Our Team is made up of professionals from diverse backgrounds all focused on the goal of finding the best permanence for each youth we champion.
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. This activity has expanded to include the family voices so the youth attending these events can learn more about them. Christine is focused on evidence based outcomes for the programs of the Center. She stresses the importance of evidence based outcomes for all funding, whether from foundations or the Center's partners in the region. Of additional importance to her is feedback from the youth served, their case managers, and all prospective adoptive or foster parents. All these will drive the work of the Adoption Center under her leadership. The Center's vision: A loving family for every child in foster care is at the core of her work at the Adoption Center. Christine holds a BA in Psychology and is an adoptive parent.
Alexandra has more than 15 years of experience in the adoption field, 13 of which have been with the Center. She loves spreading the word about the children in care far and wide. 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.
Kim has worked with nonprofits for ten years. She holds a Bachelors in International Relations from Richmond University in London. Her Masters is in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney
Tiara McIntosh holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, and Forensic Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has worked with children and youth in mental health settings for over 10 years, and through this has learned many ways to use her training in Trauma Informed Care as well as Crisis Prevention and Intervention to help build rapport and become a support to the children and youth she works with. She also obtained certification as a Yoga Instructor in 2017 and has used her knowledge of mindfulness practices in her work with families and youth to help settle anxieties, fears or worries surrounding the choices and experiences that have shaped their lives.
Rian Rosario holds a BA in Child Advocacy from Montclair State University. Rian has been working with at-risk youth and families for three years and is passionate about strength-based advocacy and trauma informed care. Rian is currently in graduate school for Counseling at Kean University.
Gia Zeidler holds a Bachelors's Degree from La Salle University in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Gia was eager to learn more about Adoption during her time in college and she decided to intern with us her senior year. She is now a team member and leads our matching events.
Dominique has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Family and Child Welfare and a Masters in Administration and Human Services. Her undergraduate studies inspired her to want to work directly with families and children by advocating for their needs. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and 6 years of experience in the Child Welfare area. Prior to starting work in Child Welfare she was a Child Care Director.