Director, Institute for Family-Centered Healing & Health



One place I’ve always wanted to visit:


Favorite pastime activity: 

Listening to books while running!

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee! Black for the first cup, creamer for the third.

More about Rachel:

Rachel serves as Director of CAFO’s Institute for Family-Centered Healing & Health.

She and her husband, Jedd, have welcomed children via birth, adoption, and foster care. Rachel has served as the primary educator for their five children through the majority of their school-aged years.

Rachel’s professional career began with a focus on physical therapy. After graduating from Loma Linda University’s School of Allied Health Professions, she provided care and recovery therapies in hospitals and clinics for patients following serious injuries, surgeries, and strokes. This work convinced Rachel that whole-person healing is necessary for true health and thriving. She also saw that small actions can be transformative when consistently repeated over time.

Later, Rachel studied at King’s College, London, receiving a Master of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health, with a special focus on children who’ve experienced severe deprivation. She is also a certified TBRI practitioner. Before these studies and since, Rachel has advised, cared for, and walked alongside many parents from across the US and beyond who are raising children with a history of trauma.

Rachel speaks and teaches often on education, parenting, and formation. She’s also written on these themes for publications ranging from The Washington Institute to Comment Magazine. Rachel has served on the board of several organizations that work to better the lives of vulnerable children and families in the US and globally.