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Children Awaiting Parents Leadership

Staff Profiles

Maryjane Link 
Pat Burks: Acting Executive Director, Maryjane Link: Board Advisor,  Melanie Schmidt: Adoption Supervisor


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

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.


Daryl M. Dickson, Ph.D. - Chair
Dickson Consulting

Larry Shannon-Missal - Vice President
Research Manager, Harris Poll, Harris interactive

Matt Reynell - Secretary
Sr. Financial & Information Specialist
Rochester Institution of Technology

Bill Nelkin - Treasurer
Branch Manager, First Niagara Bank

Barbara H. Sassano - Emeritus President
Community Volunteer


Jane August
Owner of August Moon Imports

The Reverend Mr. David A. Cadregari
Deacon, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester
Computer Security Analyst, Energyeast Corp.

Michele Ely 
Community Volunteer

Sandra Frankel
Retired Town Supervisor, Brighton New York

Susan Lebbon
CPA at Mengel, Metzgar, Barr & Co. LLP

Maryjane Link
Retired Regional Adoption Specialist, NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Anthony Malone
Retired Chairman & CEO, MRB Group Engineering Architecture & Surveying, P.C.

Judy Malone
Community Volunteer

Jill Morgan

Big Thinkers, LLC.
Russell Olson
Retired Director of Pension Investments, Eastman Kodak Company  

Alice Raymond
Community Volunteer
Stephanie Schifano
Director of Marketing & Communications at St. Joseph's Villa