Leadership Team

Kris Yellin – Chief Legal Counsel
"My passion to honor the 'family' in family law is what brought me here, and family comes first!"
Portrait of Kristin A.F. Yellin, Chief Legal Counsel
Kris, the youngest of eight children, was born and raised on Eastern Long Island, NY. Setting her own path, Kris attended the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a degree in Political Science. With her interest in advocacy developing, Kris then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1994.
Kris' legal experience in matters of the family is diverse and extensive. As a Law Clerk with the Los Angeles District Attorney, she tried numerous paternity and child support trials. As a licensed attorney in California, Kris served as counsel for the Juvenile Defenders Office in Orange County, CA, where she represented parents in all phases of dependency litigation. She then became a court-appointed attorney, representing juveniles in criminal matters. In addition to her work as a lawyer, Kris, for over a decade, lectured throughout the United States on all subjects of the Multi-state Bar Exam and counseled thousands of students on exam strategy and efficient study techniques.
Kris currently resides in Southern California along with her husband and their three daughters. Her ties to the community are deep and far-reaching. Kris is active in her local community and school district. She has served as a PTA legislative representative where she advocates for improvements in public education. In addition to coaching her daughter's softball team, Kris also serves as co-captain of Team Trudy - a team of runners dedicated to raising money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer research in honor of her late Mother. When not cheering on her daughters at softball games and swim meets, Kris can be found perfecting her equestrian skills.
Lauren Lorber – Attorney at Law
Portrait of Lauren Lorber, Owner
From birth, Lauren was destined to help people through the miracle of adoption. As the older sister to five adopted siblings, her passion for adoption followed her through her professional and legal career. Lauren attended the University of California, Irvine, and earned a degree in Health Policy. Determined to represent those without a voice in our child welfare system, Lauren then went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School and graduated Cum Laude with a Certificate in Children’s Rights.
Lauren's legal experience in adoption is diverse and extensive. As a law student, she served as a Child Advocacy Legal Intern for Whittier Law School's Center for Children's Rights, where she represented clients of low income and special needs in guardianships and adoptions. Lauren also worked for Voices for America’s Children, a children’s rights lobbyist group located in Washington, D.C., advocating for children across the country on Capitol Hill.
Lauren has utilized every resource available to her to advocate for our children's best interests, and serve as a voice to those that are too often unheard. Lauren's article on Constitutional Violations in State Laws Regarding Private Domestic Adoptions was published in Whittier’s Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.
Lauren joined Adoption Network Law Center’s team to set the highest standard for adoption professionals throughout the country, to serve as a voice to those who would otherwise be unheard, and to ultimately reform how adoptions are conducted in the United States.
Outside of her career, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, practicing yoga, and volunteering to help children in our foster care system.
Wendy McGreevy – Attorney at Law
"I am honored to be part of a family's adoption journey!"
Portrait of Wendy McGreevy, Attorney at Law
Wendy McGreevy earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and her law degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law. As a licensed attorney in California, Wendy went to work as a Deputy District Attorney. During her career as a prosecutor, both in San Luis Obispo and San Diego counties, Wendy tried seventy five jury trials and spent most of her time in the Family Protection Division, prosecuting child abusers and domestic violence offenders. Wendy was a passionate trial attorney who fought for those who needed protection the most. Wendy joined Adoption Network Law Center with a strong desire to be part of a team dedicated to helping build families and make a difference in people's lives.
Adriana – Birth Mother Specialist
Portrait of Adriana Magana, Birth Mother Specialist
Adriana worked here at ANLC as our receptionist for 8 years, and the compassion she showed and felt for prospective Birth Moms made her a natural candidate for the Birth Mother Specialist position. Her calm, reassuring nature, her ability to listen without judgment, and knowledge based on past experiences allow her to empathize with and be a supporting shoulder and valuable resource to women experiencing unexpected pregnancy. That past experience included working in a homeless shelter for families with children, 4 years as a preschool teacher where most of the parents were single mothers, and she volunteered in the court system and at a children’s home supervising custodial visits between children and their parents.
Bari – Legal Assistant
"Adoption has been a part of my life since childhood."
Portrait of Bari Brennan, Legal Assistant
As the daughter of an Orange County adoption attorney and growing up with an adopted brother, Bari was touched by adoption from a very early age. Bari is a lifelong resident of southern California, and received her Bachelor’s degree from CSUF. She has worked for 20 years as a Legal Assistant in the adoption field, first assisting her father with his practice for many years, and then in one capacity or another for the last 10 years with Adoption Network Law Center. Bari and her husband will celebrate their 20th anniversary this spring, and they have one son.
Betsy – Adoption Consultant
Portrait of Betsy Marchiorlatti, Adoption Consultant
After graduating from Ohio State, Betsy began her career in the incentive travel industry before starting her own corporate event company in 1995. With over two decades of experience in the special event industry, Betsy combines both business knowledge and the welcome ability to connect with people to her position as a consultant at Adoption Network. After she and her husband had their first son, they embarked on a journey to adopt their second child. Betsy's passion for adoption and displaced children was just beginning, and in the next few years she was involved in everything from counseling couples on adoption and volunteering in the foster care system, to hosting international orphans in her home. Besides adoption, Betsy's passions are event design and spending time with her husband and sons.
