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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.

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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.

Jen Erickson

Jen Erickson joined the board in 2016. She currently is Director of Digital Marketing at DocuSign Inc and has 15 years of advertising and marketing experience at various tech companies and ad agencies. She believes that all kids deserve a loving, permanent home- so she feels strongly about the great work MN ADOPT is doing!

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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.

Steve Rudolph

Steve Rudolph joined the MN ADOPT board in 2007. Steve has worked in public relations for more than 20 years and is currently Chief Storyteller at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. One of his earliest childhood memories is the arrival of his sister from Korea and the impact her addition made, and continues to make, on his family.

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Dorene Kainz

Dorene Kainz joined the MN ADOPT board in 2015. Dorene works at the Minnesota House of Representatives with the Education Finance Committee. She previously worked for members of Congress where she assisted their constituents with federal issues, especially placement of international orphans into long-term, loving homes through adoption. She has volunteered on the Advisory Board of Women’s Democracy Network in Washington, DC and has been active in her community, specifically with fundraising projects. Dorene is married with two children.

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.

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Melissa Mendez

Melissa Mendez

Melissa joined the MN ADOPT Board in 2015 because of her strong personal and professional interest in supporting efforts to help Minnesota children find permanent families. Melissa comes with almost 20 years of experience working in the field of child welfare. For the past few years she’s worked with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota and with Simmon’s College, supporting MSW students in their field studies and internships.

Tony Porter

Tony Porter joined the MN ADOPT board in 2015. Tony is an adoptive parent of two boys, both of whom he and his husband adopted from Minnesota’s foster care program. Tony is a stay-at-home dad, however he also volunteers his time as a volunteer guardian ad litem in Ramsey County, charged with looking out for the best interests of children involved in child welfare proceedings, is co-chair of the Ramsey County Children’s Services Review Panel, and is the conference coordinator for the Minnesota School Social Workers Association. Tony is passionate about finding “forever families” for all children who so desperately need the love and support of a family to call their own.”

Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman joined the MN ADOPT board in 2011. Dave is an Executive Advisor for IAG Commercial and works with clients to provide transactional and project management services. He previously owned Strategic Facility Solutions, a consulting firm providing Facilities and Construction project management services to a variety of companies in the Twin Cities.

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