Domestic and International Staff Bios

Lynne Silver (formerly Lynne Jacobs), M.A., Founder/ Executive Director Emeritus

I am a native San Franciscan always loving the beauty of the city and the diversity. My BA was in Youth Guidance and Counseling from UC Davis. I completed my MA in Counseling Psychology and knew that I wanted to work with pregnant teens. I was a high school counselor specializing in developing good understanding between different cultural and ethnic groups. My work in domestic and international adoption began in 1973, and I spent nine years in Hawaii; I will always have the love and commitment for this beautiful place that is in my heart forever. I taught child development and adolescent psychology at the college level, and developed a successful domestic and international adoption practice. I founded ADOPT in 1984 with the hope of creating an agency that was open-minded, non-judgmental and educational. Teaching others about domestic and international adoption is my passion. It is an amazing feeling being part of helping people become parents and families that are growing by adoption.

I am an adoptive parent of three, now all adults, and have the personal experience with domestic adoption, international and foster care. I am a strong supporter of older youth placements. Being a grandmother is the absolute best!

Lisa Clark, M.S.W, Executive Director

Domestic staff
I convinced ADOPT to hire me in 2001 and have been in love ever since. I have a Bachelors degree in Social Welfare and African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in Social Work. I am part of an adoptive family and bring with me years of academic research in the field of domestic adoption.

I run our Domestic Program, Hawaii office and am also our Associate Director. I love empowering birth mothers to create the type of domestic adoption that is right for them. And of course the Love Party is one of my favorite days of the year!

Jeanetta Mandadjieva B.A., Social Worker, International Program Coordinator

International staff
I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. I discovered my passion for helping orphans find loving families in my junior year when I volunteered at an orphanage in my home city, Burgas. I joined Adopt International’s team in March of 2007 as the assistant of the Director of International Adoptions and later worked in the Refugee Foster Care program. I love the opportunity to be able to help families throughout their entire adoption process – from the first call to us, through the home study, immigration approval to the post placement visits.

Jessica Adam, B.S., Development Coordinator, Adoption Specialist

Domestic staff
When I moved from the east coast back to my home town of San Francisco, I became an intern at Adopt International and transitioned into a full time position at AI. I work in the Domestic Program, fundraising, case management, and I do finalizations/re-adoptions. After I graduated with a BS in Psychology from Union College in upstate New York, I was a nursery school teacher, and I became extremely interested in child development. I wanted to help families face the ups and downs of parenting while always keeping their child’s best interest in mind. I have the utmost respect for birth families and adoptive families. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help create forever families at Adopt International.

Rebekah Cramer, B.S., Adoption Specialist

International staff
I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in Africana and Latino Studies, and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from SUNY Oneonta. I spent a few years in New York City before I decided to make the leap to San Francisco, which has been one of the most rewarding decisions I have ever made. I have found a welcoming community at Adopt International and am very excited to be working with such a knowledgeable, open-minded team. Here at Adopt International I am an Adoption Specialist for our China program and our Independent program.