Meet the Board of DirectorsAn Idaho Adoption Agency
The Founder and staff of A New Beginning Adoption Agency are adoption professionals with personal adoption experience as adoptive parents, adult adoptees and/or birth parents. We are a non-profit, licensed adoption agency with extensive experience supporting, preparing and educating adoptive families and birth families. Our goal is not to only match children with their families but to also provide essential post-adoption services to everyone involved; adopted children, birth parents, and adoptive parents. Adoption is a journey, we guide families through theirs.
The President’s position is currently open.
A New Beginning Adoption Agency would like to extend a special thank you to former President Sandra Cavanaugh for her dedicated leadership and passion for adoption. We hope that her next chapter will as fulfilling. Thank Sandra, you made a huge difference.
Vice President of the Board
Cory Mikhals is the Vice President of the Board for A New Beginning Adoption Agency and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Special Olympics of Idaho, works with Camp River Run (a camp for kids with life threatening illnesses), helps the American Red Cross of Idaho, the March of Dimes, Safari Club, the Children’s Miracle Network, Habitat for Humanity and promotes and supports community outreach on his radio show, such as Adopt A Family week, and “Cover the Blue” food drive, benefiting the Idaho Food Bank.
Cory Mikhals was born and adopted in Los Angeles but has had a healthy career in radio in California, Oklahoma, Oregon and now Idaho. He loves the Idaho outdoors and the quality of life it brings to his family. He has his own adoption story and is a passionate advocate for adoption, children, family and creating positive and good in his own community.
Kevin Troutt is a second-generation auctioneer and specializes in conducting benefit auctions nationwide for non-profit organizations. He is a Board Member for A New Beginning and is a very active member of the Boise Chamber of Commerce and has vast experience working with non-profit organizations across the nation. He is passionate about children and family.
Kevin is a member of the Idaho Association of Professional Auctioneers (IAPA) and the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). He has earned the Benefit Auctioneer Specialists (BAS) designation, which less than 550 auctioneers worldwide have achieved. As an avid life-long learner, Kevin attends Benefit Auctioneer Specialists trainings, summits and workshops across the nation.
Megan Bryant became a birth mom in September 1999. Megan is the author of “Not my Plan,” which shares the inside scoop of her experience, and how her choice to place her daughter for adoption has shaped her life. While she is absolutely a proponent for adoption, even more than that she is an advocate for women to understand ALL their options when faced with an unplanned pregnancy so they will remain confident with whatever permanent decision they choose.
Megan is the wife to Michael and the mother of three (soon to be four) children of her own. She is a Variety Comedian and a Truth Activist.
Julia Elzie is part of the 4th consecutive generation in her family to be blessed by adoption. Her step-grandmother was a birth mother, her aunt was a birth mother, two cousins and her younger sister are adoptees. Julia and her husband, Matt, adopted their daughter, Caroline, as a 5 1/2 week old infant in December 2011 in Ontario, OR. Julia was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and has lived in Boise since 1997. She holds a B.A. in History from Western Washington University and an M.A. in Communication from Boise State University. She is a trained concert violinist and singer. Julia also serves as a Children’s Leader with Bible Study Fellowship’s Boise Day Women’s class. She also served on the Board of Directors at the Boise Art Museum’s Beaux Arts Societe. Julia’s board responsibilities are Treasurer/Secretary and grant-writing.
Andrea Busman is an adoptive parent and accountant for A New Beginning Adoption Agency. Her daughter was adopted as an infant and is now 14 years old. Andrea has been involved with adoption as a volunteer, advocate and employee. She’s worked with A New Beginning for 12 years.
Executive Director and Board Member
Stephanie Pearl is the founder and Executive Director of A New Beginning. She has over 20 years of experience in the social work field working in nursing homes, elementary schools, the juvenile justice system and family services. She has 16 years of experience in the adoption field working with all members of the adoption triad. She is passionate about preparing and supporting birth families, adoptive parents and children through the adoption journey. Stephanie and her husband have two children, one they adopted from China at 9 months old and a biological son. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys camping with her family, reading and traveling.
Tina Kierce joined A New Beginning in 2016, but has ten years of experience in the field. Her role as Marketing Director for the agency is focused on communicating available services to the girls experiening unplanned pregnancies and adoptive families through outreach. In her adoption experience she’s seen over 1,200 children be placed in forever families, functioned as a community liason for adoption, and raised funds for international humanitarian projects. In 2000, Tina traveled to China to open a family-style orphanage in the Shangxi Provence. A graduate of Radford University in Virginia she has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a focus on at-risk adolescents and spent 6 years teaching. She was awarded Building Teach of the Year in 1998.
Christy Frans has worked in the non-profit arena for over 17 years and has worked with A New Beginning Adoption Agency as an adoption specialist since 2009. As sister to an adopted brother and Aunt to an internationally adopted niece, Christy has been surrounded by adoption most of her life. Christy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She works primarily with families in the home study process, where she provides them support and training as they begin their adoption journey. She also has experience working with birth families in placement and adoptive families in post placement services. She currently co-teaches the agency’s foster adopt training, but has enjoyed developing and conducting trainings in all adoption programs over the last 9 years at A New Beginning. Christy is especially passionate about working with youth adopted from the foster care system. She co-facilitates A New Beginning’s Youth Advisory Board which meets twice monthly at A New Beginning. Christy is a proud mom to three daughters, who loves family time with her husband and children.
A New Beginning has volunteer committee members who assist the Board and organization with it's development & growth, fundraising and events, marketing, wellness center and financial endeavors.Their contributions are an incredible addition to our team.
Marketing Committee Members:
Tina Kierce, Chair
Eva Crane-Fithen, T.O. Engineers
Megan Bryant, Idaho Laughfest
Development & Growth Committee Members:
Sandra Cavanaugh, Chair
Fundraising & Events Committee Members:
Kevin Troutt, Chair
Finance Committee Members:
Andrea Busman, Chair