Ashley AndersonFounder & Development Director
Mark MobleyDirector of Strategy & Programs
Rebecca RuskDirector of Operations and Program Development
Ashlee JaacksDirector of Programs
Emma Wiltshire, MAMFT, APCFamily Therapist
Jodi LakeLead Family Success Manager
Jaclyn AndersonLead Family Success Manager
Emma JamesFamily Success Manager
Rachel GoodsonFamily Success Manager
Rachel FinleyFamily Success Manager
Joana PerezService Coordinator
Brian Anderson is the CEO and Executive Director of SAFFT. As co-founder, Brian spent 12 years working for a number of successful technology companies in various sales and operations roles while supporting the organization as a volunteer. Brian has a B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration with an MIS focus from the University of Alabama. Brian joined the team officially in 2013 serving in multiple roles including Director of Programs and COO. In August 2016, Brian took over as CEO. Brian serves this mission because he has a passion, love, and faith in watching families experience true, generational change. Brian is married with three amazing children including an adopted child.
Ashley Anderson is the Founder and Development Director of SAFFT. Ashley is the true visionary of the strategic direction of the organization and continues to contribute through fundraising and speaking. Ashley served as Executive Director for 7 years and established one of the most unique models for foster care support that is impacting hundreds of families a year in Georgia. Ashley began her career in social services working in different roles including a parent-aid, transporter, and visitation monitor. She has fostered for years and also had the privilege and blessing to adopt a child. Her personal experience has led her to the strong desire to create an organization that would make a lasting impact on her community. Ashley is married with three amazing children.
Mark Mobley is the Director of Strategy & Programs. Mark will help execute our vision of becoming the solution to improving foster care and restoring families through our model. Mark currently serves as the District 4 Representative on the Jefferson City Council, has been married for 28 years, and has two children. Previously, Mark led the development of a revolutionary “work-first” homelessness ministry as Executive Director in Buford, GA; spent 15+ years as a pastor at churches in North Georgia including The Jefferson Church and Free Chapel, and served as a Board Member for several nonprofits. Welcome to the team Mark!
Rebecca Rusk serves as our Director of Operations and Program Development.
Her passion for children and families is what led her to volunteer for numerous
family-service non-profits. She spent over 20 years as the Juvenile Court
Administrator in Forsyth County being instrumental in the initial development and implementation of that court. She has a comprehensive background in community-based program planning and implementation, project management, and policy and program development. She created and successfully implemented over twenty local innovative youth programs and secured more than $2.9 million in grants for implementation and continued program operations. Rebecca also served as Clerk of Court for the Juvenile Court for 11 years and holds numerous certifications including Darkness to Light, Judicial Administration, and Management Development. She has been a Georgia State Certified Court Reporter since 1989.
Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Valdosta State University with a B.S.
in Office Administration and Technology, and is currently pursuing her Master in
Public Administration. She is slated to graduate in May 2018.
Phone: 770-866-9595 ext. 317
Ashlee Jaacks serves as SAFFT’S Programs Coordinator, assisting all SAFFT locations and staff to add to and develop our programs in order to support the growing needs of our communities and families. As a native to this community, Ashlee brings an invaluable insight into the local community. In addition to her community connect, Ashlee brings an immense knowledge base from her seven years of service as a Juvenile Services Specialist for the Forsyth County Juvenile Court. During her time with the Juvenile Court, Ashlee managed over 200 Dependency cases yearly, working alongside Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Forsyth County School System, the Forsyth County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Supporting Adoption & Foster Families Together, Inc. (SAFFT) and numerous other community partners. Ashlee is married to Kyle and their family includes two teenage boys, a ten-year-old son with special needs, an eight-year-old girl and their four dogs. Ashlee brings an enthusiastic desire and drive to work with the families of our community and we are excited to have her as part of our team.
Emma Wiltshire, MAMFT, APC
Emma Wiltshire is a Family Therapist at SAFFT. Besides her work with our clients, Emma has worked with families and individuals at the City of Refuge in Atlanta. She has a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Georgia and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. She was named the recipient of the Hanshew Clinical Excellence Award upon graduation from RGU. A member of the American Counseling Association, Emma also has a certificate in treating “Traumatized Families” through the Green Cross. She holds an associate license in Professional Counseling and is currently pursuing a second associate license in Marriage and Family Therapy. Emma is under the direct supervision of Vanessa Snyder, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, CST, CT.
Phone: 770-886-9505 ext. 312
Jodi’s passion for foster children and families in crisis began in the Gainesville community over 6 years ago. Jodi spent many years interning, volunteering, and serving in multiple government and private organizations. Jodi served in the Hall County Drug Court and Hall County CASA for over six years. Jodi has extensive training through Darkness to Light – Adults Protecting Children (prevention of child sexual abuse), Verbal Judo (de-escalation training), Childhood Trauma and Brain Development, Safe Sleep Certification, Mandated Reporting, and Drug Screening. Jodi graduated from University of North GA with a B.S. in Human Services Delivery and Administration and a minor in Sociology. Jodi is an amazing mother and active member at 12 Stone Church.
Jaclyn Anderson is the Lead Family Success Manager for our Forsyth location. Before coming to SAFFT, she worked three years for the Department of Family and Children Services as an Adoption and Foster Care Case Manager in Gwinnett and Walton Counties, and interned for the Investigations Unit at Gwinnett DFCS. Jaclyn also has training through Darkness to Light (prevention of child sexual abuse), Verbal Judo (de-escalation training), and Childhood Trauma. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Child and Family Development.
Phone: 770-886-9505 ext. 309
Emma James serves as one of SAFFT’s Family Success Managers at the Forsyth County location. Emma is a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology. Emma is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Brenau University. Previously, Emma was a part of SAFFT’s Hall County team as the Service Coordinator.
Rachel Goodson is a Family Success Manager at SAFFT’S Rome location. Rachel is a recent graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.S in Human Services with a concentration in case management. Rachel worked for over 6 years in retail as a Shift Supervisor. Before coming to SAFFT, she interned with Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter. Rachel is also a former intern for SAFFT and previously worked as a Foster Care Case Manager with Cherokee County DFCS.
Rachel Finley is a Family Success Manager at the Forsyth County location. Rachel graduated with highest academic distinction from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology. She interned with the Indiana Center for Children and Families and Families First Indiana where she trained in trauma-informed care and helped facilitate chemical dependency treatment groups. After graduation, Rachel began working in a residential treatment facility with juvenile males, and received her certification in non-violent crisis intervention (CPI).
Joana Perez is the frontline contact and service person for our clients. Her four years in customer service, along with her various internships across Hall county, has prepared her to deliver excellent client interactions here at SAFFT. Joana is a 2017 graduate of the University of North Georgia with a B.S. in Human Services Delivery and Administration and an A.A. in Sociology.
Board of Directors – For a complete list of SAFFT’S board of directors and advisors, click here.