Cindy – Staff Accountant
Portrait of Cindy Garcia, Staff Accountant
Cindy has been in the accounting field for over 30 years in many different fields, but nothing compares to being involved in the financial process of the adoption community. She has been with ANLC for 9 years and is involved in the day-to-day management of the Birth Mother Trust Accounts for our families and the disbursement of those support funds for the birthmothers. Every day is different, every case is different and being able to help is tremendously rewarding.
Danielle – Client Liaison Supervisor
"One of my greatest joys is seeing a baby placed in the arms of those who, prior to starting their adoption journey, had lost all hope of ever becoming parents."
Portrait of Danielle Stevens, Client Liason
After an extensive 17-year career as a Director in the field of vocational education, Danielle Stevens brought her passion for helping people achieve their goals and dreams to Adoption Network Law Center in 2011. Although assisting people with their educational goals was fulfilling, supporting Adopting Parents through their adoption journey has become Danielle’s new passion in life. Danielle has a unique ability to connect with clients and provide the emotional support needed as they await the day they receive that life-changing phone call letting them know a Birth Mother has selected them. Danielle's experience in education has been a tremendous asset to Adoption Network Law Center's clients as she often is called upon to enlighten and educate them about the various stages of their adoption journey. Danielle’s other passions include raising her two children, working on crafting projects, and enjoying camping and fishing trips with her family.
Diana – Adoption Consultant
"I love being the first step for clients growing their families through adoption."
Portrait of Diana Ravicchio, Adoption Consultant
After struggling with infertility for years, Diana and her husband raised a family of 3 children and love being grandparents to 2 adorable boys. These experiences, combined with her close relationships with adopted cousins, instilled a fire in Diana’s heart for adoption. She worked in the financial services world for several years, but always had a dream to work in adoption. She loves being the first step that her clients take on their road to building the family they dream of through adoption.
Dianna – Medical Records Specialist
Portrait of Dianna Watson, Medical Records Specialist
After working in the information technology system of a hospital in Illinois, and completing a course in legal office administration, Dianna worked as a legal secretary, transcriptionist, and IT specialist at a law firm in Long Beach, California. Later, as her children were going through school, she chose select temporary positions from a variety of businesses, and also completed courses in medical terminology, insurance, and medical transcription. It is the combination of both legal and medical experience that brought Dianna to ANLC in 2010, and this experience has been beneficial in gaining the cooperation of healthcare facilities, from the smallest pregnancy clinic to the largest hospital, in order to obtain and analyze medical information for the adoption process.
Drianna – Adoption Associate
"I have a great desire to be a part of helping people achieve the dream of building their families through adoption."
Portrait of Drianna Litton, Adoption Associate
Drianna came to us in 2017 because she is passionate about open adoption. Being adopted herself at birth, she knows personally how beautiful and powerful the process is for entire families, and enjoys a close relationship with her Birth Father and siblings. As an Adoption Associate, Drianna loves talking with prospective adopting families, learning what they are looking for and helping them determine if private newborn adoption is the right choice for them.
Estela – Birth Mother Specialist
Portrait of Estela Gonzalez, Birth Mother Specialist
Estela has been a Birth Mother Specialist with ANLC for over 6 years. She loves being the first point of contact for prospective Birth Mothers and being a friend and confident to them during such a difficult time in their lives. She wants them to know all of their options so they can make the right decision, for them, without judgment. She listens to them, explains their options and supports them through their life-changing decisions, regardless of what they are. Estela has 3 children and loves spending time with her beautiful grand-daughter.
Jean – Media Coordinator
Portrait of Jean Vintayen, Media Coordinator
Jean graduated in 2014 from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies. She joined the ANLC team in 2015 and has since been committed to helping families during their adoption journey. She’s always had a passion for writing, communication and social media. As a Media Consultant, Jean learns about the unique personalities and lifestyles of potential Adopting Parents. She has a great eye for photography and enjoys helping them tell their stories. Jean also loves hosting get-togethers with friends and family, watching Netflix documentaries, enjoying nature, and trying different Pinterest recipes.
Judy – Media Supervisor
"It is an honor to be a part of this one little chapter in each family’s adoption story."
Portrait of Judy Silcock, Media Services Supervisor
Judy came to Adoption Network Law Center in 2013 after spending 10 years at home with her two boys. Finding a spot in the Media Department was a dream come true, combining her Bachelors degree in English and previous writing/editing experience with her passion for photography and photo editing. Add to that the beauty of helping Adopting Parents to accurately and attractively represent themselves to help find their Birth Mother, and it was a perfect fit. Every day she and her team of Media Consultants are honored to get to know each Adopting Family, select just the right photos to represent them, and create beautiful profiles to attract the Birth Mother who will make their family dreams come true.
