Dr. David and Jayne Schooler
Dr. David and Jayne Schooler began the journey into the world of foster care and adoption in 1978, with a simple question by a youth in their church. “Would you become my foster parents?” They answered yes and that changed the direction of their lives.
David has served in the pastoral and counseling ministry for over 40 years. Much of his current focus is on working with adults who have a lifetime impact of early childhood trauma. Both David and Jayne are recognized nationally and internationally as speakers/trainers in the field of adoption and foster care, working with Back2Back Ministries and partnering with LAMb International, and Orphan’s Promise.
Jayne is the author/co-author of eight books in the field of child welfare including Wounded Children, Healing Homes: How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Parents and Parenting in Transracial Adoption. Serving now full time with Back2Back Ministries their international work takes them regularly to India, Nigeria, Mexico and Haiti. Recently, two of her books have been translated into Russian and Polish. David and Jayne are parents by birth and adoption and grandparents of four.
Julie Cooper has dedicated her life to engaging orphan care issues in the United States and internationally. Her first job in 1997 as staff for a residential treatment facility for teenage sex offenders opened her eyes to the complex and enormous need for competent caregivers.
In 2003, after fostering and adopting in Indiana, Julie and her husband moved to Mexico to serve internationally with Back2Back Ministries. There they worked alongside children’s home directors to help bring holistic care to children They were also house parents to 8 teenage boys which gave her first hand experience and deeper understanding of what it looks like daily to live out growth and healing in the lives of kids from hard places.
In 2010, Julie and her husband pioneered a new Back2Back site, offering hope and care in Cancun, Mexico. During that time they were able to work in the government children’s home and several marginalized communities.
Now, living in Ohio with her husband and 6 children, Julie works with Back2Back Ministries to share resources aimed at equipping orphan and foster care ministries. Sharing Trauma Competent Caregiver training has been a large focus. She has been training nationally and internationally with Dr. David and Jayne Schooler for two years.
Diane Siemer has served with Back2Back Ministries as a staff member since 2011. She spent several years prior to 2011 serving as a mission trip team leader where she first met a 12-year old girl who captured her heart. It was through her relationship with this young girl that the Lord starting whispering in her heart the desire to serve orphaned and vulnerable children in a more real way.
Eleven years later, Diane and her husband, Matt, became foster parents in 2014. The Lord blessed her family with adoptive children where her family increased by two in 2015. She resides in Ohio with her husband and four children where she is still learning how to be a mom of a large family.
Diane draws on her experience of parenting children who come from trauma and her passion for sharing the Trauma Competent Caregiver training principles to serve as Child Development Coordinator for Back2Back Ministries. She brings her own brand of love for processes, systems, strategy and organization to the Child Development Team. She spends her days keeping the team organized and on-track, coaching Back2Back staff on TCC principles, training and implementing Back2Back’s Child Development Plan for all sites.
Caroline Burns has served with Back2Back Ministries since 2007.