Mary Mentaberry, Chair, joined the board in June 2012 and was elected to her first term as Chair in 2014. She is the retired Executive Director of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), a national judicial membership organization headquartered in Reno, NV. While at the NCJFCJ, Mary focused on improving the lives of children and families through judicial leadership and education for over 37 years. In addition to her leadership work with International Social Service-USA, Mary has served on advisory committees and boards of various organizations, including Washoe County CASA, Project R.E.A.L. and others. Mary has most recently been elected to the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross of Northern Nevada. Upon her retirement from the non-profit sector, Mary became a real estate professional with Dickson Realty, recognized as the Reno/Tahoe area’s premier real estate agency.
Trooper Sanders, Vice Chair, joined the board in June 2012. Trooper is senior advisor for public sector initiatives at HelloWallet, a financial guidance technology company. He is also founder of Wise Whisper, a cause consulting practice helping leaders and organizations develop and improve initiatives tackling critical social challenges. Trooper also served as deputy director of policy to U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and was previously a domestic policy advisor to former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Trooper has an AB from the University of Michigan and an MSc. from the London School of Economics.
William Evans, Treasurer, joined the board in May 2013. Bill is the Chief Financial Officer of Community IT Innovators, where he is responsible for financial management, human resources, and other administrative duties. His prior experience includes six years as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Lutheran Services in America and 30 years in a variety of finance and operations management positions with Verizon Communications. Bill has a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University and an M.B.A. from Loyola University in Maryland.
Lonnie Taylor, Secretary, joined the board in June 2012. Lonnie is the CEO of National Job Corps Association, where he is responsible for strategic direction, strategic partnerships, organizational growth and development, and all policy and legislative issues Lonnie is also Senior Advisor to the executive search firm of Reffett Associates, a national executive search firm that specializes in talent acquisition at the senior management levels in the public and private sectors. He has been in the executive search industry for more than 10 years. Lonnie has also led Government Relations and Public Affairs teams in the non-profit association world as well as on the corporate side. He is an established and highly regarded executive search professional.
Marlee Brown joined the board in October 2014. A professional artist for more than 30 years, she has also served as a board member for other organizations that help children and families. She has a degree from the University of Michigan and now lives in Oregon and Michigan with her husband and their six children. The needs of children and families in transition came into sharp focus when their family endured both interrupted and completed adoptions. Marlee brings a personal interest and perspective in adoption and child welfare to International Social Service-USA.
Stephen Cullen joined the board in November of 2015. Stephen Cullen is the head of Miles & Stockbridge’s Family Law & Private Clients Group. Stephen represents parents and children in state, interstate, UCCJEA and international family and child law cases and is an expert on the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. He has handled more of these types of cases under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction than any other practice in the world and, two years ago, argued Chafin v. Chafin before the United States Supreme Court. Stephen is also the director of Miles & Stockbridge’s Pro Bono Advocacy Program and was recently named among the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland’s (PBRC) 25th Anniversary Honorees for his service to the disadvantaged in Maryland.
Ann Laquer Estin joined the board in September 2013. Ann is the Aliber Family Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she teaches and writes primarily in the area of family law and international family law. She is an active member of the International Society of Family Law and has served as an expert observer at the Hague Conference on Private International Law in connection with several of the Hague Children’s Conventions. Ann holds an AB from Dartmouth College and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gene Grabowski joined the board in December 2013. Gene is one of the world's foremost authorities on litigation and crisis communications. Gene is currently a Partner at the Washinton, DC, communications firm kglobal, where he focuses on public relations, issues management, crisis communications, digital strategy, and business development. Previously, Gene served as Executive Vice President of Levick Strategic Communications, where he earned a reputation for creating and implementing high-level strategic communications plans, conducting effective media training and working with the national news media for Fortune 500 companies, major law firms, professional services companies, and government agencies. Gene completed his graduate studies in management from the University of Michigan.
Susan Jacobs joined the Board in May of 2017. Susan has decades of experience in child protection, child welfare, and international affairs. She most recently held the role of Special Advisor at the U.S. State Department Office of Children’s Issues. Before that, she was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Consular Affairs and previously served as the Bureau’s liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. In the early 2000s, she acted as the United States Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Prior to that, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Issues in the State Department's Bureau of Legislative Affairs. Ambassador Jacobs graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and later studied at Georgetown University Law School and George Washington University.
Robert G. Miles joined the board in March 2007. Bob was President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Child and Family Service of Michigan. He is a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois and holds a Master of Science Degree in Exceptional Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, specializing in the care and education of emotionally disturbed children. In 2006, he was conferred a Doctor of Law honoris causa (LL.D.) from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, MI. Bob holds various positions of leadership, both locally and nationally, and sits on a variety of boards of organizations in the field of child welfare.
Rob Reich joined the board in June 2015. Rob is a Senior Financial Advisor and Senior Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo. He has more than 17 years of industry experience in helping his clients maintain their lifestyle, preserve net worth and assure their legacies. Rob lives in Old Town Alexandria with his wife Caroline. He is an avid reader, oenophile and cyclist. He has long been an active philanthropist, supporting a variety of charities by hosting wine events with his wife.
Diane Tukman joined the board in June 2014. Diane is the Chief Program Officer at My Sisters' Place, an organization that works to end violence in intimate relationships and combat the effects of domestic violence and human trafficking on women, men and children in Westchester County, NY. A social worker for over 25 years, she has worked extensively with non-profits in underserved communities, and she specializes in leadership development, fund development and strategic planning. Diane holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Social Work from Boston University.