NOMINATED FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

John K. Freeman

John K. Freeman

John Freeman is President of Chesapeake Management Group, a position he has held for 26 years. The firm is based in Washington, DC, and is engaged in a variety of residential real estate activities, including real estate development, real estate finance, and asset management. Mr. Freeman’s past work includes positions with the Federal Energy Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Office of Management and Budget.  John is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Over the years, John has been involved in development and fund-raising activities on behalf of The Barker Adoption Foundation, including 10+ years of Phonathon service.  In 1987 he received The Richard B. Barker Award for outstanding and exemplary service, and in 2007 he was presented with The Barker Staff Appreciation Award.  John’s family includes two adult children adopted through Barker and two step-children. His daughter who worked with Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency in New York is now working at home, raising three children, and his son is raising two children.

TRUSTEES NOMINATED FOR RE-ELECTION

Andrea Brenner

Andrea Brenner

Dr. Brenner is a sociologist who consults with colleges who wish to create their own first-year transitions courses. She is the co-author of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There), [St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan 2019] and serves as part of the Macmillan Speaker’s Bureau. She created the nationally- recognized American University Experience (AUx) Program, now a mandatory full-year college transition course (fall semester) and a cross-cultural communication class focused on race, inclusion, and discourse across difference (spring semester). Dr. Brenner designed the curriculum, trained the faculty, and served as the program's director. In this role, she represented the Office of Undergraduate Education at American University, speaking about the award-winning first-year experience program locally and nationally.

Dr. Brenner taught in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at American University for over 20 years and has researched, written, and spoken about many diverse topics including teaching pedagogy, sociology of the life course, race and education, sociology of sport, and sociology of the family (including adoption). She has won multiple teaching and curriculum awards.

At Barker, Andrea serves on the Program Evaluation Committee, which she chaired for many years. She and her husband Rick are the parents of a biological daughter, Talia, and a son, Caleb, adopted from South Korea in 2002 through Barker.

Eugenia Collis

Eugenia Collis

Eugenia (Gina) Collis has overall responsibility for Asset Management in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia including strategic cash planning and management of all investment portfolios, short- and long-term liquidity, oversight of the District’s retirement and savings plans and accounting.  Prior to joining the District, Ms. Collis was Chief of Staff and Executive Advisor to the President/COO at Vulcan, Inc. a privately held multi-billion-dollar diversified company. Prior to Vulcan, Ms. Collis was Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer for Discovery Communications, Inc., a global media company.  She had global responsibility for all treasury, capital and risk management functions including financing, capital structure, treasury operations, cash investments and financial and corporate risk management. She was previously Vice President and Assistant Corporate Treasurer.  Before joining Discovery, Ms. Collis was Director of Treasury Operations and Portfolio Administration at Freddie Mac.

Gina joined the board of The Barker Adoption Foundation in 2004, has been an active member of the finance committee and currently serves as Treasurer.  She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Villanova University and an MS degree in Finance from American University.  As an adopted person, Gina has had a lifelong connection to the adoption community.  Gina and her husband Byron have a son and reside in Bethesda.

Benjamin Murray

Benjamin Murray

Benjamin is the Director of Accreditation Services at the Commission on Collegiate Nursing  Education (CCNE). CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting body responsible for the evaluation of baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing and the evaluation of nurse residency programs. In this role, he directs the Commission’s work as it pertains to the accreditation of nurse residency programs and program monitoring activities for baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. Additionally, Mr. Murray manages various special projects undertaken by the Commission.

Prior to his work at CCNE, Mr. Murray spent 11 years at a national association serving communities wishing to improve their child abuse interventions, including service as the association’s Director of Member Services.  In this role, he directed the association's accreditation review of children's advocacy centers and managed the association’s national training initiatives. Mr. Murray began his professional career coordinating a Guardian ad Litem program in central Florida, managing caseloads in family court and criminal court.

Mr. Murray has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.  He and his husband adopted their son through The Barker Adoption Foundation in 2011, and they live in Olney, Maryland.

Amy Sturtevant

Amy Sturtevant

Amy is a native Washingtonian and currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and teenage daughter. Her daughter’s triplet brothers have since graduated, and are living and working in Seattle, Philadelphia and Brooklyn, NY. She is an avid runner and has completed 8 marathons and many half marathons over the past ten years.

Amy graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1982 with a BA degree in Political Science. She has worked in the Financial Services industry for the past 30 years at various firms including, Merrill Lynch, Oppenheimer, and currently at RBC Wealth Management. During her tenure in the Financial Services Industry, she has focused her efforts on Wealth Management for clients, who include Individuals, Families, Foundations and Corporate Retirement Plans.

