About Us

Our Team

A Shared Passion

Passion, patience, personal experience, and professional excellence. 

We believe every child deserves a loving home and we believe that adoptive families deserve the best service.

Our team includes adoptive parents, adoptive family members, and adoptees. We understand your dream and expectations and know how important the adoption process is to your family. 

Our Team

Colorado Headquarters

Centennial, CO

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Florida Branch

Orlando, FL

Ryan Fontaine

Ryan Fontaine

Director of CCAI Florida

Adison Buongiorno-Smith

Case Aide

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Texas Branch

Houston, TX

Cindy Torchia

Director of CCAI Texas

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Wyoming Branch

Casper, WY

Megan Lockwood

CCAI Wyoming Case Aide

Ashley Stern

Director of CCAI Wyoming

Board of Directors

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Lily Nie

Co-Founder & CEO

Lily Nie is considered a prominent leader and orphan advocate in the international adoption and children service community.  As co-Founder of CCAI, Lily has worked tirelessly since 1992 to unite over 13,000 children with their forever families. Through her and Joshua’s vision, CCAI has also made it possible for thousands of adopted children and their families to receive continuous cultural and emotional support through The Park’s Joyous Chinese Cultural Center, XpressYourself, and Adopteen programs.

Lily was born in China, earning a law degree and working as a business attorney prior to immigrating to the US in 1987. Here, she earned a BA in Management of Human Resources from Colorado Christian University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.  In 2003, Lily received the U.S. Congressional Angel in Adoption Award as recognition of her outstanding contribution to the well-being of orphans around the world. She was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Lily and Joshua are proud parents of their three grown children, Art, Amy, and Anna.

Joshua Zhong

Co-Founder & President

Joshua Zhong immigrated to the USA in 1986 to pursue his graduate and post-graduate theological studies.  When China opened up to international adoption in 1992, Joshua and his wife, Lily, established CCAI to bring healing, hope and home to abandoned Chinese children. 

Joshua’s passion for finding loving and permanent homes for as many orphans as possible has resulted in the successful adoption of more than 13,000 children, making CCAI one of the largest and most reputable international adoption agencies in the world.  A visionary and an inspirational leader, Joshua has guided alongside Lily the steady expansion of CCAI through its adoption programs in Haiti, Bulgaria, Latvia, Ukraine, Taiwan and Colombia; by reaching out to orphans who remain behind in the orphanages through international charitable services; and by providing continued cultural and emotional support to adoptees and their families. 

Joshua and Lily received the U.S. Congressional Angel in Adoption Award in 2003 for their dedication to finding loving homes for orphans. The couple has been happily married for thirty-six years and have three wonderful children, Art, Amy, and Anna.   

Paul Rady

Chairman of the Board

Paul Rady is the co-founder and has served as CEO of Antero Resources Corporation since May 2004. As a father, he has been blessed with six incredible children, two sons and four daughters, all of whom impress him and inspire him daily. Paul and his wife, Katy, are passionate about humanitarian work and dedicated proponents of adoption community support. In 2019, their family embarked on a whirlwind tour around China with their four daughters, dedicating time to visiting each birth city and following their roots. 

Prior to co-founding Antero Resources Corporation, Paul Rady served as President, CEO and Chairman of Pennaco Energy from 1998 until its sale in early 2001. Prior to Pennaco, Paul Rady was with Barrett Resources from 1990 until 1998 where he initially was recruited as Chief Geologist and ultimately served as CEO. Mr. Rady began his career with Amoco where he served 10 years as a geologist focused on the Rockies and Mid-Continent. Paul holds a B.A. in Geology from Western State College of Colorado and M.Sc. in Geology from Western Washington University.

Board Member Since:  2006

Billy Wynne

Board Secretary

Billy Wynne, J.D., is a health and wellness entrepreneur and nationally recognized health policy expert. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Wynne Health Group, a health care policy consulting firm, and Founder and President of Awake, an alcohol-free lifestyle company with a flagship bar in Denver, Colorado.

Billy is also a mindfulness meditation instructor and the previous member of several other boards, including 9Health365, Operation Smile, and the Zen Center of Denver. He is passionate about international adoption; he and his wife, Christy, worked with CCAI to adopt their precious son, Harrison, in 2012. They and their daughter, Eleanor, live in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

Board Member Since:  2013

Bryan Ritz

Board Treasurer

Bryan Ritz is currently the Chief Investment Officer for Alder Ventures and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to joining Alder, Bryan was a Managing Director for the Anschutz Investment Company.

