FAMILY RESOURCE COORDINATORS (FRCS)
Each Family Resource Coordinator (FRC) has their own FASD story and journey. They know the ongoing challenges and daily struggles that parenting a child with an FASD can bring. So the FRCs reach out to families across their regions of Minnesota, to provide encouragement, support, and opportunities to connect with other families on the FASD journey at social and educational activities.
We hope that you will get to know and connect with the FRC in your county:
Jeff and Nancy are raising six kids ranging from 7 to 25 years old. Their 19 year old daughter and 17 year old son joined their family as infants through adoption and were diagnosed with an FASD in early elementary school. They enjoy being active in the community and with MOFAS, helping others through the challenges of parenting children with an FASD and other mental health disorders.
Geralyn and Marc Laurie- East Metro
Ramsey, Washington, and Partial Dakota Counties (excluding Burnsville and Lakeville)
Geralyn Cell: 701-226-6684
Marc Cell: 651-380-9294
Grealyn and Marc have been married for 24 years having met in college and have 4 children all through adoption. Native Oregonian’s, they have been transplanted to the Midwest and have resided in Minnesota for 2 years. Marc is actively involved in educating those in law enforcement about FASD and it’s impact on those incarcerated and it’s burden on the penal system. Geralyn home educates 3 of their 4 children. Their oldest child and only daughter is 17, closely followed by their 16 year old son who was born with numerous prenatal exposures including alcohol. Their youngest 2 sons came home to them from Haiti 5 years ago. They are 10 and 12 years of age. Their youngest son was born with congenital syphilis and suffered from severe malnourishment for the first 3 years of life. In addition to advocating for older child adoptions and international adoptions, Geralyn and Marc enjoy educating the public on racial issues/equality and gender identity issues. The entire Laurie family stays busy….very busy…with their 10 horses, 6 dogs, 6 cats and one bunny. Most weekends, the family is scattered from horse shows, to football or soccer games. Geralyn and Marc are passionate about helping other families on their journeys while raising children with unique abilities. We anxiously await meeting many new families and cultivating support.
Pam Chmielewski – Central Area
Benton, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns and Todd counties
Pam and her husband Rob have been married for 25 years and live in Foley, MN with their daughter, 15 and son, 11. When they adopted their daughter, they were told she was at risk for having an FASD. At that time they knew nothing about it. “Giving up is not an option. Despite our struggles and daily frustrations, we know that as parents of this lovable, warm hearted girl, she deserves much more.”
Barb Clark – Hennepin & Partial Dakota Counties (Burnsville and Lakeville)
Barb and her husband Michael live in North Minneapolis raising four preteen and teenage children, the oldest and youngest of which are affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Barb has been actively involved in educating medical, social service and education professionals about FASD for several years. She enjoys connecting and learning with other parents raising children affected by an FASD.
Penny McCollor -Northeast Area
Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis counties
Penny is an adoptive parent from Hibbing. One of her children has been diagnosed with an FASD and another child is suspected to have an FASD as there is confirmed evidence of prenatal alcohol exposure. She is also a foster parent and has spent the past 16 years caring for children with an FASD and finding resources and support. She and her husband have served as foster parents for 17 years in St. Louis County regularly accepting placements for children with special needs. Their home is always to licensing capacity and slots do not remain open for long. She is interested in being an FRC as it fits with her calling to help families and children with an FASD to find appropriate services for individuals on the spectrum and support for families.
Melissa Fredin – Southeast Area
Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston LeSueur, Mower, Olmstead, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona counties
Melissa and her husband David keep very busy in their small community north of Rochester with four active children, three of whom have been confirmed to have prenatal alcohol exposure. They are also foster parents and very active in the community, supportingother families on the FASD journey.
Sandy Hruby - Southwest Area and Southwest Metro
Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Scott, Sibley, Watonwan, Wright and Yellow Medicine counties
Sandy and Denny are loving parents to three adoptive children who have been diagnosed with several disorders, including FAS. They all live active lives with lots of extracurriculars! Sandy knows the systems well and her hope is to help others who struggle to get what their children need to be successful in life.
Sarah and Travis Coumbe-Guida - Western Area
Becker, Big Stone, Chippewa, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Lac Qui Parle, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Swift, Traverse, Wilkin and counties
Sarah and Travis are parents of 7 children ranging from 1-19 years old. 4 of their children were adopted out of the foster care system. Formerly special education teachers in Bemidji and Cass Lake, Sarah and Travis facilitate summer camps for children with special needs and provide team building experiences at their high ropes course. The couple has partnered with various agencies in the adoption field and are hopeful their experiences can lend support and assistance to parents of children with FASD.
Mary Weaver - Northwest Area
Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau and Wadena counties
H: 218-495-2396 C: 218-731-0705
Mary and her husband Mike are the parents of six children, ranging in age from 5 to 28. As an adoptee as well as an adoptive parent, Mary is familiar with the challenges and joys of the adoption triad. Mary is an advocate for her family and hopes her experiences will help support other families affected by an FASD and other childhood trauma.
As a parent of children with FASD, I have often felt isolated within my community. Professionals often do not understand. Friends become distant, neighbors just tolerate us, and even family or fellow church members make remarks that cause tears to flow."”