Board of Directors

John Mulvihill, Chair
James Shaw, Vice Chair
Christopher Garrah, Secretary
Lisa Deletroz

Mark Torchia
Jaime Weeks
Rita Soronen
Chip Spires

Meet the Team

Rita L. Soronen

President & CEO

Natalie Adams

Senior Manager, Training

Abby Allison

Adoption Program Manager

Skylar Balser

Senior Manager, Digital Communications

Kelly Bradshaw

IT Systems Manager

Julia Brake

Director, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

Dean Bring

Vice President, Development

Lori Brittenham

Senior Manager, Partnership Communications

Laura Carpenter

Senior Manager, Graphic Design

Abbey Christopher

Staff Attorney, Program

Cathryn Chuey

Staff Accountant

Jill Crumbacher

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Development

Lexie Digby

Senior Manager, Donor Content Marketing

Danielle DiMatteo

Senior Manager, Training

Brittni Doerfer

Adoption Program Manager

Cat Dugan

Coordinator, Digital Communications

Quinn Dybdahl

Senior Staff Attorney, Program

Chelsea Earnheart

Adoption Program Manager

Melissa Eck

Senior Director, Data & Performance Measurement

Fred Engel

Director, IT

Alison Fournier

Director, Events

Stephanie Fowler

Manager, Office and Facilities Administration

David Frissora

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Government Relations

Laura Garvin

Director, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

Ali Gedminas

Manager, Human Resources

Andrea Glass

Vice President, Programs

Stacy Gonzalez

Senior Manager, Training

Melinda Haggerty

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Deanna Jewell

Adoption Program Manager

Jennifer Justice

Senior Vice President, Strategic Program Development

Tim Kelso

Director, Marketing & Communications

Adrienne Kennedy

Senior Manager, Training

Megan Kennedy

Adoption Program Manager

Christina Killilea

Adoption Program Manager

Sharon Kingery

Front Desk Receptionist

Sara Kroboth

Senior Adoption Program Manager

Brittany Lacey

Senior Manager, Child Welfare Marketing

Jennifer La Fayette


Amy Licata

Director, Human Resources

Rachel Lien

Director, Development Analytics and Operations

Brie Lusheck

Director, Business Development & Government Relations

Maggie Malloy

Manager, Graphic Design

Angela Marshall

Director, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Canada

Clay McCreery

Senior Accountant

Leigh Anne McDermitt

Senior Adoption Program Manager

Heather Miller

Vice President, Human Resources

Rachel Milligan

Senior Manager, Partnerships

Donna Minor

Adoption Program Manager

Susan Missler

Senior Data Analyst, Data & Performance Measurement

Jackie Moats

Information Manager

Jared Moloney

Senior Manager, Finance and Accounting

Clare Nejedly

Manager, Development Operations

Julianne Nichols

Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Courtney Overholt

Senior Adoption Program Manager

Carol Patzkowsky

Executive Assistant

Nicole Pesa

Manager, Partnership & Event Communications

Darlene Reynolds

Adoption Program Manager

Tara Roberson

Senior Manager, Training

Lisa Rovner

Director, Development

Mervat Saa

Director, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

Carmen Savarino

Senior Manager, Development

Lisa Shiff

Program Manager

Mary Ellen Smalley

Director, Brand and Cause Awareness

Chip Spires

Senior Vice President, CFO

Beth Stahl

Adoption Program Manager

Erica Taylor

Coordinator, Events & Development

Betsy Walker

Senior Director, Partnerships

Amanda Weitz

Manager, Business Development & Government Relations

Andrea Williams

Senior Director, Training

Lawrence Witherspoon

Senior Manager, Partnerships


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