Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families has a Board of Directors and an Advisory Board (shown above).
Board Of Directors
Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families has a large Board of Directors, simply because we it’s important that we have representation on the Board from adoptees, cultural community members, and parents from all nine camps.
Denise curates online experiences for employees and partners at VIAVI Solutions. She and her husband Rick have two daughters and one son adopted from the United States, and one son adopted from Russia. The Chapman family became involved with Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families by attending Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian Heritage Camp (REECA), and now they attends Domestic Adoption Camp (DAC) as well. 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.”
Michele Horn is an attorney currently employed with the U.S. Department of Labor. She and her husband, David Harder, have four adopted Chinese Children – two teenage girls and two elementary aged boys. They have been going to Chinese Heritage Camp for eleven years and Michele has been a Coordinator for the past six years. Michele brings with her the experience of having served on numerous boards in the past.
Karen is a Registered Nurse and GI Lab Clinical Coordinator at Parker Adventist Hospital as well as a faculty member with the University of Phoenix. She is a single mom who has two adopted daughters from China. The Wilson family has been attending either Chinese Heritage Camp or Chinese ll Camp since 2001 and Karen served as a camp coordinator for 14+ years. Her most memorable moment from camp was when her youngest daughter was two and attended camp for the first time. At the end of the day she said “mom, I’m going to miss all my friends.” When not working or at camp, Karen is busy as a Girl Scout leader.
Leslie is an Emergency Medicine Physician in Longmont, Colorado and is an adult adoptee. She and her husband have 5 kids and the youngest three were all adopted from South Korea. When she is not chasing kids or working in the ER, Leslie enjoys trail running, camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and being outside. As a family they have been attending Korean Heritage Camp the past couple of years and plan to make it a regular part of their summers. Leslie is also looking forward to being a part of Domestic Adoption Camp in the years to come. As a family and even though their kids are young they have already gained so much by attending camp and look forward to the relationships and supports to grow in the years to come. Leslie feels honored to serve on the board both as an adoptee herself and as an adoptive mother, and cannot wait to give back to an organization that has already given her family so much.
Kelli works as a real estate agent for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Elevated Living in Evergreen. When not selling real estate, she enjoys an active mountain lifestyle biking, running and enjoying the outdoors. Kelli has also been active in the local real real estate board (Mountain Metro Association of Realtors) and local charter school board (Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen). Her family includes, a biological daughter and son-in-law, 2 grandsons and 3 adopted children from Korea. The family has attended Korean Heritage Camp for over 15 years. Kelli is beginning her 4th year as a Director for KHC and has traveled to Korea four times to visit birth families and foster mothers. KHC has provided her family with a lifeline to Korean culture, amazing friendships and support with adoption related issues.
Lynn is a manager at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. She is a single foster/adoptive mom who has two adopted daughters. Lynn and her girls have been attending Domestic Adoption Camp since 2017, and in 2018 she enjoyed making new contributions as a camp coordinator. Lynn is excited to play a more significant role in HCAF throughout the year, where she can contribute to the exciting growth of Domestic Adoption Camp. Her family is particularly passionate about the Heritage Camp experience because her daughters have the opportunity to meet other kids their age who are also adopted. The girls ask all year long “when is it time to go back to adoption camp?”
Jennifer is the mother of two daughters, one African-American and one multi-racial, adopted domestically at birth in the Denver area. Since forming her family with her husband Mike in 2006, transracial and transcultural adoption advocacy has been one of her main missions. She also sees one of her most important life roles as an “Ambassador for Adoption” in the wider world, promoting transracial and transcultural understanding, acceptance, and celebration. She started attending African/Caribbean Heritage Camp (ACHC) in 2008, and then added Domestic Adoption Camp (DAC) in 2013. She has served as a DAC Co-Director since 2014. Heritage Camps are an important part of her family’s summer calendar, and she is so grateful they exist to support adoptees and adoptive families alike.
Diana is a cause entrepreneur with ONEHOPE wine and works with folks to raise money for many great causes. She and her husband, Lee have a daughter adopted from Guatemala and have been part of the Latin American Heritage Camp family since 2008. Diana has been a camp coordinator and camp co-director for many years. For her, joining the board was a natural next step for continuing to give back to HCAF. In addition to camp, she loves travel, having recently returned from an extended travel adventure with her family in Central and South America, volunteering locally and internationally, anything with food, and of course wine!
Marie English is a CPA working for a residential rental property owner in Washington state. In her non-work time, she likes to walk for fitness, spend time with her family (including her 91-year old mother) and support her kids and their sports teams. She and her husband, Rick adopted two children from Guatemala, and they are both busy teenagers. During the ten years that she has attended Latin American Heritage Camp, Marie has volunteered as auction coordinator, director and high school programming coordinator. She loves seeing how happy her kids are with the friends that they have made at camp. Attending camp has helped both of her kids as they gain maturity and find their identities. Working on the HCAF board will allow Marie to give back to this organization in another capacity and she is excited to take on the challenge.
