Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families Staff
Pam and her husband Dan are the adoptive parents of two children, a daughter who was born in Korea in 1986 and a son who was born in India in 1989. Her children catapulted Pam into life and career interests she never imagined. Pam’s position as Executive Director has evolved over the past 20 years as she was a volunteer Executive Director for the first 7 years, then the only part-time paid staff person, then a full-time paid position, and finally to overseeing with the Board of Directors the addition of two more part-time paid staff. Pam and Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families have been the recipient of the Minoru Yasui Volunteer Service Award, Asian Education Advisory Council Community Service Award, Channel 7 Everyday Hero, Asian Pacific Bar Association Minoru Yasui Community Award, the Korean American Coalition of the U.S., Bridge Builder Award, and the National Angel in Adoption Award. Pam has been appointed to the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission, and was on the capital campaign committee of the Asian Pacific Development Center. This “labor of love” at Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families has truly become a life’s work for Pam, one that never would have happened without her own wonderful children.
Director of Information and Community Relations
Lisa is originally from Chicago but has called Colorado home since 1995. As the mother of two biological daughters and a son born in Guatemala, Lisa knows first-hand the value of connections forged through the camp experience. She and her husband have been attending Latin American Heritage Camp since 2009 during which Lisa served as a coordinator, director for 4 years and an HCAF board member for 2 years. In her position as Director of Information and Community Relations, Lisa supports camp coordinators, directors, counselors and cultural community members organize and facilitate camp planning meetings and timelines as well as execute camp themes, review workshops/activities, maintain the integrity and spirit of cultural authenticity and family participation. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys making heritage camp T-shirt quilts and dreaming of exotic travel destinations.
HCAF Director of Operations and Programming
Yoselin is an adult adoptee from Honduras, and first attended Latin American Heritage Camp as a camper back in the 90s. Over the course of 17 years, she has served as a Counselor, Coordinator, Presenter, and Director at LAHC, and has also assisted with coordinating Adult Adoptee Meet-Up Events. Yoselin comes to HCAF after studying Psychology in her undergrad, and working predominantly in workforce development, services for those experiencing homeless, and residential and community mental health for the last nine years. Despite the change in industry, Yoselin is passionate about advocacy, and educating communities on expanding cultural empathy and awareness, increasing efforts towards equity and inclusion, and identifying outlets for others’ growth and empowerment. In her free time, Yoselin can be found hiking, checking out a concert, gallery, or museum, spending time with friends, volunteering in the community, or finding outlets for her human rights activism.
Director of Development and Marketing
Dana has been working in Development and Marketing in the arts for many years and recently moved back to Colorado. She was born in Korea and grew up in Europe until her family moved to California when she was in High School. Dana first experience at Heritage Camps was in Denver in her 20s, where her experience as a councilor was an impactful experience. Since then she has attended the Adult Adoptee MeetUp and is now looking forward to attending the Domestic Adoption Camp with her family. Later in life she and her husband adopted her son from California.