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Charles "Chuck" Johnson
President and CEO

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Chuck serves as president and CEO of the National Council For Adoption.  He is responsible for all aspects of NCFA, including management as well as implementing the organization's mission.  He is an advocate for children, birthparents, and adoptive families, and is a frequent writer, speaker, and commentator on adoption policy and practice.  Chuck currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Council on Accreditation (COA).

Prior to joining NCFA, Chuck served 17 years with a licensed child-placing agency in Alabama, including eight years as its executive director. He was a consultant and on-camera participant to Hallmark Entertainment’s A Family for Li. His recent citations include CBS News, Good Morning America, CNN International, FOX News Channel, USA Today, Newsweek, The New York Times, and Family News in Focus. Chuck is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Social Work and holds a Masters degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has been a licensed practicing social worker since
1986. He is a father by adoption and lives with his wife and three children in Maryland.

Lauren M. Koch
Vice President
Director of Development and Communications

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As vice president and director of development and communications, Lauren is responsible for developing and implementing NCFA's comprehensive fundraising plan, as well as directing all communications efforts, including media and public relations, social media outreach, public awareness campaigns, marketing, webinars, and NCFA's monthly publications. Lauren has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, FOX News, PBS NewsHour, NBC4 Washington, and CBS San Francisco. Her recent citations include MSNBC.com, Bloomberg News, NPR, FoxNews.com, TIME.com, and numerous adoption blogs.

Since joining NCFA in May 2007, Lauren has also served as development associate and assistant director of development and external relations. She has a heartfelt passion for children and families that stems from her own experience being adopted into a loving family as a baby.

Lauren earned a B.S. in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University. Her previous experience includes health care lobbying and serving on staff with the late U.S. Representative Jo Ann Davis. She enjoys tennis, golf, camping, photography, and cooking in her spare time. Lauren and her husband, David, reside in Arlington, VA with their newborn daughter and two dogs, Max and Jefferson.

Wayne and Vicki Allgaier
Constituent Services Fellows

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Wayne and Vicki Allgaier joined NCFA in June 2011 for an 18 month fellowship. Wayne retired in 2008 after 34 years as a family physician in Brunswick, Maryland, where he and Vicki still reside. Vicki served as volunteer coordinator of adoption services in the Maryland Agency of LDS Family Services for 13 years. After Wayne’s retirement, they completed a two year missions project in Helsinki Finland through their church. Wayne and Vicki will be focusing primarily on ways to expand services to NCFA’s members and other constituents, as well as broadening the scope of NCFA’s membership. They understand the importance of family, and strongly endorse NCFA’s mission to offer this opportunity to every child. They are the parents of 6 children and have 25 grandchildren.

Erin Bayles
Administrative Assitant 

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Erin joined NCFA in August 2013 as the government relations and public policy intern. She is currently a senior at American University. Erin will graduate in the spring with a dual Bachelor’s degree in international relations and behavioral psychology. She plans on pursing a law degree in international law and work on intercountry adoption law.

Erin has a passion for working with children and volunteers in several programs for the development and education of kids. She plans to use the information and experience she gains from working with NCFA to further her knowledge about adoption laws and policies. In her spare time, Erin enjoys cooking, soccer, and traveling the world.  

Julie Claiborn
Program Assistant, Communications

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Julie joined NCFA in October 2013. As part of the communications team, Julie helps keep our community up-to-date on the latest in adoption by assisting with the releases of the Adoption Advocate and This Month in Adoption, NCFA's members-only newsletter. She also serves as the website administrator and coordinates all of NCFA’s social networks. (Find us on Facebook and Twitter!)

Julie earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Wake Forest University in 2011. Since then, she has worked in the non-profit sector, specializing in marketing causes to donors and social media followers. Adoption—especially the adoption of older children—is incredibly important to Julie because her two sisters were adopted as teenagers. Outside of NCFA, Julie enjoys cooking Southern foods, traveling to new places, cheering for her WFU Demon Deacons, and exploring Old Town Alexandria with her beagle, Tribble.

Janelle R. Ison, M.B.A.

Director of Operations

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Janelle serves as director of operations and is responsible for NCFA’s finances, human resources, and IT.  She enjoys the analytical thinking and strategic planning that her position requires.  Previously, she served as program manager for the Infant Adoption Training Initiative, a post she assumed in December 2007.  As an adopted person and birthmother, Janelle is extremely passionate about NCFA’s mission and goals.  She feels fortunate to work for an organization that she truly believes in.

Avid sports fans, Janelle and her husband, Justin, are loyal Washington Redskins and Capitals fans.  Along with their son, they reside together in Virginia.  Janelle received a B.A. in Spanish from Colorado State University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Marymount University.

Megan Lindsey, J.D.
Director of the Infant Adoption Training Initiative
Director of Public Policy and Education

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Megan oversees NCFA’s Advancing Adoption Policies Initiative promoting NCFA’s advocacy through federal and state government education and engagement, collaboration with like-minded organizations, and public awareness and engagement on adoption policy. She also manages NCFA’s Education programs including in person training initiatives, online webinars, and other learning resources for adoption professionals and all those touched by adoption. On NCFA’s behalf, Megan has submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, been invited to participate in radio and television broadcasts and cited in print media, and been requested to write for publications such as Jurist and the New York Times.

Since joining NCFA in 2010 Megan has also served as the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program’s Training Manager, Director of Training, and Assistant Director of Policy. Megan graduated from Regent University’s School of Law in 2007 where she specialized in public interest law and especially enjoyed her studies in child advocacy an human rights. Megan received her B.A. in Public Law & Government from Easter Michigan University in 2004.

Sara Beth Weller
Program Assistant, Public Policy and Education

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Amy Wolfe
Development Manager

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Amy serves NCFA as the development manager, managing and supporting the development department with a focus on foundation and corporate fundraising, and maintaining the database. She came to NCFA after spending five years as the customer management and email marketing manager at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and one year as a middle school teacher in Springfield, Va.

Amy earned her B.A. in theology from the University of Saint Thomas in Houston in 2005 and her M.A. in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2007. She and her husband, Ken, reside in Alexandria and enjoy historic Old Town, as well as traveling to spend time with friends and family throughout the country.


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