Meet Our Board of Directors
Karen Hart, Board President
Karen is a Literacy Teacher Coach in the Aurora Public Schools. Helping educators reach their teaching potential and supporting them in the classroom is what she enjoys the most about her job. Karen and her partner Meredith have one adopted daughter who is African American, adotped domestically. Karen and her family have attended African Caribbean Heritage Camp for the past eight years and Karen has served on the Board of Directors for the past 6 years. “Being a part of such a life-impacting organization brings true satisfaction to my life. Heritage Camps helps to bridge the gap between one culture to another and allows us to blend together two cultures (or more) into one household. That’s the magic of camp.”
Marion Delanoy, Board Treasurer
Marion is a CPA and shareholder at Brinkerhoff Revenig & Corrigan, P.C. in Denver. She and her husband Rich have three adopted children from Korea, who are now adults. They have participated in Korean heritage camp for almost 20 years. They also have a bio daughter who keot coming to camp even afer her Korean siblings “graduated!” Marion says she is on the board because “attending camps, both as campers and counselors, has made a world of difference for my kids and I want to make sure every child adopted into a different culture also has an opportunity to have these experiences.”
Maria Collett, Board Secretary
Maria is a paraprofessional in a Jefferson County elementary school. She and her husband Tim have three adopted children, 18 year old twin boys born in the Philippines, and a 12 year old daughter born in Korea, so they have been involved in both the Filipino and Korean Heritage Camps for many years. “Our family has enjoyed Filipino and Korean Heritage Camps for eleven years, and it has been a wonderful experience. We have all learned so much, and the camps have opened up many avenues of conversation about culture and adoption within our family. I am excited to be able to contribute to HCAF as a board member, and look forward to giving back to an organization which has given so much to our family.”
Sharon Blender, Past Board President
Sharon & her husband Paul Grabowski have been part of Cambodian Heritage Camp for 10 years along with their 12 year-old son Adam, adopted from Cambodia. Sharon says what she loves about HCAF is “how we teach families to fully embrace & respect their child’s culture, community and identity in a positive, normalized, fun environment. We love all of the amazing people we have met through HCAF.” Sharon has spent 25+ years in the high tech industry in Global Sales, Strategy & Planning.
Denise Chapman, Board Member
Denise is a senior manager at JDSU where she leads the field training and communications team. She and her husband Rick have two daughters (ages 9 and 6) and one son (age 8) adopted from the United States and one son (age 7) adopted from Russia. The Chapman family became involved with Heritage Camps initially by attending Russian, Eastern European and Central Asia Heritage Camp and now also attends Domestic Adoption Camp. Denise says she is on the board because “camp has been such a gift for our family. Both REECA and DAC provide all of us with unique experiences and insight we can’t get anywhere else. Being on the board is an opportunity for me to give back to an organization that has given our family so much.”
Jim Dickson, Board Member
Jim is a self-employed consultant in the Denver area. He has two children, a biological son and an adopted African-American daughter. Jim and his family have participated in the African Caribbean Camp for many years. He says, “The reason we joined African Caribbean Heritage Camp was to equip our daughter and ourselves for the many challenges of a trans-racial family. We all needed to be educated in her culture and in the ways we could help her as she transitions to and from the Black and White cultures she now straddles.”
Wendy Hanophy, Past Board President
Wendy is a self-employed biologist and technical writer, who recently retired from the Colorado Division of Wildlife. She and her husband Rick have one teenage daughter, adopted from China. Wendy and her family have been part of Chinese Heritage Camp since it began. “Heritage Camps has meant the world to my family. We jumped right in at the first offering of Chinese Heritage Camp. It’s an honor to serve on the board and enable all adoptive families to have a HCAF experience.”
Gigot Hudspeth, Board Member
Gigot is an IT engineer for Navy Federal Credit Union. His passions include skiing, mountain biking, wine, travel and family. He and his wife, Eli, have one teenage son who was adopted from Guatemala. Gigot embraces the opportunities at Latin American Heritage Camp to learn about and celebrate his son’s ethnicity. Gigot is moved by the positive, lasting and loving impact that camp has on attendees. He looks forward to helping HCAF’s mission to be a post adoption resource and advocate for children and families with diverse heritages.
