Profiles of 2017 Board Members

MARY CHILD co-president

Mary is an editor and publishing consultant. She was formerly Chair of Adoptive Families of Hong Kong (AFHK), a support group for adoptive families of all nationalities living in Hong Kong. Mary was acquisitions editor for Asian Studies and Sociology for Cambridge University Press in New York and prior to that, commissioning editor for Asian Studies at Oxford University Press in Hong Kong. A long-time freelancer, her recent book projects include: Creating Across Cultures: Women in the Arts from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan  (March 2017); and The Cultural Logic of Politics in Mainland China and Taiwan by Tianjian Shi (2014, Cambridge University Press). Mary holds an M.A. in China Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is the mother of four daughters born in Guangxi, China: Sophie (1995), Nora, Alice and Anna (2004). Mary and her husband David Youtz have been active in, and grateful members of FCCNY since 1997.

GARY MATLES co-president

Gary joined the board of FCCNY in 2010 with a particular interest in promoting the organization’s charitable initiatives. He and his wife Eve Cohen, are the proud parents of 5 year old Micaela who was adopted from Jiangxi Province in 2006; the family resides in South Orange, NJ. Gary holds an MBA in Marketing from Baruch College as well as a Professional Certificate in Fundraising and Development from NYU. Gary currently works as an independent consultant specializing in the development of business conferences, meetings, special events, and fund raising initiatives.

TIM STOENNER treasurer

Tim has been an active member of FCCNY since 1995 when he and his wife Kathy Urbina returned from Wuhan with their daughter Zoe. He held the position of treasurer on the initial board of directors from 1995 until 2000 and returned to the board in 2004.  He has been involved in the work of FCC’s Charitable Initiatives Committee from the outset, and has helped to organize the database, financial structure, and the web site to continually upgrade the information and resources available to members. As a member of the Brooklyn regional group, Tim and his wife, Kathy Urbina have organized many local events and waiting family potlucks. He holds a BFA from Hampshire College and is an account executive for Coloredge , a graphics firm involved in printing and displays.

LISA GIBSON secretary

Lisa is the first Chinese adoptee who has grown up with FCCNY, to serve on our board. She was adopted from China in 1992 and as a young girl participated in many of FCCNY's events. She grew up in Manhattan and went to Bronx Science for high school, during which she participated in Girls Connect at its inception, as a senior mentor. She graduated from Cornell with a BS in biology and is currently working at Northwell's (formerly NSLIJ) research institute in a neuroscience lab.


Barry serves as an advisor to the Board on legal issues. He became involved with FCC in 1996, when he finalized our status as a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Since then he has periodically served on our Board and has been involved in organizational, policy, and legal issues, including the revision of FCC NY's by-laws. Barry and his wife, Sloane Elman (who is also a lawyer), live in Manhattan with their daughters Olivia (Shanggao, Jiangxi Province, September, 1995), and Julia, who also resides in Portland, OR where she dances with a contemporary dance company. He also has two sons (both lawyers) and four granddaughters. Barry has previously served on the Boards of Children of China Pediatric Foundation, Doctors of the World (USA), The Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program, the Parents' Association of The Bank Street School for Children, and other not for profit organizations. Barry retired as a senior partner from his law firm in 2000 and is currently a Managing Director in the NYC office of an international business advisory firm. 


Marcia, LMSW, MPPA, is a frequent speaker, writer, and conference presenter on issues surrounding infertility, adoption, and the Jewish family. She holds both an MPA and MSW degree from Columbia University. With over 10 years of policy and program experience at the national level in the areas of health, mental health, and human services, and over 15 years in Jewish communal service, Marcia has been at the forefront of policy, practice, advocacy, and research in many areas, including family/work balance, mental health, changing family structures, infertility and adoption. Marcia previously served as both the Post-Adoption and the Jewish Outreach Coordinator of the Ametz Adoption Program of JCCA. She also provided counseling to singles and couples both pre and post adoption and ran several support groups in the community. Prior to JCCA, Marcia was the assistant director and co-founder of the Department of Jewish Family Concerns of the Union of Reform Judaism where she worked with over 930 congregations, families, and individuals bi-nationally on issues of health, mental health, the changing Jewish family, adoption, infertility, special needs, and inclusion. Marcia is the parent of two girls, one who joined the family through biology and one who joined through adoption.


Marina was born, raised, and attended school in Rome, Italy.  She moved to London for first job in Reinsurance industry, which involved doing business at Lloyd’s of London. She continues to work in the same industry to this day. After 8 years in London Marina moved to San Francisco and 5 years later to NYC.  She adopted Olivia YuHong from Chongqing as a single mom in December 2001. Marina started getting involved with FCC during the adoption wait and believes that it can still play a very important role in the adoption community. She is active in the adoption community as list-owner of two Orphanage Yahoo Groups and member of several other on line groups. She is passionate about Chinese culture and actively involved with NYCCC. Marina enjoys reading, going to great movies, more reading, traveling, and dining with friends.


