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 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.
SAFFT is excited to announce our newest member of the team, Mark Mobley, as 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!
Emma Wiltshire, MAMFT
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 is currently pursuing two associate licenses through the State of Georgia for Professional Counseling and 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
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
Scott Torres is the Caregiver Program Manager at SAFFT. After a 20 year career in retail management, Scott joined the SAFFT team to follow his passion of empowering foster and adoptive families. Scott manages the Caregiver program serving all foster and adoptive families in the community. He also oversees facilities, volunteers, and special events. He is married and has two wonderful boys. Together, Scott and Jessica are also full time foster parents.
Emma Young is the frontline contact and service person for our clients. Her background in retail and customer service prepared her to deliver excellent client interactions at SAFFT. Emma is a 2017 graduate of the University of North Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology. Her next step is a graduate degree in Occupational Therapy. Emma and her fiancé are excited for their next chapter of marriage this year.
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.
Board of Directors
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