A Family for Every Orphan Mourns Passing of Executive Director Micala Siler

October 2, 2020

A Family for Every Orphan (“AFFEO”) is heartbroken to announce the unexpected death of its Executive Director, Micala Siler, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

“Under Micala’s incredible leadership, thousands of orphans and families across the globe have been helped. Her guidance, wisdom, and heart for orphans and vulnerable children have made a tremendous impact on who we are today,” said David Melilli, Board Chair.

“All of us who had the privilege of working with Micala knew her passion and spirit for helping orphans and vulnerable children,” said Sarah Wolfe, Director of Programs and Grants. “She was a true light and joy to all around her.”

“Micala was instrumental in growing AFFEO’s infrastructure—she was with AFFEO from nearly the very beginning, growing us from a fledgling organization to where we are today,” shared Board Vice-Chair Melinda Mandell. “She was also a cherished and respected leader in the wider global orphan care movement, spreading the vision of family-based care.”  

Micala served as AFFEO’s Executive Director since 2010. She is survived by her husband and four daughters. Please join us in praying for the family.

The Board of Directors expect to make further announcements regarding the plan for succession in the coming weeks.

About A Family for Every Orphan

A Family for Every Orphan (“AFFEO”) is a Christian non-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington. AFFEO’s mission is to help orphans find loving families in their home countries. Their vision is a World Without Orphans. For more information please see www.afamilyforeveryorphan.org



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Micala Siler

Executive Director
Micala Siler graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2001 and held an MS from the University of Missouri-Rolla. She was the first female graduate of the U.S. Army Sapper Leader Course, and she commanded troops during two combat tours, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The oldest sister of seven children (two adopted from the US), her biological family also served as a foster family when she was a teenager.
Her experiences as a leader under pressure, her knowledge of project management, and her writing skills proved to be highly effective in developing the A Family for Every Orphan team, establishing the organization’s infrastructure, and promoting the cause over the last ten+ years. Throughout this time, her conviction was strengthened that growing up in a loving family is the best way to ensure that children can blossom into the sons and daughters that God designed them to become.
Micala leaves behind her husband, Jason, and four daughters, Keira, Noelle, Cheyenne, and Natalie.