Board of Directors
Jennifer 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 email@example.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.
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.
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