Meet the Guests
Rebecca Vahle, MA
Rebecca Vahle achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Whitworth University and Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University. She is also recently received certification in Trauma Informed Care. Rebecca is the Founder and Executive Director at Family to Family Support Network™. Previous experiences include being an Elementary School Teacher, and as an Adoptive Mom, she has been a Class Instructor for Adoptive and Expectant Parents, and was an Adoption Liaison at Parker Adventist Hospital and ran the first and only hospital-based adoption support program. She also was the host of the radio show, Adoption Perspectives, for 5 years. She has been the recipient of several awards related to adoption and advocacy, including the Angel in Adoption Award from Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. This began her advocacy at the federal level and she passionately presents about adoption sensitive care across the country and now implements the Unique Family Program™ in hospitals across the nation with Family to Family Support Network™.
Dixie K. Weber MS, BSN, RN
Dixie Weber, MS, RN is Family to Family Support Network’s National Advisor of Healthcare Programs providing UFP Program oversight, expertise, and guidance which allows UFP to achieve and maintain clinical and operational program excellence.
Dixie’s background includes 17 years of specializing in Maternal-Child Healthcare and she has held numerous leadership and programmatic positions within the specialty. Her Masters in Nursing Leadership and post- graduate certificate in Adult Learning Theory show a commitment to expertise in training and supporting nurses. She is also highly experienced in this space, having taught hands-on clinical care at the university level and creating and implementing trainings on a variety of maternal and child health issues including substance use during pregnancy, outreach and perinatal education for female prisoners, and a perinatal patient education and discharge app for smartphones, amongst others.
Dixie’s expertise ensures that all of UFP’s work supports nurses well on an individual level while considering the ways those individual nursing knowledge needs can be strategically systematized to function hospital-wide in a meaningful and sustainable way.
Dixie has been awarded the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2020 Distinguished Professional Service Award. This award is AWHONN’s highest honor and is given to nurses whose accomplishments in the specialties of women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nursing. Recommended and celebrated by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, Dixie was recognized as a 2017 Angels in Adoption® Award winner for her work as an adoption advocate in the state of Idaho.