Bryan and his wife have six beautiful children. He graduated from the University of Denver with a B.S. in Business Administration and earned his MBA from the Daniels School of Business. 

Board Member Since:  2017

Max Mitchell, M.D.

Board Member

Dr. Max Mitchell has volunteered for CCAI since 2001 and has accompanied several CCAI medical mission trips to China to perform open heart surgery on orphaned children awaiting adoption. Dr. Mitchell also serves on the board of 2Hearts, an organization that promotes the welfare of teens with congenital heart disease transitioning to adulthood. Dr. Mitchell was born in Durango, Colorado, and has spent most of his life in Colorado. He considers himself incredibly blessed to be married to Amy Mitchell with whom he has four children: Jack, Kate, Campbell and Hudson. Husband and father are the roles he views as the most important in his life. He is passionate about adoption because he considers himself and his family to be the adoptive children of our loving Heavenly Father.

Dr. Mitchell is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Denver Health Science Center. He practices Congenital Heart Surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado and at University of Colorado Hospital and holds the Meg F. Rady and Family Chair in Congenital Heart Surgery at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Dr. Mitchell is the director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. His clinical interests include neonatal and congenital cardiac surgery, pediatric heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support in children. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Denver. He earned his doctorate in medicine from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1988. 

Dr. Mitchell has been named a top doctor in congenital heart surgery by 5280 Magazine, every year since 2016. He served 18 years as a surgeon in the United States Army Reserve, was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was honorably discharged in 2007.

Board Member Since:  2010

Dr. James Campbell

Board Member

Dr. Campbell was born in San Diego, CA. His undergraduate education was at the University of Southern California where he earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. He completed his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU-Boulder designing experiments in gravitational biology for flight aboard the Space Shuttle and Space Station. In 2000, he received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. After completing his pediatric residency at the University of Colorado/Colorado Children’s Hospital-Denver he joined Denver West Pediatrics in 2003.

Dr. Campbell is married and has three children, the youngest of which was adopted from China. Dr. Campbell enjoys spending time with his family and especially enjoys camping and mountain biking.

Dr. Campbell cherishes his role as a father of a Chinese daughter and he is honored to care for Chinese adoptees in his pediatric practice.  He feels privileged to continue serving the individual needs of CCAI’s children as they grow up and learn to navigate high school, college, and beyond.  

Board Member Since: 2008

Lori Bachman

Board Member

Lori Bachman is the Founder and CEO of The MentorShift Group, a company that strengthens organizational culture and employee commitment though unique, engaging mentoring programs, and has authored three books on mentoring, MentorShiftMentorShift at Work, and How to Find a Great Mentor for You. She delights in sharing the message of discipleship and “full-life living” in Christ with women everywhere.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she led corporate mergers and acquisition teams in the aerospace industry for over twenty-five years.

Lori has been a working mom, stay-at-home mom, adoptive mom, corporate executive, entrepreneur, women’s ministry director, small group leader, seminary student, author, speaker and coach. (Whew!) She passionately advocates for adoption and helping children find their forever families and is honored to have served on the CCAI Board of Trustees for twelve years to date. Lori is mother to two grown children and her family resides in Highlands Ranch, CO

Board Member Since:  2007

Sandra Zoratti

Board Member

Sandra Zoratti is an award-winning business leader, author, accomplished speaker and Business Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year honoree. Sandra has developed business expertise through real-world experience in successfully building, growing, launching and marketing new business opportunities around the world. She also serves companies by advising and implementing strategy and growth ideas. 

Sandra’s career has included experience at blue chip technology leaders such as IBM, Westinghouse, Ricoh and Avery. as well as setting up her own marketing practice. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.

Sandra and her daughter live in Colorado and love living so close to the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

Board Member Since:  2015

Rich Harris

Board Member

Rich is the Managing Partner of The Harris Law Firm and co-Founder of The Road to Hope. He has a true passion for family law and uses his experience and knowledge to help others navigate Colorado’s legal system. Rich and his wife have been blessed with nine children, two biological and seven adopted. 