In addition to managing her investment practice, she also serves as the Branch Director for RBC

Capital Markets, LLC in Washington DC. Her responsibilities include coaching and mentoring the  Financial Advisors and Client Associates in the Washington DC office as well as managing the day to day activities at the branch. In 2012 she was recognized as a Top 10 Branch Manager by On Wall Street Magazine, and again in 2016, she was recognized as a Top 100 Branch Manager.  She is most proud of RBC Wealth Management’s support for over 200 local charities through giving, sponsorship, and participation.

Christopher G. Young

Christopher G. Young

Chris is a Principal at Deloitte Consulting. He currently focuses on enterprise transformation projects, working with executives to develop strategy, then designing and implementing business solutions to align with their new strategy.  Chris is married to Connie, and they have two children, Tyler and Catherine.  Tyler was adopted through Barker and Catherine from ASIA.

Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting from the George Washington University. He is on the George Washington School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and a board member of The Barker Adoption Foundation.

TRUSTEES NOMINATED AS OFFICERS

Gary Diamond

Gary Diamond, Nominated as Chair

Gary is a private practice lawyer with Waldman, Diamond and Wilson, a firm specializing in family law.  As well as his J.D., Gary also has an M.S. in Education and formerly worked for the Montgomery County School System.   Gary has been active in the Barker community for many years and has worked on the Auction, Phonathon, Annual Picnic and Nominating Committee.  He and his wife, Jean, (a former Auction co-chair and high school art teacher) are adoptive parents of three married adult children living in Ottawa, Bethesda, and Memphis.

Adrian Washington

Adrian Washington, Nominated as First Vice Chair

Adrian has over 25 years of experience in urban real estate development, construction and management.  He is currently the Managing Principal of the Neighborhood Development Company, LLC (NDC).  Since founding NDC in 1999 he has led the development of over one million square feet of real estate in the District with an active pipeline of another half million.  NDC is also a partner in the District’s City Vista and City Center DC projects and in Baltimore’s State Center project.  From 2005 until early 2007 Mr. Washington took a leave of absence from NDC to serve as the President and CEO of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation (AWC), the entity charged with leading the redevelopment of the city’s Southwest and Anacostia Waterfronts.  Adrian grew up in the city’s Anacostia neighborhood and is a lifelong resident of DC.  He is a graduate of Stanford University and the Harvard Business School.  Adrian, his wife Donna, and their three children live in NW DC.  They adopted their youngest child, Alex, through Barker. 

David Kessler

David Kessler, Nominated as Second Vice Chair

David is a Partner at CohnReznick, an audit, tax and advisory firm. He serves as the Managing Partner of the Real Estate Practice.  David represents real estate developers, private equity funds, property managers, asset managers, and institutional investors who invest in, and/or develop real estate properties and portfolios across many different property sectors. 

David has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, where he designed and teaches a real estate accounting course for the Masters of Real Estate Development graduate programs.  He graduated from the University of Maryland. David also serves on the Board of Junior Achievement.  He and his wife Kim have two adopted children from Korea and live in Gaithersburg MD. David joined the Barker Board in 2014 and serves as Assistant Treasurer. 

Lisa Ivany, Nominated as Secretary

Lisa Ivany, Nominated as Secretary

Lisa Ivany joined her family through adoption from Barker in 1985. She grew up in the D.C. area before graduating from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland with an M.A. in Sociology. She worked in marketing and events for an Edinburgh based law firm before moving to Doha, Qatar with her husband, Oliver. She returned to the D.C. area in 2011 and is currently a student artist at the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo, MD.

Lisa is an active member of Barker's adult adoptee support group, who created and administers a social media space for its members. She also participates in Barker's pre-adoption trainings as a guest speaker sharing her experiences as an adoptee.

Andrea Brenner

Andrea Brenner, NOMINATED AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY

Dr. Brenner is a sociologist who consults with colleges who wish to create their own first-year transitions courses. She is the co-author of How to College: What to Know Before You Go (and When You’re There), [St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan 2019] and serves as part of the Macmillan Speaker’s Bureau. She created the nationally- recognized American University Experience (AUx) Program, now a mandatory full-year college transition course (fall semester) and a cross-cultural communication class focused on race, inclusion, and discourse across difference (spring semester). Dr. Brenner designed the curriculum, trained the faculty, and served as the program's director. In this role, she represented the Office of Undergraduate Education at American University, speaking about the award-winning first-year experience program locally and nationally.

