Celebrating Alumni Successes.
Dispelling the foster care Stigma.

Through our FCN Foundation Global Ambassadors Program and Alumni Powerhouse Networking Conferences, the FCN Foundation will not only prepare alumni to be efficient and credible leaders within business, child welfare and other professional fields through an international lens but, will also highlight the contributions of individuals from foster care, dispelling the foster care stigma.

The FCN Foundation will be considered the world’s leading organization on training the next generation of Child Welfare Professionals, Nonprofit Executives and Social Entrepreneurs that possess the passion, personal experience, knowledge and skills to reinvent the child welfare system and its structure in a way that will infuse youth empowerment, expertise and opportunity around the world.

ABOUT US

The Fostering Change Network Foundation (FCN Foundation) is a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing alumni of the foster care system ages 25 and over with resources that will support their personal and professional development and endeavors within the child welfare and social enterprise fields.

The FCN Foundation will also provide alumni with the opportunity to apply for small grants to establish and/or grow their businesses/non-profit organization, and/or to support their professional community and business leadership endeavors.

 
 
 

The FCN Foundation Family

GET TO KNOW Our Team

 
 

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels

Board Member

Darryl McDaniels grew up in New York and attended Rice High School in Manhattan where he later enrolled in St. John's University in Queens, New York.  McDaniel’s initially became interested in hip hop music after listening to recordings of Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five.  In 1978, He taught himself to DJ in the basement of his adopted parents' home, using turntables and a mixer given to him by his older brother, Alford.  This was the beginning of a passionate career as a Hip Hop artist excelling with  top record sales and prestigious awards in his career as a member of the acclaimed Hip Group “Run DMC” and was inducted into the Hall of Fame on behalf of the group in 2009.

At the age of 35, Darryl learned that he was adopted at just a month old.  In search of his biological parents, he experienced hassle of not having adequate rights and access to his adoption records.  This created a larger barrier in finding the answers that would holistically set him free in reaching and developing his purpose in life.  As a result of this experience, it sparked a flame of passion to become an ambassador for Adoptees and Foster Youth.  Despite the barriers that were suppose to hinder Darryl’s mission to locate his biological mother, he was able to utilize his resources and hired a private investigator and with much success, was able to locate his mother within 6 weeks learning she was a teenage mother of Harlem at the time of his adoption.

Darryl has been a great asset and mentor to foster youth and the adoption community since learning of his identity as an adoptee. In September 2006, Darryl McDaniel was presented with the Congressional Angels in Adoption Award for his work with children in foster care and promotion of adoption. He sits on the Board of Directors of Children’s Rights, a national watchdog organization of failing child welfare systems. He has advocated for foster youth and adoptees in front of New Jersey officials to promote foster youth and adoptee rights.  With great humility and resilience, in February 2006 Darryl has decided to give back in founding the Felix Organization, a 501 C (3) organization that helps to enrich and provide new experiences to foster youth residing in New York.  The Felix Organization has provided over 170 foster children with resources and experiences they otherwise would not have had access to without the additional support from agencies such as  Felix.

His message to empower foster youth and adoptees inspires them to dream “If you dream it, you can do it!”

 
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Christian Benjamin

Board Member

Christian Benjamin is the founder of Story MKTG, a full-service communications & media agency that helps brands & organizations connect & create for people of color. Story MKTG also houses NGAGE Social, which promotes engagement between individuals and audiences on social media, and The LoveART Brand, a clothing line that promotes art and design, and donates a percentage of proceeds to organizations that support youth in those initiatives. 

Christian is the author of a weekly devotional titled “Monday Motivations”, which is written to help people change & grow their mindsets heading into each week, and is finishing his first book of the same title. 

Most importantly are Christian efforts within the community, including working with incarcerated youth, working with various homeless organizations and supporting youth arts learning camps.

 
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Aileen Cunningham

Board Member

Aileen is a motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur. She enjoys ministering, empowering, and uplifting people by sharing her awesome testimony. Aileen Cunningham loves to travel as a youth leader and activist for women. Through her acts of service, she provides hope to those who are lost without a vision for life. She reaches people with her creative style, passion for people, and incredible ability to reach into the hearts of adults and youth.

Aileen’s powerful story gives her the ability to command and connect with her audience. She has overcome the odds of homelessness, neglect, and physical and emotional abuse. She is extremely passionate about what she does to help each person that is put into her path. 

She is also the author of “Who Said I Wouldn’t Make It,” a book that tell her life story. It is a book that will encourage and empower every person that reads it.  Her motto for life is “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others,” Mahatma Gandhi. 

