Meet Your AAC Board

The American Adoption Congress 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
 

Amy Winn - President - Santa Fe, NM
Amy may be reached at: 
505.967.9286
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.  
Roberta MacDonald - Vice President/Website Administrator - Pensacola, FL
Roberta MacDonald is an adoptee, former AAC Board member, AAC Vice President, membership chair, event registrar and website administrator.  Roberta was the founder of the North Carolina Coalition for Adoption Reform before moving to Florida.  She was reunited with her birthmother in 1997.  Since 2000 Roberta has been an advocate for adoption reform.  She along with others helped to implement a CI program in North Carolina for adoptees, adoptees of deceased birth parents, siblings and continues to assist those in North Carolina to obtain a clean bill for access to original birth certificates.
Susan Friel-Williams - Membership Chair / Event Registrar / FL State Representative - Cape Coral, FL
Susan may be reached at: 
239-772-2727


 
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 - Legislative Chair / NY State Representative - Brooklyn, NY


 

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, Governor Cuomo and the Department of Health. 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 - Interim Secretary / Website / Social Media / Communications - Queen Creek, AZ


 





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.
Kris Probasco - Professional Liaison - Liberty, MO

Kris A. Probasco is an LCSW and LSCSW and one of Kansas City’s leading infertility and adoption counselors. With over 40 years of experience in private adoption, foster care adoption, open adoption, embryo adoption, donor conception, and adoption reform.

Not only is the social work field her career – It is her life’s passion. Kris has played an important role in not only changing individuals’ lives though her family building services, but also in the industry as a whole.
Kris has been a member of AAC for many years and is pleased to serve now as their professional liaison. She was honored at last year’s conference with the Ambassador Award.

Kris is pleased to announce that she wrote a chapter in the Seven Core Issues in Adoption and Permanency book by Sharon Roszia and Allison Maxon "The Seven Core Issues and Third Party Reproduction and Surrogacy"

Shawna Hodgson - Volunteer Coordinator - Kingwood, TX



Shawna is a Texas born adoptee and fifth generation Texan. At age 40, she identified her birth family using DNA testing and shortly after, reunited with her birth parents and two siblings.

Shawna became active in adoptee rights/OBC access legislation in Texas in 2014 after her experience with the adoption agency that facilitated her adoption. 

In 2015, Shawna co founded the grassroots organization Adoptee Support Advocates based in her hometown of Houston, Texas. In 2017, Shawna co founded Equality 4 Adoptees, designed to network with other adoptee rights groups around the country. Once a month Shawna is a co leader of an in person search and support group for adoptees and birth parents in Houston, TX.

In addition to her adoptee rights advocacy, Shawna is a trained and certificated mediator, including advanced family law mediation and a member of the Texas Association of Mediators.

Her training makes her particularly adept in communicating with others, and her heartfelt candor encourages others to listen. This has been invaluable while communicating with legislators and their staff regarding OBC access and adoption reform.

Thomas Rector - Financial Committee Chair - McKinleyville, CA



Thomas Rector’s experience as National Presenter, businessman, Open Adoption panelist, Foster Kinship Trainer, CASA, and the father of five has shaped new insights on how memories, environment, and human development shape our experiences and decisions. 
 
He is a CEO, national speaker and presenter on BioSocial Cognition theory, and founder of Accrescent Institute, as well as the former Executive Director for CASA of Del Norte and the current Vice President of the NFPA Board of Directors. 
 
He has studied a wide range of topics over the last 20 years in the fields of neuroscience, language development, philosophy, psychology,  biology and genetics. 

Matt Naylor - Puerto Rico Liaison - Palm Springs, CA



Matthew Naylor is a California Adoptee and first learned of half of his adoption story in 2006 and the other half  by attending an AAC Conference in 2014 and learning about DNA that has lead to his Puerto Rican ancestry.                  Matthew is the founder of the non-profit Marquee Academy of Performing Arts – serving under privilege music lessons as well as a board member for Well in the Desert serving the homeless issues in his community.          
                                         
Matthew is developing personal relationships in the  Puerto Rican Community with many that have been adopted since first finding out his ancestry.  He will be speaking out and helping in the needs  to this large Puerto Rican          group. 


Leslie Livingston - Marketing Director - North Yarmouth, ME



Leslie Livingston is an adoptive mother of her son who was born in Cambodia.  She holds a B.S. in Communication Disorders, an M.S. in Family Studies, and has spent her entire career working on behalf of children and families, first as a special educator in the public schools and then as a nonprofit administrator in agencies supporting children and families. Leslie has also been adjunct faculty in the Early Childhood Dept. of Kaplan University and has a private parent coaching practice.
 
Leslie has served on several non-profit boards and on the Maine State Early Care and Education Committee.  She was instrumental in getting legislation passed to benefit children and families while serving on this committee.  Leslie was also a national trainer for Healthy Families America home visiting program.
 
In addition to adopting her son, Leslie has several family members and friends who are members of the triad including a niece and nephew who are donor conceived. The health and well-being of all is near and dear to her heart.