Misty Coonce, (she/her) – Program Director
Misty joined Ampersand Families as Program Director in 2016, after working 6 years at another adoption and foster care agency. In addition, Misty brings experience supporting survivors of domestic violence and providing children’s mental health wraparound services. In all facets of her work, Misty holds hope for people’s inherent ability to heal and grow from the challenges and trials life has brought. She views our role in this work to come alongside youth and families to address barriers in the path, through critical questioning of systems and processes and proactively building in supports so families can thrive.
Misty earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She completed the rigorous Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Program through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in 2015. She continues to live in the twin cities area with her husband and their two children, enjoying the (many) joys, challenges and growth opportunities that come with parenthood. As a family, they enjoy outside adventures including hiking and camping. Misty also has personal experience as an adoptee from the foster care system, growing up in a busy home with her older biological and adoptive siblings.