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 What makes CCI different from other organizations? CCI is a network run by adoptees for adoptees. From being adopted from different cities across China to being raised in different states in America, we have come together for the common cause of providing all Chinese adoptees a community of support and friendship. CCI's leadership board and committee hopes to continue connecting Chinese adoptees of all ages in the future, always keeping in mind that we have the “same beginnings, different paths.”

The core CCI leadership team is made up of a CCI Board, Advisory Board and a CCI Committee.  The CCI Board is responsible for creating vision and strategy for the organization. They are also ultimately responsible for overseeing programs that uphold our mission of connecting and supporting Chinese adoptees from around the world in a way that promotes a positive and healthy sense of self. The CCI Committee is responsible for the day-to-day implementation and supervision of our various programs. The Board and the Committee meet three times a month over Google+ Hangout, and are dedicated to always asking the question: How can we make CCI even better for our community?  


 
 
Charlotte Cotter: Co-Founder/President Hi everyone, my name is Charlotte Cotter. I was adopted at 5 months from Zhenjiang city in Jiangsu province. I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb very close to Boston. I have become passionate about all things China, and I hope to one day work to build bridges between the US and China.  I want CCI to be a safe, fun forum for discussion and connection for adoptees, and a community through which adoptees can cultivate a strong and positive sense of self. Through this organization, I have learned of the incredible diversity within the so-called group of “Chinese adoptees,” and I have learned how much each individual adoptee brings to the table. Each adoptee has their own stories, their own questions, their own perspectives, and their own passions.  It’s precisely this vibrancy and diversity of community that makes me incredibly proud to be a Chinese adoptee.   I am currently a senior at Yale University where I am majoring in East Asian Studies. 

Charlotte Cotter: Co-Founder/President

Hi everyone, my name is Charlotte Cotter. I was adopted at 5 months from Zhenjiang city in Jiangsu province. I grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb very close to Boston. I have become passionate about all things China, and I hope to one day work to build bridges between the US and China. 

I want CCI to be a safe, fun forum for discussion and connection for adoptees, and a community through which adoptees can cultivate a strong and positive sense of self. Through this organization, I have learned of the incredible diversity within the so-called group of “Chinese adoptees,” and I have learned how much each individual adoptee brings to the table. Each adoptee has their own stories, their own questions, their own perspectives, and their own passions.  It’s precisely this vibrancy and diversity of community that makes me incredibly proud to be a Chinese adoptee.  

I am currently a senior at Yale University where I am majoring in East Asian Studies. 

Laney Allison: Co-Founder/President Hi, I am Laney Allison. I was adopted as an infant from Ma’Anshan in the Anhui Province. I believe CCI is more than a resource offering adoptees a way to learn about their cultural heritage.  I would like CCI to be a supportive community for adoptees of all ages to make new friends, learn about their rich heritage, and give back to the adoptee community.   I received a BA in Asian Studies with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from the George Washington University. I am currently pursuing my masters in International Affairs with a major in Global Gender Policy from George Washington University while an employee at US Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Laney Allison: Co-Founder/President

Hi, I am Laney Allison. I was adopted as an infant from Ma’Anshan in the Anhui Province. I believe CCI is more than a resource offering adoptees a way to learn about their cultural heritage. 

I would like CCI to be a supportive community for adoptees of all ages to make new friends, learn about their rich heritage, and give back to the adoptee community.  

I received a BA in Asian Studies with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from the George Washington University. I am currently pursuing my masters in International Affairs with a major in Global Gender Policy from George Washington University while an employee at US Citizenship & Immigration Services.

Ming Foxweldon: Facebook Group Coordinator Hi, I am Ming Foxweldon. I am a graduate of the University of Vermont where I majored in Mandarin Chinese and minored in Anthropology. I was adopted from Kunming, in 1994. I have an older sister who is not adopted and an adopted younger brother not from China. Within CCI,           I hope to to guide and support those interested in China, and engage in meaningful conversation about adoption, identity, and anything else that's important to individuals alike.

Ming Foxweldon: Facebook Group Coordinator

Hi, I am Ming Foxweldon. I am a graduate of the University of Vermont where I majored in Mandarin Chinese and minored in Anthropology. I was adopted from Kunming, in 1994. I have an older sister who is not adopted and an adopted younger brother not from China. Within CCI,           I hope to to guide and support those interested in China, and engage in meaningful conversation about adoption, identity, and anything else that's important to individuals alike.

Phoebe Balascio: Communications Coordinator I’m Phoebe Balascio, a Board Member. I was adopted from Huazhou, Guangdong Province and now live in Newark, Delaware. I am a student at the University of Delaware, majoring in biomedical engineering. I hope CCI empowers adoptee voices and educates others about Chinese adoptee experiences.  

Phoebe Balascio: Communications Coordinator

I’m Phoebe Balascio, a Board Member. I was adopted from Huazhou, Guangdong Province and now live in Newark, Delaware. I am a student at the University of Delaware, majoring in biomedical engineering. I hope CCI empowers adoptee voices and educates others about Chinese adoptee experiences.  

