UFA Advisory Board

Steve Sunday - Advisory Board Chair

Steve Sunday has worked in the field of adoption for more than 30 years as a caseworker, supervisor and administrator. Currently he is President and CEO of Forever Bound Adoption and adviser to the adoption advocacy support organization, United For Adoption.

After graduating with his MSW in 1981 from Arizona State University, he has worked professionally in Arizona, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma and Utah. Steve was the project lead on the award winning Adoption, It’s About Love television and radio commercials in partnership with Bonneville Communications. He is a passionate advocate for the needs of children world-wide. In 2009 he was appointed to the board of directors for the National Council for Adoption. In addition, Steve serves on the board of directors for the Foster Care Foundation for the State of Utah. Recently Steve was named the adoption “Professional of the Year” for 2013 by the Utah Adoption Council.

Reflecting on his life’s work, Steve commented that it has been one of the choicest blessings in his life to be associated with the great work of caring for children and building families. Steve and his wife have seven children and eleven grandchildren.

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Jared Van Orden - Board Advisor

Jared has a background in Entrepreneurship and Financial Management. He enjoys working with organizations and businesses to help them clearly define their objectives and surround those objectives with processes and systems to meet their goals.

In his spare time, he gives his time and energy to worthy causes that impact the community where he lives and loves. Some of that time is spent consulting with individuals who want to begin their dream of business ownership or are currently involved in their dream and want to take it to the next level.

He has three unique and talented children that make his heart happy that joined his family through the miracle of adoption. Each represent to him the strength and beauty of mankind and the greatest blessings from above. His hope is to elevate those with whom he associates, so take the time to let him know how he can help you.

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Lance D. Rich, JD - Board Advisor

Lance D. Rich, JD, is a shareholder at the law firm of Kirton McConkie in Salt Lake City, Utah and is licensed to practice law in Utah and Wyoming.  Lance handles mainly adoption cases for adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoption agencies.

Having adopted three children, Lance has a personal as well as a professional perspective on the adoption process.  Lance graduated from the University of Michigan Law School where he was a Bergstrom Fellow and executive editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.  He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Utah.  Lance is an active proponent of adoption and serves on boards of directors for United for Adoption, Utah Foster Care, and the Utah Adoption Council.  He is also an active member of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys and serves as the chair of the Academy’s agency committee.

Lance has been a frequent presenter on a variety of adoption topics for conferences and seminars sponsored by organizations such as the Utah State Bar, the Utah Adoption Council, the National Business Institute, the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and the International Society of Family Law.

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Liesl Einerson - Board Advisor

Liesl has her Masters of Social Worker from UNC Chapel Hill and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Utah. She has worked extensively with birthparents, adoptees, and adoptive parents. She has worked as a post adoption therapist and has facilitated adoption education and support groups.

She is a transracial adoptive sister and has experience with foster care, open adoption, special needs, international, transracial, and kinship adoption. Liesl has a certificate in advanced therapy with foster and adoptive families and is a certified in Trust Based Relational Therapy by Dr. Karyn Purvis of The Connected Child. She is a member of the Utah Adoption Council and is the Utah State Representative for the American Adoption Congress.

She has a passion for working with all who are touched by adoption. She enjoys camping and spending time with her family.

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Kathy Searle - Board Advisor

Kathy has worked in the field of adoption for over 25 years, with experience in international, private and special needs adoption. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Utah office of The Adoption Exchange.  She also works part-time as a therapist at Wellspring Child & Family Counseling.  She is passionate about finding homes for children waiting in foster care and providing services to families after adoption.  She has served on various boards and presented at many conferences on a variety of topics.  Kathy and her husband Ned are the parents of 11 children. Eight of their children joined their family through adoption.

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Mike Hamblin - Board Advisor

Mike is the Director of Recruitment for Utah Foster Care. He received a BSW degree from Weber State University and an MSW degree with an emphasis on Child Welfare from the University of Utah.  He has been a part of the Recruitment team at Utah Foster Care for 17 years.  Prior to Utah Foster Care, Mike worked at the Utah Division of Child and Family Services as a foster care caseworker and then child protective services investigator.  Mike enjoys all of the outdoor opportunities the state of Utah offers, from camping and hiking to cycling and triathlons.  In particular, he loves spending time in the outdoors with Jenni, his wife of 25 years, and their four children.

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Susan Egbert - Board Advisor

Susan serves as clinical faculty and as the Regional Campus Master of Social Work Program Coordinator at Utah State University. She received her social work education at Brigham Young University (BSW 1989), Portland State University (MSW 1994), and the University of Utah (PhD 2001). Susan is passionate about improving the welfare of children, strengthening families, and promoting human healing through direct social work practice, research, and systems change. Her special interests include adoption, foster care, and the prevention of child abuse. She was adopted as an infant and she and her amazing partner Jim are the parents of six children, including beautiful bi-racial Latina twins who came to the Egbert family via foster care adoption.

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Tamra Hyde - Board Advisor

Tamra Hyde was raised in Memphis, TN, the second of 8 children. She enjoys dance, travel, hiking, shopping, live music, documentaries, ice cream, and her 15 nieces and nephews. Her interests include fashion, natural nutrition and medicines, and primitive/wilderness/sustainability/survival skills.

Her adoption story began May 15 of 1996 when she sent her little boy home to his eternal family. Having placed so early in this new and evolving generation of adoption, agency policy dictated that her and her new friends would not be allowed frequent or long term correspondence, and they have been lost to each other for over 11 years. Being a time when birthparents still met resistance in having a voice, Tamra was determined to be a part of representing the thus far under represented group and inviting hearts and minds to change. She is sad for what she’s missed and for all of the birthparents and adoptive families who were involuntarily estranged by the adoption system of the past but has been thrilled to watch and be a part of the evolution that has brought us greater understanding and opportunity. She is compelled to share with others the education that changed her life and made her instrumental in the forming of a family.

Tamra has served on local FSA boards, helped organize conferences and plan events, and facilitated expectant parent groups. She has shared her story in a video as well as the written word on Itsaboutlove.org, as a guest on a talk radio show for National adoptionMonth, over 58,000 times through 2 popular youtube videos, on her own blog, and in a brochure to promote adoption. Tamra has given presentations in high schools, ecclesiastical trainings, to congregations, MSW students, and at local, regional and national conferences. She has had an article published in The Exponent II and has been interviewed and quoted by The Ensign, Deseret News, her local newspaper, and many blogs. Tamra was recently the key note speaker at the FSA Southwest Regional Conference and in 2009 was honored by FSA with the Friends of Adoption Award. But her greatest reward has come from the relationships that have been built as she’s mentored or served with individual adoptive and birth parents.

Tamra is defined by her family, her faith, and her calling to be a birthparent and adoption advocate!

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