Meet Your AAC Board
Matt Naylor - President and 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.
|Roberta MacDonald is an adoptee, and has just celebrated her 20th year being an AAC member. She was a former board member and held the positions of AAC Vice President, membership chair, event registrar and website administrator. Roberta came back to the board in 2019 as Vice President. She was the founder of the North Carolina Coalition for Adoption Reform before moving to Florida. Roberta was reunited with her birth mother in 1997, and has been an advocate for adoption legislation since 2000. 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.|
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.|
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.