Meet Your AAC Board

The American Adoption Congress 2016 - 2017 Board of Directors
Amy Winn - President - Santa Fe, NM
Amy may be reached at: 
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 / Event Registrar / FL State Representative - Cape Coral, FL
Susan may be reached at: 

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 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 - 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, Sarah has continued to seek out opportunities where she can educate and share the voices and experiences of those within the adoption community.

Deborah Myers  - Western Regional Director / WA State Representative - Bainbridge Island, WA
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.
Thomas Ahern - Marketing Director - Tempe, Arizona

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.

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.

Melissa Shelton - Support Group Coordinator - Carmel, IN
Melissa is a Wisconsin adoptee reunited with birth family in 2005. She is an adoptive mother to two children. Married to husband, Bob, for 19 years.  She has been member of the American Adoption Congress since 2003. Melissa was the AAC Virginia State Representative, AAC 2004-2007. Became the Indiana State Representative to AAC  in 2007-present. She has served in the US Army, Major, Air Defense Artillery (PATRIOT) and Quartermaster Corps. Volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate and as a Foster Care Review Board member.Experience in working in the VA medical system and private adoption agencies in the social work field. Conducting intake assessments on potential birth families and prospective adoptive couples.
  • Interview, assess needs and provide counseling, community resources, and support to birth families.
  • Conduct training seminars to adoptive families.
Conducts home studies and complete dossiers for International Adoption from China, Guatemala, Ukraine, Russia and Vietnam. 
Insures security and safety of family through post placement supervision in international adoption.
  • Conduct bio-psycho-social assessments.  Complete home studies, initiate and track interstate documents, conduct follow-up post placement supervision in domestic adoption.
  • Conduct community outreach and Public Relations through radio and newsprint interviews.
Worked on legislation for eight years for the state of Indiana. The bill that I worked on was passed into law in 2016. Adoptees born between 1941 to 1993 will have the ability to receive their original birth certificates beginning July 1, 2018.