Maureen Farrell and her husband Alan Kenny live in Montclair NJ. Maureen is mom to Lily from Shangrao, Jiangxi age 11 and Cali age 8 from Changzhou, Jiangsu.  She has been the Regional Director for FCC Northern NJ since 2010.  Maureen has a Masters degree in Finance and Operations Management from NYU. She worked for 15 years in the Wine & Spirits industry as VP of Financial Planning &Analysis and later as CFO for a wine company. In 2013 Maureen made the decision to devote her career to working in the not for profit sector. She is currently the CFO for the NJ Family Planning League—a not-for-profit that funds women’s health clinics across the state of NJ.  Maureen has been on the Board of Directors of OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) since 2011 and is an active member of the FCC/OCA Leaders. 


Paul is a native of the New York area who runs an executive coaching and consulting firm in Manhattan. He adopted Juli from Taiha, China, in 1998 when he and Juli’s mother were living in Hong Kong.  Juli was raised in Hong Kong and New York and currently attends college at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Paul, originally a journalist, served as an economic development commissioner in the New York City government before joining Deloitte, where he became a Managing Director. He founded Tribeca Leadership in early 2011. Paul is grateful for Juli’s participation in FCCNY’s activities and enjoys the board’s focus on adopted children’s challenges and opportunities as they grow into adults.  


Following a 25+ career at Citigroup, Deborah is taking time off full-time work to focus on her family, which includes her daughter adopted in 2007 from Jiangxi province, husband, and elderly mother. At Citigroup, she implemented and managed a variety of financial products serving corporate clients globally and is experienced in marketing and business development, program management, global team building, and strategic communication. Deborah is currently a freelance consultant for CEO Connection, a membership organization focused on mid-market companies and a board member for SPOP (Service Program for Older Persons), where she serves on the fund development committee. In the past, Deborah has conceived and run events for FCC Manhattan, and her daughter participates in Girl’s Connect. Deborah holds an MBA from Columbia University.

DAVID YOUTZ advisory board member

David is a non-profit executive and former president of FCC of Greater New York (2000–2007) who now serves on FCC’s Advisory Council. Currently at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in New York, he was previously the CEO of the Hong Kong-based NGO, Mother’s Choice, and headed Morgan Stanley’s Asia Desk for six years. He held other leadership and programming positions at Asia Society, the Yale–China Association, and the Manhattan-based think tank, EastWest Institute and has spent twelve years living and working in Greater China. David has a B.A. from Oberlin College, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and is the father of four girls born in Guangxi Province, China.

MARY NEALON advisory board member

Mary is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and currently the Coordinator of Student Health at The School at Columbia University, a position which includes responsibilities in the areas of student health, faculty/staff health, health education, school-wide safety and parent and staff education. Mary has created and teaches The School's Gender and Sexuality curriculum (grades 4-8) and the Middle School Life Skills curriculum. Prior to working at The School since its opening in 2003, Mary was a Columbia University officer of clinical instruction in the department of pediatric neurology caring for children with epilepsy and their families, as well as a pediatric nurse at Hackensack Hospital and Rodeph Sholom School (nursery – 8th grade). Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, Mary worked on and off-broadway, managing and producing theatrical shows and not-for-profit fundraising events for 15 years. As part of her past charitable work, Mary served on the Board of Directors of GLAAD for 6 years, during which time she served as co-chair for 3 years. She has also helped create and organize educational symposiums and workshops for students, parents and teachers on bullying, adolescent and pre-teen development, gender and sexuality education and family diversity. Mary is the proud parent of 2 daughters, Cece (21) and Gabie (13), who were both adopted from China, as well as partner for 22 years with Vivian Shapiro. Mary served as co-president of FCCNY, an organization that has been an invaluable resource and network for Mary and Vivian in raising their 2 daughters.

ROSS LEWIS arts liaison

Ross is an installation artist and arts educator. He received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. from Brooklyn College. His study of Chinese landscape painting, calligraphy and the Mandarin language in China and Taiwan over a ten year period has had a lasting influence on all of his artistic endeavors. Public art works in NYC include: "Parallel Motion", a 96-foot long mural, based on Chinese calligraphy and dance, PS/IS 89, Battery Park City and "Roto-Sphere", a 22 foot kinetic steel sculpture, New York Hall of Science. He has lectured and conducted workshops on Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting at such cultural institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, China Institute, and public and private schools in the tri-state area. An FCC board member since 2002, he and his partner, Peter Herbert, are the proud parents of Anwen (born 1998), from Chuzhou, Anhui, China and Lilah (born 2001), from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

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