Marta – Client Services Liaison
"Never give up on your dreams, miracles happen every day."
Portrait of Marta Nodalo, Client Services Liaison
Marta Nodalo is originally from Poland; her family relocated to the United States in 1989. Marta has been with Adoption Network Law Center since 2008. She started her career here as the initial contact for Adoptive Families looking to adopt a newborn baby. She has been involved in many different departments within ANLC and currently works as a Client Liaison. Marta has a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Psychology from California State University of Long Beach. She is passionate about helping Adoptive Parents' dreams come true and takes pride in her work. Marta enjoys spending time with her husband and carving a bright and successful future for her son and daughter.
Mary – Adoption Advisor
"The trust that builds between Birth Mothers and me, and the trust that is needed between a Birth Mother and the Adopting Parents is huge. It’s a lifelong commitment – even more than marriage."
Mary came to ANLC over 9 years ago after a rewarding career as a Paralegal and mediator. With her extensive experience in law and mediation and her commitment to family, she was the perfect candidate to be a Birth Mother Advisor at ANLC. Realizing that every person, situation and family is unique, she is committed to ensuring that Adopting Parents and Birth Mothers are all comfortable with their situation. She fully respects that the trust a Birth Mother needs to have in her Adopting Parents is huge and the commitment is lifelong; she works tirelessly to ensure that all parties’ needs are met. Mary is married with 5 children.
Megan – Client Services Liaison
Portrait of Megan Smith, Client Services Liaison
Megan first joined Adoption Network Law Center as an Associate, the first person hopeful Adopting Parents would speak to as they embarked on their adoption journey. She is currently a part of the Client Liaison Team and provides assistance and support to Adopting Parents through their journey as they wait for the call that a Birth Mother has chosen them. Megan was adopted at 18 months of age and feels the world of adoption is her calling. Her knowledge of the adoption process and her passion for helping build families allows her to be the compassionate Liaison that Adopting Parents need during their waiting phase.
Rebekah – Receptionist
Portrait of Rebekah Ross, Receptionist
As the new voice of ANLC, Rebekah came to us after 9 years in customer service. Her life has been touched by adoption in many ways, and she is thrilled to have it become part of her career as well. Rebekah is part of a very close, blended family and knows from personal experience that there are many different options to grow a family. Her step-father was adopted at birth and her step-mother has worked passionately in the adoption field for over 9 years, allowing her to develop her own passion. She is happy to know that adoption is an option and looks forward to building her own family that way.
Samantha – Scholarship and Outreach Coordinator
Portrait of Samantha Gindi, Scholarship and Outreach Coordinator
Samantha was adopted by her parents when she was 3-years-old. As one of 6 children, one of whom is biological, Sam knows the blessings that adoption can bring. As our Scholarship and Outreach Coordinator, her insight into adoption allows her to connect with others involved in the adoption triad. Through her work here, her goal is to allow others to have the opportunities that she’s been given through adoption.
Tonja – Adoption Coordinator
"I feel blessed to be able to work with people who wish to adopt."
Portrait of Tonja Gray, Adoption Coordinator
Having grown up in the Orange County foster system, Tonja has become passionate about the placement of children in loving homes through adoption. Although she entered the foster system at an early age, Tonja was considered "unadoptable" for many years, as it was the foster system’s intent to reunify her with her biological family. After being shuffled in and out of foster families, her story is one of survival and triumph. She has dedicated her life to adoption advocacy and believes that it is through adoption that dysfunctional family cycles can be broken and healing can begin. Tonja credits the love of those she met along the way for her personal success today. Having three healthy and well-adjusted children of her own, Tonja is grateful for the opportunity to help others understand adoption's positive effect on generations to come.
Trisha – Adoption Advisor
Trisha comes to ANLC from a career as a therapist in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. She is an MFTi and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling. She is currently studying for her state license. She has a passion for working with people who struggle with substance abuse, as well as families, children and pregnant women in crisis. Through her experience in the counselling arena she recognized the viability of open adoption as a compassionate blessing for women in crisis and made the move to work in the adoption world. Trisha is married to the love of her life and together they are raising 7 children.
Vanessa – Advisor Assistant
Portrait of Vanessa Martinez, Administration
A California native, Vanessa was introduced to adoption through volunteer work with foster children during high school. She was exposed to adoption when her aunt adopted two children from foster care. She developed a longing to help families grow and find opportunities for children. With a Medical Assistant Certificate, Vanessa was originally hired at ANLC to work in medical records. She now works with our Adoption Advisors to compassionately assist our prospective Birth Mothers.
Yvette – Administrative Assistant
Portrait of Yvette Lavin, Administration
Yvette is one of 7 children and knows the importance of close family relationships. She is married and has two boys of her own. Her career started with 10 years in private education and her passion has always been for children. After spending a couple years at home with her boys, she came to ANLC looking for something more: helping to bring families together and put babies in loving homes.