Board 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. (Current Board Term: 2013-2016)*


Shawn Danby joined the AGCI Board of Directors in July 2013. Shawn, previously a preschool teacher for 10 years at Children’s School and Montessori, brings to the board her passion and desire to set every child up for success and to help them feel confident and loved. She has a knack for making any child smile! She graduated with a BA in Sociology, and is employed at PATH Wealth Management. She has served on various PTA and School Committees as treasurer and as chairman for her kids at their schools. (Current Board Term: 2013-2016)*


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. (Current Board Term: 2013-2016)*


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. (Current Board Term: 2013-2016)*


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.*

*Independent, voting members of the Board of Directors.