 
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SHANTEL RANDOLPH

BOARD MEMBER

Shantel Randolph has a 9-year history in the non- profit & child welfare sector and is also an Alumni of the foster care system. Shantel’s history of work includes Founder of  Foster Youth Inc. and former Deputy Director position of Hope Forward Inc. Shantel worked closely with the Executive Director on fundraising strategies that have yielded highly successful fundraising opportunities to support the work at Hope Forward Inc. Hope Forward, Inc; was a  non-profit organization which worked with transitioning foster youth ages 17-25 to employment, educational resources, housing and supportive networks. Shantel’s grant-writing skills and relationships with local Foundation funders and key community figures was critical in creating sustainability outcomes for Hope Forward Inc, from 2008-2015.

In 2007, Shantel Randolph was awarded a grant through Open Society Institute and a Community Fellow in Baltimore Maryland. This social innovation grant was used to establish the program F.Y.I. (Foster Youth Incorporated), which works with youth in foster care to advocate for rights through Baltimore City School System.

In 2011, Shantel was awarded the Human Rights and Justice Champion award along with A Step Closer Foundations Foster Care Alumni Champion Awards for her work with foster youth and improving the child welfare system.

 
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MaryBeth Hyland

board member

MaryBeth Hyland, founder of SparkVision, believes that when you connect people through purpose, there’s no limit to what they can do. Her organization helps multi-generational teams who need an unbiased partner to identify the gap between their current and ideal culture. By analyzing a company's values and behaviors, they ultimately empower your people to own their role in crafting culture every day.  

Grounded in her BA in social work and MS in nonprofit management, this millennial leader is sought after for her ability to create movements that resonate. 

 MaryBeth has been honored in Maryland as "Innovator of the Year," "Women on the Move," "Top 100 Women," "Top 100 Millennial Blog," "Civic Engagement Leader" and "Leading Women." However, she is most proud of her role as a mentor and foster parent to a young woman who is beating all the odds.

 
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Pauline Rose-Moore

board member

Pauline Rose-Moore is a United States Air Force Reserves Servicewoman and Veteran, Author, motivational American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter and Alumna of foster care. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Associates Degree in Human Resource Management from the Community College of the Air Force, Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Information Technology from State University of New York at Farmingdale and Master of Divinity in Religion from Howard School of Divinity.

Pauline is an amazing mother of two and wife that has selflessly given of herself and her many talents for over 15 years. She is an alumni of foster care and is a living example that there is success after foster care. Each year she donates to Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in Prince Georges County (where she resides) and even wrote a children's book, “Gabriella and Samantha’s New Mom”, based on her experiences in foster care. Pauline's personality is contagious and electric. Every room she enters, she leaves it better than she found it.

 
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Shalita O'Neale

President and CEO

Shalita graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a BA in criminology and also holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore.

Mrs. O'Neale founded Fostering Change Network LLC in 2012 as a way to use her 13 years of experience child welfare training, program development and advocacy to connect young professionals with foster care histories, like herself, through local and national professional networking events such as the Alumni Powerhouse Networking Conferences (APNC), that have taken place in Maryland, California and New York City since 2015. Her desire to help adults from foster care secure resources that will allow them to contribute to the economic development in their communities led her to found the Fostering Change Network Foundation

Shalita is also the Founder of Hope Forward, Inc., now a program of Fedcap Rehabilitation Services established in 2008, based in Baltimore City that worked with transitioning and former foster youth (ages 17-25) to connect them to housing, education, employment and supportive networks. Mrs. O'Neale formerly served as the Foster Youth Ombudsman for the Maryland Department of Human Services.

In 2011, she was honored as one of The Daily Record’s 20 In Their Twenties and the BFree Daily’s 2nd Annual 10 People to Watch Under 30, the Prince Georges County Social Innovation Fund’s 2015 Forty Under 40, featured in the 2013 October issue of Baltimore Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Baltimore Business Journal in 2014 as one of their Forty Under 40. Mrs. O’Neale also serves on the Children’s Justice Act Committee (CJAC) and the Board of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. Mrs. O’Neale is also a Graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2013 Leadership Program.

 
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KIMBERLY RHYAN

Education and Career Specialist

Kimberly has been working in Higher Education since 2003 and received awards and honors in New York and Ohio for her innovative programming. She earned her B.A. in Fine Art from Mount Vernon Nazarene University and M.A. in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. She is a former foster youth and national advocate who supports foster youth to defy statistics by graduating high school and post-secondary educational programs. Over the past five years, she has served as a board member of Ohio Reach. Ohio Reach improves post-secondary outcomes for foster care youth and alumni through leadership, empowerment, advocacy, research and networking (L.E.A.R.N.). Since 2017, she has been employed by the University of Cincinnati with the Higher Education mentoring Initiative (HEMI).

As an advocate and speaker, Kimberly Rhyan shares her inspirational story about being a former foster youth and overcoming. Her personal story of reconciliation and resiliency focuses on moving from hurt to healing through empowerment and survivorship strategies.  Kimberly isn’t just a former foster youth, she is a soul-inspired storyteller, entrepreneur, artist, mother, educator, & writer. She currently teaches and motivates her clients to step into their future through the process of storytelling and purposeful mapping.