OUR team

OUR TEAM

LEADERSHIP

HOLLEN FRAZIER

President

NATE DAWSON

Executive Vice President

JODI MIYAMA, MSW

Vice President of Adoption Services

KIERSTEN LUGINBILL

Vice President of International Programs

ANGELA HOOD

Vice President of Marketing

FELICIA CHRISTENSEN, MBA

Vice President of Business Services

ADOPTION & ORPHAN CARE

JULIE SALWASSER

Director of Adoption

CONNIE CUMMINGS

International Adoption Specialist

JESSICA LAYNE

International Adoption Specialist

SUE HARKEMA

International Adoption Specialist

LYLA OMERNIK

Adoption Advisor

KAYLA HOLDER-TORRES, LMSW

Southwest Regional Director

REBECCA HOBSON, LMSW

Michigan State Director

JENNIFER JACOBS, MSW

Midwest Regional Director

LAUREN LASTRAPES, MSW

Adoption Coordinator

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS

TATIANA FREGOSI

Associate Program Director of Colombia

ANGELYN SALYER

Associate Program Director of Ethiopia

HANNAH ABEBE

International Programs Coordinator

ADVANCEMENT

BRAD VAN STAVERN

Southwest Advancement Officer

ANGELA HANSEN

Sustainability Manager

MARKETING

KAITLYN SCHIRLE

Marketing Manager

DAYN ARNOLD

International Video Specialist

MADI SALVATI

Marketing Coordinator

BUSINESS SERVICES

ANGELA ESKEW

Accountant

WONJAE KANG

Technology Specialist

KYLEE TAUBE

Office Manager / HR Assistant

Ethiopia In-Country Staff

MATHEWOS SHAMO

Child Advocacy Director

AZEB BIRHANU

Caregiver Trainer and Administrative Officer

HAILE KIROS

Senior Social Worker and Education Sponsorship Coordinator

TADESE WELDEKIDAN

Tigray Program Coordinator

WELDE HALEFORM

Finance Head

OUR BOARD

ANGELA MORRILL

Board Chair

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.

BRITTANY NORMAN

Board Vice Chair

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.

BRIAN LIVERMAN

Secretary

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.

ADAM TODD, CFP

Finance

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 EMERY

Board Member

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 STRICKLAND

Board Member

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 MESSER

Board Member

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

Board Member

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.