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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Jamie Prettner joined the MN ADOPT board in 2020. She is the Finance Manager at Youth Service Bureau and has over 10 years of experience in finance, business management, and consulting. Jamie strongly believes that every child deserves a loving, supportive family, and is passionate about assisting MN ADOPT with their mission. She also looks forward to fostering or adopting in the future.
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.
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.”
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 Frisco, 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.