Rich is widely respected throughout Denver’s legal and business communities for his decades of service and commitment to justice. Rich has been recognized by numerous leading legal organizations and is regularly featured as an expert in family law in the media.

Board Member Since: 2007

Dustin Britt

Board Member

Dustin is an adoptive father and marketing professional based in Atlanta, GA. He and his wife, Katie, have been married since 2003 and adopted their son, Isaac, from China in 2016. After an early career in marketing, Dustin was offered the opportunity to join a non-profit adoption agency, overseeing their programs in China, Ukraine and Guatemala. It was through that role that Dustin first traveled to China and felt God’s loving call to pursue a son through adoption. 

Dustin currently works in Marketing at Chick-fil-A, Inc. in Atlanta, leading the media, sponsorships, field marketing and entertainment teams.

Board Member Since: 2022

Cynthia Berglund


Cynthia Berglund, CMA, CFM, has been an accountant for 26 years and has been with CCAI since 2015.  Growing up as an Air Force brat reinforced in her the desire to settle down and establish her own home.  This  led to her desire to help others find their homes, which led her to CCAI!

Shiny things have always attracted her, so having a daughter who swims with an Artistic Swimming team means that glitter and rhinestones are everywhere in their house!  Her house is filled with one husband, one daughter, one dog, two cats, 212-ish Board games, 25+ different unfinished craft projects, 52 bottle of glitter, 12 bottles of glue and 12,000+ rhinestones. 

Joined CCAI: 2015

Bucket List Item: Getting back out on the water in her own scull

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 330

Charlotte Bertrand

Clinical Specialist

Charlotte is passionate about working with adoptive families and supporting them through their adoption journey. While she has been working in the adoption field close to a decade, she is newer to CCAI, joining the team in late 2021. She loves reading, spending time with her friends and family, and sharing information she has learned from the MANY podcasts she listens to. Charlotte loves to talk (probably too much) about her four nieces and nephews and probably loves chocolate and her cat, Eliza, a little too much as well.

Joined CCAI: 2021

Bucket List Items: Staying in Giraffe Manor in Kenya, visiting all 7 continents, and visiting England with her sister.

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 480

Ali Dunbar

The Park Adoptee Programs Manager, Social Media Strategist

Ali Dunbar is the Adoptee Programs Manager and Social Media Strategist at The Park Adoption Community Center, where she is the director of annual adoptee events and oversees a number of volunteers, development efforts, event coordination, and outreach initiatives. Ali’s first experience with The Park was in 2016 as a participant on the Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip. Since then, she has provided communication and event support on leadership committees, as the Minneapolis Camp-Conference Assistant, and as a Co-coordinator for Adopteen’s D.C. Chapter. By centering community connections, honest conversations, and collaborative relationships, Ali is passionate about building more supportive networks and resources for adoptees and their families.

Previously, Ali was a Program Assistant in the National Academic Program Division at The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and has also worked with different human rights organizations across the world.

Ali earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Civic Engagement at Syracuse University, where she spent majority of her studies abroad in museums or learning from different civic institutions and leaders in China, the Balkans and Central Europe. Outside of work, Ali is a wanderlust, scrapbooking, and food enthusiast or you can find her swooning over all things stationary. 

Joined CCAI: 2019

Bucket List Item: See Loy Krathong Festival (Thailand Lights Festival), Ride in a Helicopter, and Chase the Iditarod

Contact Information


(303) 221-6688 ext. 205

Kimberly Elstun

Assistant Director of Country Programs

Adoption is an extraordinary adventure, and Kimberly is honored to share her heart with families as they move through their unique journey. Fueled by her faith and inspired by her four amazing children who keep her on her toes (and her incredible hotrod of a husband who helps manage the chaos), she believes that every child deserves to be loved in a stable, loving family.

Eternal optimist, unapologetically authentic, and lover of the written word, Kimberly delights in creating memorable keepsakes for those she loves, has a penchant for fine cheese, and enjoys the aftermath of a good surprise. 

Joined CCAI: 2004 

Bucket List Item: Sleep in an over-water villa in The Maldives 

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 130

Sarah Harmon

CQI Director, China Program Manager, Bulgaria Program Coordinator

Sarah originally joined CCAI as a Chinese translator and quickly found a passion for serving adoptive families and children.  She and her husband have two amazing daughters and one enormous bulldog!  Sarah is an avid baker and an insatiable reader, and she loves making children do push-ups as a second-degree black belt martial arts instructor.   

