Board of Directors

Jennifer Cochran's profile photoJennifer Cochran (President) is a family law attorney who represents adoptive parents in the finalization of their adoptions.  She knows firsthand how exciting the adoption process can be as she and her husband are adoptive parents of a sweet and sassy two year old little girl named Ella.  She began attending meetings when her daughter was about six months old so that she could learn how to talk to her daughter about adoption as well as the benefits of open adoption. She and her family live in Dripping Springs and love to hike and bike as much as possible. She is a proud sixth generation Texan, hails from east Texas, and is a graduate of TAMU-Commerce and New England School of Law.  She can be contacted at (512) 870-8187 or jencochranlaw@gmail.com

 

Jason Ledlie (Vice President) lives with his wife, Kim, and their 5 children at their horse ranch east of Austin, and he is a triad member as an international adoptive parent. Jason works as a therapist in Austin and specializes in working with adoptive families. He also travels internationally to work with children from hard places and to teach and consult on equine-assisted therapy.

 

 

Marci Purcell (Immediate Past President) is an adoptee who has been in a positive reunion with her biological family for over 26 years. She has a strong conviction that adoptees should not have to choose one family over another, but be able enjoy all families equally, as situations permit. Marci comes to us with over 25 years experience providing advocacy, initially for persons with communication disorders. Her professional career encompasses such pursuits as Residential Program Director for adults with disabilities, Behavior Communication Specialist for deaf-blind individuals, and ASL Interpreter. She has spent the last decade working and volunteering as a technical writer, including as tech writer for Texas Adoptee Rights. She holds a BA in Psychology, is certified in Psychological First Aid, speaks multiple languages, and blogs at center-stripe when time permits. Marci is the proud twice recipient of the Presidential Service Award. To relax she owns and runs a small antiques business in Austin, TX. She finds her greatest joy with her family, as she and her husband do their best raising their three children.

 

Cortney Jones, MSW (Secretary)  is a master level social worker with a strong commitment to impacting system level change. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Change 1. This is a volunteer program that brings the community together to help those that are transitioning out of the foster care system.

 

 

Eric Warnsman (Treasurer), is an adoptive parent of a beautiful two-year-old girl, Caitlin. Eric is parenting Caitlin with his wife, Courtney, and feels blessed to have these two beautiful girls in his life.  Originally from Illinois , he moved to Houston Texas with his family in 1976.  Since his graduation from Texas Tech University where he earned a degree in Agriculture Economics and Minor in Marketing, Eric worked for a law firm before settling in as a manufacturer’s agent selling equipment into the electric power industry and landing a permanent position in a new company his father was starting. Eric’s third “love”–behind Caitlin and Courtney–is his passion for everything bicycle racing and traveling the United States racing his bicycle at the highest amateur level.  In 1998 he was asked to participate with a four-member RAAM (The Race Across America) team completing the 2800 mile bicycle race in 6 days 20 hours.  Cycling led to an interest in fitness, and Eric earned his personal training certification and began working at Body Business Fitness Center in 2001, the job that moved him to Austin where he met Courtney and where he still works part time today. In 2004 he married Courtney.  In 2009 Eric and Courtney decided that they wanted to grow their family and started the adoption journey. Knowing this was an unknown journey for both, they did as much research as possible and came across AKA.  Since attending their first AKA meeting in February, 2010 they have been involved as much as possible, learning and growing from participating in AKA.  Eric was asked to join the board in 2012 and now serves as AKA treasurer and the new member committee chair.  Being the only male on AKA’s board, Eric has his hands full but enjoys the challenge and likes the direction that he and other board members are taking AKA into the next 20 years. You can contact Eric at ericw@espforenergy.com

 

Karen Howry (Board Member at Large) is an adoptee, birth parent, and although not an adoptive parent she is currently raising another parent’s child as well as her own biological daughter.  She was adopted at birth in Austin, Texas from Child & Family Services.  Karen reunited with her birth mother in 1993.  Although Karen’s birth mother has since died, still remains close to the rest of her maternal birth family.  At 16, she was pregnant in high school and placed her son for adoption through Lutheran Social Service.  She has had contact several times with her birth son’s family and currently is in reunion with her son.  Karen is a longtime supporter and participant in AKA.  She has also previously served on the AKA Board of Directors.

 

Rod Lind, LPC, (Board Member at Large) comes to the AKA Board as an adoptee who recently united with several members of his birth family. He is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with more than 20 years of experience in the mental health field. He holds a certification in medical hypnosis (CMH) from the American Psychotherapy and Medical Hypnosis Association and has Diplomate status in Comprehensive Energy Psychology (D-CEP) from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology and is currently a Board member of both of those organizations. Rod has a limited private practice helping adult adoptees to meet life’s challenges and to achieve their most desirable sense of self.

Rod’s interest in the adoption field came after a colleague encouraged him to petition the court to have his birth records opened and then to search for members of his birth family. This is when he was introduced to AKA and it was through AKA (Connie Gray) that he was able to unite with members of his birth family. AKA has been invaluable in facilitating his understanding of and coming to terms with adoption.

In 2010 he and his wife moved to Austin where the families of their two children reside. In 2012 they moved to Cedar Park. They enjoy taking advantage of the many points of interest in the area as well as the artistic venues when possible.

 

Daryn Watson, (Board Member at Large)

 

Committee Chairs

Education Committee –