Our Team

 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. 

Katie Holz: Board Member I was adopted from Guilin, Guangxi Province when I was 2 years old. I am currently a senior at Stockton University. I am pursuing my Bachelor of Science: Health Science degree with a concentration in Communication Disorders. I joined China's Children International in 2012, and joined the CCI Leadership Team in 2013. Since then, I have assumed various positions including Media Manager, Webmaster, Project Manager, and Member Communications. My leadership skills have strenghened as a result of being a member of the Board.  My passion and dedication to the adoptee community has grown tremendously over the years. I experience so much joy connecting adoptees with one another and seeing how much of an impact our organization has made on others. I am so proud to be part of CCI as we continue to foster a space for Chinese adoptees to have to get their voices heard. 

Katie Holz: Board Member

I was adopted from Guilin, Guangxi Province when I was 2 years old. I am currently a senior at Stockton University. I am pursuing my Bachelor of Science: Health Science degree with a concentration in Communication Disorders. I joined China's Children International in 2012, and joined the CCI Leadership Team in 2013. Since then, I have assumed various positions including Media Manager, Webmaster, Project Manager, and Member Communications. My leadership skills have strenghened as a result of being a member of the Board. 

My passion and dedication to the adoptee community has grown tremendously over the years. I experience so much joy connecting adoptees with one another and seeing how much of an impact our organization has made on others. I am so proud to be part of CCI as we continue to foster a space for Chinese adoptees to have to get their voices heard. 

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.

Bethan Richards: Intern Hello all, I'm Bethan Richards. I was adopted from Wuchuan, Guangdong Province at 13 months old. I am currently going into my sophomore year at high school here in Scotland, UK. In the foreseeable future I hope to study at vet school or med school and visit China once again. It was in late 2015 that I joined CCI, many thanks to board member Kathryn who introduced me to this organisation. I believe CCI is a great outlet for the adoptee community to celebrate their diversity and uniqueness as well as create connections from all over the globe whereby the adoptees can discuss and make lasting friendships. I look forward to my time with CCI and feel privileged to be part of such an amazing community.

Bethan Richards: Intern

Hello all, I'm Bethan Richards. I was adopted from Wuchuan, Guangdong Province at 13 months old. I am currently going into my sophomore year at high school here in Scotland, UK. In the foreseeable future I hope to study at vet school or med school and visit China once again.

It was in late 2015 that I joined CCI, many thanks to board member Kathryn who introduced me to this organisation. I believe CCI is a great outlet for the adoptee community to celebrate their diversity and uniqueness as well as create connections from all over the globe whereby the adoptees can discuss and make lasting friendships. I look forward to my time with CCI and feel privileged to be part of such an amazing community.

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! 

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.

Phoebe Balascio: Communications Coordinator Hey CCI! I’m Phoebe Balascio, Communications Coordinator. I was adopted from Huazhou, Guangdong Province and now live in Delaware. I am an a student at the University of Delaware in majoring in biomedical engineering. I hope my time with CCI will continue to create connections and dialogue within the adoptee community.

Phoebe Balascio: Communications Coordinator

Hey CCI! I’m Phoebe Balascio, Communications Coordinator. I was adopted from Huazhou, Guangdong Province and now live in Delaware. I am an a student at the University of Delaware in majoring in biomedical engineering. I hope my time with CCI will continue to create connections and dialogue within the adoptee community.

Chloe Mills: Pen Pal 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: Pen Pal 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.

  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.

Lily Rau: CCI Facebook Chats Hey everyone! My name is Lily Rau and I was adopted from Nanchang, Jiangxi at 9 months old. I’m currently a senior at Michigan State University who is double majoring in Social Relations and Policy, and Chinese. I have an older sister who is biologically my mother and father’s daughter, as well as a younger sister who is also adopted from China. My family currently has three adopted cats and a dog. I have recently become enthralled with the adoptee community and hope to continue to build bridges and form new relationships with other international adoptees. I believe that social media plays a huge role in bringing together a community that was ripped apart at birth, and scattered across the globe. It is my hope to one day work with a non-profit organization to advocate for adoptee rights, support birthparent searches, and create a safe space for international adoptees. I would like to work with the current CCI board to expand the Chinese adoptee community and continue to find resources and help build connections between Chinese adoptees from across the globe.

Lily Rau: CCI Facebook Chats

Hey everyone! My name is Lily Rau and I was adopted from Nanchang, Jiangxi at 9 months old. I’m currently a senior at Michigan State University who is double majoring in Social Relations and Policy, and Chinese. I have an older sister who is biologically my mother and father’s daughter, as well as a younger sister who is also adopted from China. My family currently has three adopted cats and a dog.

I have recently become enthralled with the adoptee community and hope to continue to build bridges and form new relationships with other international adoptees. I believe that social media plays a huge role in bringing together a community that was ripped apart at birth, and scattered across the globe. It is my hope to one day work with a non-profit organization to advocate for adoptee rights, support birthparent searches, and create a safe space for international adoptees.

I would like to work with the current CCI board to expand the Chinese adoptee community and continue to find resources and help build connections between Chinese adoptees from across the globe.

