Adopteen Staff

"Um, I am not 'Mr. Lebowski'. You're Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dude." - The Big Lebowski

Your Adopteen staff work behind the scenes with help from the amazing Leadership Team to work out the boring details behind the amazing events that you experience every summer, as well as with our partners to bring social opportunities and online content to you year-round!

Meet the Dudes

Adopteen Staff

Adopteen CO Staff

Amy
Director & Co-Founder of Adopteen

Amy

Hi! I'm Amy. Although not ourselves adopted, my brother Art and I, raised in the adoption world and linked with thousands of adoptee friends, started Adopteen back in 2007 when we were 18-year-old teenagers, full of angst, with the hopes of building an inspiring and healthy community for adoptees. I am incredibly proud of what Adopteen has become, the impact it has made and continues to make on the adoption community around the world, and all of the incredible people it has brought together. Best job in the world.

I'm 30% useless TV trivia, 25% angsty emo music nostalgia, 20% food-obsessed, and the rest of my energy is spent trying real hard to act my age. If you're ever looking for a travel buddy, I'm always 100% down. Anytime, anyplace...as long as I'm not working or in school...which is very rare, but please try.

If you are meeting us for the first time, I cannot wait for you to explore all of the fantastic programs Adopteen has to offer! Ask us about the Adopteen Camp- Conference or the Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trips or AdopTween. Ask us about what other exciting programs we have in the works! Your wish is our command. Get pumped!

E-mail: amy@adopteen.org
Phone: (303) 850-9998 x 44

Art
Co-Founder of Adopteen

Art

I am Art. Nice to meet you!

Adopteen is so much more than anything you want to use to describe it. More than just an event or place or person, Adopteen, to me, above anything else, is an experience. It's the whole, deep dish, extra toppings pizza pie.

I currently split my time between Beijing and San Diego. I have a passion for food, travel, and music and invest much of my free time in those three things. As in, I eat too much, cry about all the places I can't afford to visit, and play tons of private concerts for my favorite pillows.

Adam
Program Manager

Adam

Hey you! I’m Adam.

I’ve been with Adopteen since November of 2014, right after graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in Theatre. While I myself am not adopted, I have five adopted siblings and grew up with almost a hundred more foster siblings throughout my childhood, so I’ve been around adoption almost my entire life. I was super stoked to learn that I could be a part of this awesome program and that Adopteen does so much for the adoption community.

I like good books, good theatre, movies, food, and dogs. So mostly I spend all my free time reading, making pizza, and watching funny dog videos with my wife.

Talk to me. I’m fun.

Email: adam@adopteen.org
Phone: (303) 850-9998 x 26

Kate
Program Assistant and Founding Member

Kate

Hi Friends! My name is Kate Cruz!

I've been with Adopteen since the very first Camp-Conference (2008!), and it continues to change my life. Adopteen has helped influence who I am, and I’m so happy to be a part of this program that helps so many people. I keep learning a tremendous amount from the program, and its people like you that continue to be my inspiration! Everyone should experience Adopteen and see what we're all about!

I currently live in Boulder, CO., and now I’m back to work for this amazing program! In my free time, I enjoy hiking, hanging out with dogs, going to see movies, and eating delicious food.

Email: kate@adopteen.org
Phone: (303) 850-9998 x 14

Regional Chapter Coordinators

Regional

Anna
Atlanta Coordinator

Anna

Hey Adopteen!

My name is Anna Marianchuk! I was adopted from Guangdong Province, China in October 1998 through CCAI and have lived in Decatur, GA ever since. I'm in my 3rd year at Georgia Tech and am studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Spanish. At Tech, I've had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid, research, intern, and am part of a sorority on campus. I love to eat, travel, hike, hang out with friends and family, and meet new people!

I'm so excited to see Adopteen return to Atlanta and on a regular basis now! I've attended 5 camp-conferences and served on the leadership committee last summer for the Washington D.C. camp-conference and am extremely excited to take on this new leadership role within Adopteen! Atlanta has a great adoptee community and I really want to see it continue to grow and develop! We have so much fun planned for the next year! I can't wait to meet everyone!

E-mail: adopteenatlanta@gmail.com

Katie
Colorado Co-Coordinator

Katie

Hi guys!!

My name is Katie and I’m from Boulder, Colorado. I currently am a senior at Fairview High School and plan to graduate this spring. I was adopted from Hunan Province and just this past summer, I went back for the first time. This will be my first year on the committee and I am so excited to meet all of you! When I’m not in school I enjoy hanging with friends, hiking, and spending time with family.

My first experience with Adopteen was this past summer when I participated in a program called Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip. (AGBOST) I came back loving it so much that I wanted to become more involved with Adopteen and the community. Adopteen has changed my life. I met one of my best friends from going on the trip and made so many connections with the other adoptees. I cannot wait to meet all of you!

Email: adopteencolorado@gmail.com

Laura
Chicago Coordinator

Laura

My name is Laura Williams, and my parents adopted me from Guangxi Province, China in 1997. I grew up in the Chicagoland area, and I am a senior at DePaul University, majoring in Graphic Design and minoring in Hospitality. From an early age, I have been fascinated with art and technology. I enjoy traveling, sports, and hanging out with family and friends. I look forward to graduation and a career in my area of study.

I am excited to take on this leadership role with Adopteen. I have always been interested in my Chinese heritage and the topic of adoption. As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to help make a difference for people like me. Like many others, I have had many barriers to overcome as a Chinese adoptee. Over the years, I have learned to embrace and appreciate who I am. I would have loved the opportunity to belong to a group like Adopteen when I was a teenager, so I would love to bring this opportunity to other adoptees in the Chicagoland area.

Email: adopteenchicago@gmail.com

Lilly
Austin Coordinator

Lilly

Hi everyone!

I’m Lilly! I’m a 23-year old PhD student living it up in Austin, Texas. I was adopted from Nanning in 1995. Outside of graduate school I love ballet and adventuring around with my puppy, Grant! One of my passions is spreading the word about adoption and connecting with fellow adoptees. I am so excited to be joining the Adopteen family and cannot wait to meet you!!

Email: adopteenaustin@gmail.com

Nikki
Colorado Co-Coordinator

Nikki

Hi everyone!

My name is Nikki. I am a senior at Monarch High School in Louisville, Colorado. I play oboe in the Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra, figure skate, and am also a figure skating coach at my local rink. I also love skateboarding, skiing, and chilling with my two dogs. I was adopted from Guangdong and I have a little sister who was adopted from Hunan. During the summer, I went on one of the AGBOST trips to the city of Zhuzhou in Hunan. It was a life changing experience for me and is what inspired me to get involved with Adopteen. I’m so pumped to see all that we can accomplish together and I look forward to meeting all of you!

Email: adopteencolorado@gmail.com

Vanessa
DC Coordinator

Vanessa

Hi everyone!

My name is Vanessa Shu. I live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just outside of our Nation's Capital, Washington, DC. I am a senior at Towson University, majoring in Elementary and Special Education. I am VP of CEC, Council for Exceptional Children, where we educate and advocate for students with special needs by participating in fundraisers and hosting events. I enjoy meeting people and spending time with family and friends. I'm a foodie, open to trying all foods. My first Adopteen conference was Denver 2015; I loved it so much that I came back the next year as a committee member for Adopteen Washington, DC 2016. My positive experience with Adopteen has led me to embrace the idea of hosting Washington, DC hangouts. I have exciting plans for our get-togethers and look forward to meeting everyone!

Email: adopteendc@gmail.com