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Our Staff

Ken Mullner

Executive Director

Ken is determined that every child who needs a family will have one and that the adoption process be made easier for prospective parents.  Ken has two children, the youngest of whom is adopted. Ken joined the Center in 2005 after 14 years as executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


phone: 215-875-0323

Christine Jacobs

Program Director

With more than 25 years of experience in foster care adoption, Christine manages all the Center’s programs.  She is a frequent presenter on child-specific recruitment, family recruitment and retention, matching events for teenagers and preparation of children for recruitment.  She has addressed the Adoption Exchange Association, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Pennsylvania Adoption Conference, the Child Welfare League of America and the American Humane Society.  Christine holds a BA in psychology and is an adoptive parent.


phone: 267-443-1870

Gloria Hochman

Director of Communications

With more than 35 years of experience in child welfare, Gloria brings to the Center a robust background as an award-winning journalist and best-selling author.  She is the winner of 27 writing awards and is author of three books, one of which was on the New York Times best-seller list for three months.  She writes newspaper and magazine articles, and handles the Center’s media program, moderates special events, appears frequently on radio and television and is responsible for the Center’s informational materials.


phone: 215-875-0324

Alexandra Buczek

Manager, Online Presence

Alexandra has more than 15 years of experience in emerging technology. From building websites to accompany college texts to developing online testing and training, she has seen the positive application of technology-based tools. She leads and manages all of the Center’s web-based initiatives. Alexandra holds a BS in physics from the University of Rhode Island, an MS in communications from Drexel University and an MBA in sustainable business from Green Mountain College,


Lauren Wampler joined the Center in early 2013, after having worked in development and direct service positions with other human service organizations for more than seven years.  She manages all of the Center’s special events including its annual Celebration of Family, its major fundraiser, and is responsible for all grantwriting.  She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Millersville University and a masters of public administration from Widener University.

Sheina Martinez, who has worked in adoption throughout her career, is an adoption coordinator and manages the Wednesday’s Child Philadelphia program. She is passionate in her belief that every child deserves to grow up in a loving family, and she has special expertise in recruiting families for children who need them, advocating for those families and promoting adoption awareness in the LGBT community. She has worked in children’s ministry for more than a decade, and enjoys being a mother of two.  She has a bachelor’s degree in human services.

Nancy Barton joined the Center in 2008 as an administrative assistant, supporting all aspects of the Center’s work—program, development, marketing and communications. She manages the Center’s database, continually streamlining procedures for registration to events and tailoring communications for families, social workers and children.  Her background in communications and early childhood education and her skill in customer service are critical to those who are interested in or who have completed adoptions.   Her daughter, an artist whom she and her husband adopted, has participated in several agency projects.

Crystal Allen has been an adoption coordinator and Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter at the Center since 2008, and brings more than 15 years of experience working with children and youth.  She has a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services with a minor in sociology from Penn State University, and is working on her master’s degree in urban studies with a concentration in youth development at Eastern University. In addition to her recruitment responsibilities for New Jersey foster youth, Crystal coordinates media recruitment and match parties for New Jersey children.

Jason Monn spent nine years in foster care and aged out at 21; he has an intense desire to work with children who do not have permanent families.  He has been working in social work for five years, particularly with teenagers who have emotional and psychological issues.  As a Wendy’s Wonderful Kids recruiter in Delaware, he now focuses on children waiting to be adopted.  Jason earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kutztown University and is pursuing a master’s degree in multicultural education from Eastern University.  He is father to an 18-month-old daughter.

Tamara Brown, Graphics/Database/Administrative Assistant, has worked for Non-profits in various administrative capacities for 11 years.  Her strong desire to work in an industry of service, fuels her commitment for supporting the Adoption Center’s mission.  Tam works on in-house publishing and design projects, as well as assisting with the database.  Tam holds a BA in Art from Florida A&M University and a MAM from Carnegie Mellon.