Who We Are

Project Zero began as the Pulaski County Adoption Coalition, over 15 years ago, to further the cause of adoption in our county and state. The coalition was made up of adoption professionals, ministry and organizational leaders, DCFS staff, attorneys, adoptive parents, foster parents, and others who were passionate about adoption. In 2009, our coalition obtained it's 501c3 non-profit status and pushed forward with new ideas and opportunities.

As time went on we realized that, although many of our events were productive, there was more work that needed to be done in the effort to link waiting children and adoptive families. Project Zero was born in the fall of 2011 as a result of that need for change. Project Zero became the ramped-up, overhauled, and statewide version of the coalition with a renewed goal to deliberately and purposefully pursue out-of-the-box ways to find forever families for kids in foster care who are waiting.


Christie Erwin, Executive Director

Kandace Gerber, Director of Marketing

Tiphanie Gurwell, Northwest Arkansas Outreach Coordinator

Anna Dietrich, Logistics Coordinator

Cara Schaefer, Assistant Director

Jacquelyn Peske, Director of Development


Melissa Stone, Chairman

Shannon Newton, Treasurer

Brad Sims

Lisa Riley

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