Emily Chan: Special Projects Coordinator Hi everyone! My name is Emily Chan. I am so excited for this new and upcoming project "Humans of CCI!" I was adopted from Anhui Province, China at the age of two and am now living in Oregon, USA with my amazing parents. I am 19 years old and a Freshman at the University of Oregon. My favorite thing about being an adoptee is the fact that I have a unique story just like every single adoptee out there. That's why I wanted to start this project so that adoptees can get to know other adoptees on a more personal and fun level. I hope you all enjoy and share this project as it unfolds! 

Emily Chan: Special Projects Coordinator

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Chan. I am so excited for this new and upcoming project "Humans of CCI!" I was adopted from Anhui Province, China at the age of two and am now living in Oregon, USA with my amazing parents. I am 19 years old and a Freshman at the University of Oregon. My favorite thing about being an adoptee is the fact that I have a unique story just like every single adoptee out there. That's why I wanted to start this project so that adoptees can get to know other adoptees on a more personal and fun level. I hope you all enjoy and share this project as it unfolds! 

Chloe Mills: International Volunteer Coordinator Hello, my name is Chloe Mills. I was adopted from Hefei, China when I was three years old.  Currently, I am a senior at Corvallis High School, Oregon.  I have always felt a deep connection to my roots and a commitment to give back to the community.  Through the HTS/CCI summer 2014 volunteer trip, I returned to China to help medically fragile children at the China Care Home.  I believe empowerment of individuals comes from sharing valuable lessons and experiences.  As the pen pal coordinator, I hope that CCI can help strengthen the adoptee community through engaging dialogue and lasting friendships.

Chloe Mills: International Volunteer Coordinator

Hello, my name is Chloe Mills. I was adopted from Hefei, China when I was three years old.  Currently, I am a senior at Corvallis High School, Oregon.  I have always felt a deep connection to my roots and a commitment to give back to the community.  Through the HTS/CCI summer 2014 volunteer trip, I returned to China to help medically fragile children at the China Care Home.  I believe empowerment of individuals comes from sharing valuable lessons and experiences.  As the pen pal coordinator, I hope that CCI can help strengthen the adoptee community through engaging dialogue and lasting friendships.

Lia Walton: Webmaster Hi there! My name is Lia Walton and I was adopted at 18 months in Guangzhou, China (Jiangmen Province). I have a younger adopted sister from Korea. Due to an abusive situation from my first adoptive parents, I was re-adopted and have grown up as an only-child most of my life in Richmond, Virginia.  I recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. During my time in college, I was the co-founder and president of Adoptee & Foster Student Association (AFSA) at VCU. We aimed to offer support for adoptees and are also dedicated to spreading awareness about the adoption and foster care community through offering volunteer opportunities with local adoption/foster organizations for VCU students. It was only my sophomore-junior years in college when I really started to pursued an interest in my adoption. Through starting and running AFSA, I learned a new found passion that was dear to my heart. I just recently discovered CCI and I believe it is something so necessary and so great! I am very excited to not only be a part of the team but the whole community of CCI! 

Lia Walton: Webmaster

Hi there! My name is Lia Walton and I was adopted at 18 months in Guangzhou, China (Jiangmen Province). I have a younger adopted sister from Korea. Due to an abusive situation from my first adoptive parents, I was re-adopted and have grown up as an only-child most of my life in Richmond, Virginia.

 I recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. During my time in college, I was the co-founder and president of Adoptee & Foster Student Association (AFSA) at VCU. We aimed to offer support for adoptees and are also dedicated to spreading awareness about the adoption and foster care community through offering volunteer opportunities with local adoption/foster organizations for VCU students.

It was only my sophomore-junior years in college when I really started to pursued an interest in my adoption. Through starting and running AFSA, I learned a new found passion that was dear to my heart. I just recently discovered CCI and I believe it is something so necessary and so great! I am very excited to not only be a part of the team but the whole community of CCI! 

Calla Kelley-Renda: Social Media Coordinator Hi, my name is Calla Kelley-Renda. I was born in Huanggang and I was adopted when I was a year old. I grew up in Port Jefferson, New York and currently, I am a freshman at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. I am in the University Honors Program and I am majoring in Film and Television Production. One day, I hope to travel back to China to learn more about the diverse culture and create documentaries about adoption. In my high school, I was one of only three asians in my grade. I always knew that I was different, but through organizations like CCI, I found a place where my emotions regarding adoption and life as an adoptee were common. I found a place where people understood. From a young age, I was passionate about finding a space for adoptees to connect and feel supported by one another. Though CCI, I hope to do just that. I am inspired by the wealth of compassion, dedication, and support members of CCI express everyday. I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful organization.

Calla Kelley-Renda: Social Media Coordinator

Hi, my name is Calla Kelley-Renda. I was born in Huanggang and I was adopted when I was a year old. I grew up in Port Jefferson, New York and currently, I am a freshman at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. I am in the University Honors Program and I am majoring in Film and Television Production. One day, I hope to travel back to China to learn more about the diverse culture and create documentaries about adoption. In my high school, I was one of only three asians in my grade. I always knew that I was different, but through organizations like CCI, I found a place where my emotions regarding adoption and life as an adoptee were common. I found a place where people understood. From a young age, I was passionate about finding a space for adoptees to connect and feel supported by one another. Though CCI, I hope to do just that. I am inspired by the wealth of compassion, dedication, and support members of CCI express everyday. I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful organization.