Christen Douglas is a Private Client & Wealth Management Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She focuses her practice on trust and estate planning, administration, and litigation. She also advises clients regarding philanthropic planning and private charitable foundations. Christen earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. For nearly 30 years, her mother has worked at Aseltine School in San Diego, California, which is a school designed to serve children with behavioral issues and learning disabilities, many of whom are foster care children. Her mother’s stories about connecting with and helping her students learn and grow despite the challenges they face inspired Christen from an early age. She joined the Advisory Council of Children’s Rights in 2016.
Karyn Froseth is a 24 year veteran of the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. Her experience spans front line customer sales, brand and shopper marketing, and agency account management at The Quaker Oats Company, Novartis, Leo Burnett/Arc Worldwide, and The Coca-Cola Company. She is currently Group Director, Shopper Science & Design, The Coca-Cola Company. Karyn attended Indiana University, Bloomington, majoring in Journalism & Political Science. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband Eric, & daughter Hayley (12).
Steven Haedrich is owner and CEO of New York Label & Box, a family-owned, New York-headquartered corporation in operation since 1878. The company specializes in high-quality custom printed products for the cosmetic, healthcare and nutraceutical markets. After graduating Georgetown University with a major in Accounting and a Psychology minor, Steven worked as a consultant for Peat Marwick Mitchell, a big eight accounting firm. He subsequently joined New York Label & Box and worked his way up from shipping to sales to management to CEO. Steven is active in the business community and serves on the advisory board of The Deming Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster an understanding of the Deming leadership philosophy to advance commerce, prosperity and peace. The institute teaches quality leadership, systems thinking and how continuous quality improvement strategies can improve individual lives and business operations. Steven is a father of three children, a daughter and two sons.
Christy Irons has been a child advocate since she was 10 years old. Having been raised in a family that fostered 45 children, Mrs. Irons graduated from Erskine College with a degree in Special Education and works tirelessly promoting foster care reform as well as being an advocate for adoption. Christy and her husband, Nigel, have one biological child and have adopted 8 children, three of which have challenging disabilities. Mrs. Irons has a widely read blog, The Sometimes 8 Irons, which chronicles the realities of a very diverse family life while actively seeking adoptive families for children in foster care. She is a resident of South Carolina.
Sandra Kapell is Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer at The Madison Square Garden Company, a role she assumed in December 2015. She served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration for Cablevision Systems Corporation from 2012-2015. Before her time at Cablevision, she was Senior Vice president and Chief Human Resources Officer of Chartis, an AIG company and the world’s largest property and casualty insurer. Before that, she was senior Vice President at MetLife.
Mark Lindsay is a consultant with the Livingston Group, a prominent government relations firm in Washington D.C. He served on President Obama’s Transition Team and in President Clinton’s White House as Assistant to the President for the Office of Management and Administration. Before joining The Livingston Group, Mr. Lindsay was with UnitedHealth Group, one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, where he held a number of senior positions including President of the AARP Pharmacy Services Division and Vice President of Public Communications and Strategy.
Enid is Managing Director of Marketing Effectiveness at Nielsen Company. She has been at Nielsen since 2005 and manages overall strategy, integrated solutions creation, and new business development for Reach, Resonance and Reaction products and services, which allow marketers, agencies and media companies to decipher how exposure to marketing and media interact with the target audience to shape brand perception and purchase behavior, and thus understand and influence consumers’ path to purchase.
Gonja Hartmann Tekiner
Gonja Hartmann Tekiner is the Chief Executive Officer of Bremen House Inc., a real estate and investment management firm in New York City and Dallas. She has been a supporter of Children’s Rights since 2007.