Meet Our Board


Kelley O'Brien; President of Board of Directors
Kelley O’Brien is the director for strategy and innovation and adjunct faculty at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Her areas of expertise include communication, grant writing, and strategic planning. She previously worked for ten years in the field of civic education, directing a statewide non-profit that served K-12 teachers. She and her husband have adopted two children from South Korea and have personally experienced the roller coaster ride of international adoption—its an emotional, but incredibly fulfilling ride.


Amy Hecht, PhD; Board of Directors
Amy is the founder and clinical director of the Hecht Ribas Group for Psychological Services. A graduate of Gallaudet University's PhD program in clinical psychology, Amy is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in adoption and families, LGBT families and disability. Amy and her wife, Claudia Ribas, are the proud parents of four beautiful children including a daughter adopted from Nepal in 2010. She is also a founding member of the Nepal Adoptive Families Association. As a member of both an extended birth family and an adoptive family Amy brings personal as well as professional experience to her passion for adoption and all members of the adoption constellation.