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ABBA Fund Leadership

ABBA Fund's team is a mixture of full-time, hourly and volunteer servants. Our main office is in Plano, Texas, where our CEO and Director of Family Relations are based. We also have a number of volunteer and hourly staff in North Carolina and Texas — and the rest of the team is spread out in different parts of the country. Regardless of how many actual “hours” any of us devotes to the ministry, all of our hearts are in full-time service to the Christian adoption and orphan care movement, and particularly to ABBA Fund's growing community of 500+ adoptive families and the missional impact they are having all around the world and in their own communities.

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Tami Burkett – Director of Family Relations

As Director of Family Relations, Tami Burkett, adds more than 12 years of ministry experience to the team, the majority of which was spent at Women of Faith. She serves as the primary point of contact for ABBA Fund whether you have a general question, want to fill out an application or need resources related to adoption. Tami’s focus is on educating families and others about the adoption process in hopes to build a relational adoptive community. Having gone through the adoption journey herself, Tami is sensitive to the highs and lows of adoption and wants to celebrate with you when your family is complete. Tami and her son live in North Texas.

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Beverly Kelly – Accountant

Beverly and her husband Kip have been blessed with four great kids ranging in age from 22 to 1. Her passion for children needing families began with the loss of their baby, Rebecca, 11 years ago, which led them to consider adoption. During a long period of time trying to adopt from Romania, God showed Beverly the magnitude of the need for Christian adoptive homes for children around the world and in our own county. In 2007, Beverly and Kip became foster parents and God blessed them with Katelyn who they adopted in 2008. During their pursuit of adopting from Romania, God also burdened them with the need to help families financially with adoption expenses. Gifted as a self-employed CPA, she blesses ABBA Fund with her passion for adoptive families combined with her financial and accounting services.

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Shelly Roberts – Adoption Advocate/Speaker/Author

Over the years God has taught the Roberts family about His deep love for the fatherless which led them on two separate adoption journeys. From a human perspective, there were many reasons for the Roberts family to discount the idea of adoption, not the least of which were their financial limitations. As church planting missionaries living on a tight budget, paying for an adoption did not seem feasible. As they mulled over their list of adoption pros and cons, David and Shelly were deeply humbled when their young sons approached them asking whether they were going to follow God’s call to adopt or listen to the voices of “reason” around them. read more »

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Jason Kovacs – Director of Ministry Development

Jason serves as the Pastor of Care and Counseling at The Austin Stone Community Church where he oversees the Austin Stone Counseling Center, and specializes in caring for and developing resources for adoptive families. Continuing to serve as the Director of Ministry Development for ABBA Fund, Jason brings experience on the practical side of understanding the importance to help families financially with adoption and also the Biblical calling on God’s people to care for orphans. A regular speaker and blogger on a variety of adoption topics, Jason also helped to co-found Together for Adoption which hosts one of the largest conferences for Christian adoptive families each year. Jason and his wife, Shawnda, met while serving at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN where they gained a deep passion for adoption and orphan care. They were recipients of one of the first ABBA Fund loans, and now have four adopted children and one biological child and reside in central Texas.

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Dwain Gullion – President

Dwain serves as a Board Member and as the volunteer President of ABBA Fund since 2006. An experienced adoptive dad twice over with a huge heart for all that adoptive families go through, the ABBA Fund team affectionately calls him the “itinerant pastor to the Christian adoption community.” Dwain founded Deep River Capital Advisors in North Carolina, and is an investment advisor. He previously served as the North  Carolina State Director for Lifeline Children Services, a comprehensive adoption services ministry based in Birmingham, AL, after helping Lifeline acquire its state licensing and launching the new state office. He has 12 years of retail Christian bookstore management experience and a keen business development expertise. An entrepreneur at heart, he also created a very successful promotional products company in 2003 which was sold in 2012. Dwain lives in rural North Carolina with his wife, Heidi, and three children. Dwain enjoys speaking at churches and adoption groups, as well as Kingdom business gatherings.