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) 221-6688 x. 204

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) 221-6688 x. 205

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

Hannah
LA Coordinator

Hannah

Hey Guys!

My name is Hannah! I am 24 years old and I just recently graduated from the University Of Colorado Denver with a degree in Marketing . Soon after I graduated, I moved to California were my journey continues. My first Adopteen experience was during the summer of 09 during the Adopteen conference in Denver. Year to date I have attended 11 Adopteen conferences and multiple Adoptee Hangouts. Adopteen has allowed me to meet other fellow adoptees and helped create the community I needed, and it has continued to be apart of my life. I want to bring Adopteen to LA and since I am still exploring the area, please help introduce me to “Cali life!”

Email: adopteenla@gmail.com

Katie
Tampa Coordinator

Katie

My name is Katie Brummer. I was born in Zhanjiang, China in 1996 and adopted when I was 6 months old. I’ve lived in Florida ever since and currently reside in Tampa! I graduated from Florida State University in 2017 with a Risk Management/Insurance Degree with a minor in Hospitality Management. I enjoy traveling, music and spending time with my family and friends.

I was inspired to get involved with Adopteen after going on a Heritage Tour with CCAI. I want to cultivate a community of fellow adoptees in Tampa as I don’t think there is enough representation. I am excited to be a part of the Adopteen Family!

Email: adopteentampa@gmail.com

Kristin
Philadelphia Coordinator

Katie

Hello there!

My name is Kristin! I am a domestic adoptee born and raised in Los Angeles but I currently reside in Philadelphia for college! I am college senior majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry with a minor in Communications, and I aspire to pursue a career in medicine. During my free time I like to eat good food, travel, and search up pictures of dogs I can’t have. My first Adopteen experience was back in 2015 in San Diego, and the first time I was a committee member was in 2017 in Wilmington, NC. I am so excited to start a chapter here in Philly and I look forward to meeting everyone!!

Email: adopteen.philly@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

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