JODI MIYAMA, MSW
FELICIA CHRISTENSEN, MBA
Adoption & Orphan Care
SAMANTHA MOORE, J.D., LMSW
JENNIFER KOTLEY, LCSW
REBECCA HOBSON, LMSW
KATHERINE MOSHIER, M.ED., LCPAA
JENNA PENNINGTON, LMSW
JENNIFER JACOBS, MSW
BRAD VAN STAVERN
Brittany is an AGCI adoptive parent and mother of 5. Professionally, she is an entrepreneur and investor. She is actively involved in her church, local community and with her husband and family are using their time and capacity to seek sustainable solutions to issues of global health and poverty, abuse, vulnerable children and trafficking.
Board Vice Chair
Brian joined the board of directors in 2015. He is an adoptive father and an active Ethiopia mission trip participant. Brian is a partner at Peloton Commercial Real Estate in Austin, Texas.
Angela lives in southwest Washington and is an AGCI adoptive mother and advocate. As a corporate attorney, she has over twenty years of experience advising clients on a variety of business and corporate governance issues.
ADAM TODD, CFP
Adam lives in Austin, TX with his wife and 3 children. He is managing partner and senior adviser for a wealth advisory business specializing in small business owners, and he brings a finance and accounting background to serve AGCI. Adam and his wife are AGCI adoptive parents and advocates for the mission of AGCI.
Suzanne lives in Portland, Oregon and spent much of the last 20 years living in Costa Rica as a missionary. In Costa Rica, she worked as a Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner where she specialized in training parents, professionals and caregivers on how to care for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and other Neurobehavioral conditions using FASCETS brain-based model. She currently lives in Oregon with her two adoptive sons, the younger has FASD. She is the Executive Director of Created to be Free, continues to be a full-time missionary under the United World Mission, serves as a Nurse Practitioner at the Good News Community Health Center and sits on the Board of Directors for the FASCETS organization.
Jerry lives in Austin, Texas and is Vice President and Texas Director for the BGR Group Government Affairs. Jerry leads the firm’s Texas practice and provides lobbying and consulting services at the federal level and in states across the country. Prior to that Jerry was Executive Director of the Governor’s Office in the State of Texas. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Policy and Child Advocacy. Jerry and his wife have fostered a number of children and adopted one through the foster care system.
Leanne lives in Austin, Texas and is very tied to the adoption community. Leanne is an adult adoptee and her entire family was built through adoption. Leanne’s background is in law and she was instrumental in rewriting New Mexico’s practices for reunification of foster children. Currently, she is the Headmaster at a Christian school where she oversees two campuses.
TISHA WAY GAYNOR, MSSA, LISW-S, RPT-S
Tisha resides in Cincinnati, Ohio as a Mental Health Therapist at the International Adoption Center—Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, serving children and families of international adoption. Her background with children who have experienced significant developmental traumas as a result of poverty, institutionalization, and separation; uniquely qualifies her with a depth of understanding that profoundly benefits the AGCI team.
Amanda lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with her husband David and their five children, three of whom joined their family through adoption. Amanda is a consultant with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at Texas Christian University. At KP ICD, her main focus is instructing systems, organizations, and professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®).
Sarah manages donor relations across the state and country for the Texans for Greg Abbott campaign. Prior to working for Governor Abbott, Sarah worked for Susan Combs, serving as a member of her advisory team, Chief of Staff at the Comptroller’s Office, and managed her various campaigns. Sarah and her husband reside in Austin, Texas, and have two children, one of which joined their family through adoption.