Dr. Brenner taught in the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at American University for over 20 years and has researched, written, and spoken about many diverse topics including teaching pedagogy, sociology of the life course, race and education, sociology of sport, and sociology of the family (including adoption). She has won multiple teaching and curriculum awards.

At Barker, Andrea serves on the Program Evaluation Committee, which she chaired for many years. She and her husband Rick are the parents of a biological daughter, Talia, and a son, Caleb, adopted from South Korea in 2002 through Barker.

Eugenia Collis, Nominated as Treasurer

Eugenia Collis, Nominated as Treasurer

Eugenia (Gina) Collis has overall responsibility for Asset Management in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia including strategic cash planning and management of all investment portfolios, short- and long-term liquidity, oversight of the District’s retirement and savings plans and accounting.  Prior to joining the District, Ms. Collis was Chief of Staff and Executive Advisor to the President/COO at Vulcan, Inc. a privately held multi-billion-dollar diversified company. Prior to Vulcan, Ms. Collis was Senior Vice President and Corporate Treasurer for Discovery Communications, Inc., a global media company.  She had global responsibility for all treasury, capital and risk management functions including financing, capital structure, treasury operations, cash investments and financial and corporate risk management. She was previously Vice President and Assistant Corporate Treasurer.  Before joining Discovery, Ms. Collis was Director of Treasury Operations and Portfolio Administration at Freddie Mac.

Gina joined the board of The Barker Adoption Foundation in 2004, has been an active member of the finance committee and currently serves as Treasurer.  She holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Villanova University and an MS degree in Finance from American University.  As an adopted person, Gina has had a lifelong connection to the adoption community.  Gina and her husband Byron have a son and reside in Bethesda.

Michael MacFarland

Michael MacFarland, Nominated as Assistant Treasurer

Michael is the Vice President of Operations at Common Securitization Solutions (a subsidiary of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac). He is responsible for running the back office operations for the issuance and bond administration for their single-family mortgage book of business. Prior to working for CSS and Fannie Mae he was a serial entrepreneur. He was a managing partner with a venture fund that focused on international technology transfer. His specialty is applying advanced technology to solving business problems. He connected his first network to the Internet in 1987 and has been leveraging the Internet to solve business problems ever since.

Michael was adopted and has a passion for adoption. He served for six years on the board of directors for the Center for Adoption Support and Education, (CASE) including 2 years as Chairman of the Board and a year as Vice Chair. Michael studied computer science and electrical engineering at Northwestern University. He was a lecturer at Northwestern. He authored several courses and books on advanced technology.

Michael lives in Rockville, MD, with his wife and four children, 3 biological and 1 adopted through Barker’s Project Wait No Longer.

CANDIDATE NOMINATED TO SERVE ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Madeleine Longano

Madeleine Longano

As the mother of two Barker adopted daughters, Melissa from Maryland and Mary Mei from China, Madeleine Longano has been happily involved with the Barker Adoption Foundation family for more than 25 years. Madeleine is married to Don Longano, who served on the board for several years, and they have lived in Bethesda, Maryland, for more than 30 years.

In her life's work in education, Madeleine shares the joy and nuances of adoption with young people and their families. She served on The Barker Adoption Foundation Program and Conference Committees, co-chaired an event for Barker's Project Wait No Longer program and helped design a Barker annual report.

Madeleine enjoyed work as a communications professional in higher education and leading academic tours in Europe and Asia. While raising her three children, she taught astronomy part-time and is now a 6th-grade science teacher in a public school in McLean, Virginia.

Madeleine graduated from Oakland University in Michigan (after studying 2 years in Italy) and earned her Master’s Degree in education from George Washington University 6 years ago.

Kathryn Jennings

Katie has been involved with Barker since 2010 when she and her husband first attended an information meeting on international adoption. That meeting resulted in two adoptions for Katie and her husband Seth Pennington. They are the parents of Landon (8 years old) from South Korea, Cecily (6 years old) from China and a 20-month-old biological daughter, Martelise. Katie and her family continue to be active with Barker taking advantage of the post-adoptive programs offered, speaking at information sessions, presenting at the conference and connecting with potential adoptive parents. 

Katie is currently the Associate Vice President of Student Engagement at The Catholic University of America where she works in the Dean of Students Office and oversees the Office of Campus Activities, the Center for Cultural Engagement and the Center for Academic and Career Success. 

Katie graduated with her BA from Fordham University and earned her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Maine.