This month, we’re celebrating Kimberly Elstun who manages the Dossier Department, Kathi Sundrup who oversees “Other Country Adoptions,” and Cathi Velez who is the CCAI Florida Office Case Manager. Each of these outstanding ladies are celebrating their anniversary with CCAI and have each written a little about themselves and their time here!
This month, I am proud to celebrate my ELEVENTH year at CCAI—can you believe it?! As I completed my undergraduate studies in Sociology with emphasis in Peace & Justice Studies at Regis University, I felt a calling to explore beyond my own backyard and traveled to several countries on the other side of the globe. Of all the amazing countries I visited, China stole my heart.
After an internship in the adoption field and several personal experiences with China adoption in particular, I found myself at CCAI. As a nerd at heart, supporting families through the ups and downs of the dossier paper chase is something I find not only intellectually stimulating, but emotionally satisfying as well. Each family has their own unique story and I am truly blessed to play a part!
I am very grateful to Josh and Lily for giving me the opportunity to pursue my passion with such a wonderful organization, to my amazing coworkers who make each day at the office one of great love and spirit, and all the families who have allowed me to support them in this incredible journey—you each fill my heart and have made the last 11 years so memorable!
I have been with CCAI for 14 wonderful years and currently work with “Other Country Adoption” families. I have two beautiful daughters of my own who are from China and were adopted through CCAI.
Besides working with my families and helping them through their adoption process, one of my favorite things to do is to help the Waiting Child Department, making calls to waiting families about a child who needs a family. It is the highlight of my day when a “match” is made!
In the time that I have been at CCAI, one of my favorite memories is helping a special family bring home their critically ill “little miracle” daughter from Uganda. It was probably the best example of how well the adoption process can work when everyone has the same goal; good-hearted people bringing a child to her family as fast as possible. It is experiences like this that let me look forward to coming in to work every day, knowing that I have a part in helping children and their families through their adoption journey!
I have been with CCAI for one year, as of May 30th. I have a passion for adoption (all three of my children are adopted and I grew up with foster siblings) and was taking a three year break from my career to spend time with my three children. My youngest was starting kindergarten so I was looking for a part time job, when a friend in Colorado (one of my CCAI travel group- all of whom I love dearly!) mentioned a part time job at CCAI in Wesley Chapel.
Since I am a CCAI parent that had a great experience, I applied. And I’m sticking around! I love helping families adopt and seeing children find their forever families.
My favorite memories are talking to and meeting so many of the families and rejoicing with them when they find their child. I have also loved promoting CCAI at various events and sharing what we do. I look forward to meeting so many of the children that I have prayed for along the way and I am excited to meet all the rest of the CCAI crew at the reunion in June!
We all want to thank each of these incredible women for their years of dedicated service to all of our families at CCAI. We are so grateful for and blessed with all they do!
Help us celebrate them! Leave your well wishes and happy messages for these wonderful ladies below!