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Ken Mullner

Executive Director

Ken is determined that every child who needs a family will have one and that the adoption process be made easier for prospective parents.  Ken has two children, the youngest of whom is adopted. Ken joined the Center in 2005 after 14 years as executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

email: kmullner@adopt.org

phone: 215-875-0323

Christine Jacobs

Program Director

Chris has more than twenty-five years of experience in child-welfare, and is a subject matter expert in foster care adoption. She manages all programs for the National Adoption Center/Adoption Center of Delaware Valley. Christine has successfully led, managed and supervised the program teams of the Center. Her experience includes design and implementation of programs to recruit and retain prospective adoptive families for the most challenging older youth in foster care. Christine created strategies for the Center’s match event programs that enhance the potential for relationship building between older youth and attending families. She created an activity for these events, Everyone Has a Voice, providing youth with the unique opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for the future. Christine is focused on evidence based outcomes for the programs of the Center and stresses the importance of feedback from the youth and their social workers for all program activities. She has created strong, lasting partnerships and collaborations with other child welfare organizations in the Greater Delaware Valley. 

Christine holds a BA in psychology and is an adoptive parent.

email:  cjacobs@adopt.org

phone: 267-443-1870

Gloria Hochman

Director of Communications

With more than 35 years of experience in child welfare, Gloria brings to the Center a robust background as an award-winning journalist and best-selling author.  She is the winner of 27 writing awards and is author of three books, one of which was on the New York Times best-seller list for three months.  She writes newspaper and magazine articles, and handles the Center’s media program, moderates special events, appears frequently on radio and television and is responsible for the Center’s informational materials.

email:  ghochman@adopt.org

phone: 215-875-0324

Alexandra Buczek

Manager, Online Presence

Alexandra has more than 15 years of experience in emerging technology. From building websites to accompany college texts to developing online testing and training, she has seen the positive application of technology-based tools. She leads and manages all of the Center’s web-based initiatives. Alexandra holds a BS in physics from the University of Rhode Island, an MS in communications from Drexel University and an MBA in sustainable business from Green Mountain College.

email: abuczek@adopt.org

Lauren Wampler joined the Center in early 2013, after having worked in development and direct service positions with other human service organizations for more than seven years.  She manages all of the Center’s special events including its annual Celebration of Family, its major fundraiser, and is responsible for all grantwriting.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Millersville University and a masters of public administration from Widener University.

Anna Coleman  Anna has had experience working with children for the past five years. Having worked as a camp counselor, therapeutic support staff (TSS), classroom counselor, and serving as a youth leader at her church, she is passionate about improving the overall quality of life for children. She serves as a Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiter in New Jersey and focuses on children waiting to be adopted. Anna graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is currently in graduate school at Eastern University pursing degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in youth development.

Jason Monn spent nine years in foster care and aged out at 21; he has an intense desire to work with children who do not have permanent families.  He has been working in social work for five years, particularly with teenagers who have emotional and psychological issues.  As a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter in Delaware, he now focuses on children waiting to be adopted.  Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kutztown University and is pursuing a master’s degree in multicultural education from Eastern University.  He is father to an 18-month-old daughter.

Paige Roller, Wednesday’s Child Coordinator, Adoption Coordinator, Paige knew growing up that she wanted to be a social worker. She attended the University of Hawaii and the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated with a degree in sociology. After that, Paige was a case worker for adults for a few years. She then married, had two children, Anna and Ben, and was a stay at home mom for five years. When she re-entered the workforce she knew she wanted to work in child welfare. While a case worker she had the opportunity to attend a NBC10 Wednesday’s Child taping for one of the children on her case load. Realizing how great a program it is, she eventually started working at the National Adoption Center as a Wednesday’s Child coordinator. Coming from a close knit family, Paige realizes how important it is for every child to have a family and a permanent place to call home.