Joined CCAI: 2002

Bucket List Item: See the Aurora Borealis

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 250

Thomas He

IT Director

Thomas first served as the local China rep for China’s most beautiful province, Yunnan, in the earliest years of CCAI before immigrating to the US in 1995. Thomas joined the CCAI Staff team in 1995 as the China Department Manager before becoming IT Director in 1996 after receiving his Masters Degree in Information Systems.

In his leisure time, he loves outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and running.

Joined CCAI: 1995 

Bucket List Item: Go deep sea fishing in Belize

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 360

Hillary Karsten

China Travel Manager, Immigration Manager, Applications Manager

Hillary Karsten has always had a passion for working with families and children.  She began working at CCAI in 2001 and adopted her daughter from China in 2008!  She enjoys spending time with her daughter, photography and watching movies. 

Joined CCAI: 2001 

Bucket List Item: Travel the world to photograph nature, architecture and people

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 160

Sheila King

Post Adoption Manager, Parent Training Coordinator, Domestic Adoption Coordinator, Child Placement Supervisor

Sheila is a hopeless romantic who loves spending time with her family, reading, binge watching shows, and exploring new places. Mother to three incredible kids, she has been working in the adoption world since 2001 and holds a deep passion for supporting families through all the challenges and the triumphs. 

Joined CCAI: 2012

Bucket List Item: Walk the West Highland Way in Scotland

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 220

Diana Lange

The Park Operations Manager

Diana and her husband are the proud parents of three amazing daughters adopted from China. She started her time with CCAI as a volunteer in 2001 and has been at it for over 20 years! She has always felt like CCAI is a place that feels like home and was excited to joined The Park staff in 2019.

Diana enjoys her three whippet dogs, quilt-making, sashiko stitching, and all things fabric, but time with friends and family are her most treasured moments! 

Joined CCAI: 2019

Bucket List Item: Japanese textiles and traditional arts tour in Japan

Contact Information


(303) 221-6688 ext. 203

Heather Lowe

Social Media Coordinator

As a mother of four and an adoptive mom, Heather is passionate about uniting precious children with their forever families.  When she’s not working or homeschooling, you can find her in the mountains hiking, camping, paddle boarding, or skiing.  Heather’s dream is to hike from inn to inn through the hills of Scotland with her husband someday.  

Joined CCAI: 2021

Bucket List Item: Hike from inn to inn through the hills of Scotland with her husband

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 190

Pam Rodriguez

China Program Assistant Manager, Post Adoption Specialist

Pam and her husband are the proud parents of 4 children and grandparents of 2 spectacular grandchildren! Pam’s two lovely daughters were both adopted from China and she has been working in the adoption field for over two decades. Pam is also mom to a border collie and British shorthair cat and she enjoys swimming, walking, reading, and mostly spending time with her family. 

Joined CCAI: 2001

Bucket List Item: Visit Italy

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 350

Judy Winger

Director of Adoptions

Judy Winger, MSW, has worked in the adoption world since 1985 and joined the CCAI staff in 1995. She is honored to work with so many amazing families and their children at CCAI and she and her husband adopted their youngest daughter from China in 2007!

Judy is blessed with a loving family that includes her husband, three children, two grandchildren and their dog, Boo.  She loves visiting the beach, celebrating holidays, eating ice cream, swimming, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. 

Joined CCAI: 1995

Bucket List Item: Visit Hawai’i

Contact Information


(303) 850-9998 ext. 410

Li Yu

JCCS School Principal, The Park Cultural Programs Director

Yu Li joined CCAI in 1996 as a Joyous Chinese Cultural School (JCCS) teacher, teaching two-year-olds every Saturday morning. In 2000, Li started full-time with CCAI and became JCCS School Principal in 2012.

Yu Li loves children and teaching. Her students give her love, energy, and enthusiasm and she has a deep love and respect for the adoptees she has the honor to work with and the adoptive family who celebrate their children’s cultural heritage.

In her free time, Yu Li loves travel, delicious varieties of food, and all beautiful things. 

Joined CCAI: 1996

Bucket List Item: Travel around the world!

Contact Information


(303) 221-6688 ext. 201

Amy Zhong

Executive Director of The Park Adoption Community Center

Amy Zhong is the Executive Director of The Park, CCAI’s adoption community center with the mission to provide lifelong resources that help empower and nurture adopted individuals and their families to grow and thrive through community connection, cultural awareness, wellness, and outreach programs.

