Kerry Marks Hasenbalg is a respected writer and speaker. She began her professional career on Capitol Hill as the fellow for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption (CCA), a bipartisan, bicameral caucus of more than 170 members of Congress. In 2002, together with the four congressional co-chairs of the CCA, Kerry created the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. As the organization’s founding executive director, she worked closely with the congressional members on child welfare issues in the U.S. and abroad. Under her leadership, all five of the organization’s main programs were created, including the congressional Angels in Adoption awards program, National Adoption Day, and the congressional Foster Youth Internship program. Kerry has visited more than 40 countries, and led more than a dozen congressional delegations abroad, meeting with both high-ranking government officials and the poorest of the poor in every location, to advocate for improved child welfare policies and practices.
Kerry has authored curriculum for faith communities including devotionals, retreat material, and inspirational essays. As a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University, Kerry earned dual degrees in Russian and international studies and has completed post-graduate work at both the American University in Russian language and at Calvary Chapel Bible College in counseling and Biblical studies. Prior to her work in DC, she spent three years serving in Russia as an interpreter for missional organizations and child welfare groups.
Over the years, Kerry and her husband, Scott, have been known to work in tandem for children’s causes. In their joint efforts, they have been instrumental in the creation of several charitable organizations in addition to CCAI, which are all flourishing today, including: Christian Alliance for Orphans, where Scott served as a founding board member; North Branch Young Life; Calvary Chapel DC Metro; Orphan Institute, where Kerry and Scott both serve as founding executive board members; and Show Hope, where Scott served as the Executive Director for 12 years under the board leadership of its founders, Steven Curtis and Mary Beth Chapman.
Since 2014, Kerry has led dozens of private retreats for leaders and lay people from the US and abroad through the BECOMING project she developed. The Becoming curriculum is based on Biblical scripture and was developed to aid people in personal and relational reconciliation as well as deep inner healing. In 2016, Kerry and Scott began facilitating marriage retreats using the BECOMING principles and practices.
Kerry also spends time working alongside Scott to assist philanthropists in stewarding their resources for social investment and capacity building in the developing world. Kerry is currently a member of the executive board of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute in Washington, DC, the advisory board of the Hands and Feet Project in Nashville, TN, and the ethics board of Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.
She and Scott live together in Danville, Pennsylvania, with their four children, Cole, Maya, Leah, and Annika, whom she homeschools.
Scott and Kerry 2019
Maya, Kerry, Annika, Leah, and Cole 2019
Kerry and Leah 2018
Annika and Kerry 2019
Hasenbalg clan 2019
Kerry and Maya 2019