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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, T'Challa Jenerson, 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

(Managing Editor, The Harris Poll, Nielsen)

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 - Co-Owner, August Moon Imports & World Tae Kwon Do Center

Elizabeth (Betsy) Bringewatt, MSW, Ph.D. - Child Trends

Deacon David A Cadregari - Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester & Energyeast Corp

Amy Crossed-Rieck - Fairport Central School District

Michele Ely - Co-Founder of Children Awaiting Parents and Community Volunteer 

Honorable Sandra Frankel - Retired Town Supervisor, Brighton New York
Marcus Kroll - Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP

Jesse Lucas - Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Judy Malone - Community Volunteer

Honorable Michael J Miller - Retired Family Court Judge and NYS Attorney

Russell Olson - Retired Director of Pension Investments
Eastman Kodak Company  
Alice Raymond
Community Volunteer
Matt Reynell - Secretary
Sr. Financial & Information Specialist
Rochester Institution of Technology
Lynn Marie Scalzo - Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield 
Matthew Sitler - Paychex