637 College Avenue • Wooster, OH 44691


Our Team

Shawn Pedani, LISW-S

Director of Encourage Foster Care

Heather Huebner

Recruiter and Engagement Specialist

Jessie Berry, MSSA, LISW-S

Clinical Supervisor

Maria Reina

Foster Care Coordinator

Amanda McCarter

Foster Care Coordinator

Candice Kocsis, BSW, LSW

Foster Care Coordinator

Jodi Figueroa, LSW

Foster Care Assessor

Palma Ashcraft, BSSW, LSW

Foster Care Assessor and Trainer

Jocelyn Mast

Administrative Assistant


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The Encourage Team

See what sets Encourage Foster Care and our wonderful team apart.

See what sets Encourage Foster Care and our wonderful team apart.

Amanda McCarter

Amanda McCarter

Foster Care Coordinator

I am excited to work for Encourage as a Foster Care Coordinator. As a previous foster parent, now adoptive, I know how important it is to have and feel supported through the whole experience. Now that I am a Foster Care Coordinator, I strive to provide the best support I can to all foster families. I look forward to meeting families and children and learning how to best help them learn and grow in Christ. I have worked in the past as an in-home behavioral health therapist and enjoyed getting to connect with children and families and I hope to be able to use that experience to also help my foster families and kiddos. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids along with our pets. I love to read and watch movies, especially Disney movies as I am a huge Disney fan.