Our Board

Board Chair

Nate joined the board of directors in 2015. He is the program administrator for pediatric cardiology at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Nate is an adoptive father and has actively participated in mission trips and efforts to care for orphans.*

Board Vice Chair

Mariah Gray Kolpek, owner of Gray Communications and partner of Lu-See Media, Inc. has more than 20 years experience in television news reporting, video production, marketing and public relations. In 2008, Mariah and her team produced “Love Knows No Borders,” a documentary focusing on Bulgaria, orphans and international adoption. Mariah and her husband Kole adopted their son Carter from Bulgaria in 2001 and daughter Jordan from China in 2007.*


Brian joined the board of directors in 2015. He is an adoptive father and an active mission trip participant to Ethiopia. Brian is a partner at Peloton Commercial Real Estate in Austin, Texas.*


Adam Todd is a financial professional from Austin, Texas.*

Board Member

Carrie has provided mental health counseling services to children in both school and outpatient settings. During mission trips in college, Carrie had the opportunity to work and live in several orphanages. While in graduate school, Carrie was trained to provide post-adoption services to families and gained extensive knowledge of the effects of early adversity on child development. Carrie’s experience in the area of adoption and post-adoptive services led to a position creating the mental health program at the International Adoption Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Since moving to Minnesota, Carrie has been working in research, focusing on intervention development for children exposed to early adversity.*

Board Member

Elizabeth Triplett joined the board of directors in 2013 after serving as an advisor for the previous two years. Her advocacy work for orphans began in 1996 with a Christmas visit to an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico. More recently as a board advisor, Elizabeth has developed an intimate understanding of the needs of at risk women and children. Her work has taken her into the villages of marginalized populations, prisons, clinics, hospitals and the offices of politicians around the world. Elizabeth is the mother of two biological sons and an adopted daughter from Taiwan.*

Board Member

Leanne Messer joined the board in 2017.*

*Independent, voting members of the Board of Directors.