Meet Your AAC Board
The American Adoption Congress 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
 
Amy Winn - President

Amy Winn is an adoptee, a psychotherapist specializing in adoption issues and a decades long advocate for change and healing within the adoption constellation. I invite you to join me on my quest to educate, advocate and bring reform to our adoption world.

Susan Friel-Williams - Vice President / Membership Chair / Florida State Representative


 
Susan Friel-Williams is currently the Vice President, Membership Chair and Southern Regional Director of the American Adoption Congress. She also administrates the AAC Facebook and Twitter accounts, edits and produces ‘The Beacon’ and is the Chairman for the Nominations and Elections process of the Organization.  Susan has been active as a Florida State Representative since 2010, and expertly balances her career as a licensed private investigator with her volunteer positions with the AAC.

Tim Monti-Wohlpart - Interim Legislative Chair


 

Tim Monti-Wohlpart is a New York born adoptee, in reunion since 1998.  In 2002 and 2003, he served as Vice President and Legislative Liaison for New York Statewide Adoption Reform. At that time, he lobbied for unrestricted original birth certificate access for adult adoptees.  In 2015, he began a grass-roots effort to restore the unrestricted access bill after it was changed in June 2015.  His public petition, supporting that effort, has been provided to key legislators and the Governor.  Tim joined the AAC Legislative Council in 2016.  He holds a B.S. in marketing, with minor in political science, and a Master of Education.  He lives in Brooklyn.


Sarah Dodson - Website / Social Media / Communications


 
Getting a jump start into the world of digital marketing, Sarah started out with an SEO firm nearly 10 years ago, expanding her roles into social media, content management, and offering consulting services both locally and nationally. She has worked on several grassroots, field, and event marketing campaigns, and has worked to develop all types of content, including web, social, print, email, and scripting pieces across several industries. An adult adoptee in recent reunion, she understands the delicate balance of emotions, heart, and history that fuel the adoption community. As the former Content Manager and Community Director at Adoption.com, Sarah has continued to seek out opportunities where she can educate and share the voices and experiences of those within the adoption community.

Susan Merkel - Mid Atlantic Regional Director / Professional Liaison

Susan Merkel is a NJ licensed social worker actively advocating on behalf of adoptees, adoptive parents, first/birth parents, and fertility patients for nearly 20 years. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work in 2012. Susan has been an invited speaker at Rutgers inaugural social work conference with Renmin University at Beijing University, China; as well as various adoption and infertility conferences. Prior to her career as a social worker, Susan advocated for thehigh Tech/online industry in Washington, DC, and worked for over 18 years in public relations; focused on media, employee and community relations; event planning; publications; and marketing in the for profit and non-profit space. She has a BA in Public Relations from The American University in Washington, D.C.,and is a graduate of Leadership North Fulton. She is a member of NJCare;Concerned Persons for Adoption and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.


Deborah Myers  - Western Regional Director / Washington State Representative
Deborah Myers received her BA from Central Washington
University in Sociology and English Literature. She received an MSW from
the University of Washington and worked as a planner for the Area Agency on
Aging. Later, Deborah received her JD from Seattle University and represented
paintiffs in personal injury and medical malpractice cases. 
She trained as a confidential intermediary and volunteered with Washington Adoptees Reunion Movement (WARM). She served as a volunteer with WARM for over twenty years and also served on the board in several positions, including board president. Deborah was also a founding member of the Washington Coalition for Adoptees Rights and Equality (WA-CARE). WA-CARE was instrumental in passing an OBC access law in 2012. Deborah is currently retired and spends her time with family and friends, while still assisting triad members in searches for lost family members.
 

Mary Wilson - Board Member at Large / Texas State Representative

Mary Wilson is a reunited birthmother who has been a volunteer adoption searcher for over 18 years.  She was first exposed to AAC when recognized as one of the 2013 Spokeo Search Angels.  She joined AAC that year and the next year applied to be a Texas State Representative.  Active in education about the need for adoptees to have access to their original birth certificates with TxCare in the late 90’s, 2013 and 2015 Texas legislative sessions.  She testified before both the 2015 House and Senate Committees.  Facilitates Support Group in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area since 2013.  In 2016 was nominated and voted to be the Secretary of the AAC and will fill that position at the 2017 annual AAC conference.

Andrew Tash - Board Member at Large


 
Andrew is a Birth Father, Late Discovery adoptee who teaches and produces Media to raise awareness about the perspective many adoptees carry into their everyday lives. 
 

Thomas Ahearn - Board Member at Large


 
Thomas is Senior Vice President of Business Development for Calo Programs and an Adoptee in reunion for many years. Thomas is a former School Psychologist with 30 years of behavioral health and education industry experience. He is an advocate for adoptees and for improvements in the treatment and understanding of developmental trauma. He enjoys fly-fishing, competitive endurance sports and his therapy dog, Nando.