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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The MN Adopt Board of Directors is the governing body of our non-profit organization. Their efforts are a crucial component to the important support that MN ADOPT provides to the community.

The below listed individuals graciously volunteer their time and energy to sit on MN ADOPT’s Board and are collectively responsible for overseeing our organization’s activities while remaining focused on MN ADOPT’s mission, supportive programs and overall goals.

Chris Tiedeman

Chris Tiedeman joined the MN ADOPT Board in 2008. Chris is a Partner at Weber Johnson Public Affairs where he brings a national network of political friendships and record of successful Public Affairs campaigns on issues across the spectrum. He is a 2015 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 under 40 award recipient, who graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Law and St. Olaf College. Chris is blessed to have been adopted as an infant, and has a passion for the MN ADOPT mission for all of Minnesota’s waiting kids.

Rachel Flanders

Rachel joined the MN ADOPT Board in 2009 and serves as the Treasurer. Rachel is a Principal at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, working with not-for-profit organizations in meeting their audit, tax, and consulting needs.

Cathy Bruer-Thompson

Cathy Bruer-Thompson joined the MN ADOPT board in 2015. Cathy is a retired social worker of 41 years in the adoption and foster care field. Cathy placed children for adoption, and most recently, trained foster, adoptive and kin families in preparation for adopting children from the foster care system. She wants all adoptive families and children to have the support and preparation for successful family life. The children usually have complex histories of trauma, attachment issues, and prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs. MN Adopt is here to help connect families with resources and provide ongoing training.

Ryan Miles

Ryan Miles joined the MN ADOPT board in 2018.  Ryan is a Senior Investment Advisor at Ehlers Investment Partners with more than 10 years of finance experience.  The last 4 years, Ryan and his wife have been foster parents for numerous children with various MN counties and private agencies.  They recently adopted two girls from Minnesota’s foster care system and have five children.  Ryan is passionate about creating awareness of MN’s waiting children, helping all children find permanent families, and supporting adoptive families on their journey.

Kim Witthauer

Kim Witthauer joined the MN Adopt board in 2018. Kim is an active member in the community having served on the board of directors for the St. Paul Police K-9 Foundation as well as the Deluxe Foundation. She has over 15 years of marketing and advertising experience. As a married mother of two adult children, Kim is dedicated to sharing the value of family. Being an adopted child along with her sister, Kim learned at a young age that everyone deserves to know the love of family. She is driven to connect children so they too can have a forever family.

Laura Kruizenga

Laura Kruizenga is currently Director of Product Marketing at LinkedIn and has over 10 years of marketing, product and leadership experience in the technology space. Her children have been a huge source of inspiration in her life, and she believes that all children should have the opportunity to experience the love, stability and belonging of family.

Sharon Markowitz

Sharon Markowitz joined the MN ADOPT board in 2019.  Sharon is a Partner at Stinson LLP, where she represents companies in complex commercial litigation.  Sharon and her husband adopted a toddler from Thailand in 2018 and are in the process of adopting their second child. Sharon is passionate about achieving MN ADOPT’s goal of Zero Children Waiting.

Chris Clausen

Chris Clausen joined the MN ADOPT board in 2019.  Chris is an Executive Director of Product Management at Deluxe Corporation , where he oversees Deluxe’s digital payment solutions.  Chris and his wife Kate have 2 daughters (1 adopted) and believe strongly in the benefits that adoption provides.   Their adopted daughter is now a precocious and vivacious teenager who adds joy and love to the family every day.   Chris is focused on helping MN ADOPT help provide the same wonderful opportunities for other families and children who still need to find each other.

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