board members are parents, grandparents, foster parents or foster grandparents.

Board Members

Compassion, love and improving the lives of children in our community is our passion, which we hope will become our legacy!

Pam Durfee

Pam Durfee

Co-President

Where did you grow up? Along with my parents and two brothers, I grew up in the same house in Livonia, Michigan.

How long have you resided in Midland? After completing graduate school nearly 36 years ago, my husband and I moved to Midland.

How do you most enjoy spending your free time? Among my interests are reading, crafts, knitting, coloring, playing games, and traveling. And most of all, I absolutely love spending time doing these things with my adult children and my seven amazing and precious grandchildren.

How long have you been a part of the MCFC board? In May 2019, I joined the board and in May 2020, I took on the role of co-president.

What drew you to being a part of MCFC? I absolutely love children and believe each one is unique and valuable. I also have a heart for foster parents who desire to care for children in need. The MCFC affords me the opportunity to serve hurting children and caring individuals with compassion, encouragement, and hope by meeting practical needs in a variety of ways. As these foster families navigate their incredible journeys together, I am grateful the privilege to serve them and hopefully make a meaningful difference in the lives of one child and one family at a time.

What’s one superpower you would love to have? The ability to be two (or more) places at the same time!

What song will you never forget the lyrics to? “Sweet Caroline” and “Don’t Stop Believin'”  – both for very memorable reasons.

Julie Stanley

Julie Stanley

Co-President

Where did you grow up? Chesterton, Indiana

How long have you resided in Midland? 33 years

How do you most enjoy spending your free time? I most enjoy spending time with my kids and grandkids. I also like to read, travel, and listen to music.

How long have you been a part of the MCFC board? I joined the board in 2019.

What drew you to being a part of MCFC? I love children and have always been drawn to working with at-risk youth. I volunteered for many years at my kids’ school. Once they all graduated, I was looking for another way to help out with kids. The MCFC was a perfect fit for me.

What’s one superpower you would love to have? I’d like to fly 🙂

What song will you never forget the lyrics to? Hotel California. It’s on the 1st album I bought with my own money.

Sue Kurin

Sue Kurin

Secretary

Where did you grow up? 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA – Clairton

How long have you resided in Midland? 15 years

How do you most enjoy spending your free time? Reading, Bible Study, any time with family and friends.

How long have you been a part of the MCFC board? 1 year.

What drew you to being a part of MCFC? I was introduced to the foster community by friends and family that are involved. I was looking for a place to volunteer where I could use my organizing skills and be useful to the Midland area.

What’s one superpower you would love to have? Perseverance

What song will you never forget the lyrics to? It Is Well With My Soul

Merrit Hendricks

Merrit Hendricks

Treasurer

Where did you grow up? Midland

How long have you resided in Midland? 50+ years (except college)

How do you most enjoy spending your free time? Painting, reading, swimming, traveling.

How long have you been a part of the MCFC board? 3 years

What drew you to being a part of MCFC? Nancy Wolanin (MCFC’s founder – retired) and my love for kids.

What’s one superpower you would love to have? To speak and understand any and all languages.

What song will you never forget the lyrics to? Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith

Sharla Paolucci

Sharla Paolucci

Board Member

Where did you grow up? I was born, raised and educated right here in mid-Michigan. I graduated from CMU with a BS in communication disorders, did my student teaching in MPS, later received an MA in Audiology. I’ve worked in Oceana Co MI, Portland ME, and Jackson MI before returning to Midland (after living outside the States) and employed by MPS as a speech therapist and audiologist consultant.

How do you most enjoy spending your free time? I get the most pleasure being with family and close friends. I enjoy walking my dog, reading, and traveling. Since retirement, volunteering in an elementary school was fun and fulfilling.

How long have you been a part of the MCFC board? I am new to MCFC, less than a year. I’ve been aware of the program, but just recently had the opportunity to get involved.

What’s one superpower you would love to have? Having superpower comes with great responsibility. Being able to determine points of agreement between two parties and achieving consensus and a mutually agreeable outcome would be a skill I’d choose to have.

What song will you never forget the lyrics to? One song I’ll never forget the words to is “You are my Sunshine.” It holds a special meaning to me.

Judy McAtee

Judy McAtee

Board Member

How long have you resided in Midland? Judy and her husband have resided in Midland for 32 years.

How do you most enjoy spending your free time? I am a very active volunteer in our community. I also enjoy visiting our 4 children in Denver and Chicago. I love the outdoors, camping, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, and am an avid knitter.

How long have you been a part of the MCFC board? I am new to the board as of May 2023.

What drew you to being a part of MCFC? Having retired after 35 years as a clinical social worker, I felt the need to continue to serve our community through organizations with a purpose to enrich others’ lives. I am honored to help those serving children in foster care with helpful resources.

 

About our team!

Our team is extremely hard working, organized, flexible, resourceful and generous, all with the goal of dedicating our service to the children.

 

Our passion is not only to help foster children, but also the Midland County families who take them in by reducing the stress, financial responsibility and allowing the foster parents the chance to focus more on the immediate needs of the child.

Email Us

info@midlandcountyfostercloset.com

Mailing Address

Midland County Foster Closet
P.O. Box 1243
Midland, MI 48641

(Monetary Donations)

Location & Hours

Midland Mall
6800 Eastman Ave
Midland, MI 48642
 

Wednesdays 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursdays 12:00pm - 5:00pm

(And by appointment!)