In order to better meet the changing needs of the adoption and foster care adoption community, DAI is currently transitioning to an innovative new leadership structure. We invite you to return in the weeks ahead to meet new staff, Board members and more.

Staff

April Dinwoodie

Chief Executive

(212) 925-4089

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

April Dinwoodie is a nationally recognized thought leader on adoption and foster care. As Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), April is committed to improving laws, policies and practices through sound research, education and advocacy. She is also a co-founder and Vice President of the Board of Fostering Change for Children, a progressive nonprofit that helps drive innovation in the child welfare system.

Before joining DAI, April created a specialized mentoring program called “Adoptment,” in which adults who were adopted and/or spent time in foster care serve as mentors to youth in care. As a trans-racially adopted person, April shares her experiences at workshops and conferences to help potential adoptive parents and professionals understand both the beauty and complexity of adopting children of another race.

Before she entered the non-profit world, April served as a senior level executive within the marketing and communications departments of some of the most recognized fashion retail companies including: Nine West Group Inc., Kenneth Cole Productions Inc., Nautica Enterprises and J. C. Penney Company Inc., where as Divisional Vice President, she was instrumental in driving transformational change via brand engagement and publicity. Most recently, April served at the Director of External Media at JetBlue Airways, where she managed proactive and reactive communications.

On the agency side, April has worked with Fleishman-Hillard and Ruder Finn on campaigns supporting powerhouse brands such as Gerber, Subway and Cingular Wireless (AT&T). While at Ruder Finn, April championed a web-based teen anti-violence campaign (“Love is Respect”) for The Texas Council on Family Violence. The campaign helped to increase engagement and web traffic by 83% and garnered a WEBBY award for Activism in 2007.

Kimberly Paglino

Program Director

Kimberly Paglino is a New Jersey born and raised adopted person. She holds a BA in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland and an MSW from Monmouth University in New Jersey. Kimberly has past professional experience in child welfare, including child protective services, and has also prior served as an instructor in myriad areas relating to social welfare, including social welfare policy and services. She was a past board member with the American Adoption Congress.

Kimberly has a strong interest in education and has developed and presented educational seminars in a variety of areas of the adoption experience. She enjoys writing and has authored and co-authored many articles and opinion pieces on issues related to adoption and foster care.

Kimberly is a proud advocate with the New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education (NJ CARE) and has testified for access to original birth certificates (OBC) before the New Jersey State Legislature. She is a member of the legislative team with NJ CARE that worked to enact the Adoptees Birthright Bill which came into effect in January of 2017 and allows New Jersey adopted people to access their OBC with some restrictions.

Kimberly’s other areas of interest in adoption and foster care include advocacy for LGBTQ families, citizenship for people adopted internationally, more education and supports for individuals and families connected to adoption, and the need for systemic changes in areas that impact the adoption and foster care community. She has proudly served with The Donaldson Adoption Institute since 2014.

Diana Dedeian

Office Manager

Heather Schultz

Communications and Development Manager

(212) 925-4089

The Donaldson Adoption Institute

120 E. 38th Street

New York, NY 10016

Heather Schultz is a Long-Island native and transracial Korean adoptee with more than eight years of journalism experience. She has covered a wide array of beats including bridal technology, criminal justice, pop culture, direct marketing, legal technology, digital marketing and interior design. Her articles have been published in The New York Times, NBC News, New York Daily News, St. Louis-Post Dispatch, Kollaboration New York, WhoSay, Library Journal, Direct Marketing News and Law Technology News. She has also written columns on reproductive health for the Center for American Progress and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Aside from her professional writing career, Heather is working on a memoir about her journey for unconditional self-love. She received both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City.