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.

Ali
Program Coordinator

Ali

Hello everyone!

I’m Ali. I grew up in Omaha, NE and joined the team at the beginning of August 2019. Previously, I was working in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum after graduating from Syracuse University with a BA in Citizenship & Civic Engagement and Anthropology.

My first experience with Adopteen was in the summer of 2016 through their AGBOST program. The organization’s mission and people I met left a profound impact on my life and I've been involved ever since - serving on leadership committees and helping coordinate hangouts for the Adopteen D.C. Chapter. Apart from work, I am a wanderlust, crafting, and food enthusiast.

Claire
Program Coordinator

Claire

Hello there!

My name is Claire! I’m 22 and graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Social Work in the spring of 2019. I was adopted in 1998 from Whuzhou, Guangxi, China. I have been with Adopteen since 2009 and have loved watching this community grow over the years! I’m ecstatic to be stepping into this new role and furthering our reach into the adoption community!

My talents include online shopping, being a part-time vegan, and stealing other people’s dogs! Come on by! I’d love to meet you!

Regional Chapter Coordinators

Regional

Annelise
Seattle co-Coordinator

Annelise

Hello! My name is Annelise. I was adopted from Guangdong Province when I was 10 months old and have lived in Seattle, Washington ever since. I recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Communications and American Ethnic/Diversity Studies. Being adopted from China has always played an important role in my shaping my identity, but it was not until college that I really began to reach out and meet other Adoptees like myself. These relationships have helped me explore and better understand my feelings toward international adoption.

I hope that as an Adopteen coordinator I can continue to grow and enhance both community and friendship amongst adoptees in the Greater Seattle area!

Email: adopteenseattle@gmail.com

Emily
Phoenix co-Coordinator

Emily

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Quinn. I was adopted from Jiande, Zhejiang, China in 1994 at the age of 3 months. I grew up in Colorado attending Chinese Heritage Camp, through Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families. Growing up with this annual tradition, as well as a family that celebrated our adoptions (my sister's and my own) gave me this innate passion to connect with and to help fellow adoptees learn and grow. Adopteen provides me with a wonderful opportunity to pursue this passion in my current geographical location, and I am excited to help create a more tight-knit adoptee community here in Phoenix.

Outside of Adopteen, I am a pediatric physical therapist who loves to hike, rock climb, and I am a major foodie. I attended Ithaca College for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees where I graduated with my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2018.

Email: adopteenphoenix@gmail.com

Emma
Seattle co-Coordinator

Emma

Hi everyone! My name is Emma Schintz. I split my time between Denver, Colorado and Tacoma, Washington where I am finishing college at the University of Puget Sound. I am pursuing a degree in Psychology with a double minor in Neuroscience and Sociology. I have a huge passion for working with adoptees and always enjoy meeting new people within the community.

I first became involved with Adopteen in 2013 as a camper and have remained a supporter of all of the programs offered. In 2014, I traveled to my birth province on the Adoptees Giving Back trip and in 2017 & '18 I was a camp conference committee member at the Denver Conferences. Now, as a chapter co-coordinator, I hope to help other adoptees connect and experience what the Adopteen community has to offer!

Email: adopteenseattle@gmail.com

Gemma
Phoenix co-Coordinator

Gemma

Hi Everyone! My name is Gemma, I live in Phoenix Arizona and I am currently a freshman at community college, I have yet to decide what to major but I do want to work with kids in the future. I was adopted at the age of 10 from Guangzhou China in 2010. My first time with Adopteen was this past summer through AGBOST trip in Xi’an, it was an unforgettable trip with all the amazing girls I was traveling with. I am excited to be more involved Adopteen in the future.

When you don’t see me at school or working, you can find me in the kitchen eating and trying new recipes, watching Netflix, at the mall, or struggling as I try to find my phone. LOL. I am very excited to bring the adoptee community together. I am so stoked to meet you all and have so much fun with you guys. See you there!

Email: adopteenphoenix@gmail.com

Grace
Ottawa co-Coordinator

Grace

Hey Everyone! My name is Grace, and I was adopted from Zhanjiang, China in the Guangdong province in 2001. I am currently studying communications and business management at the University of Ottawa. I really enjoy playing tennis, tumbling, travelling, cake decorating and spending time with family and friends.

I found out about Adopteen through word-of-mouth, and after doing some research I knew that I wanted to get involved. Adoption has, and will forever be a huge part of my life, so I am looking forward to meeting and connecting with other adoptees. I would have loved to be a part of Adopteen when I was younger, so I am happy to be able to bring this opportunity to those in the Ottawa area. I am very excited to be co-coordinating the first Canadian chapter, as I hope that it will inspire more chapters throughout Canada!

