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 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.
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.
Eric joined the MN ADOPT board in 2020. He is a financial advisor with Raymond James and takes great pride in helping members of our community craft thoughtful financial strategies that help them achieve the lives they desire. Eric and his wife, Melissa, adopted their amazing daughter as a newborn in 2015, and are immensely thankful for the gift that adoption has provided their entire family. Eric feels strongly that every child should be given the opportunity to find their forever family, and that adoptive and foster families should be given the opportunity to feel the unconditional love from a child.
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 are adoptive parents. Sharon is passionate about achieving MN ADOPT’s goal of Zero Children Waiting.
In a career that encompasses financial, engineering, retail, manufacturing, M&A and healthcare, Roycie Eppler utilizes her experience in strategic planning, human capital management, operations and leadership to help organizations develop high-performing work teams that create greater value, achieve improved results and deliver an exceptional customer experience. With a 360-degree leadership approach, Roycie partners with all levels of the organization- from C-Suite leaders to operations managers to shop floor/front line employees- to address critical business issues, capitalize on new market opportunities and provide measureable, sustainable solutions. Roycie’s track of success is based on her core guiding principles: engage and inspire people so they see the same vision, act as a unified team and are focused and driven toward achieving targeted goals and results.
Roycie currently serves as the Global SVP, Human Resources and at the end of 2020 moved to San Francisco, CA to lead acquired business as the General Manager, for Heraeus Medical Components, a global leader in specialized components and solutions for the world’s largest medical device companies. Prior to joining Heraeus, Roycie served in senior executive positions with global and nationally-recognized companies that included Macy’s/May Department Stores, Ameriprise Financial, Cargill, Inc. and MTS Systems.
Yolanda has worked in diversity and inclusion for more than 10 years. She started as a contract compliance specialist for the Minnesota Department of Transportation, then moved on to become a corporate equal employment opportunity officer at Lunda Construction. Today, she works as the director of diversity and inclusion for Associated General Contractors of Minnesota. In her current role, she leads efforts in building more intentional and inclusive initiatives to assist member contractors in establishing equity in business cultures and providing greater opportunity for diverse populations in the commercial construction industry. Yolanda is a three-time graduate of Bethel University. She has an associates of arts, a bachelor’s in organizational leadership and a master’s in strategic leadership.
“When I think about my life experience and my education, I realize the example I am now able to set for youth who are at risk, youth in foster care, youth who are homeless or living in an abusive home. Youth who are like I once was. What a difference I am now able to make in their lives, as they begin to see themselves and the limitless possibilities, through me.”
Dr. Bradley Wolfe
Bradley joined the MN ADOPT board in 2021. Bradley works as a communication instructor at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson. He and his husband have adopted a teenager out of foster care and continue to grow their family. Bradley previously worked as a regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and as an executive director of a small nonprofit. He has a doctorate in educational leadership along with three master’s degrees.
Jody joined the MN ADOPT board in 2021. Jody is part of the Leadership team and Director of Sales for a custom automation and controls company based in Nashville, TN. Previously Jody was a business owner that supplied technology, and services into the automation industry officed in the north east suburbs of the Twin Cities. Jody has three kids, two biological sons and a daughter adopted from China in 2003. “Giving back to the community, more importantly to the kids, is a passion of mine. I look forward to bringing my business ownership experience to the table to help grow awareness and help make a difference for the kids of Minnesota.”
LaDonna is a Regulatory Compliance Executive with over 25 years of compliance management experience in the financial services industry where she has been responsible for providing guidance related to regulatory development, new or revised products and services, system changes, bank policies and procedures, training and leading exams with federal regulators. LaDonna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Organizational Management and Leadership. Not only was LaDonna adopted as an infant, she and her husband were blessed to have adopted their son as an infant which drew her to the MN Adopt’s important vision of zero kids waiting for permanent loving families. Helping families to become whole is such a profoundly worthy cause.
Diana Poch joined the MN ADOPT board in 2021. Diana has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota. She specializes in substance abuse treatment and effects of trauma. She previously worked for the Department of Justice as a clinical psychologist and is committed to assisting in the prevention of generational incarceration. Diana is dedicated to MN ADOPT’s mission of assisting successfully transitioning children into their forever homes along with helping family members adjust to the changing dynamics whether as an adoptive home, foster home, or kinship family.
Danielle joined the MN ADOPT board in 2022. Danielle has spent her entire career in and supporting human resource teams and leaders. After nearly 15 years as a HR Practitioner, she spent 15 years as a Senior Business Development Director at Salo where she sold and supported her consultants and clients with a wide variety of HR project-based work. Danielle and her husband, Peter, have two children, a biological daughter and a son who they adopted (domestic) from birth. Having grown their family through adoption and being a part of the adoption and foster community has been such a blessing and she looks forward to getting even more directly involved with the incredible mission of MN ADOPT.