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Kim Bigler

Founder and President

Kim Winston Bigler is fast becoming a leading voice in foster care reform in Los Angeles and throughout the United States. Her message is that the foundation of foster care reform is community reform. Ms. Bigler is a popular speaker and advocate in a variety of societal spheres, including churches, schools (both public and private), businesses and non-profit organizations, as well as local and national government.

Believing every child deserves a loving family and a forever home, Ms. Bigler’s volunteer work with the Los Angeles Department of Child and Family Services led to her becoming Founder and President of James Storehouse, a non-profit providing resources for the foster care community. James Storehouse currently hosts branches in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in California and in Covington, Louisiana. She has initiated and participates in collaboratives in both Los Angles County and Ventura County. She believes in intentional partnerships whose efforts are to effectively unite and mobilize local churches, nonprofits, businesses, community orgs, and government agencies to support the most underserved in our communities.

Ms. Bigler received a County of Los Angeles Commendation recognizing her dedicated service to the affairs of the community through her work with the county’s Department of Child and Family Services. She was also chosen to receive an office makeover by Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Television Network’s “Home Made Simple,” a show that not only highlighted the work of James Storehouse and the kids they serve, but built an office for the nonprofit as well. Proctor & Gamble and Jessica Alba were among the donors offering support and supplies.

Her float proposal for the Tournament of Roses Parade, promoting adoption awareness, is endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, and will be implemented by former NBA player Brad Wright in the 2016 Rose Parade.

Ms. Bigler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University, with a major in Communications, and did post-graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, in their Global Leadership Program. The daughter of former Louisiana State Representative Diane Winston, she lives with her husband and young son in Calabasas, California.

Stacy DeWitt

Executive Director

Stacy DeWitt is Executive Director of James Storehouse. During a year of weekly prayer and fasting, Stacy asked the Lord to show her the needs of the most vulnerable and brokenhearted in her community. She wanted to do something about it. Her heart was moved with compassion as He directed her steps towards foster care and to the plight of abused and neglected babies, children, and aged-out youth.

In spring of 2014, Stacy, along with her husband Pastor Kirk DeWitt of Conejo Church and their congregation, raised $100,000 to launch the James Storehouse warehouse and offices in Newbury Park. James Storehouse is contracted with the Department of Child and Family Services, and Stacy works daily with an outstanding volunteer team to meet emergency needs to help expedite cases and ease transitions for children and families.

Stacy is bilingual and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts/ Spanish and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has done graduate work at California Lutheran University and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Stacy has three children ranging in age from seven to seventeen. She is also an adoptive mother and has had the great joy of being a foster mother as well. She considers it the highest honor to fight for justice and to be a strong voice for the voiceless and most vulnerable in her community.

Dawn Lauer

Admin, Advisory Board

Gifted with an extra dose of love and joy, Dawn is passionate about supporting children in and aging-out of foster care, helping them to breakthrough the downward spiral of impoverishment with dignity and confidence.

Although she never entered the foster care system, Dawn experienced abuse and neglect as a child and domestic violence in her first marriage. Caring, committed community members helped her navigate her way out of the darkness through a door of hope into the healing that she now walks in.

Over the last four decades Dawn has held various positions as an Administrative Professional. She has worked at Warner Bros. TV Animation, where she received 3 Emmy Awards, an Angel Award and a Prism Award, as well as a Fortune 100 Biotech company.

"All the tragedy and triumph I have been through in my life has led me to James Storehouse. I was born for such a time such as this!"

Michael McMinn

Advisory Board

Michael McMinn started his extensive background in corporate Wholesale Lending and Management Leadership over 35 years ago. In his Executive role, Michael achieved repeated success in the turnaround of under-performing markets, recruiting, assembling and managing highly skilled production and sales teams within a fast paced, high volume Regional and National level for top Fortune 500 companies. Michael's goal has always been to create winning strategies for immediate and long term positive results with a strong focus on growing corporate revenue and profitability.

Michael currently is a partner and managing director at Miramar Investments located in Thousand Oaks, CA.

He is a native Californian and lives in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Karen Hooper

Advisory Board

After a 15 year career in corporate America in aerospace business development and working for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Karen is re-focusing her time to benefit the foster care community. Karen is married with twin sons who are freshman in college. She has served in numerous leadership positions as a deacon and with the Boy Scouts of America.

She holds a bachelor degree in engineering from North Carolina State University, a master’s in Business from Pepperdine University and a certificate in project management from UCLA.

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