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"Hopscotch has been amazing to our family. We were their first family in Morocco. They were with us every step of the way. Even being the first family with many unknowns, they could not have been better in their support and ability to help us get our baby home. "
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Board of Directors

 

Michael Garabedian, Esq.

President

Michael Garabedian is the managing partner of Rayano & Garabedian, P.C., a general practice law firm located in New York, specializing in litigation and transactional matters for domestic, closely-held corporations, partnerships and business professionals. He received his undergraduate degree from New York University in 1982, and his juris doctor (i.e., law degree) from Union University, Albany Law School, in 1985. Along with being admitted to practice law in all of the courts of the State of New York, Michael is admitted in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Michael is a third generation Armenian-American who is intensely proud of his heritage, and has worked to engender and preserve the best attributes of Armenian culture. Towards this end, Michael is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New York Armenian Home, a non-for-profit assisted living facility located in New York City for senior citizens of Armenian descent.

Michael currently serves on the board of directors for the John Jermaine Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, New York.

Michael and his wife are the adoptive parents of an Armenian child.

 

Brenda Smith

Founder and Secretary

Brenda Smith, owner of a branding agency in New York City, is the adoptive mother of Ella, who came from one of the orphanages of the Republic of Georgia. Adopting Ella was a challenging and time consuming process that included four lost referrals, a political coup in Georgia, three adoption-related trips to Georgia, scant support from the adoption agency she used (not Hopscotch) and scores of delays. After Ella came home safe and sound, Brenda started working with Robin Sizemore to build the adoption agency she wished she had worked with: one that offered personal support, knowledgeable and accessible employees, and a transparent process.
Brenda’s three trips to Tbilisi in 2004 gave her unique opportunities to see and experience in stark reality what life in an Eastern European orphanage is like for children. Since bringing Ella home, Brenda has been an active fund raiser for humanitarian aid for these orphanages, and she is committed to improving both the physical and emotional environments in which the children live.

 

Fred Frank

Member

Fred Frank is a business professional in the industrial security industry. He has been employed as Branch Manager with Security Forces, Inc. Electronics for over twenty years. He is experienced in all aspects of management and day to day business operations.

Fred and his wife are the parents of two boys who were adopted internationally. They have remained close to others in the international adoption community and are proud of their children’s heritage. He brings to the board a passion for children’s issues and firsthand experience with the special needs of internationally adopted children.

Fred has volunteered, in a leadership capacity, with various organizations including Boy Scouts of America and previously served as Grand Knight with his local Knights of Columbus Chapter. Fred and his family live in Kernersville, North Carolina.

 

Jason Bramblett

Member

Jason Bramblett is the owner of Jason Bramblett and Associates, Realtors and various other businesses located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jason is also a long time instructor for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University where he works with individuals in the community to learn to live debt free. He is also the host of a weekly radio show called "Triad Real Estate 911". He is a well known and respected among the local business community.

Jason currently serves on the Board of Directors for Calvary Church where he is active in mission work.

Jason and his wife are the parents of one biological daughter and two daughters who were adopted internationally.

 

Lisa Anne Kazazean

Member

Lisa is the very proud single mother to two wonderful boys. Her first son, Armen was adopted from Armenia 1n 2007 and her second son, Zain was adopted from Morocco in 2010. Lisa’s father was born in Armenia and was a survivor of the genocide, although he would never speak about his early years, he continued his Armenian pride and culture throughout his long life.

Lisa, originally from upstate New York, graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition.

Lisa worked in the field of nutrition until she moved to Michigan in 1991. At that time, she began working full-time in residential real estate. After 15 years of a successful real estate career, she relocated to Colorado. She raised her boys in the beautiful resort area in Dillon, Colorado until 2014 when choosing to move closer to family on the east coast.

She is also a contributor and member of Project Discovery, an Armenian archaeological organization and Focus Armenia, an organization to help residents in Gumyri. She also has donated to SOAR, Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief and served on the board of the Denver chapter. She sits on the board of a Southwest Vermont Career Development Center, Bennington, VT and contributes time and resources to various other local charities. She has started a local Single Mothers Group to provide support to single mothers of all backgrounds.

Lisa believes her two boys have touched so many lives of people and opened up hearts of family, friends and strangers. She believes adoption is the promise of a future for children and parents alike. Her life has been enriched 100-fold by bringing these two boys into her world.

 

Kristen Dadey, Esq.

Resignation effective 08.04.2016 due to a conflict of interest with a professional assignment

Member

Kristin Dadey, a licensed attorney, lives overseas in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For the last ten years, Kristin has worked for the International Organization for Migration, managing programs to combat human trafficking. She has lived and worked in Egypt, the Republic of Georgia and Indonesia. Before moving overseas in 2003, Kristin practiced labor law in Washington, DC, working in both the government and non-profit sector. She received her Masters in Public Administration and Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and College of Law in 1998. Kristin’s work overseas has changed her in profound ways, witnessing firsthand the extreme vulnerability of children, especially in developing countries. Her years of overseas experience have given her a keen understanding of the international rights of children, and dedicated to the basic children's rights' principle that all children have the right to grow up in a permanent family, Kristin is passionate in her advocacy on behalf of orphans.

Kristin and her husband Sean are the proud parents of one adopted daughter from Indonesia, one adopted daughter from Ghana and two biological daughters.

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