Meet Our Board
Our Board strives to be an example of our mission and represent the diverse stories of international adoption and adoptees. We are composed of a parent with a Chinese adopted daughter, an Amerasian Korean adoptee, three Korean adoptees, and a Vietnamese adoptee. We have had past representation from Korean, Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese, and South American adoptees.
Dawn Tomlinson, President
Dawn attended the University of Minnesota's Design Department, with emphasis on Graphics and Textiles. Dawn has been an active member of the international adoption community for years. In addition to serving on the Board of AdopSource as Treasurer, she has served as a parent volunteer at her daughter’s traditional Korean dance troupe. Dawn is also the Parent-Workshop Coordinator at Camp Choson and serves on the Camp Choson Board of Directors. She is a member of the Dakota Arts Board and is a bead artisan. Dawn takes a special interest with the integration of the arts into the adoption community. Dawn is an Amerasian Korean adoptee.
Catie Gardner, Board Member
Catie received her BA from Carleton College in Sociology and Anthropology. Currently she works at Carleton as Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and coordinates their annual alumni reunion. Catie takes a special interest in research and analysis. Catie is a Korean adoptee.
Adam Larson, IT Advisor
Adam received his B.S. Degree in Management Information Systems from North Dakota State University in Fargo North Dakota. He has been a part of several non profits in the twin cities including Lutheran Social Service of MN, CommonBond Communities, and The Patchwork Quilt's Digital Divide Initiative. Currently he works as an IT Manager. Adam is a Vietnamese adoptee who was evacuated as part of Operation Babylift.
"I think AdopSource is about the future of adoptees and how we become aware of our identities in a diverse society."
Sarah Pradt, board member
Sarah, formerly on the faculties of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and Macalester College, works at HECUA, a consortium of liberal arts colleges and universities offering off-campus study programs focusing on social justice. She holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Literature from Cornell University and was a Fulbright researcher in Japan. She has taught a course at the University of MN-Twin Cities that examined the origin and history of the image of the geisha in Japanese culture, and the persistent effects of that image in U.S. culture. Sarah is parent to a daughter adopted from China.
"AdopSource brings together Asian adoptees in Minnesota―adoptees of different generations and from different origins. They have so much to share with one another, and with adoptive parents, too. AdopSource can encourage exploration of many aspects of transracial and transnational adoption."