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Michelle M. Hughes is a cofounder of Bridge Communications, Inc., which includes about a dozen other speakers and trainers (you can read their bios at the link below). Since 1991, Michelle has been organizing and conducting seminars on transracial adoption.



Daren Jones is a Training Specialist with the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KP ICD) at TCU. As a training specialist, Daren’s main focus is instructing professionals working with children who have experienced trauma, in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI).



Rhonda M. Roorda was adopted at the age of two into a white American family with Dutch heritage. She was raised with her two non-adopted siblings in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Rhonda is an author and international speaker on transracial adoption.s



Sabra D. Starnes has worked as a clinical social worker in the Washington, D.C. area for over 20 years in various settings, such as hospitals, adoption agencies, schools, daycare centers, outpatient clinics and inpatient treatment centers.



Angela Tucker is a nationally-recognized thought leader on transracial adoption and is an advocate for adoptee rights. In 2013, at the age of 26, Angela’s own story of adoption and search for her birth parents was featured in the groundbreaking documentary, CLOSURE.



Krista Woods, M.S.W., LCSW, is a national speaker and trainer on a variety of clinical and non-clinical topics. She holds a BA degree in Sociology from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She openly shared that she is a biracial (African-American/Caucasian), transracial adoptee from foster care, raised in Chicago.



Carissa Woodwyk is a Korean adult adoptee and professional counselor/marriage and family therapist. She has the ability to leave the listener inspired and moved to see and hold more of the human heart.