Creating a Family Board of Directors
Jamie Morningstar is a fixture in the Utah Product Management scene and has been a part of several of Utah’s most interesting and successful Software as a Service brands. She currently serves as a Staff Product Manager at Qualtrics in Provo, Utah. Jamie holds a degree in Computer Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MBA from BYU. She was honored as a 2014 Woman to Watch and a 2017 Forty Under 40 award recipient by Utah Business Magazine. In her spare time Jamie loves to ski and cycle, participating in many cycling charity events each year as a leader of Team Cycle4Cure.
Jamie and her husband Stephen are proud parents to four kids, two by birth and two by adoption. They were grateful users of Creating a Family resources throughout their daughters’ adoption processes from Kazakhstan and China. Through their adventures in adoption, Jamie’s heart and mind were opened to the depth and complexity of the global orphan crisis. In response, she started to get involved with hands-on orphan advocacy and education projects. She leads an annual orphanage work trip to the Hogar de Amor orphanage in Colima, Mexico and is excited serve on the board of Creating a Family.
Dr. Baden is a Professor in the Counselor Education Program at Montclair State University in the Department of Counseling and Educational Leadership. She is a member of the Doctoral Faculty and an active researcher. Dr. Baden currently leads the Adoption Research Team. She is an avid proponent of multicultural competence and specializes in adoption-related research in counseling and psychology.
Dr. Baden earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Michigan State University. She is also an adult transracial adoptee.
Angeline N. Beltsos
Dr. Angeline Beltsos is the CEO and Medical Director of Vios Fertility Institute Chicago. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), practicing medicine since 1991. Dr. Beltsos completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loyola University in 1995 followed by a fellowship in REI at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, completed in 1997. Dr. Beltsos is also the Clinical Research Division Director of Vios and participates in a number of research projects and scientific publications. She has received numerous awards in teaching and has been honored as “Top Doctor” from Castle Connelly for several years. She is a popular speaker, both nationally and internationally, and a frequent media resource on the topic of infertility. She is the executive chairperson for the Midwest Reproductive Symposium International, an international conference of fertility experts.
As the REI Division Education Director for the Obstetrics and Gynecology residency programs of Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Lutheran General Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Chicago, Dr. Beltsos helps educate future OB/GYN doctors. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Brinton Wright is the principal member of the Law Offices of Brinton Wright, PLLC, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Wright’s practice consists primarily of adoption law (adoptive parent, birth parent and agency representation). He is a member of the Family Law Council of the North Carolina Bar Association and co-chairs its Adoption Committee. Mr. Wright has been influential in the drafting and promoting of numerous changes to North Carolina adoption statutes, including changes that promote interstate adoption and that clarify adoption procedure. He was the first North Carolina lawyer to become a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, a national organization of attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the field of adoption law. (The Academy is now called the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, and Mr. Wright is an Adoption Fellow.)
Mr. Wright was involved with the governance of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, North Carolina’s oldest and largest adoption agency, for more than 20 years, having served on its Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Foundation Committee. From 1999 to 2001, he chaired the agency’s Board of Trustees. He is a recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s “Angel in Adoption™” award and the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys’ “Mentor Who Made a Difference” award. Mr. Wright earned his B.A. degree from John Hopkins University, M.B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire, and J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. Mr. Wright is a regular presenter at seminars on North Carolina adoption law.
Dr. Jason Franasiak is a board certified Obstetrician Gynecologist, board certified Technical Supervisor in Embryology and Andrology, and lead physician of RMA’s South Jersey – Marlton Office. He serves as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and has been invited to speak nationally and internationally. He is author and contributor to over 100 peer reviewed publications, published chapters and abstracts. He serves on the Editorial Board for Fertility and Sterility and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He also serves as Ad Hoc Reviewer for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction Genetics, Human Genetics, Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Human Reproduction, and Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. Dr. Franasiak volunteers as an OB/GYN Clinical Advisor for Osmosis – Integrated Medical Learning and with Kaplan Test Prep for USMLE Step, 1, 2, and 3 reproductive medicine coursework.
Mr. Freeby’ s practice is devoted exclusively to adoption law and he has over a decade of experience in this area of the law. Included in his law practice are independent domestic adoption, contested adoption, agency domestic adoption, international adoption, interstate (ICPC) adoption, family adoptions, foster care adoptions, mediation, cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act and adoption agency representation.
Mr. Freeby is member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“Academy”). The Academy is a national association of approximately 340 attorneys across the United States who have distinguished themselves in the area of adoption law. Mr. Freeby is the Deputy Director of Adoptions for the Academy.
