About our Collaborators

PACC is privileged to share the voices and wisdom of tribal and child welfare practitioners, mental health professionals, and adoptee advocates who have all been integral to the development of the sessions they lead as facilitators and guest experts. Many of these collaborators have lived experience with permanency and adoption and have shared their reflections on how centering firsthand storytellers transforms the dialogue we have as professionals around permanency here.

JaeRan Kim was PACC’s founding program coordinator, and is a professor, scholar, speaker and writer, including her blog Harlow’s Monkey. She is a creator of PACC’s sessions on Adult Adoptees and Transracial Adoptee Identity Formation.

"PACC is an incredible opportunity to delve deeper into the experiences of those connected to adoption - and I hope participants gain the knowledge, skills, and compassion needed to effectively work with, and advocate on behalf of, adoptees and their families. In particular, I hope participants understand adoption as a life-long experience and are equipped to help families navigate the complexities that adoptees experience."

Lisa Berry, MA is Program Manager of Child Services, Kinship and Extended Foster Care in Hennepin County and PACC Alumni. She is a guest contributor on PACC’s session on Permanency and Adoption, as well as a Case Consultation facilitator.

Angela Tucker is the founder of The Adopted Life and is a filmmaker, podcaster, author, and educator whose mission is to center adoptee voices who has partnered with PACC since 2017. She is a creator and facilitator of PACC's session on Transracial Adoptee Identity Formation.

"It's essential that service providers understand that transracial adoption intersects with so many other issues in our society, especially the conjunction of race and power relations (i.e economic class, religion, nationality/citizenship). Understanding this will help to better understand the multi-faceted layers of complexity of transracial adoptees."

Andrea Brubaker, MSW, LISW is a MNADOPT HELP Program Specialist and PACC alumni. She is a creator and facilitator of PACC’s sessions on Grief and Loss, Trauma, and Adult Adoptees.

Sandy White Hawk is founder and director of the First Nations Repatriation Institute (FNRI), Elder in Residence at the Indian Child Welfare Law Center in Minneapolis, MN and researcher, activist, and PACC alumni. She is a guest contributor for PACC’s session on Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Practice that features her as the subject of the documentary Blood Memory.

Michelle Robertson, MSW, LGSW is Assistant Professor/Director of Field Education with The College of St. Scholastica’s BSW Social Work Program and has trained with PACC since the program started in 2010. She is a creator and facilitator of PACC’s session on Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Practice.

Elliott Odendahl, MSW, LICSW is a therapist at Sankalpa Therapy & Wellness Center and PACC alumni. She is a guest contributor for PACC’s session on Cross-Cultural Perspectives and Practice, as well as a Case Consultation facilitator.

"Having a sense of where you came from, how you got there and your culture can provide a feeling of being grounded and connected. Having a sense that the other people in your life understand this can cement this feeling further—not only are you being seen and heard but your truth is being acknowledged. There is empowerment in bringing truth to the forefront for everyone. Therefore, it behooves us as family members, caregivers and helping professionals to support the bringing of truth to those who have experienced the most disenfranchisement."

Wendy L. Baker, MSW, LICSW is co-founder of Family Circle Counseling and has trained with PACC since the program started in 2010. She is a creator and facilitator of PACC’s sessions on Grief and Loss and Trauma as well as a Case Consultation facilitator.

Cameron Lee Small, MS, LPCC is the founder of Therapy Redeemed and is an adoption reform activist and PACC Alumni. He is a facilitator for PACC’s session on Adult Adoptees.

Misty Coonce, MSW, LISW is Program Director at Ampersand Families and PACC alumni. She has collaborated on Permanency and Child Welfare curriculum and is a guest contributor on PACC’s session on Adult Adoptees.