Staff

Kirsten Wicht, MA, LPC

Executive Director & 

President, FFAS Board of Directors


Kirsten began her career first as therapist providing mental health services to adults with chronic mental illness and then counseling children and families in crisis. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Radford University and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Marymount University. She is an adoption competent therapist, certified in TBRI (an attachment trauma parenting approach) and licensed in the state of Virginia as a professional counselor. Kirsten has been married to her husband for 24 years and they are the proud parents of one daughter. In 2004 Kirsten and her husband adopted their precious daughter. It was this life-changing experience that inspired her career shift to adoption work, which quickly became her passion. In 2006 she came to Forever Families Adoption Services, Inc. as a contract adoption case worker, completing home studies and post adoption supervision for the agency. In July 2011 she became Executive Director after agency Founder, Barbara Slaton, stepped down to pursue another adventure. 


Email: KWicht@ffasva.org

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Clair M. Peyton, LCSW, ACSW

Director of Social Work & 

Adoption Case Worker

  

Clair has enjoyed working in the adoption world for the past 15 years of her career.  Earning her MSW in 1984 from the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), she first worked in family counseling for the Navy’s Family Service Center system while a Navy wife.  She feels privileged that she was then able to remain home with her three children for 14 years, enjoying her ability to be very involved volunteering for their varied school and church activities. When ready to return to employment, she first worked as a hospital social worker, but was delighted to join Forever Families and thinks it is a great privilege to play a small part in the adoption process of so many wonderful families.  She is certified in TBRI, an attachment trauma parenting approach that FFAS champions. Though she has not adopted a child personally, she does feel very attached to the 30 plus Haitian orphans she serves in a volunteer capacity in Fort Liberté, Haiti and is always planning her next trip to see them. She and her husband have known each other since they were 4 years old, and they have been happily married since 1982.  In shock that they are old enough for all of their children to have left the nest, they are grateful for the presence of their crazy happy rescue dog and two aging kitties in their home. 


Email: CPeyton@ffasva.org

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Emily Ballas, JD

Development Coordinator &

Adoption Case Worker


Emily joined Forever Families Adoption Services, Inc. in 2017. She began her career as a social worker in 1999, dedicated to serving at risk youth and families in Washington State’s foster care system. Following her desire to serve vulnerable children around the world, Emily traveled across the country to attend law school in Southern Virginia where she studied International Human Rights Law and ignited a second career as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State. During her Federal career, Emily worked closely on international adoption and orphan policy as well as U.S. immigration law. In 2016, Emily decided to leave her work with the Department of State in order to be home more with her four children and to return to her passion for helping adoptive families. Emily is also a professional writer and has published multiple pieces on child welfare and adoption. She enjoys putting her expertise in intercountry adoption, U.S. foster care, and U.S. immigration law to good use, helping to ensure that adoptive and prospective adoptive families are provided with the most accurate guidance and best possible services. Emily lives in Lovettsville, Virginia with her husband and kids and spends most of her free time enjoying small town, rural Virginia life. 


Email: EBallas@ffasva.org

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Meg Barr

Office Administrator


After graduating from Mt. Vernon High School, Meg was hired as a stenographer for the Federal Government.  While enrolled at Northern Virginia Community College where she studied computer science, she was accepted into an intern program with the Federal Government and became a computer programmer and analyst.  In 1985 she accepted a Project Manager position with USA Today.  In 1989, letting her entrepreneurial spirit take flight, she launched Printing Professionals, a staffing agency for the printing industry.  In 1993 she launched Printing Professionals’ sister company, The Partners Group -- a printing and promotional products company located in Stafford, Virginia.  The company is now owned and operated by her son and daughter-in-law. Meg is the mother of 5 children with her late husband of 46 years, Raymond.  She is also the proud grandmother of 12 grandchildren, one of whom is adopted.  Experiencing first-hand through her adopted granddaughter the happiness and many blessings adoption brings led Meg to Forever Families Adoption Services, Inc. where she now works as the Office Administrator.  


Email: MSales@ffasva.org

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Nan Knisley, MA

Office Assistant


After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Economics and Political Science, Nan moved to Washington, D.C. where she held positions in the political arena, at a boutique investment firm and eventually at a management consulting firm. As a management consultant, Nan worked with USPS management to create the processes and procedures and coordinate with IT staff to develop the associated software, which consolidated phone calls from local post offices to a centralized 1-800 number. After her tenure working on the USPS project, Nan began studies at The George Washington University and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Nan joined FFAS in the spring of 2018 and enjoys helping families navigate through the home study and post placement processes, as well as working with FFAS fundraising efforts to support Hague accreditation and grant programs. Nan resides in Middleburg with her husband, two children and dog Tex.


Email: NKnisley@ffasva.org

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Tracey Sasso, MSW, LCSW

Adoption Case Worker


Tracey has been a social worker for over 30 years, working in a variety of public and private agencies that serve the needs of children and families. She previously worked for Forever Families in the early 2000s when her children were small, and she returned in the summer 2018.  Tracey is a full-time school social worker, and she has worked as a child protective services, foster, and adoption worker for several agencies.  She also worked as a trauma social worker for the INOVA Fairfax Hospital system. Tracey is originally from the southwest corner of Virginia and she has lived in the northern Virginia area since 1982.  She earned her MSW in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia since 1995. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and enjoys teaching this to first responders and educators across several counties.  Tracey resides with her two teenage children and 2 cats, and her days are filled with the joys of her children's activities and with her work with her school and adoptive families.   


Email: TSasso@ffasva.org

Board of Directors

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Daniel Wicht, MS, CISSP, PMP

Vice President, FFAS Board Of Directors


Daniel has a 25+ year career providing information security services to both the federal government and private industry. He holds a B.B.A. in Information Systems from Radford University and an M.A. in Telecommunications from George Mason University. Daniel is a proud adoptive father who is quick to champion the many benefits that it provides. He is grateful for the opportunity to use his management skills to help Forever Families Adoption Services, Inc. further their mission.     

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Melissa Finley, BS, CHAM, CHA

Secretary, FFAS Board of Directors

  

Melissa started her career in healthcare in 1995.  She began her employment at Fauquier Health in 1997 and worked as the Director of Patient Access Services, Health Information Management and the CPO for Fauquier Health until April 2016.  She is currently employed as a Client Operations Director from Advanced Patient Advocacy.  Melissa graduated from the University of Mary Washington and is a Certified HIPAA Administrator and is a certified Lean Sig Sigma Green Belt.  In addition to being a board member of Forever Families Adoption Services, Inc., Melissa has been a board member of Southern Fauquier Child Development Center (SFCD) for the last twenty years. 


Melissa is blessed with a wonderful husband of fifteen years and an amazing blended family including a 29 year old son, Johnathan, a 32 year old step son, Greg, a 34 year old step son, Randy and nine year old grandson named Liam.  

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Amanda Sturgeon

Treasurer, FFAS Board of Directors

   

Amanda Morrison Sturgeon was raised and educated in Fairfax County, Virginia and currently resides with her husband of 43 years in Culpeper County, Virginia.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in History from George Mason University and has spent her entire career in Healthcare Finance, employed for the last twenty four years with Fauquier Hospital, most recently as the Director of Patient Financial Services. She received her Certified Revenue Cycle Executive certification in 2004 and currently serves on several committees for the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management. 


Amanda's proudest accomplishment is being the adoptive mother of two children, who were adopted as infants and are now 35 and 33 years of age, and grandmother to two grandsons, ages 3 and 7.