Staff

In order to better meet the changing needs of the adoption and foster care community, DAI is currently transitioning to an innovative new leadership structure. We invite you to return in the weeks ahead to meet new staff, Board members and more.

April Dinwoodie

Chief Executive

(212) 925-4089

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

April Dinwoodie is a nationally recognized thought leader on adoption and foster care. As Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), April is committed to improving laws, policies and practices through sound research, education and advocacy. She is also a co-founder and Vice President of the Board of Fostering Change for Children, a progressive nonprofit that helps drive innovation in the child welfare system.

Before joining DAI, April created a specialized mentoring program called “Adoptment,” in which adults who were adopted and/or spent time in foster care serve as mentors to youth in care. As a trans-racially adopted person, April shares her experiences at workshops and conferences to help potential adoptive parents and professionals understand both the beauty and complexity of adopting children of another race.

Before she entered the non-profit world, April served as a senior level executive within the marketing and communications departments of some of the most recognized fashion retail companies including: Nine West Group Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., Nautica Enterprises and J. C. Penney Company Inc., where as Divisional Vice President, she was instrumental in driving transformational change via brand engagement and publicity. Most recently, April served at the Director of External Media at JetBlue Airways, where she managed proactive and reactive communications.

On the agency side, April has worked with Fleishman-Hillard and Ruder Finn on campaigns supporting powerhouse brands such as Gerber, Subway and Cingular Wireless (AT&T). While at Ruder Finn, April championed a web-based teen anti-violence campaign (“Love is Respect”) for The Texas Council on Family Violence. The campaign helped to increase engagement and web traffic by 83% and garnered a WEBBY award for Activism in 2007.

William Boltz, Ph.D.

Deputy Director

(212)-925-4089

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

William Boltz, Ph.D. has held leadership positions in national and international nonprofit organizations seeking to advance civil society, human rights and public health, including Healing the Divide/The Gere Foundation Religions for Peace and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boltz has taught at the University of Chicago. As a professional development consultant, he has raised funds for the New York University School of Law, Humboldt State University and Santa Clara University.  He is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago.

Kadijha Bagby

Special Projects Assistant

Kadijha began working as a production assistant at DAI part time in August 2014 and has since discovered a passion for social issues and the adoption field in particular. In March 2015, Kadijha became the Special Projects Assistant.

Kadijha volunteers at GiGi’s Playhouse teaching literacy to children with Down’s Syndrome.  In her free time she does community rehabilitation work with persons with disabilities.

Diana Dedeian

Office Manager

Diana Dedeian is a professional with 20+ years of administrative experience who is comfortable with being the “go to” person for anything related to the smooth running of an office. Diana has diversified skill sets covering full secretarial, administrative, human resources, technical management and office management. Diana has a proactive and flexible approach to juggling many different priorities, and able to work autonomously and take ownership of all aspects of a task or project.

Georgia Deoudes

Senior Policy and Advocacy Consultant

Georgia has worked on policy, advocacy and communications projects for DAI over the course of 13 years.  Currently, she is leading DAI’s post-adoption services advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels.  She has directed human service and social justice program and policy initiatives for organizations such as United Way of America and the Institute for Children and Poverty, since obtaining a JD at Georgetown University Law Center in 1998.  She graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ana Elisa Franco

Intern

Ana Elisa is a Master of Public Policy degree candidate with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Families at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Journey Home, Inc. customizing and implementing a web-based universal housing application for people experiencing homelessness in the greater Hartford region. She earned a B.A. in Critical Theory and Social Justice from Occidental College. Her senior comprehensive project focused on first/birth mothers and the effect of public perceptions on law and policy.

MaeMae Moloney

Intern

Maemae Moloney is a transracial adoptee from China. She was raised in a family with white parents and two transracial adoptee brothers (one who is older and half black-half white, and one who is younger and of mixed race). This fall she will enter her sophomore year as a Human Biology major at the University of Southern California.”

Kim Paglino

Program Director

Kimberly Paglino is a New Jersey born and raised adopted person. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, she went on to earn a Masters degree in Social Work from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. Kimberly has past professional experience in the area of child welfare, including as a case worker for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. She additionally has developed and presented educational seminars for pre and post adoptive parents at various adoption agencies and parent groups throughout New Jersey and in New York. She has prior served as an Instructor at Monmouth University, teaching in areas of Social Welfare Policy & Services and Human Rights and Social Justice.

Since 2007, Kimberly has been an advocate with the New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education (NJ CARE) and has testified for adoptee’s rights before the New Jersey State Legislature. She is proud to have been a part of the effort to have enacted the New Jersey Birthright Bill signed into law on May 27, 2014 by Governor Chris Christie, which allows New Jersey adopted persons to access their original birth certificates. Kimberly also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Adoption Congress.