Executive Vice President
JODI MIYAMA, MSW
Vice President of Adoption Services
Vice President of International Programs
Vice President of Marketing
FELICIA CHRISTENSEN, MBA
Vice President of Business Services
ADOPTION & ORPHAN CARE
Director of Adoption
International Adoption Specialist
International Adoption Specialist
KAYLA HOLDER-TORRES, LMSW
Southwest Regional Director
REBECCA HOBSON, LMSW
Michigan State Director
JENNIFER JACOBS, MSW
Midwest Regional Director
LAUREN LASTRAPES, MSW
Waiting Child Coordinator
Associate Program Director of Colombia
Associate Program Director of Ethiopia
International Programs Coordinator
National Advancement Officer
BRAD VAN STAVERN
Southwest Advancement Officer
West Coast Advancement Officer
International Video Specialist
Office Manager / HR Assistant
Brittany is an AGCI adoptive parent and mother of 5 from Temple, TX. She is a champion of the mission at AGCI, and an incredible entrepreneur who has had the opportunity to mentor families pursing adoption. Her passion for solving the orphan crisis and breaking the cycle of poverty has led her to deepen her connection to AGCI’s work through her current role as a Board Member.
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.