About OrphanWise

A baby cries expecting help.

When abuse, abandonment, neglect or bereavement cause that child’s cries to go unanswered, the damage can be lasting. Early childhood trauma can powerfully shape brain development, with lingering effects that ripple into adulthood. When trust is broken with the initial caregiver, a child might struggle to build secure relationships for the rest of her life. 

At any given moment, there are more than 400,000 children in the U.S. foster care system alone.  For these children and for the thousands of families who adopt each year, the need for resources and training is imminent. 

Utilizing models like Trust-Based Relational Intervention®, OrphanWise seeks to connect the best tools and training to those who work with children from hard places – both within the United States and beyond our borders. 

Our mission is to get the right tools to the caregivers who need it most. We work in partnership with individuals and organisations in the United States and in Latin America to equip adoptive parents, foster parents, children’s homes, teachers, professionals, and churches to work with at-risk and traumatized children in a way that promotes healing and wholeness.

At OrphanWise . . .

We believe trauma is the cause of many difficult behaviors displayed by children separated from their families.
We believe in the importance of secure attachments and relationships.
We believe in the local community’s ability and responsibility to care for its children.
We believe that equipping parents, teachers, and all those who work with the child on a daily basis is the best way to impact the child.
​We believe there is always hope and healing is possible.


Katie Rinaudo, Executive Director

From an early age, Katie knew she wanted to work with orphans and vulnerable children.  A member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) she spent three years as a missionary at a children’s home in Paraguay.  There, she became aware of the desperate need for training for caregivers of children from hard places, especially in the developing world.

Katie holds a practitioner license in evidence-based trauma competency (TBRI®) through the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development and a master’s degree in Holistic Child Development from Lee University.

Karen Uhlhorn, Marketing & Communications Director

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in sociology from the University of Florida, Karen served as a English education volunteer in Peace Corps Colombia. Most recently, she worked as a communications specialist at Curley & Pynn Public Relations Management, one of Orlando’s leading communications firms.

A passion for education and an interest in attachment theory have underscored Karen’s career so far. Karen has remained actively engaged in local education initiatives, serving most recently as a volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in her hometown.


Doug Pileri, Board President

Having held senior management positions at companies such as IBM, Thomson, and Kodak, Doug brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the OrphanWise team. Most recently, Doug served as chief of market transformation at SIVOTEC Analytics, where he played an integral role in all aspects of business and brand development, helping to drive growth through the innovative use of integrated data and advanced analytics.

In the nonprofit sector, Doug serves as vice chairman of the board of directors of Music For All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential music education organizations. Additionally, Doug previously served as the executive vice president of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, where he led his team to achieve strategic goals aligned with the organization’s culture, framework, and vision.

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Jon W. Newcomer, CPA, Board Treasurer
Principal, Jon Newcomer CPA PA

Jon W. Newcomer brings more than 30 years experience in diverse tax, financial and business consulting experience to his role as a Certified Public Accountant. In 1994, Jon established a full-service accounting firm in Cumming, Georgia.  For over 20 years, Jon has been dedicated to helping clients achieve business success by helping them establish practical and sound tax and financial processes. 

Jon also brings extensive experience as a nonprofit board member. He has served as chairman, treasurer and board member of organizations ranging from his local church, Horizon Christian Academy (a local private school), a faith-based charity assisting women in overcoming substance abuse, as well as other faith-based organizations.

Fred Trainer, Board Member

Company founder Fred Trainer, a Knoxville native, has worked in the construction industry since 1988. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Georgia Tech and then achieved his Master in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. His passion for history, architecture and community led him to start F.E. Trainer Construction.  In 2014, Fred partnered with John Harper to found Red Door Homes of East Tennessee, which quickly grew to become one of the area’s best production home builders.

Fred has been married to his wife Amy for 20 years and they have 2 children, Bela 12 and Whit 10.  They are members of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and are involved with several ministries that serve Knoxville’s youth population including Young Life, Emerald Youth Foundation and he is currently serving on the board at Thrive Lonsdale.

Julie Tilley, Board Member

Julie Tilley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Tennessee. Certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and trained in several therapy modalities related to early life trauma, Julie brings a wealth of expertise to the OrphanWise board of directors.

Julie holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Science degree in marriage and family therapy from Lee University.  From her previous career in corporate customer service, Julie honed her ability to improve systemic problems.  A knack for supporting friends and family through their most difficult moments prompted Julie’s 2010 career shift from business to therapy.

Julie lives in Tennessee, where she enjoys coffee, the company of her dogs (all dogs, actually), and being a safe friend to people who are marginalized.  She is a single mom to two successful adult children and “JuJu” to four amazing grandchildren.