Alisha Kwon Hammett
Alisha is an urban planner and urban designer. She moonlights as a part-time instructor for the Multicultural Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Alisha is a biracial, Korean/African-American adoptee who has been both internationally and domestically adopted. Alisha attended Korean Heritage Camp with her forever family, for the first time at 9 years old. Since then, Alisha has been a presenter at all nine of our camps and has served as a counselor.
Aubree and her husband Zack have a son adopted from Kyrgyzstan and a daughter adopted from China. Her children were born just 5 days apart. A longtime middle school language arts teacher, Aubree now works at home for VIPKID, teaching English online to children in China. When she’s not teaching or chasing her “twins” around, Aubree enjoys camping, hiking, and snowboarding. Attending Russian/Eastern European/Central Asian and Chinese Heritage Camps each summer is a family priority, as Aubree and her kids love being surrounded by families who look like theirs and understand the challenges and beauty of adoption.
Narmada works in business management and is currently going to school full time to obtain her MBA. She was adopted from India by an amazing single mom when she was two and became involved with Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families in 1995. In high school Narmada began presenting on panels for high school aged groups and parents and has continued to do so at Indian/Nepalese Heritage Camp but many of the other camps as well. Today she attends an average of five camps a year as either a counselor, coordinator, or presenter. She believes in connecting with adoptive families of all backgrounds and supporting in various capacities. Joining the board is a privilege as it allows Narmada to continue her support of an amazing organization that provided so much love and support for her as a young person.
Connie is an art teacher and ceramic artist, who teaches in Wyoming. Her artwork has been shown internationally and has been published in several magazines and books. Connie and her husband Todd adopted their son from Ethiopia. The entire family has been attending African/Caribbean Heritage Camp every year since 2012. Todd and Connie enjoy camp because it is where all the families look alike, and because of the positive influences their son gets from being in this environment.
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 Indian 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 and beautiful adopted children, and both surpassing differences and man-made limitations to form a worldly family unit, I feel privileged to be on the board of this organization.”
Samuel is a Korean adoptee with a long history with Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families, as a camper, counselor, and member of adult adoptee panels at camp. His parents helped found Latin American Heritage Camp for his adopted sister. These camps helped shape his identity, bolster his self confidence, and facilitated meeting life-long friends; in joining the board he strives to ensure all 9 camps continue for others in a similarly meaningful way. When he’s not volunteering for camp, he enjoys practicing architecture, designing/building furniture, or camping in the mountains.
Geeta Sharma and her husband, Sukumar, are parents of a teenage daughter adopted from India. They have been actively involved with Indian/Nepalese Heritage camp for over fifteen years. Geeta has been a coordinator for elementary school and high school programs for several years and is the co-director of INHC. As an adoptive parent who grew up in India, she has a unique perspective on the role of both adoption and culture in individual identity. While she is passionate about bringing cultural values and customs to camp programs, her goal as a board member is to ensure that the support and friendship of the camp community, so crucial for her family, is available to all adoptive families for a long time to come.
Eric is President of the law firm Inman Flynn Biesterfeld & Brentlinger, P.C. based in Denver, Colorado. Eric and his wife Alison have a biological son, Mason, and an adopted daughter, Sophia, from Hanoi, Vietnam. Eric loves to travel, play tennis, ski and bike. Eric and Alison deeply appreciate the positive impact that Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander 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 is a financial consultant. He and his wife 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 Korean Heritage camp and his wife, Dawn, is Co-Director of Chinese Heritage Camp. Scott joined the Board of Directors to give back to HCAF families for all they have done for their children. This amazing group provided their son and daughter with a sense of family and community support needed to address adoption and or cultural issues.
Jessica is a graphic designer with her own freelance business, Planet X Design, based in Boulder, Jessica and her husband, Dana, have a son adopted from Ethiopia and a daughter adopted from China. They have attended African/Caribbean Heritage Camp since 2011 and Chinese Heritage Camp since 2014. Heritage Camp has played a big part in their family’s life, from the insights they gain in parenting to the relationships their kids are forming with peers and counselors. Jessica believes in the mission of HCAF and is excited to contribute to the overall direction and growth of Heritage Camps.
Our advisory board is comprised of adult adoptees and members of the various cultural communities represented at our camps.
Members meet at least twice a year to strategize about the ways that we can continue to strengthen the HCAF experience, with particular attention to how we center the experiences and perspectives of adoptees and create authentic cultural experiences at camp. Advisory board members attend their respective camps each summer, and are also often involved throughout the year in the development of camp programming.
The Advisory Board generates ideas about how to utilize their expertise, lived experience, and talents, which are assessed and implemented by HCAF’s staff and Board of Directors.