Virginia’s Adoption Champion & Connecting Hearts Founder
Debbie Johnston has been recognized as the Entrepreneur of Richmond, Philanthropist of the Year, and Woman on the Move. As founder of Care Advantage, Nurse Advantage, and All About Care, she has created a dynamic, compassionate care company that is devoted to giving back to the community.
Today, Debbie is the Founder and Vice Chairwoman of Care Advantage, Inc., which has become a leading company for personal and companion home healthcare, with 15 offices and affiliates throughout Virginia. Debbie’s companies, Care Advantage, Inc., Nurse Advantage, and All About Care, together employ approximately 3,000 health care professionals in Central Virginia and surrounding areas.
In August of 2014, Debbie Johnston was appointed by Governor McAuliffe as Virginia’s Adoption Champion. As an adoptee herself, Debbie is thrilled to give children without a home a voice in Virginia. She formed Connecting Hearts to help with her awareness, advocacy, and educational efforts. Debbie was also appointed to the Governors Health Workforce Development Authority to help in the mission of the Commonwealth to ensure a quality health workforce for all Virginians.
Connecting Hearts Executive Director
Ericca Facetti is a native of Boston, Massachusetts who relocated to Richmond Virginia in 2009. After managing a hospice company and then working for the American Cancer Society, she found her passion for helping others. While working as the Community Development Director, she met Debbie Johnston and partnered with her on a fashion show for cancer survivors called Cure By Design. In December of 2014, Debbie asked Ericca to take a leap of faith and join her in her efforts as Virginia’s Adoption Champion. Thus, Connecting Hearts was born in March of 2015. Ericca graduated from Framingham University with a Bachelors in Business Administration, Health & Human Services and a minor in Professional Communications. Ericca resides in Henrico County with her husband, Mark and their two fur babies, Bruno and Abbey. Ericca and Mark are expecting their first child in April of 2017. 🙂
Field Program Coordinator
for Family Match Program
A Virginia native, Autumn grew up in Virginia Beach and has lived in Richmond since 1994. Autumn has over 20 years experience in the Information Technology field that spans software development, leadership, finance, internet and mobile. She received her BS in Mathematics from Old Dominion University, her MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and her MS in Management of IT from University of Virginia.
Autumn and her husband, Jim, reside in Henrico county with their 7 year old son, Alec, who they adopted as an infant. Autumn and Jim are also foster parents for Henrico County. Autumn is passionate about helping others and is thrilled to be a part of supporting the Adoption-Share mission.
Board of Directors
Tim M. Duffee
Market President of First Community Bank
Tim is Market President with First Community Bank and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Richmond. His 16 years of banking experience in the Richmond market covers retail, commercial and investment banking. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) from James Madison University in 1996 and a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Richmond in 2002. He graduated from the RMA‐ECU Commercial Lending School in 2005 and completed their Advanced Commercial Lending School in 2006. He’s a 2009 honors graduate of the VBA’s School of Bank Management at University of Virginia.
Tim is an active and founding member of the Virginia Bankers Association Leadership Division, currently serving as Regional Director for the Capital Region. He is passionate about financial literacy. In addition to helping develop the curriculum for the Commonwealth’s new required high school course in economics and personal finance, he regularly volunteers to teach on the subject. His work at the University of Richmond, where he’s been on the faculty for 13 years, focuses on Leadership and Ethical Decision Making and earned him the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2012. He volunteers for the American Cancer Society, the YMCA of Greater Richmond and serves on the Board of Directors at Hermitage Country Club and the Downtown YMCA. He enjoys golf and fishing and currently lives in Manakin Sabot, VA with his wife Allison and their son Ben.
Michael T. Bolton, Sr., MHA
Vice President of Finance – Care Advantage, Inc.