Mr. Freeby active in teaching and organizing continuing legal education for attorneys in the area of adoption law. Mr. Freeby also serves on a number of boards for charitable organizations in the community.
Steve Hayes is an attorney specializing in adoption and assisted reproductive law. Steve has been a litigator for more than 40 years. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Wisconsin Super Lawyers, as a Leader in the Law and in Milwaukee Magazine as one of the top attorneys in his field in the Milwaukee area. He has volunteered his time as president or board member for lawyer organizations, including the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Milwaukee’s public television station, his church and various adoption groups. Steve has been lead counsel in numerous Wisconsin and federal appellate cases in the areas of children’s law, including surrogacy, wrongful adoption and termination of parental rights cases. He continues to represent several Wisconsin adoption agencies, adoptive parents or birth mothers and was recognized as an Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition in Adoption in 2006.
A 25-year veteran of medical marketing, PR and communications technology, Ron is CEO of Vanguard Communications, a Denver-based firm specializing in bringing new patients to healthcare providers in 16 specialties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Ron is the author of The Totally Wired Doctor: Social Media, the Internet & Marketing Technology for Medical Practices. He also is a featured video blogger for the news website MedPage Today, as well as a TV commentator and frequent speaker at medical conferences throughout North America and Europe.
Nick Korynski is a Senior Solutions Consultant in San Francisco, CA. He spent 9 years as an engineer in the aerospace industry before completing an MBA at Indiana University. In 2015, he left aerospace to work in advertising technology. Since then, he has been selling marketing automation software to Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies. He specializes in social media marketing on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. He also has experience managing digital media campaigns and consulting.
Dr. Julie Lamb, MD, FACOG is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Pacific NW Fertility in Seattle. Julie serves as clinical faculty at the University of Washington where she directs the REI training of Ob/Gyn resident physicians and is the Director of the Center for Fertility Preservation at Pacific NW Fertility. She has presented and published more than 50 peer-reviewed research projects at national meetings and also serves on the board of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine patient education committee and embryo transfer committee and the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society. She is the current president of Seattle Gynecology Society. Julie also studied international women’s health as a Fulbright Scholar in Zimbabwe, and is the proud mother to three boys.
Miranda Lynch is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Lynch provides strategic guidance and capacity building to child welfare agencies in large-scale system reform initiatives geared toward improving child outcomes in safety, permanency, and well-being. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Lynch served for 20 years in the federal government at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Lynch holds a Master of Science in Public Policy from Rutgers University.
Renae is passionate about using technology to improve the lives of individuals and families. She has extensive experience in user experience (UX) design, UX research, software engineering, digital design, and web development. After several years of infertility and a couple rounds of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), Renae and her husband Jameson were blessed to become parents to their son, and they hope to expand their family further through adoption.
Deborah Phillips is the CEO of Children’s Connection Inc., a child welfare organization in Texas providing families in crisis and childcare providers support ranging from children and pregnant women Medicaid case management, nutrition program, pregnancy support services, breastfeeding education, parental education, and adoption and home study services. Deborah is a former social worker and special education teacher.
Dr. Alexander Quaas, M.D., Ph.D., is a Board-certified Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist at Reproductive Partners Fertility Center – San Diego, and Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego, California.
Prior to joining RPSD, Dr. Quaas was a physician and faculty member at Oklahoma University Health Science Center and at the University Hospital of Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Quaas earned his M.D. from the University of Manchester and his Ph.D. from the Albert Ludwig University in Germany. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard University and his fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Southern California. Dr. Quaas has special interests in endometriosis, adenomyosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, third party reproduction and fertility preservation.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS), has authored many peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of Fertility and Sterility and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (JARG). Dr. Quaas is fluent in Spanish, German, French and Italian, and also has a special interest in international variations in the practice of Reproductive Medicine.
Gina Miranda Samuels is an adult transracial adoptee and an Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago. Her scholarly interests include transracial adoption, mixed race and multiethnic identity formation, interpretive research methods, and the development of relational, kinship, and cultural ties among young adults whose childhoods are shaped by foster care and adoption.
Professor Samuels received her M.S.S.W and Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a Council on Social Work Education Minority research fellowship funded through the National Institute of Mental Health. She has practiced social work in the areas of child welfare and child protective services, juvenile probation, Afrocentric school-based tutoring programs, and group therapy with female youth.
Karli Slocum is the VP of Marketing at 3form, an innovative translucent building materials company. Karli has been in marketing for over 17 years spanning multiple industries including HR Tech, BioTech and now Manufacturing. She specializes in transforming marketing from a traditional model to newer marketing approaches including digital marketing and software development. She is a recognized marketing leader who has managed successful teams of various sizes and capabilities with a focus on driving revenue.