Category Archives: Meet the Staff

Concord Office Employee Halloween Costume Contest Winner!

The IAC office in Concord went crazy with Halloween fever! From zombies to school teachers, we showed our Halloween spirit. Here are a few of our photos, included in them are our first place winner Rachael as a prom zombie and second place winner Tomasa, dressed as the queen from Alice in Wonderland. Happy Halloween [...]

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Meet Glenda Duru, Birthparent Outreach, Houston

Greetings all, I am Glenda Duru, a native of Houston, Texas. I am of Nigerian Descent and truly love my Nigerian heritage. I received my bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Prairie View A&M University. Currently, I am completing my Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.  I have a long-term goal [...]

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Pleasant Hill Halloween Costume Contest Winner Revealed!

Announcing our winner for the 2011 Halloween costume contest, undefeated for more than a decade: Hillbilly, Lyn Dawn! When not in costume, Lyn Dawn is the IAC’s Agency Services Manager. Watch her victory song & dance below: To learn more about this hillbilly, read the Summer 2011 issue of Open Adoption. Visit our Facebook page [...]

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IAC Introduces Tomasa Duenas, Open Adoption Counselor

My name is Tomasa Duenas and I am an Open Adoption Counselor (OAC) in the Pleasant Hill office. I have always had an interest in adoption and have been fascinated with the vast amount of love that is present within the entire process. As an OAC I have the privilege of working closely with both [...]

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Meet Elena Ricks, Birthparent Outreach, Southern California

Nice to meet you! I am a 23-year old from Los Angeles, California. I grew up here with my mother, father, younger sister and younger brother. I graduated with honors and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz in 2010, then moved back to Los Angeles, where I live with my family. I also [...]

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IAC Introduces Amalia Gratteri, Marketing Associate

For starters, I’m pretty bad at writing about myself because I tend to ramble but here goes! I guess I’ll start with the basics. I have a BA in Psychology and I’m still considering pursuing a Masters in the same field. I have a strong passion for helping others and if I’m not doing something [...]

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IAC Introduces Crystal Houchens, MSW, LSW

I recently graduated from the Indiana University School of Social Work and was drawn to the IAC because I have always thought adoptions were beautiful. The more I learned about the IAC and how open our adoptions are the more eager I was to work for the IAC. As an Open Adoption Counselor, I am [...]

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