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Children Awaiting Parents Leadership

Staff Profiles

Charles Reaves, Executive Director, Pat Burks: Associate Director,  Melanie Schmidt: Development Director


  Veronica Black: Community Outreach Specialist, Ilona Frederick: Wendy's Wonderful Kids Recruiter, David Carsel: Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant, Torri Cowans, Photolisting Specialist 

Board of Directors

Children Awaiting Parents is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors, many of whom have personal experience with adoption. The Board of Directors helps Children Awaiting Parents evaluate how programs and content serve the needs and interests of our children.


Larry Shannon-Missal, President

(Harris Interactive)

Daryl M. Dickson, Ph.D., Emeritus President

(Dickson Consulting)

Maryjane K. Link, Vice President

(Retired Adoption Specialist, NYS Office of Children and Family Services)

Anthony Malone, Board Secretary

(Retired Chairman & CEO, MRB Group Engineering Architecture & Surveying, P. C.)

Susan Lebbon CPA, Treasurer

(CPA at Mengel, Metzgar, Barr & Co. LLP)



Jane August

(August Moon Imports)

Elizabeth (Betsy) H. Bringewatt, MSW, Ph.D.

Deacon David A Cadregari

(Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester & Energyeast Corp.)

Amy Crossed-Rieck

Michele Ely

(Community Volunteer)

Honorable Sandra L. Frankel

(Retired Town Supervisor, Brighton New York)

Anthony Jordan

Linda K, Kurtz

Judy Malone

(Community Volunteer)

Honorable Michael J. Miller

(Retired Family Court Judge and practicing NYS Attorney)

Bill Nelkin CFP, ChFC

(First Niagara Bank)

Russell Olson

(Retired Director of Pension Investments, Eastman Kodak Company

Alice M. Raymond

(Community Volunteer)

Matthew Reynell

(Rochester Institute of Technology)