With over 17 years of experience in accounting and finance (10 years in healthcare accounting), Michael brings considerable financial expertise to the healthcare industry. Michael is currently the Vice President of Finance for Care Advantage, Inc. and All About Care, LLC. Previous to his current role, Michael was the Director of Accounting and Finance (Controller) at HCAs Reston Hospital in Reston, VA. Michael holds an Associate in Arts degree in Economics, Bachelors in Economics, Bachelors in Finance and a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration with a concentration in Health Care Operations. Michael shares his blessings each day with his college sweetheart Tonya and their three children Jasmine, Michael Jr and Desmond. Michael enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering as a karate, football and basketball coach, listening to jazz, writing poetry and watching ESPN.
General Manager of Haley Buick GMC
Barry Moore relocated to Virginia from New Jersey in 1999. Barry attended Seton Hall University obtaining a degree in Political Science and attended the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at UVA. Barry has been in the automobile business since 1983 and serves as General Manager at Haley Buick GMC. In 2015 he ran for the State Senate seat in District 11 and was defeated in the primary.
Along with being on the Board of Directors for Connecting Hearts, Barry serves on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau and The Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation. Barry has also collaborated on programs with The American Cancer, Kidney Foundation, ALS, Caritas, The Healing Place, The Richmond City Jail Fathers program, Bridging RVA and attended the Drug Enforcement Agency Community program.
Barry has been married for 26 years to his wife Mary Lou and they have a daughter who graduated William and Mary College in December 2015.
Eddie Pickering, MHRM, PHR, SHRM-CP
Human Resources Specialist at Care Advantage
A native of Richmond, Eddie attended the University of Richmond, where he earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Human Resource Management. Prior to joining Care Advantage, Inc. in 2010, Eddie worked for Ukrop’s Supermarkets for 12 years, followed by a transition into occupational health and healthcare staffing. He currently serves as Human Resources Specialist with Care Advantage, Inc., Nurse Advantage and All About Care, LLC.
Eddie and his wife of 17 years, Tucker, have three beautiful sons, Dylan, Bennett and Cooper, and reside in Midlothian, Virginia. For fun, Eddie enjoys football, travelling and skydiving!
Christine A. Cestaro
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, City of Richmond
A Bronx native, Christine graduated from the College of William & Mary. She first worked as a newspaper reporter, covering the Fairfax County courts and police. Her experience covering crime and the “street lawyers” she admired led her to become a public-interest criminal attorney. She earned her law degree from George Mason University and in 1999 moved to Richmond to join the Public Defender’s Office. In 2006, she switched sides to become a prosecutor with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Having worked with children for many years in the City of Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, Christine now specializes in cold case and vehicular homicides. Outside of court, she is often found kickboxing, cooking, baking, or visiting with her niece and nephew.
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Community Ambassadors & Advocates
Chloe Edwards is a Richmond native that currently lives in Roanoke while attending Hollins University. She is majoring in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing, U.S. Multicultural Literature, and a minor in Social Justice. Chloe is a proud triplet and both her and her sister, Megan, will be graduating on May 21, 2017! Chloe went into kinship care permanently at the age of 17 after re-unification failed with her parents. College opened her eyes to the social justice aspects that play a role in many of the problems that occurred in her familial narrative. Since then, her writing has become both personal and political. She has acted as a mouthpiece for other children with similar narratives as hers through her mission to promote foster care and adoption awareness. She hopes to change the stigma associated with being an alumni of the system, whether the person is an alumni through kinship care, foster care, or adoption. Her vision is for individuals and organizations with the same mission to act a team and together implement change more efficiently and effectively.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kristie considers herself truly blessed to be one of three children adopted by her parents, who have opened their home to 13 other children in foster care over their lifetime. She has been heavily involved in the Virginia foster care system; having been through it, she offers insight that is essential to her ability to build lasting relationships, which makes a tremendous difference for both the parents and children involved. Because of the support of her adoptive family, Kristie has overcome many challenges over the years. She is now the first in her biological family to attend college, receiving her Associates of Social Science degree from J. Sargent Reynolds Community College. She plans to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at a four-year university in the upcoming year. Additionally, Kristie is breaking the cycle of addiction as a six-year member of a local recovery community organization. Her hope is to inspire children and youth that no matter where they come from or what circumstances they may face, they can overcome it. Kristie also loves spending time with her family and her baby boy (a German Shepard) Caesar.