Literally hundreds of volunteers move the work of FRUA INC forward.  As an all-volunteer organization, FRUA has no paid staff and functions under the governance of a National Board of Directors.


That national board includes four elected officer positions (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer) serving for two-year terms of office, and board-level chair appointees who are nominated and approved by the board of directors, also for two-year terms.


These national officers and board-level committee chairs are supported by regional chapter leaders, whose leadership is also elected/affirmed for specific leadership terms. All members in the USA are affliiated with a region. In some regions organized FRUA groups may operate as "parent organized development" areas (PODs).

As a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization, FRUA's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. Individual FRUA regions may have varying fiscal reporting years.

While our national incorporation is in Washington, DC, our National Board is spread across the United States from the east coast to the west coast, with stops in between. The Board meets ten to eleven times per year, only once in person for the FRUA Annual Meeting, typically in July or early August, and via conference call for other meetings.

Board of Directors

The following volunteers fill national board roles for fiscal 2014-16:


National Chair: Jan Wondra


 Vice Chair: Karen Holt


Treasurer: Kate O'Neil


Secretary: Elizabeth Field


Advocacy and Outreach: open


Education: Terry Mandeville


Membership Chair: Amy Donovan


Publications Editor:Mara Kamen


Development Chair: Tracy Kolian


Orphan Support, Open


Regional Liaison: open


Technology Chair: Kris Steinwender





Board backgrounds


Chair: Jan Wondra


FRUA Acting National Chair, Jan is a marketing expert, brand strategist and writer. As a VP of Marketing, Chief Marketing Officer in Fortune 500 global companies, her background includes strategic communications work on financial services, telecom, energy, consumer goods, transportation and with Silicon Valley technology start-ups, and entreprenuer assignments as her own marketing firm. 


Jan has been a FRUA member since 1994, helping to found the second national FRUA chapter, FRUA Wisconsin.  She and her husband founded the FRUA Colorado chapter in 1997 when they returned to the Denver area. She served as its Chair before seving as the FRUA National Regional Liaison from 2005-2008.  She has led several FRUA national initiatives, including serving on the national media task force, chairing the FRUA Love Letters campaign, starting the FRUA Coffee & Tea for Orphan Support Program, and spearheading the FRUA website redesign and new media project.

Jan was honored for her volunteer work with FRUA in 2012 with the United States Congress, receiving  the Angel in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. She and her husband, Mel, reside in Denver, Colorado, and are parents of two children: a bio son and a daughter, adopted from Russia in 1994.


 Vice ChairKaren Holt


Karen is a single mother living in Central Ohio with her two children from Russia: a 13-year-old adopted as an infant, and a 11-year-old adopted at 36 months. She has a BS from Ohio State University and runs her own financial business.


Karen has contributed to several adoption books and magazines and is the owner of She has a special interest in open international adoptions. She is a former Board member for Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform and a former Board Chair for FRUA-Ohio.


Treasurer: Kate ONeil

Secretary: Elizabeth Field


FRUA Secretary, Beth is a strategic communications professional with 30 years of experience. Beth has worked for public and private biotechnology companies, international public relations agencies, and non-profit organizations - in the areas of investor relations, corporate communications, marketing communications, media relations, and integrated communications management.


Beth joined FRUA Oregon in 2007 for parent support after learning about FRUA from her adoption counselor. She soon joined their chapter board in various positions including chapter chair.  She has also served to help the FRUA INC National Board as Membership Database Manager.


Beth holds a Master of Science in Communications Management from the executive program at the S.I. Newhouse School in Public Communications at Syracuse University.


An Air Force brat who has lived around the U.S. and abroad for work, Beth now lives in Texas with husband, David, her rock of support, and resilient, happy daughter, Natasha, 13 years old. Natasha was adopted in 2002 from Almaty, Kazakhstan at 14 months old.

Advocacy and Outreach Chair: open


Education Chair,Terry Mandeville


 A long-time leader in the Washington State chapter, Terry joined the Board as Advocacy and Outreach Chair in 2013. She is a retired Pediatric Psychiatric Registered Nurse who has managed care for children with mental health issues, including ADHD, depression and bi-polar, eating disorders, attachment disorders, school issues, schizophrenia, aggression and maladaptive coping behaviors, oppositional-defiance, O/C, PDD and autism, as well as a variety of medical disabilities. She now provides in-home nursing care and is working toward being an author.


In the Washington State chapter, Terry has served as a board member, assistant director for the summer Heritage Camps, and manager of the chapter website. At the National level, she has been Focus on Culture & Heritage editor of The Family Focus since 2008. She also founded and manages FaCAB (Families with Children Adopted from Bulgaria), a family-to-family support network since 1995.


Terry and her husband, Bob Weaver, have two sons, Velizar, 24, and Anton, 21, both adopted from Bulgaria. They live in the Cascade foothills near Seattle.


Editor, The Family Focus: Mara Kamen


MJ Kamen brings a walth of experience within FRUA INC to her interim role as Education Chair, completing the term of former Education Chair, Dr. Felicia Fago.  She has been a member of FRUA INC since 1994, and has volunteered with FRUA since just after adopting two children from Russia. 


Ms. Kamen has gained a breath and depth of knowledge by serving in a variety of board capacities, including as Editor of The Family Focus.  Her most satisfying roles have been sharing information with parents and professionals working with our kids.  In 2003, she was honored with a United States Congressional Angel in Adoption Award. 



Membership Chair: Amy Donvan


Amy is an Information Technology (IT) management professional with more than 20 years of experience. She has worked in a variety of IT roles for non-profit, for-profit and governmental organizations on development, constituent relations, financial and website projects. Over the years Amy has volunteered on relief and development projects in the Caribbean, Middle East and Africa. She currently serves as Chief Information Officer for a higher education institution with campuses in East Coast states.


Amy joined FRUA Central Virginia in 2004 just prior to adopting her son. She was active in the Central Virginia Chapter until relocating to the Boston area in 2007.  Amy has been active in FRUA New England as chapter co-chair.


Amy and her husband, Mike, have a tween son, Alec, adopted from Ukraine as a toddler.


Development Chair: Tracy Kolian


Regional Liaison: Open


Orphan Support Chair: Open



Technology Chair: Kris Steinwender


Kris has served for the past year on the FRUA National Technology Committee, taking an active role in the growth of FRUA Facebook and the launch of the FRUA members-only chat room. Kris is a 20 year veteran of the IT industry. After starting an Internet company as a teenager, he soon advanced into systems and network management roles. His current responsibilities include social media trending and analytics for a Fortune 100 technology company. He enjoys the adventure of spending time in web systems development and integration; including custom computer builds, home & network automation, and photography.

Kris and his wife, Meghan adopted their toddler son, Zachary, in 2011 from Borovichi, Russia. The Steinwender family are active members of the FRUA Central/Southern New Jersey chapter and joined FRUA several months before traveling to Russia to adopt their son. Kris's contributions to FRUA will be to assure clarity around its Facebook, Twitter, and other new media presences, as well as the Website, chat room and other technical aspects of the organization.



Orphan Support Chair: Open

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