Amy has dedicated over 15 years to adoption community work. With a younger sister who joined their family at age 10, she is deeply passionate about family health and cultural and language literacy support for older child adoptees, as well as youth leadership and empowerment work.

Amy holds a BS in Biology and BA in Film Production from Seattle University. She is a 1st generation Chinese American and is dedicated to building a bolder, brighter world for adoptees and their families.

When not sharing in fellowship with the adoption community, Amy spends her time nerding out on music, writing, film, and travel.

Joined CCAI: 2012

Bucket List Item: Chase the Iditarod race 

Contact Information


(303) 221-6688 ext. 204

Chaunda Brooks

Director of CCAI Georgia, Ukraine Applications Manager

Helping families adopt has always been on Chaunda’s heart. Chaunda’s mother was adopted from South Korea at 5 years old and instilled in her a deep passion for adoption from a very young age.

Chaunda earned her BS in Social Work and started working in CCAI’s Georgia office in 2006 as a case manager. She is an extroverted problem solver who loves cooking, football and karaoke! 

Joined CCAI: 2006

Bucket List Item: Spend 2 weeks in Santorini, Greece

Contact Information


(404) 250-0055 ext. 201

Allison Miner

Eastern Europe Program Coordinator

Allison is blessed with two children, adopting her daughter domestically and her son internationally. Allison has worked in adoption since 2010 and joined CCAI in 2014.  Her passion is helping older children find their forever families and she is very honored to be able to do such important work! 

Allison loves to read, bake, and work outside in her yard. However, her favorite pastime is spending time with her family, and her grandson! 

Joined CCAI: 2014

Bucket List Item: Tour Europe, especially France and Italy

Contact Information


(404) 250-0055 ext. 206

Colorado Expenses

ExpenseAmountPmt MethodPay ToDue
Application Fee$250Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIApplication submission
Child Abuse Record Search$35/FamilyCheckCO Dept of Human ServiceApplication submission
IAAME Monitoring & Oversight Fee$500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAI (Sent to IAAME)After App Approval
First Program Fee (Includes Home Study)$5,700Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIAfter App Approval
CBI/FBI Fingerprint Search$39.50 per personMoney OrderColorado Bureau of InvestigationAfter App Approval
USCIS Filing & Fingerprinting$775 plus $85/adultCheck/Money OrderUS Dept. of Homeland SecurityUpon I-800A submission
Dossier PreparationApprox. $450-$900Check/Money OrderSecretary of State(s), Chinese Consulate(s)As preparing Dossier
Second Program Fee$5,050Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIDossier Submission
CCCWA Fee$1,270Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIDossier Submission
Third Program Fee$5,500Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
CCCWA Post Adoption Translation Fee$300Check/ACH WithdrawalCCCWA via CCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Court Validation Deposit$200CheckCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Post Adoption Deposit (Refundable)$450Check/ACH WithdrawalCCAIPrior to receiving child match acceptance letter
Visa to enter China$140 (plus courier fee)Check/Credit CardChinese Consulate via a courier/travel agencyApproximately one month before travel to China
US Domestic & International Airfare$1,000 – $2,000 per traveler (adopted child over 2 requires full ticket)Credit CardA travel agency/airline of your choice

Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure

In China Travel & AccommodationsApprox. $4,000-$4,400 for two adultsACH WithdrawalCCAI (wired to China)Approximately 7-10 days prior to China departure
Adoption Registration and Notarization$800 – $1,000CashLocal government in ChinaIn China
Orphanage Donation(Voluntary)Cash or WireOrphanageIn China
Child’s Passport$100-$150CashLocal passport agencyIn China
Food$700 – $800 per coupleCash/Credit CardHotel(s), restaurant(s)In China
Child Physical & Photo$130-$150CashClinicIn Guangzhou, China
Child U.S. Entry Visa$325Cash or CheckU.S. ConsulateIn China
Court Validation Fee$167CheckCounty CourtAfter U.S. Return
Child’s Colorado Birth Certificate$37.75CheckColorado Vital Statistics OfficeAfter U.S. Return
Lutheran Family Services$250CheckLutheran Family Services via CCAIWhen Home Study is approved by CCAI