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Staff

Astrid Dabbeni, Executive Director

2014 Astrid headshot 2 smallAstrid has a degree in sociology with an emphasis in adoption. She travels the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, talk with children about adoption, and leads a variety of other workshops focusing on adoption. Astrid has worked in adoptions since 1990; her life-long interest rooted in her own adoption at the age of four with her older sister from Colombia. Astrid is the Executive Director and co-founder of Adoption Mosaic. Read Astrid’s adoption story in this Oregonian article. astrid@adoptionmosaic.org

 

Libby Bell, Office Manager

LibbyHello everyone, my name is Libby Bell,   I am the new office manager at Adoption Mosaic.  I am happy to be working for such a great organization.  For the last 10 years I have been a busy,  stay-at-home mom helping raise 3 girls with my husband Michael. With my youngest starting kindergarten this year I have the opportunity to use my skills out in the workforce again.  It is a great atmosphere here at Adoption Mosaic.  I will work hard to serve you and I look forward to meeting you and keeping Adoption Mosaic going strong.

Libby Bell comes to Adoption Mosaic with a wealth of personal and professional experience. For the past 10 years she had been a busy stay-at-home mom raising 3 girls. In addition to her busy home life she has been very involved volunteering with her middle daughter’s softball team in an administrative roll. Libby also has an extensive back ground working with children in various daycare programs. In her spare time Libby and her family volunteer monthly at Dinner and a Movie, a Portland based non-profit.

 

 

Board of Directors

 

Shelley Dalmau, CIC, CRM

Shelley Dalmau

Shelley is a workers compensation insurance agent with a special focus on data analytics for risk management.  She has been a volunteer at Adoption Mosaic since 2011 in service on the Programs Committee.  Shelley is a   first/birth parent who relinquished in 2000.  She organizes a private gathering of area birth parents as well as facilitates our annual Birth Parent Panel.  Her commitment is that birth parents be seen in the context of their humanity rather than stereotyped by cultural assumptions and ignorance. shelley@adoptionmosaic.org

Andrea O’Donnell, MS, FNP, RN–Nurse Practitioner, Oregon Health & Science Univ., Board Vice- Chair 

Andrea O'donnell

Andrea brings to our Board her perspective as a medical professional and researcher in reproductive health and family planning. She has worked in women’s health in a variety of settings and chairs our Run Mama Run event celebrating all mothers. Andrea first connected with Adoption Mosaic after the adoption of her son in 2008, when she attended the Transracial Parenting Series and began volunteering soon after. Andrea lives in NE Portland with her husband and two young children.

 

Ari Montgomery, Child Support Case Manager, Board-Secretary 

Ari Montgomery - 2013Ari came from Calcutta, India at 3 months old to a lesbian couple in a closed transracial adoption . Out of high school she put herself through college as an actor/model doing various print/commercial/television work. Post college she is continuing her acting while working  for the State of Oregon’s Department of Justice- Division of Child Support as a case manager.  Next year she is planning on going back to get her Masters in Social Work.
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Kerwin Carambot, BBA–Finance Director, The Good, Treasurer 

Chair of the Board of Directors, Kerwin has been a volunteer with Adoption Mosaic since 2008. Currently pursuing his CPA credential at Portland State University, he helps steer our Finance Committee. Kerwin is a twin and has a niece adopted from within the extended Carambot family.

 

 

Melanie Blesio

Melanie Blesio, MS – Senior Administration

Melanie has a graduate degree in conflict resolution and is currently working in administration with a law firm.  She has experience working with various non-profits in marketing, public relations, film and admin work. She and her husband are in the process of adopting from both Moldova and Ethiopia. To prepare for their upcoming adoptions they attended the Adoption Readiness Class II and later became a volunteer with the organization. Melanie is really looking forward to connecting her children to the Adoption Mosaic Community.

 

200_0011Jen Birk, Board member at large
Jen has her MA in Conflict Resolution and works as a Project Manager for IBM. When she’s not busy at work, she enjoys traveling, hiking and snowshoeing, watching movies, and attending beer festivals. Jen worked for a variety of not for profits and community organizations before joining the corporate world in 2012. She currently volunteers as an organizational development consultant to nonprofits, loves teaching conflict resolution skills, runs a mentor program, and is passionate about a variety of social causes. As an adoptee, she is excited to serve on the Adoption Mosaic Board!

 

     Marly Osma de Forest, Board and The Adoption Constellation magazineMarly Osma de Forest

Marly is a transracial adoptee from Colombia currently in reunion with her First Mother and adult brothers. She studied theatre and performing arts at Southern Oregon University and acted professionally for several years. Currently she works at a cute little library doing Readers’ Advisory, collection development and running book groups.

 

Jessica Harrison, Editorial Director, The Adoption Constellation magazine

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Jessica is a clinical social worker experienced in community-based health organizations, psychiatric care, non-profit leadership and grassroots activism. Her professional specialties include perinatal mental health, adoption, and cultural considerations in global mental health. She is active in the Adoption Mosaic community as an adoptee activist and writer, editing our organization’s publication The Adoption Constellation. editor@adoptionmosaic.org