Jody Lang, Board Member
Jody and her husband Chris have a daughter and son, now teenagers, adopted from Korea. Prior to becoming a homemaker, Jody worked as a paralegal and legal secretary with experience in both public (federal and state level) and private practice. While raising her children, she filled organizational leadership and fundraising roles with PTA’s, Girl Scouts, charter schools, the local homeowners association and swim team. Jody joined the HCAF board to contribute to accomplishing the mission of the camps, and values the positive impact they have had on so many families, including her own. As Jody says, “camp gives my kids the opportunity to meet and learn from other adoptees of all ages. The families at camp look like us and share many of the same life experiences, which makes connecting easy and fun. At camp, we all ‘get it’.”
Sanjiv Nariani, Board Member
Sanjiv is a Senior Project Manager at KDC Architects/Engineers, PC in Denver. Sanjiv, his wife Namita, and their two daughters, have been instrumental in bringing authentic India culture to our Indian Nepalese Heritage Camp for many years. Sanjiv joined the board because “after 12 years of being in awe of the generous parents nurturing these balanced & beautiful adopted children and both surpassing differences and man-made limitations to form a wordly family unit, I feel privileged to be on the board of this organization.”
Jolynne Reynolds, Board Member
JoLynne is a Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at Regis University in Denver, CO and has a private counseling practice in Denver where she specializes in children, adolescents and their families. She and her husband have one teenage daughter born in Russia. Jolynne and her family have participated in REECA Heritage Camp for many years. “I joined the HCAF Board because HCAF does more to strengthen adoptive families and internationally adopted children than any other organization I have found. Not only do the family camps give children a better sense of their cultural heritage and birth country, but give us time to have fun as a whole family. My daughter has benefited so much from meeting other adopted children and members of Russian Eastern European community. I am proud to support all the programs of HCAF.”
Stephanie Roberts, Board Member
Stephanie and her husband Mark have two children (ages 6 and 3), one of which was adopted domestically. Stephanie currently works for a not-for-profit child placement agency, Creative Adoptions Inc., as the Adoption Program Manager. Prior to working for Creative Adoptions, Stephanie was an event planner for large corporations and conference organizers. Stephanie and her family attended their first African Heritage Camp in 2012 and immediately realized that ACHC would be part of their summer plans for years to come. “ACHC had a profound impact on both my husband and me. Our daughter is just a little too young to understand how Camp will benefit her, but she talks about next summer quite often, so we believe that is a positive start!” Stephanie looks forward to helping HCAF’s mission by outreach to other child placement agencies, families and adoptees.
Jeanne Ryan, Board Member
Jeanne (Jean) is the Controller for a law firm in Denver, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP. She and her husband Michael have 2 children (ages 8 and 11) who were adopted in the United States. Jeanne was on the planning committee for the first Domestic Adoption Camp (DAC) held in July 2011. She wants to offer her services to the HCAF board because “HCAF helps adopted children develop positive self-esteem. Although my kids look like they might be my birth children, our family has unique needs that can only be fulfilled meeting and working with other adoptive families.”
Devon Shendleman, Board Member
Devon is an East Indian Adoptee with deep roots in Colorado. He was schooled here at University of Denver & University of Colorado and has built small businesses that blanket the Denver Metro Area. Devon brings an adoptee perspective, business sense and a great amount of passion for the adoptee experience to the board.
Eric Voogt, Board Member
Eric is President of the law firm Inman Flynn Biesterfeld & Brentlinger, P.C. based in Denver, Colorado. Eric and his wife Alison have a nine year old son, Mason, and a six year old daughter, Sophia. They adopted Sophia from Hanoi, Vietnam. Eric loves to travel, play tennis, ski and bike. Eric and Alison deeply appreciate the positive impact that Vietnamese Heritage Camp has on not only Sophia, but their entire family. They love the feeling of community and the confidence it gives their daughter. Eric is looking forward to helping continue HCAF’s great work for adoptive families.
Scott Wong, Board Member
Scott is a financial consultant. He and his wife Dawn have two adopted children, a daughter born in China and a son born in Korea. They have been involved in both the Chinese and Korean Heritage Camps for over 15 years. Scott is currently Co-Director of the Korean Heritage camp and his wife is Co-Director of the Chinese Heritage Camp. Scott joined the Board of Directors to give back to the heritage camp families and staff for all they have done for their children. This amazing group provided their son and daughter a sense of family and community support needed to address any adoption and or cultural issues.