Email: adopteenottawa@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

Heather
Plano co-Coordinator

Heather

Hey Everyone! My name is Heather, and I was adopted from Lianjiang in 1997. I am currently studying Communication Design (Graphic Design) at University of North Texas. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, figure skating, and spending time with friends and family. Although I may be new to the Adopteen family, I am truly passionate about all the hard work Adopteen does for its community. I am excited to lead the Plano Chapter and meet all of my fellow adoptees!

Email: adopteenplano@gmail.com

Jordan
Plano co-Coordinator

Jordan

Hello!My name is Jordan. I was born in Kunming, Yunnan Province, and adopted in 1995 through CCAI. I grew up in beautiful Colorado and moved to Dallas, Texas for my Master of Music degree. Since graduating, I teach oboe at several schools in the Dallas area and I am a member of the Las Colinas Symphony. Outside of music, my passions are food and cooking, board games, drawing, and travel!

I am thrilled to step into my role as co-coordinator of the Plano chapter of Adopteen. Before becoming involved with Adopteen, I had only met a couple other adoptees and it has been difficult to voice my experience with others. I am excited to create a space where everyone can share their own experiences, ask questions, connect and have fun! Hope to see you at our North Texas hang outs!

Email: adopteenplano@gmail.com

Kelly
Grand Rapids Coordinator

Kelly

Hey y'all! I was adopted from Gaozhou, China in the Guangdong province when I was six months old. I grew up near Kalamazoo, MI. I currently study computer science, psychology, and Chinese at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids, MI. I like playing the guitar and I'm currently training for the Detroit marathon. I'm passionate about community engagement and social justice!

I studied abroad in China in 2017 and that was pretty life-changing. I'm working on a research project on Chinese adoptees returning to China and I'm pretty stoked to start a chapter with Adopteen that I hope will bring together some local adoptees who might not have known each other otherwise!

If you're reading this, I hope we can chat sometime. Feel free to ask me questions, I am a big fan of questions :)

Email: adopteengrandrapids@gmail.com

Lili
Twin Cities co-Coordinator

Lili

Hi everyone!My name is Lili. I was adopted from Xi’an, China, in 2001. I grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin, which is near Green Bay, and now I attend the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. I’m majoring in global studies and Spanish, and I might add some minors. I enjoy traveling, reading, learning languages, trying new places/things (i.e., food), and hanging out with friends and family. My first Adopteen experience was the 2017 Camp-Conference in Wilmington, NC, where I had such a fabulous time meeting other adoptees and participating in the activities.

I look forward to meeting everyone and co-coordinating the Minnesota chapter!

Email: adopteenaustin@gmail.com

Liliana
Austin co-Coordinator

Liliana

Hi everyone!

My name is Liliana! I was adopted from Guangdong in 2000 when I was one year old and raised in Houston, Texas. I now attend the University of Texas, where I study bio-medical engineering. I hope to work in biotechnology after I graduate, so that I can utilize the precision of technology in aiding the diagnosis and treatments of various diseases. I first became involved in Adopteen through the Camp-Conference program in 2014, and it has unquestionably shaped who I have become today. I’m super stoked to help adoptees connect and network throughout the Austin area!

Email: adopteenaustin@gmail.com

Lilly
Austin co-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

Maddy
Ottawa co-Coordinator

Maddy

Hey guys! My name is Maddy Richards and I was adopted from Jiangxi Province in May 2000 at the age of one! I am currently a second year student at the University of Ottawa with a double major in communication and sociology. When I'm not busy with school I love to dance, make art, and bake treats. I also love spending time with my family and friends.

Like many adoptees, adoption has played an integral role in shaping my identity. I love connecting with other adoptees, as I feel that there are certain emotions accompanying adoption that only people who are adopted can fully relate to. Although I am new to Adopteen, I am already in love with this family and everything they stand for. I am super excited to co-coordinate Canada's first Adopteen chapter, and cannot wait to unite adoptees living in Canada's capital city!

Email: adopteenottawa@gmail.com

Morgan
Denver Coordinator

Morgan

Hi everyone!

My name is Morgan. I was adopted from Nanchang, China through CCAI when I was seven months old and I grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado. I have my Bachelors in Business Administration with a dual concentration in Marketing and Management from Colorado Mesa University. My first experience with Adopteen was in 2008 when they held their first camp conference in Denver. Since then, I have been to eight camp conferences, I was a teen committee member for five years, and I have participated in the Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip in 2014. Through Adopteen I have made life-long friendships and have grown my leadership skills. I am so excited to meet all of the adoptees in the Denver area and get to know everyone. I can’t wait to see you all at the next event!

Email: adopteendenver@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 graduated from Towson University with a major in Elementary and Special Education, and now I am a first-year 5th-grade teacher. 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