Jessie Lutz: International Communications Manager Hi everyone, my name is Jessie and I was adopted from Yueyang, Hunan province at ten months old. I have two sisters also adopted from China. I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, so technically I was born and raised in the south! I was the one of the only Asians in my community and so I’ve had to grapple with issues of race and identity from a young age. Thankfully, I’ve always had the unconditional love of my parents and the support of the adoptee community.  I am excited to be part of CCI because I feel that having a space for adoptees’ voices is necessary. Our members continually inspire me and I’m just so happy to be working with an organization that connects me to unique people from around the world. I am currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jessie Lutz: International Communications Manager

Hi everyone, my name is Jessie and I was adopted from Yueyang, Hunan province at ten months old. I have two sisters also adopted from China. I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, so technically I was born and raised in the south! I was the one of the only Asians in my community and so I’ve had to grapple with issues of race and identity from a young age. Thankfully, I’ve always had the unconditional love of my parents and the support of the adoptee community. 

I am excited to be part of CCI because I feel that having a space for adoptees’ voices is necessary. Our members continually inspire me and I’m just so happy to be working with an organization that connects me to unique people from around the world. I am currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Robin Hilkey: Website & Media Designer Hi CCI! I’m Robin, I was adopted from Hefei, Anhui,  China when I was about 8 months old. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I’m a  recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Graphic Design. I currently work at (RED), a brand and non-profit based in New York, where I am the Junior Designer. I’m very excited to come on to CCI as the Media Designer and help with creative for this amazing group!

Robin Hilkey: Website & Media Designer

Hi CCI! I’m Robin, I was adopted from Hefei, Anhui,  China when I was about 8 months old. I grew up in Brooklyn, New York. I’m a  recent graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Graphic Design. I currently work at (RED), a brand and non-profit based in New York, where I am the Junior Designer. I’m very excited to come on to CCI as the Media Designer and help with creative for this amazing group!

Maddy Ullman: Outreach Chair Hi everyone, my name is Maddy Ullman. I was adopted from Hong Kong at three and a half. Growing up I was one of the only chinese people in town. I didn't even think about being adopted when I was a child. I was overjoyed when I found CCI and the adoptive community.  I'm so happy to be working with CCI to better the Chinese adoptee community I'm currently taking a gap year to find myself on the way towards a Bachelor's in Film. 

Maddy Ullman: Outreach Chair

Hi everyone, my name is Maddy Ullman. I was adopted from Hong Kong at three and a half. Growing up I was one of the only chinese people in town. I didn't even think about being adopted when I was a child. I was overjoyed when I found CCI and the adoptive community.  I'm so happy to be working with CCI to better the Chinese adoptee community
I'm currently taking a gap year to find myself on the way towards a Bachelor's in Film. 

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 am currently a senior majoring in Communication Arts in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. I am a co-founder and current president of Adoptee & Foster Student Association (AFSA) at VCU. We aim 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. I also work part time as a publication secretary for a church and do freelancing for a printing company on the side. 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 am currently a senior majoring in Communication Arts in Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. I am a co-founder and current president of Adoptee & Foster Student Association (AFSA) at VCU. We aim 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. I also work part time as a publication secretary for a church and do freelancing for a printing company on the side.

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! 


 

Board Member Positions Available for 2016–2017

Want to join our Board?      

  • Join a group of Chinese adoptee leaders passionate about the Chinese adoptee community
  • Design the future of the Chinese adoption community
  • Offer support and guidance to fellow leadership members
  • Sharpen your collaborative and analytic skills
  • Tackle real world problems and see your ideas in action


 The CCI Board is responsible for oversight and development of CCI as an organization.  Our team works closely together, meeting three or more times a month on Saturdays to discuss the big picture here at CCI.  What we're concerned with is CCI's present progress and future success.

 

Board Member Positions Available for 2016–2017

Want to join our Board?      

  • Join a group of Chinese adoptee leaders passionate about the Chinese adoptee community
  • Design the future of the Chinese adoption community
  • Offer support and guidance to fellow leadership members
  • Sharpen your collaborative and analytic skills
  • Tackle real world problems and see your ideas in action


 The CCI Board is responsible for oversight and development of CCI as an organization.  Our team works closely together, meeting three or more times a month on Saturdays to discuss the big picture here at CCI.  What we're concerned with is CCI's present progress and future success.

Special Projects Coordinators

Occasionally, CCI Board Members will assemble a special committee of highly dedicated, highly responsible, and extremely innovative Chinese adoptees to lead specific short term projects from conception to completion. This committee is separate from the CCI Board and Committee, and their meeting times are set at their own discretion. Examples of past Special Projects include planning for the CCI portion of the HTS Youth Conference. Our special project coordinator program is a great opportunity to see what a leadership position at CCI would be like and to get involved with a shorter - term commitment here at CCI. 

Check back here often to see whether there are any new Special Project Committee opportunities. 

“I attended the China Care Conference held at Harvard University. It was a great opportunity to meet other people, present with other China’s Children International representatives, and attend adoptee-only session. I had the opportunity to met people from different China Care Clubs across the country. For the afternoon sessions I, along with Charlotte, Laney, and Laura, gave a presentation on how members of the China Care Clubs could support the adoptee community as mentors and how they could continue to support the adoptee community as the adoptees age. I spent the last part of the conference attending the adoptee only sessions. There was a presentation on “Getting Involved in the adoptee community,” which included a Skype call with members of Adopteen, and an adult adoptee panel who talked about their adoptee experiences. It was a great to listen to the stories of older adoptees and share my own experiences with other members of the adoptee community.”
— - Lian B. Special Project Coordinator of CCI Portion of HTS Youth Conference.